Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #2)

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The astonishing #1 New York Times bestselling novel!

the longing.
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.

the loss.
Into their world comes...

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The astonishing #1 New York Times bestselling novel!

the longing.
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.

the loss.
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 a human.

the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring 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?

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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.

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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

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545123297
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls/Shiver Series , #2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 175,339
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at
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  • Posted July 4, 2010

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    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.

    31 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Excellent Read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    30 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    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.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2010

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    Amazing 1st book...

    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!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    Waiting for Forever...<3

    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!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    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!!!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Not as good as the first!

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2010

    LOVED it more than the first

    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!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    It was a let down after Shiver

    I have been excitedly waiting for this book for almost a year. I was mildly disappointed in the story. It never got off the ground. I kept waiting for something to happen but it just never did like in Shiver. I do like the addition of Cole, I have started leaning towards him and Isabel. I hope Forever gets back to the magic that Shiver brought.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010


    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!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

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    Couldnt finish it.

    I dont like slow books. and this was quite slow. I loved Shiver though!

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2010

    good, but slow

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    WAIT for the third book, THEN read Linger

    I was very disappointed with Linger. In the prologue, they actually tell you what happens at the end of the book. So you read the book, full of sorrow and anger at way it's supposed to end, and hope that it will end better than is predicted.
    It doesn't. It gets worse.
    On top of that, nothing happens the entire book! The biggest thing that happens is that we are introduced to a new wolf, Cole. Wow, that's it. The whole story was just dragged out, trying to prolong the inevitable. Also, Grace and Sam didn't seem as close as in the first book. And finally, I HATE HATE HATE Grace's parents!!! They are AWFUL! Truly, truly, AWFUL!!!!
    So, to avoid the frustration of reading this book, I recommend waiting for the third book to come out, then read this book, so that when you get angry at Linger's ending, you won't have to wait (like I have to!!) to find out what happens. It'll hard, yes, but trust me, it'll be worth it!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Great Book--Full of emotion

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    WOW WOW WOW. NOOOOOOO This book was truly disappointing. Well,

    This book was truly disappointing. Well, at least the end was. It seems like Sam and Grace never get a hapy moment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Sightly Disappointed...

    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 :(.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2010

    Every time i think about this book i get a pang of feeling for it i love this book!

    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,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    It hurt my feelings to read this-I didn't even finish!

    This book lacked what the first had-really, applicable distress. What is the realism that after all these years of being just fine, NOW when she and Sam are finally together, she starts shifting?
    Maggie, I love you and will always be a faithful fan of shiver. But linger leaves much to be desired.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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