Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
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.
I was apprehensive when I started Linger, unsure about where the story would go. Shiver seemed to have the perfect ending. This is a fabulous continuation of Grace and Sam’s story though, and it was so lovely to be back with them. Plus there are two new intriguing and captivating narrators. The fabulously sarcastic Isabel and damaged but delicious Cole St Claire, who happily likes to be naked a lot. I am looking forward to the movie version of Linger!
With this book Maggie Stiefvater has become one of my favorite writers. Not only are her stories gorgeous, her characters have a depth that makes them feel so real. The four way narration, which could have been confusing worked so well, I always knew who was talking.
And her writing, oh I love and envy her writing. It’s beautifully descriptive without being overdone. From the moment I opened the book, the green words (yes the ink is green, so pretty), unwrapped around me and took me to Mercy Falls. Sitting in the sweltering DC heat Maggie Stiefvater gorgeously evocative writing made me feel cold.
These books stand out in my head, as much as their gorgeous covers do on my bookcase. It’s not just the characters, although I love them. It’s not just the setting, although it makes me want to go there. It’s not just the plot, although I’m loving the new insights in to how and why the wolves shift. It’s all these things and something more, an atmosphere, a way they make me feel when I read them. For want of a better word, it’s magic, the kind that the best books have. Now if only I could capture some . . .
. . .anyway if you haven’t go buy Shiver and Linger they are definitely must reads.