This is my first book review and I am going to explain this WITHOUT spoilers since the novel doesn't come out for a while. *takes a deep breath* Okaaaaaay, here we go...
LINGER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)'s summary comes from Amazon.com:
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 in the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, who own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves, and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
First off, thank you to the amazing Scholastic booth at ALA MidWinter 2010 for giving me this novel. This is an advanced reader's copy, which means it is not a final product. The book's official release date is July 20th, 2010.
Without giving any spoilers, I want to say that LINGER was 200% better than SHIVER. It was told from the point of view of not just Grace and Sam, who were the narrators of SHIVER, but also Isabel, Grace's friend, and Cole, the new wolf in the pack.
The characterization in LINGER was stronger then in SHIVER, and I really got to know all of the characters better. Maggie writes beautifully and every time I reread SHIVER and this time that I read LINGER, I truly felt like I was in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. I felt cold when the characters were feeling chilly and warm when they felt warm.
I did think that this book needed more action. While Grace's difficulties with her parents continued, I didn't feel that this conflict was big enough to carry the story. I was on the edge of my seat with Grace's dangerous secret and I am rather eager to see what will happen in the third book, FOREVER.
In all, I'd give LINGER 5 stars out of 5 because I felt that the writing and characterization was stronger than the previous book in the series and because I. Love. Cole.
That's right. Move over, Sam. For me, you've been replaced by Cole St. Claire. <3