(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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?
I started listening to the Shiver audiobook when I found my copy of Linger on my shelves while cleaning. I tried to read it about five years ago but had a difficult time getting into it. Needless to say, a few years older, an even more avid reader, and a lover of artful prose (but come on, who isn’t?), I couldn’t wait to start listening to this audiobook. I debated reading my hard copy, but the library did have it available, and I just couldn’t wait. I tried, everyone, I really did.
“I was suddenly overwhelmed by what an incredible person this boy was, standing in front of me, and by the fact that he was mine and I was his.”
Grace and Sam went through a lot in Shiver. The weather had started to grow warmer, and they no longer questioned how long their time together would be—they had forever. A new voice was introduced to the story, Cole St. Clair. I wasn’t sure about him at first, but having his character explained a lot of questions about the shift, the wolves, and the supposed cure. I still have some questions after the last chapter, but some of my wonder that I had at the end of Shiver was explained.
Sam and Grace’s relationship went through different challenges in this book. I wouldn’t patronize what Grace and Sam have and simply call it a romance because it’s so much more than that—it’s a connection. Now that they knew Sam wasn’t going to go wolf at any given moment, they were more open about what they meant to each other. Grace’s parents made a weird entrance into the novel—they had been absent through most of the first book—and decided they wanted to dictate some things that caused stress in their home. In order to understand the dynamic between Grace and her parents, you have to read the first book. While you could pick up on the love story without reading Shiver—though what Sam and Grace are to each other wouldn’t mean as much—in order to understand Grace’s frustration, you have to start from the beginning.
“I couldn’t imagine anyone ever reading a book enough to make it look like that. It looked like it had been driven over by a school bus after someone had taken a bath with it.”
Isabel had a larger presence in this book. In the first book, she played the role of Jack’s sister. However, in Linger, she became her own person. She lived in the shadow of Jack’s death, and she had to find herself in the midst of her grief. I liked watching her friendship with Grace, as I think they complimented each other well, and seeing everyone through her eyes definitely made it interesting.
Werewolf books will always hold a special place in my heart. There are so many different ways to present the subject, and Stiefvater does it in a way that builds off of the general stereotype but is uniquely its own. Plus, there’s a musical aspect to the book, which I love. The road all of the characters are headed down is not without it’s challenges, and I’m interested to see how the story ends.
“To Grace, these were the things that mattered: my hands on her cheeks, my lips on her mouth. The fleeting touches that meant I loved her.”