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A Reader of Fictions: Of Wolf and Man - Metallica

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Of Wolf and Man - Metallica

The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 360

Brief Summary (Will Likely Contain Spoilers for Shiver):
Sam, having been cured from shifting to a wolf, is having trouble adjusting to the idea that, no matter how cold it becomes, he will remain human. Grace and Sam remain incredibly wrapped up in one another, spending all their time together, which brings their relationship to the notice even of Grace's neglectful parents. Isabel and Grace are good friends now; both interested in protecting the wolves. Isabel has a particular interest in one of the new wolves, as soon as she finds out how attractive he is in human form, and as self-destructive and sardonic as she is. The real drama begins though, when Grace's ever-silent wolf begins to stir.

Personally, I did not care for Shiver as much as I had hoped to. I found Grace and Sam's obsession with one another pretty absurdly disgusting. I suppose there are couples that want to be together 24/7/365, but they probably are not people I would want to know. This book, though, was better from the addition of Cole and Isabel's perspectives. Cole and Isabel are both sarcastic and cynical, so reading their thoughts was much more enjoyable for me than reading the love-soaked longing of Grace and Sam.

One more awesome thing about Linger: the text of the novel is green. Made me realize how awesome it is to not be reading in black and white for a change, which is rarely possible with books. That was an awesome decision on the part of the publisher, although I wish they had done Shiver in blue, so that the series was consistent.

The ending indicates that at least one more book will be coming in this series. Here's hoping that Cole and Isabel keep getting a larger portion of the book. Recommended for fans of the first book. If you're wondering whether to start the series, I might wait and see how people review the series as a whole, as I am still not entirely sold on it.

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Blogger Faye( Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm) said...

I can't get into shiver. But i'll give it another try.Great review!

September 7, 2010 at 9:53 PM  

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