Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces — wolf and human — with love bearing its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
“If you don’t have memories, it’s like you never existed.”
Linger is book 2 of the The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, a sequel to Shiver.
The Prologue says almost everything about the story, so the ending is not very surprising. Despite its predictability, the story has still many beautiful and heartbreaking moments. Linger is melancholy, sometimes maddening and frustrating with Grace’s mysterious illness, Sam’s misgivings and disorientation, Cole’s emptiness and suicidal thoughts, Isabel’s sad cynicism, and Tom Culpeper’s wrath provide the dramatic atmosphere. All of this is intertwined with the refreshing viewpoints of Isabel and Cole, making the story lively, even funny.
I like Isabel, she is so harsh, bright, and vibrant. She is also very able and strong.
“I’m only telling you this so you know that I have wanted to escape about a hundred thousand times since then. I’ve thought about taking one of my dad’s eight million guns and putting it to my head and blowing my brains out. Sad part? Not even because I miss Jack. I mean, I do, but that’s not why I want to do it. It’s because I feel so damn guilty about how I killed him. I killed him. And some days I just can’t live with that. But I do. Because that’s life, Cole. Life’s pain. You just have to get over as much of it as you can.”
Cole is more dynamic and vigorous than all the others together.
He got what he expected, but ironically he is incapable staying a wolf for a longer period. He experiences completely different and more serious anguish than he had before. I am wondering if it is an explanation for Cole and Victor’s completely different reactions to wolf-toxin.
The doe blinked again, face extraordinarily gentle, and my stomach lurched.
She was dead, and I wanted to be. I was going to find out how to keep myself a wolf. Or I just couldn’t do this anymore.
His disbelief and joy because of his healing is so moving and heartwarming.
“Still waking up,” I said.
He looked at me.
“Your album. Still Waking Up.”
He looked at me, expression intense. Surprised, maybe, that I’d come close. “That’s exactly how it feels. That’s exactly it. One of these days, I’m going to get used to the idea that it’s morning and I’m going to be a guy for the rest of the day. For all the rest of all the days. But until then, I’m stumbling around.”
Grace and Sam
The honesty and openness Sam and Grace had in Shiver hardly appear in Linger. They try to keep away problems and menace by not talking about them, pretending they don’t exist. These unspoken words create a barrier between them, eroding the intimacy they had before. Their love is said to be beautiful and described poetically but sadly you can’t feel it.
He’d only been gone two seconds, but the room got brighter when they were together, as if they were two elements that became brilliant in proximity. At Sam’s clumsy efforts to carry the vacuum, Grace smiled a new smile that I thought only he ever got, and he shot her a withering look full of the sort of subtext you could only get from a lot of conversations whispered after dark.
It was astonishing to see the loneliness and neglect of these teens, without the help of parents, or adults, relying only on each other. It is so hard to live and deal with this huge secret all alone.
- Sam – he is not a man of deeds in this book. I hoped that he would become a stronger character than he was in Shiver, but it didn’t happen.
- Grace – I don’t understand why Grace thinks that not talking to Sam about her illness is a good idea. She is absolutely aware of the fact that he already knows it, so I really don’t get it.
- The girl Beck had changed in Shiver. Who is she? Where is she?
- Olivia – where is she?
I hope I’ll get answers and happy endings in book 3, Forever.
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