Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

24 Jul

Scholastic Canada, 2010

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 Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love — the light and the dark, the warm and the cold — in a way you will never forget.

From goodreads website.

So, you wanna know how good this book was? Huh? Well, in this gal’s opinion there are no words to describe the deliciousness of Linger.  In fact, at times it was so overloaded with deliciousness that my brain, and heart, went into overdrive. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to pick it up again and reread it. That rarely ever happens to me. But I loved Linger so, so very much that I can see it becoming an addiction (but in a good way). I loved it so much, in fact, that while I have a review copy I am hoping against hope that I can somehow get one of the signed and doodled copies from Fountain Bookstore delivered to me.

Okay, guess I should include some concrete facts about why Linger was so freaking amazing. First off, Cole. Now, I’m not normally all about the bad boys, but this new characters is one of those bad boys with possibly a good boy buried deep inside, so, yeah, he was hot as Hell. And besides that, he was a well written, dynamic character. And a perfect match for Isabel. Poor, sarcastic, so much fun to read about Isabel. These two are a match made in dysfunctional land and I thought it was perfection.

We also learn a bit more about Sam’s upbringing, in particular his relationship with Beck. Ah, Beck. If there was one character that I wish I could learn/read more about, it’s Beck.  Maybe I’ll have to delve into the world of writing fan-fiction to satisfy that itch.

It’s weird. I’m not much for the romance in books, but I am completely drawn in by Sam and Grace’s story. In Linger they have a few obstacles pop up that threaten to keep them apart and, darn it, I don’t want that to happen. I believe in their love and I want to see it triumph. And this isn’t because I am getting mushy in my old age, no: it’s a testament to Stiefvater’s writing. She writes about their love in such a wonderful and realistic way that it got me hook, line and sinker.


The ending of Linger did me in. Seriously. With ten pages left I set the book down, stubbornly refusing to finish it. I knew what was coming and I was upset and mad about it.  After a few hours I finally took a deep breath and finished it. And then sulked for a couple of days. Why was I sulking? What I thought was going to happen happened. Plus, I now have to wait a whole freaking year for the third and final book, Forever.


Linger totally lives up to the hype, I swear. I loved it just as much as I loved Shiver. In fact, I would be hard pressed to say which book I loved more.  Buy them. Read them. Love them. Trust me, you will.

Oh, hey, for you Canadian readers out there, I’m giving away one copy of Linger. Check out the contest deets here.

And I think this review holds my personal record for the number of times I use the words love, loves, loved. 😛

Thanks so, so much to Scholastic Canada for feeding my addiction.


6 Responses to “Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Bethany Canfield (dreadlock girl) July 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Oh, I agree with you about Shiver for sure…can’t wait to finish it and get my hands on this one too! Glad to hear you can’t decide which one you like best because I am loving the first.

    • lavenderlines July 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

      I love when the second book in a series/trilogy not only lives up to the hype but is just as good as the first. Maggie is now one of my fave authors. Waiting for ballad and Lament to come in at the library. I’ll prob end up buying them once my book ban is over. 🙂

  2. steph July 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Your enthusiasm rocks! I’m going through a bit of a reading/book lull somehow and just reading your post (I too enjoyed Linger) made me feel as though I might just wake up, finally!

    • lavenderlines July 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

      Heh, glad I could be of some help! Nothing sucks more than being in a book-funk.


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