Book reviews

Linger – Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: 13 July 2010
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★ – 9/10
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Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) blurb:

It took me forever to read this book.  So long in fact that I finished three other books while reading this.  Not to say that this book wasn’t engaging — it was.  But there’s something about Maggie’s writing that you can’t rush.  It’s like wading through poetry — you just want to float along in it like a downstream river on a sunny afternoon while your friends and family are having a BBQ on the banks.  There’s definitely no crocodiles, eels, water snakes, leeches or anything else that might make you want to get out quickly (I’m Australian — there’s something deadly in my garage… probably).

This book continues to the story of Sam and Grace, adding Isabel as more of a main character and introduces new main character, Cole.  It’s told from these four main points of view, often changing perspective halfway through a chapter.

We get to see how Sam lives his life now that he is a human again — watch him and Grace start to plan for their future together, but alas, this is not the fairy tale ending that they deserve.  Grace’s parents interfere with their relationship, and other (massive plot points) occur to hinder them.

Cole is escaping his past — and meets Isabel along the way.  Neither of them are particularly kind to each other, but I think that’s why I like them so much.  No holds barred relationships are awesome like that.  They are both struggling with their demons and while they don’t necessarily hep each other, they come to lean on the other a little bit to get through the tough times.  I have high hopes for these two.

As mentioned in other reviews, I could rave about Maggie’s writing to eons.  But it absolutely one of those things that people seem split on.  I’m a lover (in case you couldn’t tell), but I understand that it’s not for everyone.

Anyway, I’m excited to see where it goes, and looking forward to reading Forever.


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