Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is the sequel to Shiver.  **Warning:  Parts of this review may be spoilers to those who have not read Shiver.

Sam.  Sam is finally the boy he has always dreamed of being.  He is also able to now fully be with Grace and that is all he has ever wanted.  With spring approaching, the wolves will be changing too – those that can still change back into their human form and as the new leader, Sam is about to find out how much falls on his shoulders, especially with the two newer wolves, Cole and Victor.

Grace.  With Sam in her life what else could she wish for?  Turns out… plenty.  She could wish that her non-existent parents could keep their noses out of her life much as they have always done… but no, now they are all concerned about her relationship with Sam and getting all “parental” on her.  Seriously…. eye roll.  And there is this gnawing pain within her that seems to be getting worse.  Is she getting the flu?  Or could it be something much more serious.. something that has lain dormant for a long time?

Not often can I say a second book is even better than the first but in this case I think it needs to be said.  When I started Linger (errr…. last night) I was hoping that this great storyline that started with Shiver would be able to continue to hold my interest.  I wasn’t getting my hopes up too high, as honestly second books many times do not deliver the punch of the first.  I think especially when you are writing fantasy fiction is can be easy to lose the magic along the way…  Not so with Linger.

Within a few pages I was transported right back to Mercy Falls Minnesota, right where I left off… there was Sam, still head over heals in love Grace… and Grace still madly in love with Sam…. and this time there is so much more….



to lose than there was before….

it is so…


Honestly, I started this book last night (after having misplaced it for a little over a week it was found in the book room…. I know.. I know).  I read about twenty pages last night and then this morning picked it up… and finished it this afternoon.  I could not stop reading it and thank goodness it was my day off and no one is home…. and I read like I used to read on weekends as a teenager when life was all drama, and friends, and books.

Book Bliss people.  No lie.

Linger left me with answers to old questions from Shiver, and new questions as the startling and cliffhanger conclusion left me grasping for the third book…..

that is not here.

Forever release date: July 12

Maggie has created a fantasy world within these books that leave me anxious to know what will happen in July when Forever is released.  I could not be more excited to get my hands on this book!

Amazon Rating

The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map has been updated to include Linger

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19 thoughts on “Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. My reviews are coming next week, but I thought the parents totally did a 180 in this second book. I mean, even more than from boy to wolf or wolf to boy…. (So meanwhile, I keep obsessively checking the author’s spelling on my scheduled posts because it’s different and that would be awful to screw it up – by the time the reviews post, I’ll probably have the author listed as Maggie Smith…)

    1. Jill – YES! Suddenly the parents are there constantly – I can totally understand Grace’s frustration… not only now they were interfering in her connections to Sam – but the fact that “too little too late” seams apparent. 🙂

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one too! I loved Linger (and Shiver). I really hope Forever delivers and I can’t wait to read it. July seems too far away. I’ve got that to look forward to as well as the final Harry Potter movie.

    Great review!

  3. Your review reminded me how much I LOVED Shiver and Linger. And I also felt the frustration at her parents – after years of being so neglectful – suddenly being so controlling, especially since she’s practically an adult at this point! Can not wait for book three. 🙂

    1. I really enjoyed them too Carrie! I think the difference is parenthood from book one to book two was a complete reversal – and I suppose, I can see parents doing that when they have realized that they have been a little too negligent.

      I too am super excited for the third book!

  4. I missed the Shiver train and just ordered both of these books last week. I will be doing a little “squee” when they arrive in the mail and cannot wait to get started!

  5. OH, my gosh, Sheila. I just finished Shiver last week and now you make me want to read Linger immediately! The trouble is that I didn’t expect to like Shiver, so I don’t think I ordered Linger from the publisher. Hmmm…might have to ask for it from the library. Great review – I can’t wait!


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