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Lisa the Nerd

I'm a nerd who likes to read YA lit. Sometimes adult books when someone insists it's fabulous. Always Jane Austen.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Shadow Kiss
Richelle Mead
Such a Rush
Jennifer Echols
Wool Omnibus (Wool, #1-5)
Hugh Howey
Linger - Maggie Stiefvater (there will be spoilers for the first book in the series, Shiver)in a sentence or so: The hits just keep coming for Grace and Sam. Just as soon as he's safely changed, things start going awry with Grace and a sudden illness. Add that on top of all of the new responsibilities of being the go-to guy for newly changed wolves, and there's a lot of stress on Sam and his rapidly evolving relationship with Grace.Sam has given up his life as a wolf to be with Grace and to be the guide for the newly changed wolves. This means being there for the new wolves as the weather warms and they shift back to being human. It means figuring out how to spend his days and worrying over the wolves by night. It also means spending time with Grace and planning their future together, so it's not ALL bad.Grace senses something is wrong. After she and Isabel find a dying wolf, with no external wounds, she can't help but dwell on the unseen dangers to the wolves. Which then leads her to wondering if what's happening to the wolves has anything to do with what's happening to her increasing temperature, nosebleeds, and headaches. Can Sam keep the wolves and Grace safe from unseen harms? Is Sam up for the task of caring for a new slew of cocky, confused, and concerned wolves? And what the what is going on with Grace?!It's been awhile since I read Linger. I was worried that reading book two would take some adjusting or looking up references to keep up, but it was all in vain. The characters came rushing back and enveloped me in comfort and familiarity. The pacing is slow, measured, and intentional - all of which I really appreciated. The pace of the book certainly matches the pace of Mercy Falls, which is an awesome touch and adds a calming ambiance while reading. This did suffer a bit from the middle-book syndrome in that mostly it was status quo with a couple new characters introduced and some problems set up to be solved in book three. I'm not hating on it, but it does remind me why I lurve the stand alone reads so much.For those who started this series and haven't read the rest of them, wait no more! Get in on this action. And for those who haven't started this series, it's a character heavy and emotional read with fun twists and turns and paranormal-lite elements. Not a huge emotional investment, but still really well done. Obvs, I'll be wrapping up the series sometime soon.Fave quote: Anything and everything to do with Sam making paper cranes. How freaking ADORABLE is that? Answer: VERY.Fix er up: Middle book syndrome. Blurg.Title: Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book Two)Author: Maggie StiefvaterPub Info: July 2010, ScholasticGenre: Fantasy, Romance