3.5 starsWhat s better than a book about two lovebirds being in love HOW could you POSSIBLY keep your audience INVESTED after the characters get together in Chapter 1 of book 1 Pining Lots Of Pining This is a love story I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye. deep breath in One thousand ways to say good byeOne thousands ways to cryOne thousand ways to hang your hat before you go outsideI say good bye good bye good bye deep breath out Because you know that s not how you want it to end You know I d love to have you with me, and it will be that way, one day But this isn t the way it ought to happen. Soyou may be wondering what could possibly cause this level of Romeo Julietesque mourning.Did one of them kill themselves Was there a tragic, deadly disaster Nah They aren t actually separated This is all emotional separation pining Hur ray.In other words, for Book 2, we are actually back at square one.To better put this into perspective, at the end of last book, Grace turns Sam permanently into a human through a convoluted and completely and utterly dumb way think of the most dangerous way to do something simpleand she went three steps beyond that.Anyway, now that he s human, she s starting to feel inexplicably sick The sort of terminal sickthe sort of sick levels that you would logically tell your life partnerbut she doesn tand she gets worseand starts pining over the life she is soon to loseSIGH What annoys me SO MUCH about this book is that it s the EXACT SAME PLOT as the previous one.Last round, Sam has the terminal wolf syndrome to deal withthat he waits until literally the last couple of days to tell herand when he finally does, Grace has go to extremes to save his life.This round, Grace is facing a terminal issue and instead of telling him, she bottles it up and hopes it goes away Like Gurl Did you not read the last book Anyway, other than THAT bug in my bonnet, I enjoyed most of this book The characters were better developed this round and we get to meet Cole and get to know Isabelle who s by far my favorite.Grace is such a goody two shoes that it s quite a relief to have the mean girl call her out on that This book needed a little bit of spice And thankfully there was less kissing I don t mind a smooch a roo from the couples, but last round, it ended up being SO heavy handed that I became utterly numb to it Though, points for the book quotes this round she made her home in between the pages of books. and I couldn t imagine anyone ever reading a book enough to make it look like that It looked like it had been driven over by a school bus after someone had taken a bath with it.Blog Instagram Twitter She made her home in between the pages of books Don t need to say much about this one It s a worthy follow up to Shiver and a perfect prequel to Forever I loved this series It s perfect for a wintery night or two and a hot cup of tea. if theres one thing i wish i could avoid in life, it would be writing reviews for three star ratings its so difficult to makeits not amazing, but its not bad eithersound interesting or hold any weight the reason this book falls in the middle for me is because it essentially feels like a filler book in the series there isnt much plot that propels the storyline in this its basically laying groundwork for the next installment so its a slow build, which is a dream for those who really love these characters im not quite in love with them, but i like them, so thats why my feelings lean on the positive side i do think the story is interesting and i am really looking forward to how the story comes together after this book i have also really enjoyed seeing stiefvaters writing develop and improve, so thats a bonus overall, this isnt a series i would binge read, but i will most likely continue it at some point down the line 3.5 stars It s about time I write this review I wasn t blown away by Shiver, but that doesn t mean I wasn t eagerly waiting for Linger I seem to be in the minority here, but I liked Linger than I did Shiver I still don t understand Sam though I ve decided not call him gay any, because he makes it abundantly clear that he loves Grace So instead, I will just call him feminine I mean this boy1 bakes bread2 reads German poetry3 writes sappy love songs4 cooks5 folds paper6 is sensitive aka moody And not in the sexy never know what hes gonna do way, but in the oh no hes crying again way.Seriously, this boy would get eaten alive in any high school I still like Grace though She s neat Smart and savvy But I am glad its not just those two any If I had to read another 350 paged sappy lovefest between those two, I wouldn t be able to take it So I m glad for the new POV of Isabel and Cole I ve always liked Isabel She s ballsy but not invulnerable I like how she isn t portayed as perfect And then there s Cole.I won t even try to hide the crush I have on him shrugs I have a thing for damaged rock stars It was interesting to see the whole situation through their eyes It kept the story fresh, and I didn t get confused when ever there was a shift in perspective And I don t care much about Isabel and Cole as a couple That s not really necessary And of course I was pissed at the parents Not because they did what did in itself, but because they did it without precedent Its kinda like when my mother let my dog run around the yard just after installing the electric fence My dog was running around, not a care in the world, unaware that a few feet away was an underground wire that would shock her if she came near it My dog was not aware that the boundry existed, which is why it was made all the cruel when she got zapped The writing, as usual, was good There is something so delicate about it that sets the mood for the story The story would be absolutely suckish if the writing wasn t so good, which is probably why I was able to tolerate the slow pace So I liked it, and definitely have a few questions Forever needs to come NOW. Maggie Stiefvater has a divine way with words She describes things in vivid detail that had the ability to enchant anyone She concocts beautiful colloquies that leaves the reader in raptures I am a reader.So why the hell am I giving the book Linger, which was written by an exceptionally talented Maggie Stiefvater, two stars if I m all praises at her writing What the hell went wrong Well, I honestly don t know either, but despite the writing being lyrical as most goodread users put it, the book failed to grab me Maybe owe it to the fact that I was grabbing it, but still It didn t hook me It felt like I was just reading just for the sake of having something to read The feeling sucked.But to prove that I really read the book, here s a short synopsis Spoiler Alert Well, Sam is back as human He could no longer shift back to being a wolf Then there s this new suicidal wolf who is a rockstar How cool is that I m being sarcastic Grace is sick, but she tries hiding this from Sam They try having a relationship, but her parents get in between But then from being sick, Grace is then dying And apparently, the only thing that could save her is to turn wolf The End End of Spoilers.I read this book, because I had a reading challenge, where I should pick something with an artsy cover Well, this is it Look at the cover, it s dazzling But this book sure defines a reading challenge And I put emphasis on the word challenge It was a challenge, not because the words were complicated and hard to understand, but because I found this boring and tedious that I had to stop for long breaks only to dread the time that I had to read this again.Hell Asta lavista I just want to get rid of this book from my memory ASAP, not because I hated it, but because I didn t like it either I just feel absolutely numb about it Just like what I feel when I read a dictionary But at least, I would have given a dictionary 5 stars. Hm When this book arrived, I wasn t so sure if I should read it right away or if it would be better to wait for the final book of the trilogy, Forever, to be available In the end, I was simply too curious.But a small warning This book ends on a major cliffhanger.Altogether, the book wasn t bad rather slow, though but it was one of those sequels that wouldn t really have been necessary in my opinion While I wasn t totally ecstatic about Shiver, I definitely would have remembered it as a beautifully written stand alone book with an ending that made me hope for a better future for the two main characters It didn t need a sequel.Now, in Linger, the whole story seems to move backward instead of forward Grace suddenly feels sick, and it is indicated that she can t escape her destiny to be a wolf much longer Seriously, why exactly now Sam struggles with his new found life and also with the young wolves Beck has brought with him from Canada.The only aspect that added something new was the introduction of Isabel s and Cole s point of view, which made the story fresh and interesting.I already liked Isabel in Shiver and although Cole is a rather uncomfortable character, making those close to him suffer with his self destructive beheaviour, I couldn t help but like him as well.What really infuriated me though were Grace s parents They suddenly get the idea that they should keep an eye on their teenage daughter because her boyfriend is clearly having a bad influence on her Sure And they do it in exactly the way that makes children hate their parents for not taking them seriously I m really not sure why they behaved the way they did maybe there will be an explanation in the next book but to me, it felt like a rather weak plot device to make Grace and Sam s relationship difficult and add a forbidden flavour.All in all, I couldn t shake the feeling that some of the conflicts here were only created to have something to write about, therefore only three stars from me But I have to admit that I m going to read Forever nevertheless I suppose a normal reaction concerning that cliffhanger , I simply want to know how the story progresses.Edit I ve decided to remove a star here Now that it s been a while, my curiosity to read the sequel has diminished and I m actually not the slightest bit interested in the story any I think Grace s and Sam s relationship and let s face it, that s the only thing these books are about has never really resonated with me. Actual rating 4.5Oh my GodI have no words this was amazing The ending had me freaking out it was so tense, ahhh I m so scared for book 3 The story was so good, usually 2nd books in series are all boring, but I kept reading and reading waiting to see what happened The plot builds so well and I absolutely loved Cole His character is amazing and I loved his POV chapters Honestly these books the different POVs work so well, like you can really tell who you re reading from and they all work so good within the story I m usually not a fan when there s than 2 POVs but 4 actually worked so great, I m so falling in love with Maggie s writing This was almost a 5 star again like the first book but there was just a bit of unneeded romance that I could live without so yeah It was great though I need everyone to read this series like rnI m gonna go start book 3 The LongingOnce 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 Certaine LossInto 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 Being A Human The LingerFor Grace, Sam, And Cole, Life 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 5.5 starsYou know that feeling when you re floating on water All your senses are dampened, you are weightless, careless and completely relaxed There aren t any loud sounds, you are safe, perfectly happy and everything else seems a mile away That s EXACTLY how Maggie Stiefvater s writing makes me feel I want to hug this book and never ever let it out of my sight Grace and Sam are finally together, but they live in fear They are constantly afraid that things will go back to the way they were before, and unfortunately, it s not something either of them can control There are several new wolves in the woods and it s up to Sam to take care of them all now the old and the new In addition, Grace s parents finally started noticing things and decided to start honing their parenting skills.Linger brings us two additional POVs We get to see some of the events through the eyes of Isabel, to whom we were introduced in Shiver, and Cole, one of the new wolves The two of them are so very different from Sam and Grace and having four POVs instead of two brought amazing balance to the story While this would certainly bother me in Shiver, I was thrilled by it now That doesn t mean that I like Grace and Sam any less In fact, if I had feelings for those characters before, it was nothing compared to how I feel about them now They are both beautiful and strong in their own way I ve noticed that my favorite quotes usually come from Sam s chapters, although Grace has her moments, too There s a reason for that, of course Sam is just the type of gentle soul I can start loving in a heartbeat, and after all, he s supposed to be good with words There isn t a character in YA literature I could ever love than I love Sam A look in his eyes is all it takes to make me cry I did my best to find a flaw in Linger this may sound odd, but I wanted to have at least one small thing to complain about because I thought it would add credibility to the rest of my review I tried my best and failed miserably Oh, I ve read my friends reviews but I simply don t agree with any of them The first half was not slow for me, it was soft and beautiful Isabel and Cole weren t irritating, they were troubled and interesting The prose wasn t purple, it was I already said that, didn t I I could go on and on for days, but it wouldn t do much good This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order If you liked Shiver, you are going to like Linger too, I have no doubt about it.
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races Artist Driver of things with wheels Avid reader.All of Maggie Stiefvater s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray painted cars, sharpie covered computer printers, ink splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages Maggie Stiefvater l
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