Title: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Romance
Synopsis: 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?
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆
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I know this series gets a lot of hate, and I know that this is probably not the best of Maggie Stiefvater’s works, but I picked this series up before any of her other ones because I freaking love werewolves, okay? I’ve read vampire novels and hunter novels and all kinds of things, but I had never actually read a book that focused primarily on werewolves. I really needed werewolves in my library, which is why I picked this up.
I get that a lot of people don’t like werewolves, and just think that vampires and other paranormal creatures are so much cooler. I get that these people would hate these books. I totally understand. If I was indifferent about werewolves, I would hate these books too. But I really love wolves, so I’m just very meh about these books.
There’s more romance than plot. The romance itself is slightly obsessive and angsty. I like the humor, and I like the relationships between the characters, but again, there’s just too much of it. I feel like if the romance and angst was toned down a little, this trilogy wouldn’t even be a trilogy. The amount of plot in these books could easily be covered in one or one and a half books. xD But, oh well.
I do think that the storyline itself is very clear, and very well thought-out. It’s not predictable, nor is it boring. The book can get boring because of the repetitive romance, but when Stiefvater gets into the nitty gritty of things, everything just lifts itself up.
I wasn’t expecting the end, and I’m really looking forward to where the series goes from here. I don’t have high expectations of the last book, but I like it enough to want to know what happens in the end.
I really loved Grace and Sam’s characters in the first book, but I feel like they haven’t evolved or developed in any way in the second one. Sam’s still the sensitive, brooding, loyal boyfriend and Grace is still the sincere, caring girlfriend. I wish we got more dimension to their characters, a little more backstory perhaps. We do get some for Sam, but not nearly enough.
I also noticed that Olivia was mentioned a couple of times in the beginning, but they completely forgot about her after a while… lame, much?
I love Isabelle’s character. I think she’s just the right amount of indifference and sass, and I’d love to see her open up a little more. I like how Stiefvater doesn’t change her characters’ personalities in the snap of a finger, but the development is gradual (if there’s development in the first place.)
We are introduced to a new character in this book: Cole. Cole has the potential to be a fantastic character. He’s snarky and charming and brooding, and he’s very interesting. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Cole and Isabelle, and I’m looking forward to where their characters go with regards to each other, although I really hope their romance isn’t as obsessive as Sam and Grace’s. I also noticed that Stiefvater tends to glamorize suicide and drugs, in a way, and doesn’t portray them in an ugly light. I don’t know- that’s just what I got out of Cole’s storyline.
Maggie Stiefvater is a very talented writer. She has the ability to use some beautiful language to get her point across, to make her readers empathize with the characters and relate to them. Even though this series isn’t all that, I’ll definitely be checking out other Stiefvater novels because I really love her writing. But I do think that she likes writing romance more than she likes writing the actual plot of the novel. Okay, I sound like a broken record. You get why I didn’t like this TOO much, right? Okay.
Would I recommend? To fans of Twilight who are Team Jacob. xD
Would I re-read? No.