Sunday, August 1, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Review

I was part of the Linger Blog Tour, thanks to Good Golly Miss Holly, and I took me such a long time to put up this review. Sorry :-( Everytime I thought I'd get around to it, it never happened. And then my mom took the laptop away- because of my evil sis, not me. Anywho, here's a description about the book- if you've been living under a rock:

From Goodreads: Their eyes, human eyes in wolf skulls, remind me of water: the clear blue of water reflecting the spring sky, the brown of a brook churning with rainfall, the green of the lake in summer as the algae begins to bloom, the gray of a snow-choked river. It used to be only Sam's yellow eyes that watched me from between the rain-soaked birches, but no, I feel the weight of the entire pack's gaze. The weight of things known, things unsaid.

Sam, who spent most of his life as a werewolf, has undergone an unlikely cure and no longer transitions between fur and skin as the temperature changes from cold to hot. This should be a happy time for Sam and true-love Grace, but just as he begins to trust his new human life, Grace feels her humanity slipping away. Sam's focus is split between worry for Grace and his role as caretaker of the werewolf pack, which for the first time in years includes new members.

Rating: 4.75/5 Stars

Characters: 5/5 Stars

Ending: 4.75/5 Stars

I absolutely loved Shiver and was super excited for Linger. And I was not disappointed! Like many other bloggers, Maggie created another book that left me speechless at times. She has such a beautiful, poetic way of writing, it's amazing. I usually have to laugh at books that use imagery and other literary devices in their writing because it sounds so odd, but Maggie is a genius. Even reading reviews of her books, they show how beautiful her writing it.

Back to the story! Sam is now human, but Grace is slowing figuring out that the wolf inside her may not be dead after all. The chapters are in the points of view of not only Sam and Grace, but also Cole, a new wolf who chose this life, and Isabel. We all love Sam and Grace but it was nice to learn more about the other characters. Cole is trying to escape his old life, where he feels guilt over his many life decisions and impact on people, but is having trouble keeping his feelings inside. Isabel is also feeling guilt over her brother's death, so I think these two characters fit very well together. I was a little confused about their relationship though. Mostly because Isabel is such a complex character. I was also disconcerted by her feelings toward Sam. And even though you read some of the story in her point of view, you also don't know what's going through her mind when it's not. It's hard to figure her out.

The problem people I know had was that, even though the story was great, there's less of Sam and Grace. It's a different part of their story and I guess and we can have them fawning over each other all the time. Like most people know, I'm a nit-picky person and I don't have many books that I think are 100%. Saying that, the only thing I had a problem with was Sam and Grcae's relationship. I know they go through a hurdle in this book, but I didn't feel like their relationship was tested. What I mean is, it seems like they're still in the honeymoon stage and knowing how far they are in their relationship, I think they should further beyond that. I don't think it's possible for any couple in the world to find their other half's annoying qualities endearing all the time. It was cheesy or another, because of the way Maggie writes, but it just seemed a little unrealistic at times. I know, I know. Like wolves are realistic, right?

I have a love/hate relationship with the end. It was very strong and unexpected, but it still gives me hope. Is anyone else botheres with Sam at the end, if you know what I mean?

No matter, I can't wait for the next book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Forever!

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