Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review: Linger

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Their eyes, human eyes in wolf skulls, remind me of water:  the clear blue of water reflecting the spring sky, the brown of a brook churning with rainfall, the green of the lake in summer as the algae begins to bloom, the gray of a snow-choked river.  It used to be only Sam's yellow eyes that watched me from between the rain soaked birches, but now, I feel the weight of the entire pack's gaze.  The weight of things known, things unsaid.

Guilt, grief, fear, and longing.  The characters of Linger all have their own demons lingering just beneath the surface, demons that they must ultimately face.  The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is filled with tragedy, loss, and love.  The paranormal elements of these books, though integral to the story, are overshadowed by the deeply felt emotions of each character.  The voice of each character feels even more raw and tortured in this novel.  In Shiver, the first book in the series, these young adults are each dealing with the heavy weight of the emotional baggage they carry.  These characters, and the newly introduced characters of this book, are not just burdened.  In Linger these characters are broken.  Will love, friendship, and strength of will be enough to help them pick up the pieces?

I highly recommend Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, book 2) to readers of paranormal romance, young adult, urban fantasy, fantasy, and especially to fans of werewolf fiction. These books are on the darker side of young adult fantasy and may not be an ideal choice for sensitive readers.

Linger is the second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.  To read my review of Shiver, the first book in this series, please click here.

Source: This book was purchased by me for review.

Linger on Amazon.
Linger on Goodreads.


  1. I've been really wanting to read this series, great to know you recommend it!

  2. Thanks for the review! I just got my copy a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to read it. It's interesting that you mentioned that the characters are broken in this novel. I haven't heard that before.

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