Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Linger by Maggie StiefvaterNarrated by: Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, and Emma Galvin.

Oh dear, I really didn’t notice at first that the narrator for Sam had changed, just that he sounded more the right age, but I put it down to the addition of two extra voices.

But, yes he has changed and Pierce Cravens manages to sound like a teenager with more consistency than David LeDoux in the previous book.

Following on from the first book Shiver, Sam appears to have found a way to avoid the change, so Sam and Grace are looking forward to a future together, with the only complication being what to do with the new wolves and the threat to the pack’s future they pose.

That is until Grace’s parents decide that Sam is an unhealthy influence on their daughter’s life and that can no longer allow them be together. And Grace comes down with an illness that she knows is so much more than a simple virus…

Once again I did enjoy the book, but didn’t love it. It felt at times that the plot was indeed just lingering, and while it was great getting to know the characters, especially Cole, it didn’t feel like a lot was happening. And while I think teenagers will sympathise with Grace’s frustration with her parents about-face going from no control to absolute control of her life. To me it didn’t feel ‘real’ and that it was just there, so teenagers could go, “Yes, that’s my parents…”

Which sounds like all I can do is pick fault, but that’s not the case. I like Sam and Grace and want them to survive and sort everything out, I like the werewolves and their mythology/history and the way it’s woven into the story, and I will be reading/listening to the final book when it’s released, for all those reasons and more, not least of which is I am enjoying them.

But I just can’t bring myself to love them.

Buy: Linger by Maggie Steifvater from The Book Depository.

Buy: Linger by Maggie Steifvater [audiobook] from The Book Depository.

Darren

Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house!

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4 Responses

  1. Em says:

    I can’t help but think it’s cute that the CD includes “music by the author”. Bonus!

  2. Allison says:

    I wasn’t in AWE of the first one, although I found it enjoyable — though I still want to read this one just to find out what happens with the two love birds.

  3. Michelle says:

    I’ve read both books in print and enjoyed them tremendously. I’ve heard that the audio is great as well so I’ve downloaded them from Audible as well. I’ll likely re-read them that way prior to the final installment releasing. Glad you enjoyed them both.

  4. Heather J. says:

    That’s exactly how I feel about this -liked it but didn’t love it.

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