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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Book Review + Giveaway: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 368
Source: Received from publisher for honest review

Summary: 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.

My Review: Maggie has done it again! Linger delivered a fantastic follow-up to Shiver that left me drooling like a wolf. The beautiful, poetic writing I remembered in the first novel continued to warm my heart. Maggie's way with words are distinct and have the ability to move mountains. Grace and Sam's relationship blossomed and I enjoyed seeing their love come to light even more after the change. In my eyes, Sam will forever stay the sweetest character in YA. The way he carried himself through rough situations proved how much he loved Grace. If only all guys acted like Sam, all would be right in the world. But, then we would never have characters such as Cole, a newly infected wolf who was a complex rock star with demons. He was perceived as cocky and different from the others. At first, he was a mystery but once I started peeling back his layers I started to sympathize with him.

Another individual I got to know better was Isabel, Jack's sister. She was very entertaining from start to finish. Isabel's blunt personality definitely helped her get away with a lot of questions others wouldn't be able to ask. On top of that, she was hilarious and I caught myself laughing out loud. As for the lovely Grace, she was still an amazing, down-to-earth character that I admired and respected. By the end of Linger, I was surprised and shocked. The twist left me eagerly anticipating the third book Forever. It's just unfortunate that I have to wait until next year! Maggie yet again blew me away and I look forward to seeing how Sam and Grace deal with the new obstacles in their relationship.

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Author's Info:


Maggie Stiefvater is a twenty-seven year old writer, artist, and musician. Her debut novel, Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, was published by Flux in 2008. Linger, the sequel to Shiver, will be published on July 20, 2010. She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and their two young children.



For more info on Maggie, visit her site(s):

-Website
-Blog
-Twitter
-Facebook

Want the chance to win a finished copy of Linger? Scholastic has been kind enough to give away a copy to a lucky follower. Look below for details!

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-Deadline will be on August 2, 2010 at midnight EST time.

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32 comments:

lanakapana010 said...

Great review, thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the review, Eleni. Linger sounds so great and I'm glad that it doesn't disappoint after reading Shiver. And you are so right in saying Sam is the sweetest character in YA! :D

Kaitlyn (Kaitlyn in Bookland) said...

Can't wait to read this one--thanks for the review.

Meredith said...

Great review! I can't wait to read about the Isabel/Cole romance :)

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Nice review! It sounds just as incredible as the first :)

pirate penguin said...

I can't wait to see how these characters developed-I just loved Shiver :)

AtenRa said...

Even though I expected much more from Shiver,I have bought Linger because I think Stiefvater's beautiful writing deserves a second chance.
Nice review,Eleni!

Reena Jacobs said...

Thanks for the great contest. My daughter's reading my copy of Shiver. I'm next! :)

Mary not so Contrary said...

I've missed your blog!!

Great review. I can't wait to read Linger. I'm glad to hear that Isable becomes lickable in this one as she made me mad in Shiver. Can't wait to read it!!

The Bookish Type said...

I've heard so many great things about this series. Thank you for the chance to win the second book!

elizabeth said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I can't wait to start this series! I have both books... need to read them ASAP.

Jessy said...

I love Maggie's writing style and can't wait to read what happens next in the series. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

luiloth said...

I enjoyed your review, I'm looking forward to reading Linger, I loved Maggie's "Shiver".
Thank you for the great giveaway!

elioravespera said...

:D I'm glad you loved Linger!! It's my favorite book of all time, now!! XD I can't wait until "Forever" comes out, it's so exciting,.! So many books to read, so little time..

Shooting Stars Mag said...

wonderful review. I loved this one too and the new points of view just added to the story. I'm so excited for the third one.

-lauren

latishajean said...

Great giveaway thank you very much for chance!

Meredith said...

Great review! Thanks for the giveaway!

Melanie L said...

Thank you for having this giveaway!

Vidisha said...

Great Giveaway

Blondie said...

Awesome giveaway!!! Cant wait to see who wins!

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

Yay! Glad to hear that you loved it! I'm not going to be able to read my copy till probably tomorrow but I can't wait. I think I might get to attend Maggie's signing on Monday, too. *squee*

Bere said...

Wonderful review, Eleni! Makes me all the more eager to start reading my copy of Linger. Can't wait! =)

Shishito said...

Thanks.

angie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have been wanting to read this!

Kristina said...

Awesome review! I've been waiting to read Linger for so long; I'm totally jealous! :P

misskallie2000 said...

Great review Eleni. Have had this on my wish list from first review.
Thanks for hosting this grea giveaway and opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Pokadots1121 said...

Thanks for this cool giveaway. I want to read Linger so bad!

Kris said...

Ok I'll admit it...I've entered like 1000 Linger giveaways and haven't one one yet. So I'll be crossing my fingers LOL! I really want this book!

Elise said...

Thanks!

Chris J. said...

Sounds really interesting, thanks for introducing this author.
Great giveaway.
Best Wishes.

Beverly said...

Soooo want to win this book - thanks for hosting!

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