*** About the Book ***
This is the sequel to the paranormal YA novel SHIVER (reviewed here). At the end of the the first book, werewolf Sam had been returned to a fully human state and was excited to spend the rest of his life with his girlfriend Grace. Things don't go quite as planned in this book though. Grace's parents finally begin to act like parents and forbid her from seeing Sam, and at the same time Grace begins to think that she might be becoming a werewolf herself. In addition, there are several new members who voluntarily joined the werewolf pack and no one knows yet whether they can be trusted.
*** Why I Read It ***
I read SHIVER a while back just for a change of pace. I've had the sequel, LINGER, on hold at the library since it came out a few months ago; it finally became available last week.
*** My Thoughts ***
Opinions on the story itself aside, I LOVE the cover art and stylistic choices made for this series. In SHIVER the text inside the book matched the blue of the cover. In LINGER the text throughout the book matches the gorgeous green of the cover. I've never seen another book do that, and I love the effect.
Now about the story ... again, it was just ok. I still like the twist on werewolf mythology that the book is based on but I don't particularly love any of the characters. Grace's life is a bit more believable in this book, meaning that her parents finally start paying attention to what's going on under their own roof. And her reactions were pretty much what I'd expect from someone in her position. Sam is sweet but a bit too passive for my tastes. I did like the new dimension that Cole brought into the book, especially as the story played out. Isabel is perhaps my favorite character, simply because she seems to be the most complex.
If there are more books in the series (does anyone know the author's plans on this?) I'll read them, but I won't be rushing to get them as soon as they're available.
*** Your Thoughts ***
For not really liking YA, I've been on a bit of a YA kick lately. Here's what I've read relatively recently: the Twilight books, The Hunger Games (book 1), Shiver, and Linger. I still want to check out GRACELING, but I think that's the last of this genre I'll be picking up for quite some time. Of those books, which is your favorite? Why?