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Review: LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

I am launching a book review section to FanNook sometime next month, but this book was easily one of my favorite books of the year and I couldn’t wait until the site was up to tell you about it.

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you have not read this series and do not want to know what happens prior to doing so, please stop reading now.

-About the Story-

Sam is finally human and while he seems to be skeptical in the cold, he remains human. And Sam being human means having a future with Grace. That is until she starts to realize something is happening to her. Either she is finally becoming the wolf she never was or she is dying, which one she is unsure of until the end. Unfortunately their fight to be together in “Shiver” has only shifted roles in “Linger.”

Also, if their dramatic love story isn’t enough to entertain you… Add in ex-rocker Cole, who spends at least 70% of his time naked (Hey, he is a shifting wolf after all) and Isabel, who is still dealing with the death of her brother. These two are immediately attracted to each other, but their arrogance makes them clash at times. Isabel doesn’t seem to know whether she wants to kiss him or ignore him altogether most of the time. (You’ve got to love beautiful cocky people who really only find comfort in each other because of the demons in their past.)

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If you loved “Shiver” then reading “Linger” is a must. Here are some reasons why:

-Writing Style- Maggie Stiefvater has this innate ability to draw character voices so perfectly that she was able to give us four in “Linger” each of which were so very different that she could easily jump between them sometimes several times within each chapter. Her writing never feels forced, it feels like your own thoughts or like you’re actually part of this world she’s created and these are people you really know. I sometimes refer to her writing as being “like a song in your ear.”

-Cole St. Clair- He was a really nice addition to the story line and not just because of his good looks and musical talents. Beyond that cocky exterior was someone far deeper than I was expecting, someone who was actually more genius than even he himself wanted to admit. In the book there’s a lot of question as to why Beck chose Cole, hinting that maybe he pictured him and Sam becoming friends because of their mutual love for music. But near the end of the book I found myself wondering if Beck knew all along that Cole might be able to see the hows and whys of the wolves because of his scientific intelligence. His transition from the person you meet in chapter 2 to the man he becomes by chapter 52 was really well done. Character growth is always important and I think Maggie nailed it with Cole.

-Isabel Culpeper- When I read “Shiver” I remember thinking a person like Isabel might annoy me if I knew her in real life. And I still felt that way once I started into “Linger,” but reading from her perspective this time around gives you a deeper insight into why Isabel is the “bitchy princess” she is and by the end of the book shows us how much inner strength she actually has. If it wasn’t for her pushiness towards Sam and Cole, the ending may not have even been possible.

-Grace & the Brisbane’s- I heard that Maggie got a bit of criticism when “Shiver” came out for depicting Grace’s parents as uninvolved, as if these sorts of parents don’t actually exist (believe me they do). So it was interesting to see her parent’s attitude towards her in “Linger” change drastically. Suddenly they are over involved or at least they try to convince themselves that they are. The best part of this change in them though wasn’t that she finally had parents that seemed to give a crap, it was the fact that Grace finally stood up to them and put them in their place. Of course, they still wouldn’t admit to the very valid points she was making, but it was nice to see her say she was sick of it for once and even better to see her completely defy them by basically running away to Sam. (Go Grace!)

-Sam Roth- Sam is still very emotionally damaged, maybe even more so now that he doesn’t get those few months off to be a wolf and not have actual memories. He seems very dependant on Grace being part of him now, but not in a way that’s suffocating, more in the other half to a whole kind of way, which I find endearing. He struggles with the idea that he is now Beck and accepting that role is difficult for him at times. I don’t necessarily think it’s because he doesn’t want the responsibility either, I think it’s more acceptance of the fact that he’ll never see Beck again as a human – the closest thing he had to family until Grace came along. Outside of his responsibility, we finally get to see deeper sides of Sam as a serious musician, as a lover, and a dreamer.

-Green Text- You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference this made, but it did. First, I’m a sucker for unusual features in a book and green text certainly qualifies as one. Second, green is my favorite color so naturally I’m drawn to it. Third, as someone who’s eye sight is failing her these days it was incredibly easy on my eyes. (FYI – There is actual proof that green is the easiest color for our eyes to register.)

-Other Awesomeness- Paper Cranes, White Christmas Lights, Casual conversations in the nude, red coffee pots, and “The Boy.” You’ll understand all of that once you’ve read the book!

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Usually at this point there would be a list of things I didn’t like, but this book was so good it feels impossible to come up with anything negative. I’d say the only slightly disappointing thing about “Linger” was that I missed the temperatures at the beginning of each chapter. I think that was a really neat thing to keep in mind when I read “Shiver” and felt like it would have been equally as cool to keep in the back of your mind for “Linger,” but it didn’t break the story that’s for sure. Other than that, I just didn’t want it to end, but I’ve found with really great stories this is always the case.

So how long must we wait for “Forever” now? July 2011, I know it feels so out of reach right now. I can’t wait to see what Maggie does to bring this trilogy to a close. I’m hopeful that it will end with a “Happily Ever After” even if it’s in the form of fur.

P.S. Maybe I should warn you that I cried for about the last 30 pages, but not necessarily sad tears. I’d be interested in knowing if I was the only one.

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Book Crazy, that’s me!

So I’m back to that addictive nature in regards to new books, adding so many to my wish list it’s starting to get out of hand. (Not to mention buying a new one once a week now, and I am by no means wealthy enough for that, but that’s a whole different issue.) There are quiet a few coming out soon that I’m ecstatic about and I feel the need to share them with you.

The Overton Window – by Glenn Beck (Release Date – June 15th)

I’m not sure how I just found out about this book yesterday considering I watch the Glenn Beck show almost everyday during dinner, but I’m ridiculously eager to read it. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute – Glenn Beck is a political commentator – and you’re right, but this book is NOT his political opinion, it’s his first thriller! It is based on an actual concept developed by Josef P. Overton, that is truly happening in our society today. I can already see this as a movie and I just know it’s guaranteed to be controversial. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future–but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact–or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

Linger – by Maggie Stiefvater (Release Date – July 20th)

Book 2 of 3 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger is sure to suck me in the same way “Shiver” did. I read “Shiver” in two days and read it again as soon as I was finished. I love Grace and Sam and look forward to seeing them together again, but I’m also looking forward to being introduced to new character Cole and seeing his interaction with Isabel. I really enjoy Maggie’s lyrical style of writing and she’s very skilled at drawing distinct voices out of her characters so reading from 4 narratives shouldn’t be a problem. I’m positive I won’t be disappointed with “Linger”. Rather than post the preview from Amazon, I’ll post Maggie’s trailer because it leaves you salivating far better than Amazon’s description.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick – by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Release Date – May 25th)

Amazon suggested this one to me based on my purchases and after reading the description it definitely seems like something I will enjoy. And apparently this author ties all of her series together, but the order you read them isn’t always necessary. I hope to enjoy this book & author because she has plenty to entertain me with when I’m finished with this one. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

LOST Encyclopedia – by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry – Foreword by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Release Date – August 16th)

I know you’re seeing this and thinking – Wow, Dork – but I don’t really care. I love LOST like no other TV show before it and I’m pretty convinced that there won’t be another one even close to the genius that was put into it for a long time to come. The writers of LOST have included so many details to the show that a lot of it gets overlooked. And as much as I have picked up on, I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. I read another LOST themed book, written by youth ministers that focused solely on the religious undertone of the show and all of the direct links to bible verses, or stories from other religious beliefs. It amazed me. I would love to live in Damon Lindelof’s head for a day just to see the workings of such a creative mind. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The Replacement – by Brenna Yovanoff (Release Date – September 21st)

I came across Brenna’s writing on Merry Fates via Maggie Stiefvater and I could tell already that I liked her style of writing. Then I watched the trailer for her debut book on Amazon and was completely convinced I’d be a fan. I’m really looking forward to the dark element she brings to her stories and I hope this book has such a success that she writes more. There’s no text to share as a preview, but here’s the trailer:

Beautiful Darkness – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Release Date – October 12th)

This is book 2 of 4 in The Caster Chronicles and I’m extremely stoked for it. I loved, loved, loved “Beautiful Creatures”. I loved that it was from a male perspective, I loved all of the war history tied to it, and I can not wait for book 2. I find it very fitting that it’s coming out in October, near Halloween, since it’s got quite a dark edge to it. It will be a perfect month to be in that sort of mood, although I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for it. When I read series, I prefer to read them straight through and often times wait until all of the books are out before even reading them. But I couldn’t resist “Beautiful Creatures” when I read about it and so now I wait, impatiently I might add. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – by Stephenie Meyer (Release Date – June 5th)

I’m not actually ecstatic about this one like the others because Stephenie was very adamant about not continuing the series, possibly not even finishing “Midnight Sun”, meanwhile she was writing this novella. I hate liars and right now that’s what she feels like to me, but since I did love the saga I know I will read this. I just hope my attitude towards her right now doesn’t get in the way. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I realize now that I probably should have sorted them in release date order and maybe warned you about how long this would be, but oh well – what’s done is done. For all you out there who’ve influenced my reading choices, I hope maybe I will have influenced you a bit now too 😉

Peace – Sarah

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The younger version of me looks at me now and laughs because it can’t believe how giddy I am over books as an adult. I tell my younger self how foolish it was for not knowing the joy they bring back then and my younger self stops laughing because it knows, deep down, that I’m right.

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