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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, Review + Giveaway!

It seems a long time ago now that I first read Shiver--the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. But looking back I started it on the plane ride to BEA and finished it there in the conference center, fingers gripping the cover tightly, while sitting on the floor in one of the many autograph lines. And now it's May again and BEA is right around the corner and I emerge from my recent and nasty reading slump stupor to find a copy of Linger sitting in my mailbox like a glove thrown down in the dirt. "I will be the one to pull you out," it whispers to me slyly. "Just open me up and take a sip. I promise--one sip is all it will take." And I look at it with fear and longing written all over my face. "You promise?" I ask  intently. "Because it's been a long walk in the cold and I'm not sure I can take another disappointment." "Just open me up," it says, confidence written all over its cover. And so I do. And everything else falls away.

Sam and Grace are trying to take up the reins of their lives again after the cataclysmic events of the previous winter. Sam is human. Despite the lingering cold as spring grows ever closer, he will not be changing into a wolf. Whatever it was that caused it has been seemingly eradicated and suddenly he has an entire lifetime stretching out ahead of him. And Grace is all set to share that life with him, to make plans, to pick colleges, to get away from her disapproving parents as soon as possible. But their cautious attempts to move forward are curtailed when a new wolf arrives in town--the fruits of Beck's final act as pack protector. It's immediately  clear that something is very off about Cole, but Sam can't quite put his finger on what. And he doesn't have much time to dedicate to figuring out his new charge (of sorts) as Grace is fighting her own battle with a nameless threat and it feels like she's drifting farther and farther away with every day. Meanwhile, Isabel is thrashing around the way only Isabel can. Unable to come to terms with her brother's death and certain as certain that Sam and Grace are unwittingly headed for disaster, Isabel finds herself playing the voice of reason. And as she seems to literally run across Cole at every turn, these interactions push her closer and closer to finding out his secret and the real explanation behind Grace's strained smiles and uneasy silences.

I was somewhat concerned about reading Linger. It was definitely not the writing that concerned me, because I adore Maggie Stiefvater's elegant prose. And it was not the characters, because any time spent with Sam and Grace (and Isabel) is time well spent. But I loved how Shiver ended. It was perfect. And I wondered where exactly things could go from there, you know? What direction their story could take that wouldn't feel forced. With so many series lately, it feels like they're being kept alive on life support. And I was worried about the fragile beauty of where things ended and having that peace ruined. But I should have known better. I should have had more faith. From here on out there will be no doubt. There will be no fear. Because Linger is that most rare and wonderful of books--an absolutely gorgeous, riveting sequel. It made good on all its promises. I was sucked out of the slump I was in within the handful of seconds it took me to read the first page. There are so many things to love about this book. But I have to mention, first and foremost, the writing. It washes over you in waves of lyrical longing and puts other, lesser storytelling to shame. A favorite passage early on (from my uncorrected ARC):

Later, I thought of the things I could have added to the list of resolutions, things I'd wanted back before I realized what being a wolf meant for my future. Things like Write a novel and Find a band and Get a degree in obscure poetry in translation and Travel the world. It felt indulgent and fanciful to be considering those things now after reminding myself for so long that they were impossible.

I tried to imagine myself filling out a college application. Writing a synopsis. Tacking a sign saying DRUMMERS WANTED on the corkboard opposite Beck's post office box. The words danced in my head, dazzling in their sudden nearness. I wanted to add them to my index card of resolutions, but I just . . . couldn't.

That night, while Grace showered, I got out the card and looked at it again. And I wrote:

Believe in my cure
I actually felt lighter the further I read, despite the gravity and sense of impending doom that pervades the text. But it is so unbelievably refreshing to be buoyed up by the astonishing turns of phrase rather than bogged down by lackluster wordsmithing. I would read Maggie Stiefvater's cereal box copy. But happily, I shall never be forced to do so as her characters and plot lines are both sympathetic and nuanced. The woman positively excels at young male protagonists. Like James in Ballad, Sam is so very endearing, if in a much less angsty and overt way. His breathtaking blend of maturity and vulnerability tugs at my heartstrings and the strength of his relationship with Grace is true and unswerving. I'm also delighted to report that the supporting characters Isabel and Cole are no less outstanding. In fact, I may have been most captivated by Cole's sections, as the narrative is split between the four of them. His depth of damage mixed with the faintest glimmer of hope enriched the whole for me and I loved watching the four so distinct threads weave together by the inevitable climax. I was consumed by Linger, loved it even more than its predecessor, and am positively thrumming with excitement for Forever--the final installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.
Linger is due out July 20th.

Reading order: Shiver, Linger

And now for the giveaway! I found myself the lucky recipient of an extra ARC of Linger and I'm delighted to offer it up today to one commenter. To enter simply leave a comment telling me the last book you read that lingered with you long past the moment you closed the final page. The giveaway will be open for a week and will close at midnight on Wednesday, May 12th. I'll announce the winner the following day. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada addresses only and please be sure to leave me a way to contact you.

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  1. I LOVED these books. I definitely keep meaning to review them.

  2. OMG Linger - WOW I cant wait to read it, I loved your review, I cant wait even more now!! EAK!

    OK, last book that lingered with me, hmm several I can think of - Far from You was one, and Seers of Light was another - Winter Longing was another, oh and Before I Fall really did too. :)

    Gosh that's a HARD question! Thank you though, and THANK you for the review! EAK I CANT WAIT!


  3. Agghh! If there was ever a giveaway I wanted to win, I think this would be it!

    Since I'm consumed with nothing other than the Vampire Academy series right now, I would have to say Shadow Kiss. I've been rereading all the books in preparation for Spirit Bound, and I was devastated all over again by the ending of that book! Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it...

  4. oh LINGER sounds beautiful.
    Recently, the book that is "lingering" with me is THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME). I loved that book and it made my heart SO happy.

  5. Oops, I forgot my e-mail. It's:

    See what I mean? Totally distracted.

  6. I LOVED Shiver! The last book that "lingered" with me, was Being Sixteen by Allyson Braithwaite Condie.;)


  7. that is an interesting question!
    I'd have to say THE HOLLOW KINGDOM, because everything about that book was different from other books I'd read before: the writing style was really lyrical and the story was so intriguing from start to finish--it definitely stayed with me after I finished it, and it even made its way into my dreams too o.O

    awesome contest! Thank you so much :D

  8. Definitely "Perfect Chemistry" by Simone Elkeles. It's a YA romance with so much staying power, I can't help but call certain scenes and bits of dialogue to mind throughout the course of the week.


  9. Anonymous12:08 PM

    I'm so glad to hear that you liked this! I was worried that it would be another sequel-bomb, but now I feel so much better!
    The last book I read that lingered with me the longest would have to be "Homer's Odyssey." I still find myself telling random people little snippets of it; it was so inspirational!

  10. Oooh, giveaway! :)

    The last book which lingered with me a long time after I finished reading would have to be Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
    While it was a really freaky novel, the future which it created sorta stuck with me and scared me well after I finished reading the book... which took a day, of course. :P

  11. I loved Shiver and can't wait for Linger! The last book that I read that hasn't left me was The Book Thief.

  12. Wow now I can't wait for Linger!! This is the best review I've read so far.

    Besides Shiver, the last book that lingered with me was Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga, the sequel to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Lyga completely tapped into what it is like to be a girl and an outsider. I was holding my breath at the end.

  13. The last book that left me lingering was Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala. It makes you grateful for what you have and realize how strong young women can really be. The story was so amazingly told and held so many emotions, how can anymore not be thinking about it long before it ends?

    Thanks for hosting this. I'm DYING to read Linger!

    *crosses fingers*


  14. Fantastic review! Can't wait to read Linger.

    It's a tough call on the last book that really stuck with me, but I think I'll go with Catching Fire. There's nothing like a cliffhanger to keep you obsessed long after you've finished reading.

  15. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Great Review! I can't wait for this book to come out. :)

    It would have been a hard call, but I actually just read "Lament" by Maggie Steifvater, and boy, did that one resonate. I was haunted. In a very, very good way.

  16. After reading your wonderful review I am even more excited to read Linger! Thank you.

    Last book that lingered with me was "Captivate" (sequel to "Need") by Carrie Jones. The characters and the story left me truly captivated (pun intended). LOL

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  17. The last book to stick with me for weeks has been Will Grayson Will Grayson. <3 Thanks for the contest!

  18. I really enjoyed Shiver. The last book for me was Dairy Queen
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  19. I read Shiver about a month ago. I have read a few others since, but I have to say this is on that stayed near and dear to me. I love it. I can't wait to read Linger. I'd love to be the lucky recipient, but whoever wins, wins!

  20. I already have it so don't enter me I just wanted to comment and say what a great review. :-) Also thanks that's me in the linkage.

  21. Anonymous12:29 PM

    The last book to Linger with me was Fallen!!! It was one of the books that leaves you thinking, "Oh my gosh. This could actually be happening!"

    But my all time favorite book is Shiver!!! Is there even a reason why I need to explain myself? Go team Maggie!

    Excellent review!!!!

  22. Oh, this makes me want to read Linger even more than I already did! Great review.

    The last book to stick with me for week was, oh man! I know this isn't the *last* one (I read it nearly a year ago), but this morning it all came rushing back to me, so it is lingering all over again:

    Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain.

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  23. Anne C.12:31 PM

    The last book that lingered with me was when I finished the book "Gone" by Lisa McMann. After finishing the book I couldn't stop thinking about what happened to the characters after that final scene came to an end.

    Great Review!

  24. Anonymous12:31 PM

    I love reading and re-reading Shiver, as I feel I am there with the characters in northern Minnesota, which is where I grew up. This book seems to have been with me my whole life because I grew up near the fictitious Mercy Falls and Boundary Wood, although there are very real places with similar names in Minnesota where I wandered throughout most of my life. I was delighted to read a book that takes place in my home town area, and I just plain loved this book, Sam and Grace, and can't wait for Linger!

  25. What a fantastic review! It really puts me on edge - I can't wait to read it!

    The last book I read that lingered with me was Meredith Ann Pierce's The Darkangel. It's a timeless book that I read when I was 13 and no matter how often I read it, whether I was 17, 19, or 24, I still enjoy it and it will stay with me forever. The characters are compelling, they battles they fight are believable and you can't help but feel yourself fall into the story as if you were Aeriel. I highly recommend it! It is truly phenomenal and a great read!

  26. Well I live in Sweden and I would pay for the delivery if I would get that book. I'll be on vacation (in Bosnia) when it comes out and there's no way I can get Linger in Bosnia. Believe me :( I already called all the bookstores in my hometown they don't even have Shiver. So if you would, by any chance, be able to make me the happiest girl on Earth.

    The last book that lingered me was a book by Mesa Selimovic the book is called "Fortress" and it was really beautiful :)

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  27. Shiver lingered with me! I absolutely loved it and hope I win this so i can review it on my Shiver fansite Wolves Of Mercy Falls.

  28. Carissa Carpentieri12:34 PM

    The last book that I read that left me lingering after had to be 'When It Happens' by Susane Colasanti. The romance that sparked between these two and the way it was so casually written as if from the teenage perspective just kept me reading right to the end. It kept me wishing months after I read it that I had a guy like Tobey.

    Thanks for the epic review, Linger sounds amazing and I absolutely can't wait to read it! I haven't been this excited since I read Shiver! =]

  29. Avneet12:34 PM

    I'd have to say shiver was the last book left me lingering. No other book I've read have felt as 'yummy'. I really can't wait for Linger, especially since it's releasing on my birthday! :D

  30. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Great review! Can't wait for this to come out. I loved Shiver, and I'm with you: It ended perfectly, so where is Linger going to take us?

    Thanks for the chance to win, too. That is great.

    The last book I read that lingered with me was Fallen by Lauren Kate.

    Thanks again!

  31. Lovely review as always. Would love to read this book because Sam and Grace had such an amazing affect on me.

  32. Wow! what a beautiful review :) I loved Shiver and I absolutely adore Maggie Stiefvater!! Linger is on the top of my list as far as sequels go that I can NOT wait to read!

    The last book that I read that stayed with me would have to be The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I just recently picked up this book & found myself unable to put it down. Her writing captivates me. You know a book is good when you visualize it as if you're watching a movie. The pages seem to disappear and a screen is set before you. And on this screen a story is being told that you get lost in. That's when you know you're reading a REALLY good book :)

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  33. I have got to stop reading your reviews. Seriously, do you always intend to seduce us into reading them? Urgh. Of course, I'd love a copy of Linger. The last book I read that lingered was North of Beautiful, and I find it still lingering. It's asking to be reread.


  34. What an awesome review!! I can't wait to read Linger!

    I'm such an over thinker that books tend to linger on with me for a lot longer than they probably should. The last one to effect me in a major way was "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. I read it in January and even now I want to go back and revisit all of the characters again!

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  36. Carrie12:41 PM

    I love the book Shiver...hated to see it end,I love the characters of Grace and Sam..cannot wait to read Linger..I hope I win ..but if don't congrats to the lucky one we're all winners if Maggie keeps writing books like these!!!

  37. Great review! I am so excited for Linger. :)

    A book that stayed with me long after I closed it... hmm.

    I would have to say The Lovely Bones. I've read the book several times and each time I read it, it moves me in a different way. It was the first book to make me cry, and it's just so breathtakingly real and heart-wrenching, with a one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever encountered in a work of fiction. It's a unique book and I have never read another one quite like it.

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  38. Anonymous12:42 PM

    What an awesome review! Thank you for getting me even more excited for July 20th to come around.

    I think the last book that really stuck with me was Hourglass. Not many books make me cry, but that one did. Which tells me just how wrapped up I was in the story. I found myself going through all the emotions that where so well described.

    Thanks again for this review & the chance to win an ARC.


  39. I am also hesitant to open my heart to the next book when the previous left me with lifted spirits. Thanks so much for your review, I can't wait to read Linger!

  40. Thanks for a great review and giveaway! I would love to win "Linger"!

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  42. Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth. I didn't think I'd like it -- I thought it would be preachy and boring -- but it was really lovely and optimistic and I keep thinking about the characters and what might have happened next.

  43. Carrie12:50 PM

    I loved Shiver...the characters of Grace and Sam were amazing.I loved your review of Linger...I can't wait to see where this next installment leads us..Maggie's writing is magical I got so involved in the storyline ..I hope I'm lucky enough to win but if not congrats to the winner..thanks again for the wonderful review and chance!!


  44. Wow fantastic review! I haven't read Shiver yet, but I really want to. I've heard so many things about these books that I'm practically itching with the want to read them!

    Thanks for the fantastic contest!

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  46. Can't wait for Linger! Even though it's been a year since I finished it I can't get The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson out of my head. Amazing work!

  47. I am sososo happy to hear that you liked Linger! I was so happy with the way that Shiver ended, too, and am usually a little let down by sequels, but am SO looking forward to reading this one! And the giveaway sounds AWESOME!

    The book I've read most recently that lingered with me is Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. Such an interesting premise, so surprising, and such a great ending. Highly recommend all of her books!

  48. Hmmm, I'd have to say Going Bovine has lingered. But really, I can't get Shiver off my mind and am dying to read the sequel....

  49. Can't wait for this one!

    The last book that I read that really stuck around was A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. Those books are fabulous.


  50. The last book I read like that was Ballad actually. :)
    I pretty much ONLY read maggie stiefate now.

  51. Anonymous1:12 PM

    I am so looking forward to reading Linger. I found the love between Sam and Grace to be both poetic and beautiful. The book that has most recently lingered with me is "Sams Letters to Jennifer". By James Patterson. This story about love, loss and life has touched me deeply. I hope everyone can come to a place in their lives to enjoy every moment as if it is a gift, just as these characters do. An absolute must read.

  52. I have to say the last two books that have lingered with me were Shiver and Catching Fire. I love the ending in Shiver and am anxiously waiting for Linger. I've yet to find a good replacement book and keep buying books hoping they'll fill this void.

  53. The last book to linger with me, was SHIVER! I loved it and am looking forward to LINGER :-)

  54. The last book that lingered with me was actually Shiver...I read it at the beginning of the semester and haven't had time to pick up another book since. It's a great one to "linger" though!
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  55. Anonymous1:15 PM

    'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' is the last book that I lingered over long after the back cover was closed. That is one gorgeous book!

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  56. In all honestly Dust of 100 Dogs. It's one of the best books I've read lately.

  57. The last book that's really stayed with me has been Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. It's been months since I finished it but I still remember everything and I recommend it whenever I can. :)

    I love your review and I can't wait to read Shiver (which is waiting for me after I finish my current read.) and maybe if I'm lucky, I can read Linger as well! :D Um, is it okay if I don't leave my email here? I know you said that one must leave something so they can be contacted if they win but I DO have my email in my profile. Or maybe I should just email you my entry... hmm...

  58. Geez Angie. Your reviews make me look like a kindergartner writing about Cat in the Hat or something. Stop being so awesome. :")

    I read "The Dead and Gone" by Susan Beth Pfeffer recently. It's intense and makes me want to get food storage.

  59. Honestly, Shiver. What lingers for me weeks later are first, sensory images. Specific ones: the sound of one character's laugh = flock of departing crows. It was so immediate and crisp, I can hear it now. That picture of Rachel, where she's the sun holding Grace and Isabelle in orbit by the sheer force of her will. So vivid, I can still see it. Second, the atmosphere. It's as distinct as a feeling.

    Needless to say, loved it.


  60. Missy1:52 PM

    I was excited to read your review. You have quite a way with words yourself.
    The last book that I read that lingered with me was Water For Elephants.

  61. Great review!

    The last book to "linger" with me was Catherine Fisher's Incarceron. It took me a little bit to get into it, not that the prose wasn't elegant and refined, and the character work just brilliant. instead, it was more a case of this absolutely incomprehensible yet oddly familiar world was so jarring that I almost didn't keep reading. I'm so glad I did, because the reward was worth the journey, and the journey was amazing on its own. The absolute novelty of conceit and concept had me shutting it and saying "wow. That was different." Since then, I keep bringing it up at random moments to my husband, and pondering the big What it All Means.

    So yeah. Incarceron.

  62. Wonderful review Angie!

    The last book to linger with me was The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta. I went in to feeling very nervous having loved the characters so much in Saving Francesca but it is wonderful.

    Thanks for the contest. My fingers are crossed.

  63. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Wow, excellent review. I didn't think it would be possible to be more anxious for the release of Linger, but I was wrong!!

    The last book that lingered would definitely have to be Hunger Games. Loved that book and anxiously awaited Catching Fire, which didn't disappoint!

  64. the last book to linger with me was shiver. i finished it two days ago, and as soon as i finished it, i turned back to page one and started it again. i can't get enough! i carry the sadness of the characters around with me, even when i'm not reading it

  65. It has been a long, long wait for Linger. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel my pulse is quickening.

    The last book that stuck with me was Shift by Rachel Vincent. I think about the heroine, Faythe, everyday and wonder what her heart will decide in the final book (coming out later this year). The Shifters series is a must read!

  66. The last book I read that I couldn't stop thinking about even after I read the last line is before I fall by: lauren oliver it was such a good book... It really made me think about life and how ever thing you do good or bad will effect either your life or someone elses life and that effect can be either good or bad.. so I find myself watching what I do and say to others more carefully cause you really never know what might happen so you just have to life your life in the honestly and hope for the best. <3 jess

  67. Hi Angiegirl!

    As usual, you deliver another informative yet relatively spoiler-free review that makes me want the book RIGHT NOW! I, too, was worried about Linger and whether it would ruin Stiefvater accomplished with Shiver. I am relieved.

    I would say the last book to really resonate with me would be Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. Also possible is All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming. And of course Shiver too.

  68. I just read Shiver last week and I have to say that it's pretty much stayed with me, even through my other reads.

  69. Hey I forgot my email.. <3 jess

  70. OMG! I can't wait to read Linger!! I read Shiver several weeks ago and truly LOVED it! Linger is one of my most anticipated reads now. Your review just makes me even more excited about reading Linger. Thanks!

    I just finished Lover Mine by JR Ward, a few days ago and I keep finding myself returning to the story and the what-ifs for future books in the BDB series.


  71. A Year of Magical Thinking - prose at its best and an achingly tragic and beautiful reading experience.

  72. I'm glad I read this blog...people have mentioned many good books that I need to read.

    The book that has lingered with me is Blood Promise from the Vampire Academy series. The depth of emotions that plagues Rose and Dimitri is so well-written, that Rose's decision still haunts me today, which has been about 6 mos since I first read it. How far would you go to save a loved one's soul? Ooh...did you feel that? Chills... :-)

  73. oh, i want to win this! gotta love beautiful writing - it's like balm for the soul....

    city of light by lauren belfer. it's historical with some mystery to it, set in buffalo, ny 1901. it's great writing - the story peels like an onion, layer by layer, so beautifully....

  74. i loved shiver & am equally excited for linger. !

    the last book i read that "lingered with me" is Graceling by Kristin was fantastical.

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  76. I LOVED Shiver! i am super excited for Linger and eventually Forever too! I love Maggie's writing style. she really knows how to relate to teenagers with supernatural wolfy issues(LOL!).

    Every book I read sticks with me in some form or another. Even if it's just that I remember that a book is bad(to me) i will always remember the title. But as of late, I just finished Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and I also finished Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. both were amazing, and I can't seem to get the strong characters from each out of my mind. I've even been dreaming about them!

  77. Anonymous4:37 PM

    This sounds like a really good book!

    The last book i lingered with is Ironside by Holly Black.

  78. Kimberlee4:42 PM

    Shiver is definitely my favorite book; I can't wait for Linger.
    I never win contests (I have no luck at all, haha) but I'd love to win this book.
    The last book that lingered with me was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I'm normally not one to read realistic fiction, especially one dealing with a subject I don't know all that much about--eating disorders--but Wintergirls was by far the best book I've read in a long time.


  79. Rachael L.4:43 PM

    Great review! The last book that lingered me was Liar by Justine Larbalestier.


  80. Anonymous4:55 PM

    I can't wait to read Linger! The last book that lingered me was "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. The characters in there were so realistic that I thought about them long after the last page was turned.

  81. Anonymous5:26 PM

    The last book that stuck with me was probably RULES OF ATTRACTION by Simone Elkes (I don't think rereading LAMENT by Maggie Stiefvater counts, ha ha) because the chemistry that she's able to create is just sooooo perfect.

  82. So, I read a LOT. :)
    I have favorite writers whose word arrangements always pull me completely into the story to linger for a while.
    However, last year, I read the Gemma Doyle trilogy (while I was trying to graduate from college), and those characters and that story is still very alive to me long after I read the last page of The Sweet Far Thing.
    Just last week, actually, I was thinking about Miss Moore's comment about how there are no safe choices, only choices, how we must make our own way and take responsibility for what we choose for ourselves.
    So while there are plenty of writers I am gaga for and plenty of characters I hold dear to my heart, Libba Bray's Gemma series is a big one for me.
    I think the best stories are the ones where the characters are so real that you feel like they are a part of your world, like distant friends you get to visit every now and again.

    But if this is only limited to one book, I'd have to choose Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
    Incredible writing.
    Lots of vivid imagery and awesome stream of consciousness from the two Wills.
    I have enjoyed John and David for a long time, and I was full of all kinds of nerdfighter joy when I found out they were going to write a book together. :)
    The reality of friendship is true and good all throughout the book.
    And of course, I love Tiny (everyone loves Tiny).

    Sooooo glad you loved Linger. :D
    I'm stoked for it to come out (but definitely hoping I can snag the ARC).
    Grace and Sam are unforgettable, and Maggie's writing is beautiful, raw, and lyrical.
    The Wolves of Mercy Falls is definitely a series that lingers. :)

    Hope your Wednesday ends with a good book.
    Can't wait to see who wins. :)
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  83. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Love your review, it's awesome! It makes me so much more excited for Linger now that I know more about what it's going to be like.
    The last book that lingered with me was Shiver by Maggie. I felt this happy, giddy feeling for a few days after reading it and actually started rereading it before school overtook my time.
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  84. Annie6:10 PM

    I thought I wanted to read this sequel, but it was nothing until reading your review of it. Now I really can't wait for it! I hope I'll be the lucky one to win the ARC, for I'm already anxiously counting the days to get my hands on this wonderfully covered and written book!

    The latest book that went straight to my toptoptop favourites would have to be The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. It was such a different way to look at the magic school/world thing, with the characters not being ridiculously innocent or creepy and actually doing what real people do. It's just a fantastic fantasy book and I highly recommend it! :)


  85. I'm not entering, but I just wanted to comment I'm about 1/2 through Shiver, so I didn't read your entire review. Can't wait to finish, though!

  86. The last book (ok really two books) that lingered with me would be The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I loved Shiver too.

  87. The last book to really stick with me was Before I Fall. The book packed a punch.


  88. The last book that lingered with me for a couple of days after I finished reading it was Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert.


  89. What a lovely review!

    In my Maggie-dearth, I've been reading Eva Ibbotson and A Song For Summer is

    I can't wait can't wait can't wait for more Maggie!

    kalqamari (at) gmail (dot) com

  90. Great review! I loved Shiver. Books that stayed with me Magic Under Glass, The Silver Wolf, Still Alice, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I wish I could pick just one but those are 4 I keep thinking about.

    TheFictionEnthusiast @

  91. I would, like, totally love to win this drawing.

  92. Anonymous7:31 PM

    The last book(s) I read that lingered with me, were the Ivy League/Secret Society Girl novels by Diana Peterfreund, which I discovered through your blog. I actually ended up buying the books before I even took my library copies back!

    I am hoping Linger does the same--I loved her previous books.

  93. i loved shiver and i cant wait to read linger!!!! thanks so much for the review!!! as for the books, I would have to say the Book Thief, Speak, Wintergirls and the Hunger games and catching fire

  94. The Knife of Never Letting Go was a book that lingered in my mind long after I finished it. Thanks for offering this contest!

    mearley1979 (at) gmail (dot) com

  95. Anonymous7:49 PM

    The last complete book I read was The City Of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare. It was an AMAZING book! I drank down the book (and series) like a man in the desert! It was so captivating, it held you until the end. The whole set are very bittersweet until the very end, but I was still all over it.
    It left me at ease and very satisfied with it. I also think about the character struggles (which were many) and the bittersweet moments in between =).


  96. Sea was the last book that lingered with me. It was absolutely stunning.

    :) Erica

  97. Crime and Punishment. I had to read it for English and it's been on my mind since. That book is amazing :)

    cranburiedsauce at gmail dot com

  98. I definitely would have to say OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. Fantastic read!!! Her series will have to tide me over until Linger comes out!

  99. Eeep! I would love to win this- I absolutely loved Shiver! The last book that has really "lingered" with me was Catching Fire.

  100. Wow now I'm even more ready for Linger! The last book that I read that lingered with me is actually Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater, such a beautiful story. I'm even dreaming about it lol. Maggie S. is definitely my favorite author!
    My email address is
    Thanks for putting the contest together! Good luck to everyone!

  101. My last one I read that stuck with me was Maze Runner by James Dashner :)

    You can contact me at Jenaye(at)gmail(dot)com

  102. The last one I read that I loved was Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater :D


  103. Anonymous12:25 AM

    I love Stiefvater's prose and enjoyed SHIVER. I'd love to have a chance to read LINGER.

    The last book I stayed with me long after I read it was BRIGHTLY WOVEN by Alexandra Bracken.

  104. I've read several great books that have lingered with me long after I've read them...

    Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
    and, of course,
    Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

    I can't wait to see what happens in Linger! :0)

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  105. Honestly, any book I can't put down until I finish it lingers with me. I've loved a lot of the books mentioned here in these comments, The Host, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and of course, Shiver. But one book I wasn't expecting and totally caught me off guard, The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. It's just epic… and massive, but utterly spellbinding and haunting.

  106. The last book that lingered with me was the Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, there were so many unanswered questions. Shiver also is staying with me a long time. I'm not just saying that either. Seriously, like 2 months later I was having a bad day and immediatly knew what would make me feel better, so I read the last page of Shiver. Bad day cured.

  107. Anonymous2:19 AM

    Last book that "lingered" with me was Speaker of the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Not a new book, but a classic science fiction tale about humanity. I love OSC.

    I want to read LINGER so bad!!!

  108. Anonymous2:48 AM

    I truly cannot wait for Linger. Great giveaway.

    The last book that I read that Lingered with me way after was the Hunger Games series (both Hunger Games and Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins. They are great books that keep you wanting to turn the page and see what happens next. I cannot wait for Monkingjay!


  109. Your review was awesome! I enjoyed reading it almost as much as some of my books. :) Thank you for it, I was a little worried about this book too, but I love Maggie!

    The last book I read that lingered with me was a novelette called "Warrior" by Jim Butcher. I can't begin to explain the things I loved about that story.
    It tied with "Ballad" by maggie Stiefvater. Having to end that book was like having to say goodbye to a friend you love. I didn't want to leave James!

  110. the last book you read that lingered with you long past the moment you closed the final page....Well I have to go with another of Maggies....Lament! Yummy writing.....I was swooned by her "voice". Please enter me in your ARC giveaway!

  111. Taryn M8:38 AM

    I shared Shiver with friends and family at work. We are all eagerly awaiting Linger.

    The last book I read that really stuck with me was The Shack by William P. Young.

  112. I cannot wait for linger! Shiver was very refreshing break from a lot of the other YA books out there!

    The last book i read that stayed with me was Steve and Me by Terri Irwin

  113. Fantastic review, Angie!
    I'm so excited to hear that Linger is told from those alternating FOUR points of view! Wow!

    The last book that recently "lingered" with me the most is ... maybe Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midorie Snyder.

  114. Hmm. I liked Shiver, and gave it a decent review, and then my dad! called to yell at me and tell me that Twilight was better.
    I laughed and laughed that my 60-year-old dad had not only read Twilight, but had given it such a good grade...anyways.
    Of course I'm entering. I agree, though, Shiver ended just the way I wanted it to - perfection.
    I would have to say The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I was wowed by that book - and had discussion after discussion with my husband if the ending was the way to go or not (morally speaking). I'm sure you've read it already, but if you haven't, WOW - read it.

  115. The last book that lingered with me was probably the Moon and Sixpence by William Somerset Maugham.

    I'm reading Shiver right now and I already can't wait to read Linger. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    skibunny9197 (at) aol (dot) com

  116. I really want to read Linger!!!!

    The last book that lingered with me was probably Before I Fall. It was amazing!

    pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

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  118. Oh I have been looking forward to this book, I cannot wait to read it!

    lets see.. the last book that really stayed with me... well, I would have to say The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugendies. There is just something about that book that is so mesmerizing, its my go to book - It is always the one I grab off the shelf to take when I need some quick reading material! :D

    my email is

  119. I recently read BIRTHMARKED by Caragh O'Brien, and that one really stayed with me.


  120. Stephen King's The Stand stayed with me for years. I still love it. It's one of my all-time favs!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  121. I think the book East stayed with me for a while. It was really well writte and unique. :)

  122. the one that stuck with me for a little while was "fire" by kristin cashore. i really mulled over the concepts of right and wrong, expectations, and what it really means to be human afterwards. what a beautiful book.

  123. I enjoyed Shiver and would love to read Linger. The last book that lingered with me was The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.

  124. The last book I read that lingered with me long past the moment I closed the final page was... Need by Carrie Jones!

    My e-mail address is

  125. Anonymous8:07 PM

    The last book I read that lingered with me has been Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures.

  126. Ok, that last book that really stayed with me was "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. I've already read it twice and will probably read it again this summer.

    I can't wait to read "Linger"!

  127. Oh there were so many that lingered but the most recent were 'Hex Hall' & 'Shiver'. I cannot wait for both sequels!

    kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

  128. May 12th is my Mama's Birthday. lets hope its lucky for me! I want this so badly.

    - shadowxkissed at gmail

    last book I read was As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

  129. I loved SHIVER and can't wait for LINGER!

    There are a lot of books that have lingered with me after I finished them. Most recently, I would say WINTER GARDEN by Kristin Hannah.

    karenwitkowski AT aol(dot)com

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  131. The most recent that stayed with me was The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman - loved it! Can't wait to read Linger!
    a.d.malouin [at] gmail [dot] com

  132. I can't wait to read this book so I definately had to take a shot at entering.

    The last book I read that lingered was the one I just finished, Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro. It lingered because some of it was so funny I would remember it and laugh again.

    Thanks for the chance! :)

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  133. Oh fun. I'm getting really psyched to pick up this book too! And count me in for a giveaway! The last book that lingered with me had to be "Peace Like a River". I spent ages thinking about all those characters.

    mmillet at gmail dot com

  134. Oh, I'm glad I'm getting caught up on my Reader today! I would have been disappointed if I'd missed this giveaway!

    The last book to linger with me was Serena by Ron Rash. Serena was written to be a cold, ruthless character and I can't get her out of my head now. Thanks!

    theintrovertedreader at gmail dot com

  135. Anonymous2:05 PM

    hmm, I'd have to say the last book that lingered with me was The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory. It still lingers even after reading it a long time ago! I just loved that book, loved the characters, loved everything about it.

    thx for the giveaway!
    sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

  136. Hmm the last book to "Linger" with me would have to be Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs, I love that series too :)

    wandren at yahoo dot com

  137. Ooooh great review! I recently finished reading Shiver and like you, I loved where it ended so I'm a little hesitant to read Linger because I don't know where else the story could go. But now that I've read your review, I will definitely check it out!

  138. Ironically, the last book that really held my attention was Ballad, by Maggie S. The whole story entranced me, and I love her writing style.
    I can't wait for Linger to come out, especially after your review - thank you! The other book I am waiting for is Mockingjay!! Come on summer reading!

  139. Last book I read that lingered? Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I'm charmed that the reason this lingers is its hope in the face of inhumanity. That, and it's the funniest thing I've ever read.

  140. The last book that lingered is probably either the private series or preety little liars series. I love both those sereies and I seem to think about them all the time.


  141. The last book that "lingered" with me was "The Poison Study."

    I'm really looking forward to the release of this one because "Shiver" was one of my favorite books I read last year.

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

  142. Great review. Really looking forward to this. The last book that really stuck with me was Catching Fire.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  143. The last book I read that lingered with me is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I can't stop thinking about it.

  144. Anonymous3:54 PM

    The last book that I read that lingered for me was Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep. I'm gonna have to say that that was the best book I've read all year.

  145. Please include me! thanks

    the last book that lingered with me was Traveling Light by Max Lucado. Amazing book!


    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  146. Loved Shiver- anxiously awaiting Linger. The last book that lingered with me was Beautiful Creatures.

    abichristman at gmail

  147. Wintergirls stayed with me for quite a while and there was a book I read years ago, I can't remember the title, but I often think of it. House of Stairs has lingered for a long time too.

    Thanks for this contest.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

  148. The book that has stayed with me would have to be "Mrs Mike" I don't remember who wrote it but I thought it was great

    Thanks for the great contest

  149. Anonymous10:12 PM

    The last book to linger for me is Girls in Trucks. I am still trying to figure out what the author was thinking when they wrote that book. Was there a point at all or were they just talking? Argh!

    Thanks for hosting!
    Yesenia, Silly Little Game
    yeseniah23 at gmail com

  150. The last book to linger for me was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier. She is now one of my favorite authors and I own almost all of her books. Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Please enter me!
    kghobbs (at) gmail (dot) com

  151. The last book that is still lingering is The Hunger Games. This is a great deal, how lucky you are! LOL

    parajunkee at

  152. I recently started the Kate Daniels series and just finished Magic Strikes, the third book. Now I'm gritting my teeth waiting for the fourth book to be released on May 25. This whole series is definitely lingering with me.

  153. Loved Shiver and can't wait for Linger. One book that has been with me was Shadow Kissed by Richelle Mead. I haven't been about to read the fourth Vampire Academy book yet. Still too upset at the third book.


  154. Angelica2:46 PM

    Thank you for your review. I appreciate that you pointed out Stiefvater's gift in creating male protagonists; she truly does an amazing job of fine-tuned balance.
    And thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

    angelica_teaupa at yahoo dot com

  155. I love all of Stiefvater's writing and would love to get a sneak peek at Linger. Thanks for offering this great contest!

    The last book that lingered with me was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Though it wasn't my regular YA fare, it was a powerful read with evocative writing and imagery.

    ahoffman1979 at gmail dot com

  156. I really can't wait to read this book!! The last book that really stuck with me was beautiful creatures. Such an amazing book

  157. The last book that stuck with me was The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson. A different genre than these books, but very powerful
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  158. Anonymous10:28 PM

    How nice and awesome of you to spread the joy of reading!! If I were to be the lucky winner, I, too, shall pass it along to spread the love.

    A recent read that stuck with me long after I closed the book was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I was an emotional wreck.

    thebookvixen at gmail dot com

  159. I love your review, your writing is beautiful.

    Last book that stayed with me...hmm...probably The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, an amazing story with beautiful writing!

    Can't wait to read linger!

  160. I'd love to win this one! It looks really good. The last book that I read is one I first read years ago - Jackson Rule by Dinah McCall. Awesome, I've never forgetten this one!!

    I am a new follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  161. Forgot my email


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