Format: Hardback, 360 pages
Published: July 13, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Back cover blurb:
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. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
Oh, God. So, yeah, I admit, I cried at the end of this one, too, just like I did at the end of the first book, Shiver. Although it wasn’t a surprise – what was happening to Grace was flagged right from the prologue – the revelation at the end and the implications on not just Grace but Sam and Olivia and the rest of Sam’s “family” were just heartbreaking.
For a YA story, this is packed with realistic situations (yes, I know it’s about werewolves, but the parents were perfectly drawn here) and even though I didn’t like Cole and Isabel to start off with, they really redeemed theselves by the end. While I love Grace and Sam the most, I will still be interested to see how their stories are resolved.
It’s a great set-up for the third book – the final in the series – due out in July. Personally, I’m not sure I can wait that long!
My rating: 5/5