Sunday, January 2, 2011

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

I almost forgot to blog about this one! I checked out the Nook from the bookstore again, and since I get to keep it for 2 weeks, I'm going to try to burn through as many YA books that I know I don't need to buy, but want to read as quick as I can. And first on the list was the sequel to Shiver that I read for the Gateway nominees a few months ago. Shiver was about a girl named Grace. When Grace was a little girl, she was dragged to the forest by wolves, and almost died, except for the intervention of what she thinks of as "her" wolf. Her wolf is a werewolf named Sam. In this series, the werewolves change because of the cold. In the summer they turn back to humans. After a while though, they stop making the change in the summer. And live out the rest of their lives as wolves. Grace and Sam meet when Sam is human. And they fall in love, and at the end of Shiver, they figure out a "cure" for Sam. So we start off Linger with Sam getting used to being human all the time. But we also meet some new wolves, one of which becomes kind of a main character, and his name is Cole. Cole is a former child rock star. He became a werewolf because he wanted to leave his life where all he did was drugs and try to find a way to feel different after he made some mistakes. However, Cole can't seem to stay a wolf. So he ends up back at Beck's house, where Sam ends up having to start living when Grace's parents catch him one night in Grace's room. Grace is sick. And eventually all of these things come to a head, and the fact that Cole's father was a science genius, helps them to figure out what might be a new "cure" for the problem that Grace is now facing.

I really enjoy this series. Although, this book did get a little hard to read at times because it went from one character's viewpoint to another constantly. I often had to flip back a page to remember what viewpoint I was reading from. I don't really remember the first book like that, but it's been a while since I read it. But I do recommend it, and am happy the finish to the series will be this summer.

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