I admit that for me, 'Shiver' was merely average—I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t going on my favorites list. 'Linger', however, is a whole different story. I really enjoyed myself while I was reading it, and I’m very excited for ‘Forever’, out in July, 2011.
It might have been the fact that there was a bit of science here and there that swayed me, but it’s more likely that Cole and Isabelle changed my mind. People have complained that Sam and Grace’s relationship is too perfect, and while I wouldn’t agree with that claim, it does have its stagnant albeit sweet moments. With Isabelle and Cole, however, there’s constant tension on every page, a little bit of brokenness and a whole lot of attitude.
One of my qualms with ‘Shiver’ was that it wrapped up a little too neatly, and I loved how that perception was turned on it’s head in this second installment. I also enjoyed Grace’s new found rebellious streak—although at times this wandered a little too close to the whiny-girl trap, it never quite fell in.
All in all, ‘Linger’ was a very satisfying sequel—and have you seen the beautiful stop motion book trailer? Youtube’s blocked in Turkey, so I can’t embed it, but the link is here.