Thursday, 25 November 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Review


I feel the weight of the pack's gaze...

Grace and Sam must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past...and figuring out a way to save the future.

But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace realises she has changed in ways she never could have expected.

I was so anxious to read Linger after the way Shiver left me reeling. I loved Shiver for the writing, for the poetic tone to it and for the intriguing plot-line.

Linger, however, didn't seem to step up from Shiver at all.

I thought that the majority of the book was rather dry and slow-going; there were parts that were as exhilarating as they were in Shiver but for the most part, Linger was lacking something I can't put my finger on.

I still loved how original the whole story was and how the writing had a certain flow to it.

I also loved the characters, especially Sam who was as serene as ever; I was amazed with his lyrics in this book; they were beautiful.

But I still kind of feel that if I hadn't read Shiver before Linger, I wouldn't have finished Linger at all. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I wanted to find out what happens - in the long run - between Sam and Grace.

The ending was definitely the best part of the book for me. It was so heartbreaking it left me shocked for a while as well as crying for about an hour!

I really can't wait for book three - Forever. It can go either way from here; either I'll love Forever or I'll hate it.

Great quotes:

"She loved all of the wolves behind her house, but she loved one of them most of all.  
And this one loved her back. He loved her back so hard that even the things that weren't special about her became special: the way she tapped her pencil on her teeth, the off-key songs she sang in the shower, how when she kissed him he knew it meant forever.  
Hers was a memory made up of snapshots: being dragged through the snow by a pack of wolves, first kiss tasting of oranges, saying good-bye behind a cracked windshield. 
A life made up of promises of what could be: the possibilities contained in a stack of college applications, the thrill of sleeping under a strange roof, the future that lay in Sam's smile.  
It was a life I didn't want to leave behind.  
It was a life I didn't want to forget.  
I wasn't done with it yet. There was so much more to say." 

About the author:

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. 

My Rating: 5/10

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

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