Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater- Review

Have I mentioned how pretty these books are?  As mentioned the other day, the hubby bought me the lovely hardcovered box set, and this is one of those series that are well worth the set.  Both in content and because the hardcovers are so so pretty. 

It's the first time I've seen a series that has gone for a colour theme.  Shiver is pale blue (for winter) on the jacket, white, with a leaf imprinted into the actual cover with a pale blue binding on the actual book, and with parts of pale blue print inside.  Linger is green, for spring, with again, a white hardcover with green binding and a leaf imprinted on the cover and the entire book is printed in forest green!  I can't tell you how exciting that was when I opened it up and realized it.  Forever is red, with the same themed red binding and white cover with a leaf and entirely printed in blood red!  Those Scholastic folks make some styling books.

Stop rolling your eyes at me, I'm getting to the story, I loved it even more than the green print- I promise. 

Although I was already excited about the green print, imagine how much more excited I was when I opened Linger and realized that like George R.R. Martin, Stiefvater was expanding her viewpoints.  Isabel and new character Cole St. Clair are added to Grace and Sam.  What an awesome way to expand this story, so refreshing from traditional love story trilogies.  And can I just say? Isabelle made Linger for me.  I totally fell in love with her once I got to read her perspective.

As more secrets are revealed about the pack, Beck, Sam and Grace, the mysteries deepen to some extent, as well as the trouble surrounding them all.  But what impressed me the most was how Stiefvater took this star crossed love story and made it about more than just the lovers.  As linger delves into Graces issues with her parents, Sam's relationship with Beck, and Isabel's issues with pretty much everyone, it becomes a story about characters instead of a love story or a werewolf story.  I don't think I've ever read a paranormal story, let alone a love story that didn't use the paranormal or the love story as the primary drive for narrative.  What a refreshing angle to have the paranormal and the love stories just side stories of character driven narrative.

An amazing part two to a solid series, Linger has a killer cliff hanger so make sure you have Forever on hand (and be very thankful you didn't have to wait for it like all the unlucky early readers).

Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic, July 13th 2010
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  1. I've avoided these books for some reason - even gave away my copy of Linger; but your review makes me want to track down the set.

    1. oh no! Really?? well it must be a sign to get the pretty, pretty box set!

  2. I too really liked Isabel, and how more than just the romance was explored. She's so my fave though yeah. heh

    1. it was funny because she didn't appeal to me in Shiver, she was just there. But as soon as I could see into her head I LOVED her.

  3. I would recommend this series because it's sweet and dark and beautifully written, with a plot that has hooks all over the place. I would recommend this book because I really, REALLY didn't want that last page to come. I know I've read a good book when after I've finished it, I feel just a little bit different, like the author has exposed some soft, vulnerable spot that we all work so hard to keep protected.
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