Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I just finished The Shiver Trilogy, it has taken quite a bit of time for me to accomplish this, but I am glad to say I am finally done. Because of the gap between each book, I've decided to do the reviews as a whole. 

In Shiver, we meet Grace a young girl who is obsessed with the wolfs in the woods behind her house. Wolfs who, when she was young, attacked her, she was miraculous saved by one of them, her wolf, Sam. This is basically the premise of Shiver, a girl who falls in love with a boy who happens to turn into a wolf in the cold of winter. The story was very slow and it took a lot for me to get through it. I read it in audio format which had one of my favorite narrators, Jenna Lamia. I honestly think she is what kept me reading the book.

Almost a year later Linger was released. I think I'd forgotten that Shiver failed to hold my attention and purchased it about a week after its release. This was in 2010. I just finished reading the book two weeks ago, in 2012. The best part about Linger was the introduction of Cole, who was by far my favorite character of all three books. He was funny, hot, conceded, and risky. Aside from the introduction of Cole the premise of the book is **SPOILER ALERT** [Sams cure. Which occurred in Shiver, he is getting used to being a human, permanently. Then something begins to go horribly wrong with Grace and we end Linger with her becoming a werewolf.]**

I actually really wanted to read Forever, mostly because of Cole. So I read it as soon as I finished Linger. I will not spoil the ending of the series for everyone but it was sort of a disappointment. I felt as though Stiefvater just gave up and decided that was it, the end. I didn't get a feeling of closure or satisfaction at the end of this trilogy. 

I will conclude my review by saying that The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy is not for everyone, but it wasn't completely horrific. It is very slow moving, not much action, and a lot of unrealistic moments. There are some moments with great use of literary elements and a few scenes that kept me hooked to the end, but I think if I'd had something else to read, the series would have been placed in the back-burner yet again. 

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