Book review: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Tlingeritle: Linger
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Laura’s rating: 3 stars
Daniela’s rating: 1.5 stars




I’m writing this with no more than 5 hours of reading the last words of Linger. If you guys read my review of Shiver, then you know I had some questions:

  • I want to know what happens to Sam, is he going to be a wolf forever? NO CLUE
  • Is he going to get cured forever? NO CLUE
  • Are they going to have a little wolf baby? NO CLUE
  • Are Grace’s parents gonna actually act like parents? OH BOY

Let’s start at the beginning, as you know Sam is back in human form, and now he and Grace are all over each other, the problem is that Grace is getting ill lately and it’s an ongoing thing throughout the book, she keeps downplaying it as the flu, he gets worried, but not enough to confront her. It’s like a very slow dance. VERY SLOW.

Meanwhile Grace’s parents are acting like total dicks towards her relationship with Sam. I think it was very well done, I could feel Grace’s hatred towards them most of the time and it kept the story alive. I mean don’t get me wrong I resented her parents; it just was very real to me.

Thank god we have new characters, members of a band called NARKOTIKA (Yes, all in caps) Mister Cole St. Clair and Victor. This is when I realized what was my problem with Sam, how come I can’t fall in love with him, and the answer is: He is just too good; I mean the guy spurs lyrics from nothing, recites poetry AND bakes bread. SERIOUSLY?

In contrast, Cole is a former meth addict, manwhore and a bit suicidal.. What’s not to love? He is so damaged that you just can’t help wanting to save him, or help him do whatever he wants. And my favorite character, Isabel, thinks the same way I do. I literally lived for Cole and Isabel’s POVs, they were the best.

She looked down at me.

“I’m naked,” I said.

“So am I,” Isabel replied. “Under my clothing”

So I believe the plot can very well be resumed in this sentence “This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who became one” TA DA, shocking right? I really don’t want to get very specific because I’ll be spoiling you guys.

But I do want to mention the poetry in this book is way better than in book one, specially this gem by Pablo Neruda:

Death arrives among all that sound
like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,

It just sounds better in Spanish.

A lo sonoro llega la muerte
como un zapato sin pie, como un traje sin hombre,

Anyway, most of my questions from when I read the first book are still unanswered, so I’m going to tackle book three right this second.

Daniela’s review

Ok so… where can I begin?

It took me SO LONG to finish this book. I just wasn’t into it and it was just so painful. I’m sorry to say that this is not my kind of story. I LOVE Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, her books have always been incredibly awesome and I was so sad to find that I just couldn’t like this series.

I’ve always seen so many good reviews about this series, and I’ve always been kind of curious, and when I started this one, it was really, really hard to actually get focused. I found myself losing interest more often than not and it felt more like an obligation instead of being my safe place. I truly, truly am sorry I didn’t like it.

I still love Maggie though. Her Raven Cycle series is just the top of the top for me and I don’t think there’s anything she could do to make that love go away.

Ok so, we have Sam and we have Grace. Sam is now human and it seems like it’s going to stay that way, so good for him. That’s what he wanted. On the other hand, there’s Grace, who’s been experiencing some weird symptoms, but both of them decide to just ignore them. Because, as it’s been proven, if you ignore something hard enough, it’ll just go away. Right?

Sam and Grace’s relationship is just basic. It felt basic. I couldn’t relate to any of these two characters. Grace is just too stubborn and Sam just want to play innocent and oblivious and it annoyed the crap out of me. It’s one thing to not understand what’s happening around you, but it’s a whole different thing to know something is happening and not doing anything.

Then we have Isabel who might be the best character of the whole series, or at least of book one and two, long with Cole, of course (but I’ll get back to him later). Isabel’s no-nonsense personality was everything they all needed. She had this no-bullshit kind of life that I admired. At first she can come up as a mean bitch, but she’s actually good with a lot of anger inside. No one seems to pay her attention, not even those who are her friends. So she holes up a lot of emotions and has put up a unbreakable front. No one can see through her. No one can break her.

Except Cole.

I swear, if it weren’t for these two, I would’ve dropped the entire book after a couple of chapters. Cole is a pain in everyone’s ass. AND I LOVED IT. Haha, I just enjoyed his sarcastic personality and his “I-don’t-give-a-crap-about-anyone”, which wasn’t actually true. I liked the realness of him. I liked that he was true, even within all the lies.

The problem was, it wasn’t enough. Isabel and Cole weren’t enough for me to actually feel something for this story. And I am sorry.

I don’t think I’ll finish this series. It wasn’t for me.

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