Title: Linger (book 2 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Stars – 🌟🌟🌟
Note – This review does contain SPOILERS for the first book in the trilogy, Shiver.
Review: In the first book, we were introduced to Sam and Grace. Sam was a boy who turned into a wolf every winter and who had reached the end of his shifting years; once he changed into a wolf this time, there would be no changing back. Grace was a girl who should have shifted after being attacked and bitten by the wolves, but inexplicably she never changed. At the end, Grace “healed” Sam and he became permanently human, or so they think.
In this book, Sam is trying to learn how to deal with being human all the time, while Grace seems to be coming down with some type of cold. Grace keeps getting more and more sick, Sam fears the worst. Everything keeps getting turned upside down for Sam and Grace, can their love prevail all?
I am giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is, even though the writing flows well, I felt that, all but one of the characters didn’t really grow or advance in any way throughout the story. I also felt that, as a whole, it has too many parallels to the first book. That’s not to say that this isn’t a fun read, it is; however, the love story, to me at least, is no more believable. Also, I feel that Sam and Grace, especially Grace, are far too attached to have only actually known each other a few months. The attachment is somewhat obsessive.
I do recommend reading this book if you: 1- read the first one, 2- love wolf/werewolf stories, or 3- have a love for unusual love stories. I recommend this book for readers 7th grade and up. My local library has the entire trilogy available (shout out to Summers County Public Library for being awesome), be sure to see if your local library has them!
For more information about the series, go here