Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human. 

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

Book Overview:

Author: Maggie Stiefvater | Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls | Format: Audiobook | Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Pierce Cravens, Emma Galvin, & Jenna Lamia | Length: 10 hours, 38 mins | Publish Date: July 13, 2010 | Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance | Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Goodreads Author, Favorite Heroine, Favorite Book, Young Adult Fantasy (2010) | Rating: ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: Maybe

“This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.
I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.”

Oh my gosh. I am so very frustrated with this book. I feel like giving it 4 stars is generous.

Let me explain.

So I feel like I could have read the first one, and it would have been fine to leave it the way it was. The way that Shiver ended was absolutely perfect. There was a happy ending, true love between a girl and her wolf, and that was that. Nothing else needed to happen, and I wouldn’t have known that things were actually not okay.

But of course, I kept hearing such great things about this series so I had to find out what the next book contained. I still don’t know whether or not it was a good idea, and the reason is Grace and Sam.

Yes, I understand that this series is about their love: Grace, a human girl, and Sam, a boy that becomes a wolf. Somehow, they meet when Sam becomes human during the fall, and their love is one that is supposed to be epic. It’s clear that they love one another, and they proved that they would do pretty much anything to make sure that they would be in each other’s lives.

“I just looked at her, feeling utterly empty. I didn’t know what I was supposed to say to her. My life is in that bed. Please let me stay.” 

So now we come to this book, and that love has pretty much consumed their lives. While Grace’s parents have never been good by any means necessary – her father forget her in the car on the hottest day of the year and she almost died as a child – but I don’t think that gives Grace the right to be a brat. She is so disrespectful to her parents, and I understand that she’s hurt that they never thought to be actual parents to her, but that doesn’t excuse her behavior. She constantly defies them and yet she expects to have the luxuries that they have provided her? Like her car, for example. Does she not realize that they could easily take that way from her (not just the keys), and she can’t say anything about it? She was just a lovesick little teenager that believed that she knew everything about life and didn’t need her parents.

Yet what happens when she gets extremely sick? Who has to take her to the hospital? Oh, and does she know who’s paying for her health insurance? Yeah, I bet it’s not her.

My favorite part of this book was having Isabelle’s point of view. She was the only one that was actually thinking straight and even called out Grace and Sam on numerous occasions for when they decide to be stupid. Isabelle lost her own flesh and blood for goodness sake, and yet she can see things in rational ways and is considered the voice of reason. Too bad nobody wants to listen to her.

That’s all I can really say about this book. Yes, Grace and Sam are cute… well they were in the first one. In this one, they are just way too irritating for me to appreciate it.

So I guess I have to read the third one to find out how all of this ends… We’ll see if it ends on a better note.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Book Overview:

Author: Maggie Stiefvater | Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls | Format: Audiobook | Narrated By: Jenna Lamia, David LeDoux | Length: 10 hours, 43 minutes | Publish Date: August 1, 2009 | Genre: YA Fantasy/Supernatural | Literary Awards: Georgia Peach Book Award (2010), Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee (2011), Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2010), Florida Teens Read Nominee (2010), Teen Read Award Nominee for Best Read (2010), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2010), Lincoln Award Nominee (2012), The Inky Awards Shortlist for Silver Inky (2010), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2012) | Rating: ★ ★ ★  | Recommend: Yes

“It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are.” 

I haven’t read a good werewolf book in a long time, maybe a couple of years ago. This was pretty up there in one of my favorites, and I was extremely happy with the ending.

The premise of this werewolf story was certainly unique for me. In this case, those who were werewolves would shift into their wolf self only when it got too cold. During the winter, they became wolves, and during the summer, they would shift back into their human form. The catch was: that wouldn’t last forever. The time itself would vary, but there would come a time where they would have one final summer to be a human, and they would live out the rest of their days as a wolf, unable to go back to their past life no matter how much they tried.

When Grace was a little girl, she almost died. Twice. The first time was when she was sitting on the tire swing, and she was captured by the wolves. They bit her and almost killed her until one of them saved her. What made that particular wolf save her, she had no idea. It didn’t even seem like she was afraid to die. She was just… waiting. The second time was when her father accidentally left her in his car on the hottest day of the year. The doctors said she should have been dead, but by some miracle, she had survived.

Ever since that fateful night with the wolves, she would look forward to winter, when she would see “her wolf”, the one that saved her life, the one with the yellow eyes that would stare at her from his spot in the forest. She became intrigued by him, almost obsessed. Even her wolf, a boy named Sam, started to feel the same way. He would think about her in the winter when he would watch her, and in the summer when he found out what her name was. They were falling in love with one another from afar, and it was about time they actually met.

“I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl,From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl,I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl,But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl,It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child,It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a whileShe holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her handI’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.” 

One thing that I’m glad the author pointed out was that both Grace and Sam had a sort of obsession with one another. Both of the characters even called themselves out on it, and I’m glad they did. From the outside, it didn’t seem like just an infatuation about the wolves or one another. It got to the point that they just could not leave the other’s side, and hated to be separated. It could be cute, but I also thought it was more of an obsession. Nothing wrong with it, I guess. At least it wasn’t too dangerous.

I think if this happened to be a standalone, I would be mostly happy with the ending. I am curious to know how the series ends, knowing that it’s a trilogy (four books if you include the last one that isn’t about Grace and Sam). Hopefully, it ends on a high note, and I don’t have to stay in my room crying my eyes out like I almost did with this one.

Author Spotlight
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Born: in The United States
Twitter: mstiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Goodreads Member Since: June 2008

 New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.