Friday, February 10, 2012

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) is proof that the second book in a series can be better than the first.  A fact I never would have believed after finishing Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1).  When I read writing, I'm amazed at the way she describes the tiniest things...instantly conjuring up images making the unbelievable story suddenly believable.   

I love the way she allows the readers to fall in love progressively with the characters.  Even when two people are instantly bonded (Sam and Grace), she takes us through everyday situations giving us - unknown/unseen bystanders - the chance to watch them fall in love.  She understands how the characters' interactions during those innocent moments are more powerful at proving 'forever love' than dozens of passionate encounters.  Because of this, readers will dream of someone who folds paper birds for them, commemorating every special occasion. 

The introduction of Cole's and Isabel's turmoil and chemistry were the perfect way to add a whole new - and phenomenal - dimension to the storyline.  In fact, the two of them are such strong characters they easily could have been carved out and given their own series. 

I'm always envious of writers who are talented enough to embed poetry and songs perfectly within their stories.  Doing so adds another fantastic aspect to an already special (and poetic) tale.  Between Sam and Cole, I expect this style to continue throughout the series, and I can honestly say it's one of the reasons I've become a fan. 

The The Wolves of Mercy Falls is a series that I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking for a great paranormal romance series.