Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The love that developed between Sam and Grace made us shiver in the first book and Stiefvater follows up with an equally beautiful story in Linger. Sam is no longer a wolf; he doesn't have to fear the cold any longer. While Sam and Grace wonder at what it means to plan past the summer their relationship takes on deeper meaning for the both of them. Cole is a new wolf; he doesn’t want to be human anymore. Running from his checkered past, he thinks he has found the ultimate way out. Isabel is trying to understand why Cole wants the very thing that her brother died trying to reverse. As Grace and Sam learn to linger in the love that they thought would always be out of reach, fear of the unknown settles over Grace and threatens to pull them apart.
The long wait for the next book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series was worth every minute. We see Sam’s sweet, endearing character adjusting to his future and you just fall in love with him all over again. Grace is also transforming herself as they discover their newly unfolded fate and all the implications of what Sam's cure means for them. Cole’s character is brutally honest, but his relationship with Isabel sends sparks flying from the very start. Isabel’s chapters were an exceptionally entertaining addition to the narrative. Her cutting edge nature balances out his frightening self despair. Days after finishing this one, the story is still lingering on my mind.
Nora may be losing her mind. She is seeing flashes of terrifying images and there is a sinister stranger following her. All the while, Patch is showing up at all the wrong times and Nora doesn’t know whether he can be trusted or not. From the moment they are paired up at school, Nora has a feeling he is going to be trouble. "His black eyes sliced into me, and the corners of his mouth tilted up. My heart fumbled a beat and in that pause, a feeling of gloomy darkness seemed to slide like a shadow over me. It vanished in an instant, but I was still staring at him. His smile wasn’t friendly. It was a smile that spelled trouble. With a promise."
In Hush, Hush the twisted history of fallen angels entwines Nora in a battle with immortals. This is the beginning of a captivating series by Fitzpatrick. The sequel, Crescendo, will be released later this year.