By Maggie Stiefvater
book rate: ★★★☆☆ (2.5/5)
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, be aware, this review contains spoilers of book one, Shiver. If you want to know more about shiver here is my full review.
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.
This is book is told from four different perspectives, Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole. Cole is one of the New Wolves Beck brought before changing to wolf. It’s still too cold for the new wolves to start shifting but Cole is already human during most days so he’s trying to figure out why and how this wolf thing really works. I can’t decide if I like Cole or not, he’s obvious not a stable person, he just wants to be a wolf and lose himself but in the end he actually snaps out a little and starts acting like a normal person. Isabel was a character that intrigued me in Shiver and I was glad we could see the story thought her eyes. I felt like she was the only one trying to hold everything together. Sam’s chapters were the worse of the book, instead of facing the problems that he has to face, he only things about two things: thinking about this cure, and telling himself that he is cured and thinking of Grace and how much he misses her. Grace’s chapters are not that good as well. I appreciated the fact that she stood up for herself and told everything she thought to her parents about them, but other than that, she only thought about Sam or how much pain she was in. This leaves us with Isabel having to take action, worrying about Grace, taking care of Cole and make Sam wake up from his daze and take action before something bad happened. If it was not from Isabel this book would have sucked!
Needless to say I didn’t like this book. I didn’t like the characters, I felt like there was no personality to them, specially Sam and Grace. Nothing happened until the very end of the book. It was boring. Although I intend on reading the next book to find out what happens I think Shiver would have served better as a stand-a-lone. I was disappointed with Linger and I hope the next book is better.