Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Maybe More Wolf Action And Less True Love Next Time

I definitely enjoyed Maggie Stiefvater's first wolf book, Shiver. It's the first in a trilogy, and I wondered if it really needed a follow-up. I guess if you're into that storyline that involves characters forced to overcome obstacles in order to get what they want (as in true love), it does.

Linger, that follow-up and Book Two in the trilogy, is still elegantly written. It just seems confused. I think Shiver had two first-person narrators. Linger has four. Just whose story is this? The characters seemed a lot more stereotypical this time around--tormented lovers, bad boy rocker, and bad rich girl. The bad rich girl is my favorite, and she was the one character who I was sure wasn't the lead.

Things seemed a little more far-fetched this time around, a little less believable. I think it was because the narrative was less clear so it was hard to commit to the story and suspend disbelief.

Still, I may pick up the third book when it comes out next summer. At the end of Linger I thought there was just the slightest suggestion that Beck might come back. He appeared gone for good at the end of Shiver. I'm also interested in that bad rich girl.

Linger is printed in green ink to match the cover. At first I thought that was going to be disturbing if not sick making. But oddly enough, each time I started reading, after a few pages the print looked black to me. Optical illusion?

Scroll down here to see Linger's marvelous trailer.

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