28 June 2010

Review and Gveaway: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy series. If you haven't read the first book, Shiver (my review), and you hate spoilers, jump down to the last paragraph. This review contains no spoilers for Linger.

Even as spring makes a start in the northern Minnesota woods, Sam still cannot get used to being in his human skin. How many years will it take before he stops cringing at every icy breeze? Grace is truly happy for the first time in her life. That is, until the day she and Isabel find the dead wolf in the woods behind her house. Now Grace is beginning to fear she may not have a lifetime of love with Sam.

Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater, begins several months after Shiver ends. Sam has made it through his first winter as a human in almost ten years. He loves Grace, but he also misses his wolf family, and he has trouble imagining his future. Moreover, as the snow melts, the burden of his responsibility for the pack weighs on him.

Grace has only twelve weeks until she's eighteen. She has spent an idyllic winter dreaming of her life with Sam, of going to college, and of setting up her own household. By the time spring hits, however, Grace is beginning to sense that all is not right: It seems she is never without a headache. She isn't sure what's wrong with her, but she keeps her fears to herself.

Unlike Shiver, two additional characters narrate the chapters of this novel. Isabel and Cole keep us focused on the secrets of Boundary Wood and the larger story. They offer a welcome contrast to Grace and Sam, who are mostly concerned with their own problems.

The love story between Grace and Sam verges onto the obsessive, which is always a bit uncomfortable. The love between any two people should not be the sole source of happiness for that couple. As with Shiver, the adults in this novel are generally absent or unreasonable or resort to violence. Of course, teens will disagree with their parents and no parent is right all the time. On the other hand, there should be some kind of middle ground.

The ultimate outcome of Linger is not much of a surprise, but the book sets the stage for future entries in the Mercy Wolves series. Linger takes the premise set up in the first novel and expands it in a way that allows Stiefvater to keep the overall plot both complex and exciting. Not all story lines from Shiver have been resolved, new characters are explored, and the ending leaves you wanting to know more.

Linger at Powell's
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Published by Scholastic Press, July 20, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780545123280
Challenges: 100+
YTD: 57
Source: Review copy (see review policy)
Rating: B
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The Giveaway

I am so excited that Scholastic has offered me the chance to host an absolutely terrific giveaway.


One lucky commenter will win autographed copies of both Shiver and Linger! That's two autographed books! All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling me the names of one of your favorite literary couples. Also, be sure to leave your email address. If I can't get in touch with you, you can't win. Good luck.

This contest is open until July 12. I'll pick a winner on July 13. I'm checking to see if the giveaway is open internationally. In the meantime, go ahead an leave a comment. I'll let you know. EDIT: I've heard back from the publisher and this contest is open to U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses only.

EDIT: Blogger is having problems with comments: please be assured that I am receiving your comments even if they don't show up on the blog. You ARE entered if you comment, your comment appears in my email inbox.

For more on the books, be sure to check out Maggie Stiefvater's website. Linger goes on sale on July 20.

63 comments:

Kelly 6/28/10, 8:26 AM  

My favorites are probably Scarlett and Rhett from Gone With the Wind. (I am drawn to melodrama, apparently.) Or, from a more recent book, Tessa and Will from Clockwork Angel. They aren't a couple yet, but I hope that changes. :)

Kelly
kellyhager1234@comcast.net

Amy 6/28/10, 8:33 AM  

Oh my gosh oh my gosh I would love to win these!!! :D I hate to mimic Kelly but I seriously love Scarlett and Rhett, but I love them more from the sequel, Scarlett. They are so great.

Next favorite would be Grace and Sam, of course ;)

amy[dot]mckie[at]gmail[dot]com

Eve Marie Mont 6/28/10, 8:37 AM  

Without a doubt, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester--I love their long conversations by the fire and the intensity of their passion!

loves2read 6/28/10, 8:41 AM  

My favorite of all time in Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion. marcie.turner@yahoo.com

Heather 6/28/10, 8:54 AM  

Rhett and Scarlett. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Peeta and Katniss... ;) all my favorites. What a great giveaway!

hsfargis @ bellsouth . net

Sandy Nawrot 6/28/10, 8:56 AM  

OMG this giveaway about made my eyes pop out of my skull! Must have! My daughter has read Shiver and is going out of her mind waiting for Linger. As for a couple? Tough choice. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy? Harry and Sally?

Marg 6/28/10, 9:02 AM  

If this is an international give away I would love to be included!

I am going to go with Tatiana and Alexander from The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Le sigh.

irisonbooks 6/28/10, 9:08 AM  

Like Marg, if this contest is international I would love to be included.

I'm afraid I have to copy loves to read and say Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth are my favourite couple.

irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

Stephanie 6/28/10, 9:18 AM  

Jace and Clary
Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett

So excited to read Linger!

Stephanie Cowart
ashbychick@gmail.com

Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading 6/28/10, 9:26 AM  

Dying to read this series...

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homebetweenpages.com 6/28/10, 9:29 AM  

There is no other couple in my mind than Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy :)

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Kay 6/28/10, 9:38 AM  

Hmmm....favorite literary couple....Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars, Harry and Ginny, Hermione and Ron, Aragorn and Arwen, Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy...I could go on...

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Sheila (Bookjourney) 6/28/10, 9:40 AM  

This is such a great giveaway and I wanted to come up with something brilliant... but all I can think of is Mr Darcy and Elizabeth. :D

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Andi 6/28/10, 9:52 AM  

SOOO excited about the giveaway. I've wanted to read these, but I'm cheap and refuse to buy them for myself. lol

Fave literary couple: since I just finished The Good Earth, I'd say Wang Lung and O-Lan. They're not terribly good together, but they're darn loyal and remind me a bit of my grandparents.

Thanks for hosting!

andi(dot)miller(at)gmail(dot)com

bermudaonion 6/28/10, 10:04 AM  

I've been trying to time my entry perfectly. You and Amy have piqued my interest in these books.

For my favorite literary couple, I'm going to say Scarlett and Rhett.

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Splendibird 6/28/10, 10:20 AM  

Oooh, what an intriguing review. I am really looking forward to Linger, having loved Shiver.

My favourite literary couple would have to be Taylor and Jonah from Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta). Not only is theirs a marvellous story (heartbreaking, funny, honest), their relationship has a realness to it that doesn't often appear in YA novels. I love them and I defy anyone not to root for their happiness throughout the book.

Sya - mountainsofinstead@googlemail.com

Debbie F 6/28/10, 11:06 AM  

I love Eve and Roake in the In Death Series by JD Robb. Hot!!! LOL!

Thanks for a great giveaway.
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

jill 6/28/10, 11:32 AM  

Henry and Clare from Time Traveller's Wife.

halfpintlady@gmail.com

Awesome giveaway!

Cindy 6/28/10, 11:37 AM  

What a great contest that you are hosting.

I have to say Catherine and heathcliff from Wuthering Heights.

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Lahni 6/28/10, 12:10 PM  

My favourite couple is definitely Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
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Vivienne 6/28/10, 12:32 PM  

I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

Emily 6/28/10, 12:49 PM  

I love Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. Such a good book, and a perfect couple!

Margay 6/28/10, 1:26 PM  

The ultimate couple for me is still Darcy and Elizabeth (and most other Austen couples as I love her stories). I think they paved the path for all other romantic couples to take.

Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

Beth S. 6/28/10, 1:30 PM  

Hmmmm... favorite literary couple. I'd probably have to say Katsa and Po from Kristin Cashore's "Graceling".

Beth S. 6/28/10, 1:31 PM  

Ooops. Forgot my email address:

beths0103 at yahoo dot com

Adriana 6/28/10, 1:55 PM  

So many to choose from! :) I'm in the middle of rereading Maggie's BALLAD, so right now it would have to be Nuala and James :)) Also, Jo and the professor from LITTLE WOMEN :)

Adriana 6/28/10, 1:57 PM  

Shoot, forgot email too :
therereader at gmail dot com

Patty 6/28/10, 2:05 PM  

Damon and Ever from the Immortal series are my new faves...

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Teresa 6/28/10, 2:12 PM  

My favorite couple has to be Claire and Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series.

I really want to read these books!

teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

Jenn 6/28/10, 3:57 PM  

It seems to be a common one, but I love Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. His smoldering looks, her disregard for his feelings...*sigh*. I also liked Mary Anne and Logan from the Babysitters Club.

sleepingbette[at]yahoo[dot]com

Topher 6/28/10, 4:52 PM  

Since I just read it and fell in love with them, Anna Madrigal and Edward Halycon from The Tales of the City. I'm know, not so "literary" as some, but still!

chrisdlong at gmail dot com

Excellent reviews!

Just Mom 6/28/10, 4:55 PM  

I am going to go with John and Abigail Adams both a literary (John Adams) and a real life couple. Their letters to each other had such real love and longign in them and he respected her in a way not always seen in those times.

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Robin McCormack 6/28/10, 7:24 PM  

Honestly Eve Dallas and Roarke from the In Death series by J.D. Robb

rlmccormack59 at gmail(dot)com

angie 6/28/10, 9:18 PM  

Right now my favorite couple is Sookie and Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse books.
Thanks for the giveaway!
bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

Melissa B. 6/28/10, 10:02 PM  

Well, the Brownings, of course. Robert and Elizabeth Barrett had something steamy going on. In fact, I have two bound volumes of their love letters. Sweet!

Amused 6/28/10, 11:19 PM  

Great contest! My favorite literary couple is probably Scarlett and Rhett from Gone with the Wind.

amusedbybooks@gmail.com

lisa (the little reader) 6/29/10, 12:02 AM  

i have managed to get by without reading these yet, so i'd love a chance to win them!

my favorite literary couple is probably be Lin and Karla from Shantaram. it isn't a book that too many people have read, probably because of its size, but it is one of my favorites!

thanks for the great giveaway.

thelittlereader (at) gmail (dot) com

Becky 6/29/10, 4:15 AM  

Okay, of course I love Darcy and Elizabeth, but I also developed a real fascination and love for the star-crossed lovers Meggie and Father Ralph in The Thornbirds. I know we could argue about whether that was real love or not, but the love, fascination, passion, etc. between these two haunted me for years. I still really love the book and mini-series.

This is a great giveaway. Thanks! mjmbecky@gmail.com

Simply Stacie 6/29/10, 6:11 AM  

Please count me in.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Serena 6/29/10, 9:56 AM  

My favorite literary couple naturally is Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy!

I would love to win both of these books since they are on my wish list and I have yet to pick them up at the library. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

savvyverseandwit at gmail

melissa @ 1lbr 6/29/10, 1:06 PM  

I'm going to have to go with Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. So one of my favorite old-fashioned, slow moving romances :)

librariansbook(at)gmail

Carol M 6/29/10, 6:18 PM  

I have to say, without a doubt, that it is Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D. Robb's (Nora Roberts) In Death series.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Catherine,  7/1/10, 3:52 PM  

I adore Katherine Clifton and the nameless English patient in (of course) "The English Patient." So much drama!

lostsurfboard AT hotmail dot com.

Thanks!

Tracy Rosen 7/3/10, 7:53 AM  

Must it be a romantic couple? Because my latest favourite 'couple' is a father and son couple: the man and the boy in The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Last year I had to drive 90 minutes to work each morning and then back again at the end of the day so I began to listen to books in the car. The man's love for the boy was vivdly present in the car with me.

Sethe and Paul D (in Beloved by Toni Morrison) come to mind as well. The way that Paul D held her when they first re-met...sigh...


On another note, Shiver and Linger are beautiful books. I would love to prop them up for all to see :) after reading them, of course, since I haven't had a chance yet!

tracy AT tracyrosen DOT com

Debs Desk 7/3/10, 8:52 PM  

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Michelle 7/5/10, 8:44 AM  

I enjoyed Linger more than Shiver. I found Cole and Isabel to be a fun addition and good opposing point of view from Sam and Grace. I'd never thought of it, but I think you're right Sam/Grace are quite obsessive of each other. But I'll say I think that fits the bill as far as teenagers are concerned. At that age love *is* all there is, LOL.

Gina Choe 7/5/10, 12:32 PM  
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Mandy B 7/5/10, 12:46 PM  

I would have to say one of my favorite literary couplings is Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. I'm a sucker for a doomed romance.

Llehn 7/6/10, 1:17 AM  

Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennet of course :D

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Aik 7/6/10, 6:31 AM  

One of my favorite literary couples are Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik 7/6/10, 9:39 AM  

One of my favorite literary couples are Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Llehn 7/6/10, 9:41 AM  

Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennet of course :D

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

K 7/6/10, 10:38 AM  

I just finished Shiver yesterday and am in love with this series!

I think most people's favorites are Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but to make things a little different I'll go with Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

He's a 1000 year old viking vampire and she's a telepathic waitress, but what makes their relationship so full of awesomeness is the development which takes place over 10 books. Eric is a complex character who gets his humanity back through his growing love for her and she is able to learn to be strong through his support.

thanks for this contest!!!

noangel000atGmaildotcom

K 7/6/10, 10:40 AM  

I just finished Shiver yesterday and am in love with this series!

I think most people's favorites are Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but to make things a little different I'll go with Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

He's a 1000 year old viking vampire and she's a telepathic waitress, but what makes their relationship so full of awesomeness is the development which takes place over 10 books. Eric is a complex character who gets his humanity back through his growing love for her and she is able to learn to be strong through his support.

thanks for this contest!!!

noangel000atGmaildotcom

K 7/6/10, 11:02 AM  

I just finished Shiver yesterday and am in love with this series!

I think most people's favorites are Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but to make things a little different I'll go with Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

He's a 1000 year old viking vampire and she's a telepathic waitress, but what makes their relationship so full of awesomeness is the development which takes place over 10 books. Eric is a complex character who gets his humanity back through his growing love for her and she is able to learn to be strong through his support.

thanks for this contest!!!

noangel000atGmaildotcom

babygirlG 7/9/10, 9:49 PM  

My favorite literary couple is Sam and Grace of course!

Oh, they don't count? Um, then I would have to say Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables :D

tehashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

Breanne 7/10/10, 4:23 PM  

Hmm I think I'll choose the Prince and the Rose from The Little Prince. Well from what I remember the Rose was a jerk but I loved the whole meaning behind their relationship.

bmweida at yahoo dot com

Suzanne 7/11/10, 7:52 AM  

What a wonderful giveaway! And such a great idea to have us pick our favorite literary couple!

My favorite literary couple is Claire & Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series!

Suzanne
quzy@mac dot com

Jessica (The Bluestocking Society) 7/11/10, 10:59 PM  

Sorry, mine is generic: Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy.

I've been hearing really good things about this series. I'd love to win!

Jessica @ Confessions of a Bookaholic 7/12/10, 7:05 PM  

Awesome giveaway!!

Hmm...I have a few favs. One of them is Meg and John After from Going Too Far. I loved their relationship! It was so sweet and romantic :)

I also really love Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games!!

totalbookaholic[at]hotmail[dot]com

Terry Mac,  7/12/10, 8:33 PM  

Would love to win an autographed copy of these books.....I have never won an autographed copy before, and these sound like terrific summer reads, and to win and have them autographed would be perfect!

Favorite literary couple would be the poets, Barrett-Browning. Grew up on them, loved their love story....and of course the sonnets, which are stories in themselves!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

Andie 7/12/10, 8:43 PM  

My favorite would have to be Juliet and Dawsey from the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ravneet Sidhu,  7/14/10, 8:44 PM  

Lucas and Bianca from the Evernight series.

OMG, i would love to win these books!!!!

ravneetkaursidhu@hotmail.com

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