Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
This eagerly awaited sequel to last year’s Shiver is guaranteed to please fans of the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! Thanks to their creative cure from the first book, Sam is now permanently human, but is having a hard time trusting that he won’t turn back into a wolf. He and Grace are still passionate about each other, to the point that Sam is now spending the night in Grace’s room–that is until her parents catch him and ground her permanently. One of the “new” wolves that Beck turned has shown up, and Cole St. Claire couldn’t be more different from Sam. Before Beck made him into a werewolf, he was an egotistical, drug abusing rock star. Cole wanted to become a wolf to escape his life and what he had become. Add to this the fact that Grace’s friend Isabel is inexplicably attracted to him, and you end up with enough tension to keep any young adult romance reader happy. The huge dilemma in this book is that Grace has begun to have strange body feelings, that the reader will recognize quickly as the precursor to “shifting” into a wolf. Now Sam must figure out some way to save Grace, just like she rescued him from his wolf-self.
This book is told using four narrators: Grace, Sam, Cole and Isabel. This sometimes causes a little confusion for the reader as they are often switched within the same chapter. Also, although Sam and Grace’s romance is still as young, headstrong and careening as in the first book, this title doesn’t feel as tightly written. However, about halfway through the novel, the book becomes absolutely compelling, but before that the shifts in characters dilutes the pacing of the plot. In all, though, this is a Must Read for fans of the first book, all paranormal romance fans, and anyone looking for a romantic thriller.