Linger, the much-anticipated sequel to Maggie Stiefvater’s New York Times bestseller Shiver, finds Grace and Sam still in love—and still human. While Sam tries to convince himself that the cure he endured at the end of Shiver actually did turn him from a werewolf back into a human being, Grace continues to struggle with her relationship with her parents. Sam is no longer a part of the pack, but he does not feel free of the ties that bind him to the wolves. He feels responsible for the newest wolves, and he struggles with his new post-mythological-being identity.
Mercy Falls remains a sad and lonely place, full of mystery and longing. The presence of the wolves is never far from the thoughts of the citizens, regardless of whether they are aware of their supernatural characteristics. While Shiver left the reader hoping for a sequel, Linger leaves the reader needing a sequel. There are so many questions unanswered—and there is a strong desire to read more of Grace and Sam’s love story. Linger is a gift to those that love Shiver, and it is yet another remarkable piece of poetic and beautiful writing from the supernaturally talented Maggie Stiefvater.