I finished it in 3 hours.
Like Shiver, Linger is told in alternating points of view, but not only from Sam and Grace. Isabel gets a chance to narrate and so does the new character, Cole. At first, I didn’t know how I would feel about Isable and Cole narrating the story since I love Sam and Grace’s story. It turns out that I really enjoyed Isabel’s chapters. She’s hilarious and snarky, and her chapters add a bit of comic relief to the otherwise dramatic plot. Having actually liked her in Shiver, I should have known her chapters would be good.
Cole, on the other hand, I remained unsure about until the ending section of the novel. When I was reading Cole’s chapters, that was when I felt like I was missing out on Sam and Grace. I didn’t feel like reading Cole’s side of the story, which was similar to how I felt whenever Jacob Black became a narrator in the Twilight series. Over the course of the novel, however, as Cole’s role unfolded, I found myself liking him. By the end, I was kicking myself for disliking him.
Grace’s parents were pretty much absent in Shiver, but in Linger they seem to be everywhere. Their presence is stifling and I really wanted to scream and shout at them. This may sound irritating and unpleasant, but the fact that Ms. Stiefvater was able to evoke such anger proves that she is a master at creating believable/honest characters.
Maggie Stiefvater’s writing continues to be amazingly beautiful. There are scenes that I absolutely love and if it weren’t for her writing, they (and the novel) wouldn’t be the same. I love how poetic her writing is in Shiver and it’s even more so in Linger. Although each narrator has a distinct voice, Ms. Stiefvater has managed to make the chapters fluid and the shifts in narrators seamless.
Overall, though, I didn’t fall in love with Linger as I did with Shiver. I love it, but I don’t love it, you know? It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the novel, it’s just that it didn’t have the same effect on me as Shiver did. Still, Linger should not go unread and is an amazing sequel that will leave readers wanting even more.
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