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Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 2)
Linger - Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past ... and figuring out a way to survive into the future. A...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780545123280
ISBN-10: 0545123283
Publication Date: 7/1/2010
Pages: 368
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 128 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 2) on + 962 more book reviews
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Told from four characters' points of view, LINGER lacks action and movement, but its breathtakingly gorgeous writing, character development, and romance will have fans of SHIVER squealing with delight, thoroughly satisfied and craving more.

Maggie Stiefvater has an envious way with words. Reading LINGER is like submerging yourself in exquisite poetry: the language flows off the page and whispers its way through your bloodstream, all the way into your heart. Some books rely on the strength of their plots and ideas to carry the story; Maggie Stiefvater has her words.

At the same time, that was my biggest issue with LINGER, the one I had with SHIVER as well: I found the story lackingâ¦well, heart, I guess. Grace and Sam's love is so all-encompassing, so beautifully expressed, that it's almost stifling. I I found myself sighing with frustration every time the two of them were in a scene together, so eager was I to move on to other scenes in which they didn't appear together and suck all the vivacity out of everything.

But even the new narratorial POVs are not enough to stave off this series' painstakingly slow pace. Maggie seems to enjoy taking her time with her words and mundane events. The upside of this is that new characters like Cole are fully fleshed out in a way few secondary characters introduced in the second book of a series ever are; the downside is that, unless you're a diehard SHIVER fan, the book is all too easy to put down.

My interest in this series, however, is redeemed by Maggie pulling off another fantastic ending. In fact, despite the slow plotting, LINGER does very much up the stakesâin an extremely startling, yet gratefully welcome, wayâfor Grace and Sam's world. It satisfies SHIVER fans' craving for more beautiful writing and romance, and keeps the story turning by adding in these new, yet not entirely arbitrary, elements. My feelings toward LINGER are mixed, but Maggie's authoress powers are undeniable, and fans of Grace, Sam, and werewolf romance will be far from disappointed.
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This is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Stiefvater. The third (and final) book Forever is due out in July 2011. This was a good follow-up to the first book and fans of the first should find nothing to complain about with this book.

In this book we start where we left off in the last book. Sam is cured, but now Grace is starting to have trouble with fevers and feeling ill. Isabel (whose brother Jack died while she was trying to cure him in the last book) spends a ton of time with Grace. Also some new wolves enter into the story; meet Cole St. Claire, a sexy guy with a mysterious past who seems all about causing trouble.

I will say off the bat that I thought Shiver was creative and easy to read, but slow. The same holds true for this book. Stiefvater takes a very creative approach to werewolves and that creativity continues some in this book. We actually get involved in a bit of science behind the werewolf craziness and I liked that. I kind of missed having the temperatures listed at the beginning of each chapter, but they weren't as important since Sam is cured. The characters are very likable and complex and the dialogue is easy to read. There is just something about this book that draws you forward, I think it is mostly the question of Grace's illness and the threat of Cole.

I have some of the same complaints with this book that I had with the last book. It is slow. Not a ton happens throughout the book. Like in Shiver, we plod through the character's day to day life and very slowly the plot unfolds. There actually isn't a ton of plot to unfold, but somehow it still manages to be engaging. When I finished the book and thought back to what actually happened, really it wasn't all that much. Somehow Stiefvater makes it work for her though and adds in some beautiful prose that almost makes up for the lack of plot.

I also have to mention that I love that this takes place in my home state of Minnesota. Stiefvater does an excellent job of getting a feel for spring in Minnesota and the excitement that comes with the rising temperature.

Overall this was a good continuation of the series. I found it engaging and easy to read, but still thought it moved a bit slow and wished that the plot was a bit more complex. I eagerly await the conclusion to the series Forever.
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reviewed Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 2) on + 208 more book reviews
The 2nd installment of the wolves of mercy falls. Other readers have complained that this was slow, I disagree. It was fast paced, I liked the new character Cole and what he brought to the story and thought this was a great continuation of book one. Grace and Sam get a bit sappy with their teen romance, but it IS a teen romance.
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When I got Book 2, I had to go back and reread Book 1, as it had been awhile. Now I am done with both and have to get on to Book 3! I have been enjoying the story line and characters, though the ending has left me hanging. :) Good story.
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Not bad for the second part of the series. We learn about the new wolves and the new difficulties that Grace and Sam face. Granted this book does get slow in spots, sometimes you think you've read 100 pages when really it was only 20 due to how much this can drag on. This book still manages to keep you plodding along, making you wonder what's really going to happen next. Though not the greatest werewolf book out there, it's not the worst.


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