Friday, August 22, 2014

Ashley's Review: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: May 1st 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Pages: 362
Format: Paperback
Bought: Used Book Store
Read: August 04 to 17, 2014
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.
the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human.

the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
~My Thoughts~
Is it sad that even the author knew that Grace and Sam can't hold up the story alone and had to bring in two other characters points of view? Yeah, I thought so.....
From the first page you knew what was going to happen to Grace and it sucks that it took the characters 360 pages to figure it out and solve it. Like seriously? Sam and Grace's story drags. Sam is learning to be human and Grace is fighting to curse. And that's about it. Just curious, when the publishers picked this up was it a slow time for them and they needed to make their quota? No offense.
There's literally not much to say about this book. Yes the writing is beautiful and poetic but there's really no story here. The author should have ended Grace and Sam's story in the first one (like it did) and just continued this series with Isabel and Cole (one of the new wolves Beck created). Their story was three times more better!! If it wasn't for them I would have definitely DNF Linger.
Some moments I did enjoy in Sam and Grace's story but it just dragged. It was so slow moving. I mean, it took half way through the book for anything exciting to happen to them! This is certainly not a fast-paced series because after that, their story slowed down again! At least Isabel and Cole's story had some meat to it.
Cole is a newly created wolf so he's a bit unstable right now as spring is slowly approaching. His control over the wolf inside him is unbelievable. However he wishes to just fade away and only be a wolf. He doesn't want to be Cole anymore and along the way you get to see why. So he tries to figure this curse out so he can be a wolf and only a wolf. As he's trying Isabel comes into his life and how they met is absolutely hilarious. Oh my god!
These two clicked and not even knowing it, help each other along. Linger seriously feels like there's two stories going on and it took the last few chapters for them to become one. Again, this is not a fast-paced read. I think it would have been faster if it was just Cole and Isabel (if you can't tell, I loved them and they made this story more bearable). I still feel strongly that this series should have ended with Shiver. I mean, it did have an ending and there wasn't a point to continue.       
Sweet Reading Everybody!

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