Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)
  • Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)
  • Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)

Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)

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by Maggie Stiefvater

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In Maggie Stiefvater's 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…  See more details below


In Maggie Stiefvater's 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 Isabelle, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This sequel to Shiver is a bridge book through and through, designed to push the story forward, presumably to the third and final installment of Stiefvater’s bestselling series about werewolves. But whereas Shiver was tight as a drum in its focus on the intense, star-crossed romance between werewolf Sam and Grace, the ordinary girl who loves him, this book meanders. Again Stiefvater switches points of view, but between four characters now: Sam and Grace, still in love and still facing threats to said love; Isabel, who recently lost a brother to the wolves; and Cole, newly a werewolf. Sometimes these switches occur multiple times within the same chapter, which can make for confusing reading with respect to who is doing or thinking what. Stiefvater expands the story to include complications with Grace’s health and her parents, Sam’s reluctance to care for new werewolves, and Isabel’s growing connection to Cole even as he desperately seeks escape from his old life. While this book does not stand on its own, it sets the stage for an explosive third installment. Ages 13-18. (July)
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This sequel to Shiver begins with young lovers Sam and Grace. Having spent many years as a werewolf, Sam is now back working at the bookstore and spending as much time as possible with girlfriend Grace. But lurking in the background is Cole St. Clair, one of the new wolves Beck created to help protect and care for the wolves in his absence. As dedicated readers know, young wolves are very unstable and Cole is no exception to that rule. As Cole struggles to remain a wolf, a decision he had made willingly, he becomes entangled with Isabel Culpepper, who lost her brother tragically in the same desperate attempt that allows Sam to remain human. The two are equally drawn toward each other and repulsed by each other's attitudes and expectations. In many ways this is the story of Cole and Isabel, but Sam and Grace are not living happily ever after. Grace is unwell, her parents have suddenly taken a controlling interest in her time and well being, and Sam is left to deal not only with Cole but also with the uncomfortable situation at Grace's house. This novel explores and develops the relationships among and between the two pairs. Like Shiver, this is a real page turner. These werewolves are not supernatural and the scientific normalcy of being a wolf provides a fascinating turn of events. Although there is enough detail given for the story to stand on its own, it really is best read after reading Shiver; doing so adds another rich dimension to the story of Grace and Sam. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
In Shiver (Scholastic, 2009/VOYA December 2009), Grace watched Sam struggle to remain human instead of succumbing to the call of the wild, brought on by the bitter Minnesota cold. In this sequel, Sam, now human, watches Grace, the only victim of a werewolf attack who didn't turn, go through the same struggle as her body demands that she take the form of a wolf. Used to the benign neglect of parents too busy with their own lives to pay attention to their teenage daughter, Grace has Sam sharing her bedroom, until her parents intervene at the worst possible time, when Grace is losing her battle with the turn and needs Sam more than ever. Against this intense Romeo and Juliet scenario another pair of lovers serves as counterpoint. Cole, a famous Indie rock star sees becoming a wolf as the ultimate escape, even better than drugs. Only his body is not reacting the way it should, and he is spending too much time in human form, haunted by the personal demons of his past and the beginnings of a very strange relationship with Isabel. Viciously intelligent, sharp and biting at her best, Isabelle saw her brother die trying to reclaim his humanity and now fights her attraction to a boy deliberately trying to lose his. This riveting narrative, impossible to put down, is not only an excellent addition to the current fangs and fur craze but is also a beautifully written romance that, along with Shiver, will have teens clamoring for the third and final entry. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
Ali Wilson
The second in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger picks up with Sam and Grace, relieved that their cure—injecting Sam with bacterial meningitis—seems to have worked. Despite the cold, Sam has stopped shifting into his wolf form. Now, however, they are faced with even more dangerous challenges. A new wolf, Cole, has joined the pack, and his reckless behavior may threaten everything that keeps them safe. Meanwhile, Mr. Culpepper, who believes the wolves are to blame for his son's death, is waging a personal war on their population. As Sam struggles to assume the role as the leader of the pack, he and Grace are pulled apart, a situation made more difficult when her parents disapprove of their deepening romance. Something more sinister also threatens their love for one another, and it leads them to a decision point for which neither of them is ready. Reviewer: Ali Wilson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The tale of Sam and Grace is continued in Maggie Stiefvater's sequel (2010) to Shiver (2009, both Scholastic). For the moment, Sam is no longer a werewolf, but a semi-whiny, angst-ridden teen. Grace may or may not be a werewolf from a bite she received as a child, but her headaches are worsening. Deeply in love and committed to one another, Sam and Grace continue to experience the ups and downs of teenage life and being kept apart by Grace's parents. Meanwhile, Isabel is drawn to a newer pack member, Cole St. Clair, all around bad boy. Each chapter alternates between the points of view of Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel. The four narrators do a fine job of depicting each character. The audiobook opens with a fairytale-like musical prologue by Stiefvater which sets the scene wonderfully for the beginning of her tale. The last disc features two bonus tracks written by the author to enhance the world of Mercy Falls: "The Golden Woods" (the song first heard on Disc 1 but played here in its entirety), and "One Happy Day." The movie rights for Shiver have just been bought, and Forever, the third title in the series, is scheduled for release in July 2011—so Linger is sure to fly off the shelf.—Amy Olson, formerly Lexington Public Library, KY

Maggie Stiefvater's dark werewolf romance Shiver delivered on its shudder-evoking title. Now her main characters return in this equally ominous standalone sequel. Linger pits newly-united teens Grace and Sam against ravenous wolves and their own personal demons. A suspenseful love story with deep claws' now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

From the Publisher

Praise for Maggie Stiefvater:

"If Shiver left fans wanting more, Linger will have them begging." -Romantic Times

* "Beautiful and moving...The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today's world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money." - SLJ, starred review

* "Stiefvater leaves the faeries of Lament and Ballad for a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love....her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face." - PW, starred review

"All readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater’s fast-paced storytelling and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." - BookPage

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Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Wolves of Mercy Falls/Shiver Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 5.88(h) x 1.23(d)
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years


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Linger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2107 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
When I finished Shiver in 2009, I immediately ordered a copy and had it sent to my sister. When she finished it, she texted me and said, "I just finished Shiver. Now I must die." That's how Maggie Stiefvater's books work: they're so good that you're left destroyed until you can somehow manage to push the words to the back of your head until you can find the time to process what you just read. Shiver was my absolute favorite book of 2009 so when I got the chance to read an advanced copy of Linger, I screamed. I got the package and screamed! (As a side note, I have now shot myself in the foot since I will now need to wait even longer for Forever, the third and final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Linger continues where Shiver left off: Grace and Sam have finally found each other and everyone is happy and content...yeah right! Grace's parents are not happy and want to keep Grace from Sam, Sam is struggling with his past as a wolf and the friends and family he won't see again, Isabel is still dealing with the loss of her brother to the wolves, and we as the reader have to deal with Cole, an exciting and complex character. Sometimes the 2nd of a three book series can read as just a continuation of the story with no real excitement or story arc of its own. That is NOT the case with Linger. Stiefvater brilliantly introduces new characters, voices, and plots that add to the depth of everyone we fell in love with in Shiver. My anticipation for Shiver's sequel was like Grace's longing for Spring and Linger read like a warm day on a hammock: I loved every minute of it.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
Linger easily withholds the same overall tone, intensity and beauty that shone brightly in Shiver, engulfing the reader instantly. The strong characters developed in Shiver return just as vividly, their personalities pulling through and progressing more in response to new characters and situations. Maggie's characteristic, notable, highly fluid and gorgeous writing continues to lull the readers, weaving emotional, connection and intimacy throughout. She slips in stunning oxymoronic descriptions, creating an overall beautiful picture no matter the moment, setting, or emotions. Grace, while well developed already, continues to hold her same individuality. The chapters in her POV give perfect insight, understanding easily not only her feelings for and need towards Sam but her overall view of the world. Even at her less than shining moments, Grace is a very striking character. Her strong beliefs and views, attitudes and opinions continue to forge her through the events in Linger. Sam is impossibly more complex after the events of Shiver, learning to live and move past everything that's happened. His heart is still mending, his loyalties both bound and splitting, and his core character coming through strongly even when the POV is not his own. He is as lovable and affectionate as in Shiver, understanding both the world and Grace in surprising ways. His maturity continues to grow and be showcased, as does the depth to which he loves Grace. Cole is a new character to the world, and one as complex and well developed as the star lovers. Sarcastic and flippant, he tests Grave and Sam and adds a certain spark to the overall tone. The reader gets an intimate look into his mind, his personality coming out at a steady pace and with the same lyrical descriptions that defines Maggie's inherent, brilliant writing. He is a strongly contrast character to many already seen and his interactions, specifically with Isabelle, are fantastic to read. Isabelle is also back, her responses and motivations continuing to surprise the readers. She is a very give and take character, a spitfire in some areas and a follower in others. With sections now in her perspective, the reader will get an even better look at her life and views, as well as form the same intense connection with her they already feel with Sam and Grace. The plot is surprising, playing on events hinted at and brought up in Shiver but extending them, while also adding in new ones. The full meaning of what it means to be one of these wolves, the way their lives play out, and the ultimate future of it is both beautiful and heartbreaking. The caveats, nuances and unknowns about it are also brought very much to light. There is never a dull moment, a drifting pace, or a needless scene. Everything is in there for a reason, woven together masterfully even when the reader doesn't realize it. The events pull together for a shocking, blow out ending that is magnanimously jarring. Linger is a step above Shiver, building on an already valiant world. The overall thought, effort and detail that has gone into the entire world is showcased, as is Maggie's story telling abilities and inherent writing style. The ending is a cliff hanger, tying up some events but leaving distracting, mind-grabbing ones open for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in the series, Shiver, and it was insanely great! I instantly feel in love with the main characters (Sam and Grace) and i hope that the new characters in Linger, are just as lovable. This book is not a copy of Twilight, which I frequently hear. It is original and over all a really good book to read!
acsimps More than 1 year ago
If you have not read Shiver..first of all, shame on you (lol) and second of all, this might spoil that book for you. I promise not to give spoilers for Linger here because Maggie might come after me. We all know how she feels about reading the last page first so giving you spoilers might provoke her lol. At the end of Shiver we were left with the warm and fuzzies. Sam is human again! Yay! Grace and Sam can be together and take care of the wolves and just keep looking for a way to cure the others in between all of their happy times. But this is a series so Maggie Stiefvater decided to crush our dreams by disrupting Sam and Grace's perfect little is so worth it though! I was able to get my hands on a copy of Linger early this week and I just finished last night and holy crap it was good! Linger made by laugh, cry and even yell at the book at one point. No joke I was sitting next to my roommate on the couch and I suddenly screamed "NOOOOO!" That damn Tom Culpeper! My roommate defiantly thinks I have lost my mind but oh well. As for Linger, the story picks up pretty much were we left off in Shiver. Sam is human and it is late winter/early spring in Mercy Falls. The new wolves will be falling out of their coats and into their human skins soon. The new wolves may be shifting already due to their unstable nature. This is where Cole comes in. Shiver was told from Sam and Grace's point of views but Linger adds Isabel and Cole to the mix. I love getting into Cole's head. He is all dark and twisty and oh did I mention Hot yet? I love Sam but Cole is giving him a run for his money. I mean he is simply swoon worthy. I think that a big part of Linger is focused on everyone trying to figure out where they fit. Grace feels not quite right in her skin, Sam is having trouble accepting that he actually has a future now, Isabel is raked with guilt over Jack's death, and Cole is trying to escape his past by losing his humanity to the wolf inside him. A testament to Maggie's awesomeness: Linger starts to dive into what causes the change from human to wolf and vice versa. There may be more to it then temperature. While I was reading the book and Cole was musing about this issue I found myself nodding and thinking "Good point Cole, why did I never think of that?" I feel like I want to research how to cure the wolves. Like I can find the answer to the fictional enigma that Maggie has presented. I know I am crazy but it is that good and I feel so invested in the story now. Keep in mind that this is a three book series so the ending will literally make you scream in agony, "Why, oh why must I wait a whole year for Forever to come out!?" I thought waiting for Linger was bad but waiting for Forever is going to be almost unbearable! As I mentioned in my previous post Linger will be released officially on the 13th so you must pick it up you will not be disappointed!
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Personally I think Shiver was enough. The love story between Grace and Sam did not require a sequel. A new character was introduced in book 2 that I despised. The story was well written but I the end was predictable. I will read the third book only because I want to know how she will resolve the twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember recommending 'Shiver' to people and saying "It's a great story but I felt that it was written by someone in high school". Though people might not agree with me I had just come from reading three Harry Potter books and the Twilight series and it just felt on a different level than those. But this book stepped it up a whole other notch and was definitely written so much better than the first. I was not reading and thinking about how different the writing style was I was actually just engrossed in the story which is what I want in a book I read. Though you know where the end of the book is going in the beginning you still wonder what is going to happen and how everything connects to that ending. I loved the addition of having the perspective from Isabel and Cole. I definitely can't wait for the third book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Shiver and i feel in love with it!!!!!! Sam is soooooo cool and the end of the book kind of left people hanging so I was hopin that there would be a sequel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though it is easy to fall in love with the characters and truly care about what happens to them, both shiver and linger often take too long to get to any real point or climax. Multiple times I found myself ready to just give up on the novel altogether becuase the plot was just unbearably slow. Even during the last fifty or so pages of the book, when the story should be riviting and entertaining, I struggled to keep reading. So if you're looking for a quick, compelling read, I would look elswhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original review here: Linger was like reading butter. The writing was silky smooth, fatty, and addicting. A guilty pleasure. But eating too much butter at once gives you a stomach ache, so I read this in pieces at a time, because the writing was so thick and beautiful that I would have become obese with jealousy and awe if I read it in one sitting. Linger is told in the four alternating viewpoints of Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole. I did have a few issues with this, as Sam, Grace, and Isabel's voices so closely mirrored each other I had to keep flipping back to the beginning of the chapter to remind myself who was speaking. Cole's voice, however, was distinct and by far the most interesting and complex character. He opted to become a wolf in an attempt to forget about the complications, pain, and regret in his human life. This created an unbelievable tension between Sam and Cole, a tension that makes your stomach twist with apprehension. The beginning of the book did linger for me a bit (no pun intended), as it took the time to set the stage for the events to come in the latter pages. I admit, I probably would have put it down if 1. The writing hadn't been so magnificent. 2. I hadn't been so compelled to figure out Cole and 3. The mystery of Grace's illness wasn't so gut-wrenching. You may be in for a surprise for this one, because I definitely was. I also have to admit this: If I had put the book down after the first 30 pages, I would have made a huge mistake. This book is worth reading again and again and again. And you should be prepared to possibly shed a tear at the end.
ilovetaylorlautner More than 1 year ago
AHHHHHH! theres like a party going on inside my head i cant wast to read this book i absolutely loved Shiver and i absolutely loved every single character. im such a little nerdy book worm i always get so excited for new books yay!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As soon as I started Shiver, I was insanely addicted to it.... I read during breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as soon as I got time. The story is so emotional and just plain lovable. I personally think this Shiver is soooooooooooo much better than the Twilight saga! I cant wait till Linger comes out!!!!!!!!!!
GoodBookGirly More than 1 year ago
WOW WOW WOW. NOOOOOOO This book was truly disappointing. Well, at least the end was. It seems like Sam and Grace never get a hapy moment.
livvvz13 More than 1 year ago
When i first read Shiver, it literally sent shivers up my spine. Amazing story line, plot, dialogue...everything. I had just got off my twilight series high and shiver was a good replacement. After i read shiver, I definitely wanted to read Linger. Well, I thought I was going to get the same high I got from Shiver...but i didn't. It was very slow and almost depressing. I didn't get that same love feeling between Grace and Sam as I did in Shiver. It was like they weren't even in love. Although i finished the book, I felt like i just got stabbed. It was kind of painful to read. i REALLY hope that Forever will be better :(.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was taking a nine hour car ride and decided I would read Shiver now this car ride was from Naples to south Carolina so it was long I finished the book in that car ride I was bugging my parents to go to a book store to get this book finally they had had enough irritation so they drove to the book store. I so love this book I can not wait for Forever thats coming out I really love it! Your book friend, Sophia
Stacey_C More than 1 year ago
Shiver left you wondering what happens next now that Grace and Sam can be together. Linger leaves you wanting more paper crane memories (and a red coffee pot, which I got for Christmas, kind of ironic hehe). Grace and Sam's love story draws you into the book and Cole and Isabel draw you deeper in and make the whole future of the pack that much more unstable. This is a great book 2 of the series and I'm looking forward to book 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all..Good Job, Maggie Stiefvater! I love this story of Sam and Grace trying to overcome all odds for love. If you are thinking of buying these books, think no more...just do it, you won't be sorry. They are a good read, and a far cry from other stories out there. Stiefvater really transports you into Grace's world and she does an excellent job of conveying the real feelings of these young lovers. However, as you read these books, you may notice a few typo's of even an unfinished sentence. Certainly not writter's fault, right? But what is her fault, or should I say (faults), is the countless times she used the discriptive word "padded". Seriously Maggie, must all your chacters "pad" down the hallway or through the room? Padding is for little children and teenage girls, not young men or even parents! There are many other ways to best describe and send a naritave picture here. For example: "he silently made his way across the hallway", or "she shuffled as she walked", or tippedtoed or anything but padded to more than one character please. I first noticed it in book one, but it was Grace that "padded" all the time, okay no biggy. But in book two not only Grace was padding, Sam started as well as the other characters as well. Please rethink your vocab for "WALKING" , I think we will all benefit from it. GOOD BOOK NON THE LESS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it couldn't stop reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The forbiddennlove between sam and grace is so sweer and even more romance is added with isabel falling for the new.wolf cole very romantic and its fantastic!
xoxomlrxoxo More than 1 year ago
Hi there! I started Linger about a week ago and finished it this morning. There is actually no word in the whole universe that correctly and bestly describes what I felt reading Linger! I had mixed emotions while reading this and at first I was (sadly) very bored with it because I was just getting out of the action packed story of another novel, so I had to get used to the calm and easing way Maggie started Linger. After a while of forcing myself to pick the book back up, I was instantly glad that I had! Right away it started to swing into the action-y, romance-y, goo-y genres that I loved. (I am really sorry if this bores you to death) We are introduced to two knew views other than Grace and Sam's. This was one of the reasons that I put this book down becasue of some issues with having to wait for my favorite character's POVs to cycle through. But, anyways, I really ended up liking this four view idea and I think that Maggie did a very good job at writing them and doing her best to make them different (this was a small con because you have to look back to who's POV it was if you are too into the novel and don't care to read the headers). Cole is one of the most evolved character in this book right now and is absolutely BRILLIANT! I instantly loved how he would be a smart@#$ to Isabel and at the end towards two unhappy characters that I will not name. Isabel was still her usual bratty self, but I did end up wanting to read more about her to really understand her home life and what she was going through after what happened to her brother. Sam and Grace; their love for one another was strong after everything they had to go through, so strong that I really want this type of relationship to happen to me....they loved eachother even after one certain character called him a horrible word and punched him. We get to see a drastic change in Grace once she realizes that she has to make the best of her life before it is too late to change anything. Sam still has to deal with the loss of his family, but stays strong through it even at the end. To start finishing this review, this book was mesmerizing and full of love, affection, the problems you have to deal with if you are deeply in love at a young age, the mystery of the Wolf, friendship, and the future of Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole. I cried, I laughed, I threw the book at times when I was mad, I smiled, I complained, I made my predictions and watched something completely and utterly amazing and opposite play out. This book was wonderful. And I hope that you will give it a try because in the end, you will NOT feel like this book wasted your time. I'm going to wait and complain until the next one comes out in July, guys:) Linger was absolutely worth every second!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Shiver, I was excited to read Linger, thinking it would be even better. Shiver wrapped up nicely at the end, being one of those books where its sweet, short, and doesn't need to be made into a series. I was greatly disappointed in Linger. It just dragged the plot out. Basically, the characters hung out all day. Sam and Grace kissed like once and they seemed very estranged. Also, it was written in isabel's and cole's POV too so that made it confusing. The only mildly exciting thing is Grace turning into a wolf, but even that's random. If you read the first, you may be pretty disappointed.
RoxieF More than 1 year ago
I loved Shiver and was really excited about this book. I really got into it, but was upset at how quickly it ended. Definitely left me wanting more.
Demi_Featherston More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh, this book was the greatest sequel to Shiver! My friends and I loved this and Shiver so you know we're going to be on the look out for the next edition to this amazing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
really on the edge of my seat to find out what will happen w/ Grace and Sam! Can't wait for #3 very interesting how the plot is developing about the shift from human self to wolves
Cyberiasha More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of shiver. Obviously, waiting with baited breathe for linger to come out. As I read Linger, I found it partially reminiscant of holly black in the darkness of the scenery and the imagery, for some this is a bit depressing. Either way, I pushed on through to the end. Generally, it was a solid story. However, for the emotional attachment that all of the readers had with Sam and Grace, this one was a complete downer. I know it was only pushing us all to a finale but please add some light to the story, give us some hope for their love. I was near tears at the end of it.