Publisher: Scholastic (July 20, 2010)
Synopsis(from book): In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.
This is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy falls series, the sequel to Shiver. Sam and Grace seem to be closer than ever. As in the first book, there are plenty of obstacles to overcome, but they seem to make their way through them quite easily. There are some new characters, like Beck's two new wolves; Cole and his best friend Victor. Since it is Beck's last year, and he wont be changing back, Sam is now in charge of the werewolves. He has a lot more responsibility, which he finds to be very overwhelming. It is Sam's duty to help the new wolves with their transformations, but this proves to be very difficult, especially with Cole because their personalities seem to clash. At first, the are like Day and Night. However, as their past life secrets get out, they learn more about each other and start to show each other some respect, and actually get along. Cole really surprises Sam at the end, when all seems to be lost and he has no reason for living, Cole reassures him and comes up with a solution.
I liked this book as much as the first one. I really like Grace, she's a very easy character to relate to. Her relationship with Sam is almost magical, they have such amazing chemistry. Every time someone/something jeopardizes their relationship, they still find a way to be together, they are so determined to make things work out. I really like Maggie Stiefvater's writing style in this series, and I also like that she uses more than one narrator. It lets you get inside character's head, and makes them more likable. The ending of the book didn't quench my thirst, so to speak. It wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped, but it keeps me waiting for the next one!