I think I have an addiction to Maggie Stiefvater that has developed over the past month. I can’t stop reading or listening to her work and I find it a little humorous because everywhere I look readers are fed up with paranormal romances and I seem to have just stumbled into this genre and can’t stop.
Linger is the second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and whilst the first book looked at Grace and Sam’s relationship developing, this book looks at where their relationship is going and adding in two new points of view with Isabel and Cole. There is an ongoing struggle between humans and wolves in this book and the tension seems to strengthen from the first book, not just with those that can shift but also with the residents of Mercy Falls and the wolves that wonder close to their homes.
There are many different paths in this plot making it a hard book to put down, in the first book Grace and Sam’s relationship was dominant, however this book encompasses stories from other characters and gives them more of a purpose. One aspect of the first book that annoyed me was the lack of presence with Grace’s parents but in this book they play a big part and almost suffocate her in comparison to the lack of effort they put into parenting in the first book. I found them irritating in this book but at the same time their actions were justified given the free reign Grace had in the first book.
I really enjoyed learning more about Isabel and Cole in this book. Isabel was an intriguing character introduced in the first book and I really liked her confidence and strength so I was very happy to see her again. Cole is a very mysterious and at times terrifying character; he seems to be suffering some mental health issues with the way he thinks and hidden feelings from his upbringing. He is a new wolf that was introduced briefly in the first book but without a name so it was hard to place him at the start. His story is very interesting and adds a new and complicated twist to the plot. I know he plays a part in the next two books and guiltily I am looking forward to see what happens to him…maybe even more than Grace and Sam.
This book flows perfectly from the second, although I have to say I found the opening chapter a bit confusing. It took me a good few pages to find my footing in the plot but as soon as I worked out what was happening I was hooked again. I find the writing for this book very easy to get into and addicted too, as soon as I’m dedicated to the plot it is a book I could binge read easily.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 on goodreads and would definitely recommend it if you have started this series. As soon as I finished this book I started the next in the series and already I cannot wait to read what happens. I’m already feeling sad that I am reading the penultimate book so no doubt this series is going to leave a pretty serious book hangover.