Title: Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal | Romance
Synopsis: then. When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love transformed from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. now.That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be hunted in one final, spectacular kill. forever. Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future will all collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
Would I recommend? To fans of Twilight who were more inclined to Jacob xD
Final Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Actual rating: 3.5 / 5
The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy has been an average trilogy for me. I did not particularly love it, but I didn’t think it was bad either. The first book was a 3.5, the second was a 3 and the last one is also a 3.5. On the rating scale, this series is slap-bang in the middle, but that is not to say that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
I feel that this series caters to a very specific kind of audience. People who enjoy paranormal romances will definitely love this series. I’m not a big fan of paranormal books, nor am I a big fan of angsty romances, but I do really love werewolves, which is why I initially picked it up. Stiefvater is a fantastic writer; her ability to construct lovable characters is commendable, the way she sets up tone and atmosphere is fantastic, and her writing – overall – is pretty addictive. Despite this series being very average for me, I picked up the Raven Cycle without any hesitation at all, because I loved Stiefvater’s writing so much.
The first two books lacked in plot, in my opinion. My main contention with this series was that there was too much angst, not enough plot. I observed that, in general, a lot of people who were big on the first two didn’t quite like this last book, and the people who were meh on the first two quite liked this one. That’s because this book is a lot different than the first two; it is more plot-driven than anything else. Things have taken a drastic change after the second book, and Stiefvater delves into uncharted territory, and she takes a huge risk by doing so in the very last book of the trilogy. But somehow, it worked for me.
I enjoyed the story. I thought the pacing was a lot better in this installment than it had been before. We got to see more of the wolves, less of the overburdening romance. We got to see more of the relationships unfolding, between Grace and her friends, between Grace and her parents, between Isabel and Cole. I really appreciated that.
So, even though I liked this book the best out of the three, why is the rating so low? That’s because the ending is too ambiguous for my liking. I like double endings. I like endings where you’re not quite sure where the characters are going, because that’s how life works; storylines don’t just get resolved and everybody lives happily ever after- that’s unrealistic, so I enjoy it when there are certain things that are left untied. But it bothered me in this book because so MUCH was left unexplored, unexplained. Almost as if there was another book in the works, and Stiefvater was like, “Nope, I’m done.” There are so many questions left unanswered, and I just wasn’t satisfied. The very end brought down the book a whole lot for me.
Maggie Stiefvater’s characters are impeccable. In the second book, there were a little too many of them, and I started getting bogged down with them, but she completely turns that around in this one. We get to see more of Isabel and Cole, but it’s quality over quantity. Intimate snapshots of their lives, their backstories, their relationships with people around them really built up their characters and made them more lovable.
I’ve said this before, but Sam and Grace’s romance was overshadowing their individual personalities in the previous novels, and Stiefvater definitely remedies that in this installment. There is romance, yes, but there’s far less of it and you get to see a little more of Sam and Grace as people, rather than a couple. I just wish this would’ve been done over the course of three books, rather than just this one.
Stiefvater is a talented writer, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Her writing is very addictive, even though she does throw some challenges your way with unique metaphors and figurative language. Stiefvater does an incredible job of showing, not telling, and I really appreciate this. But what impresses me the most is how she is able to employ words at her command to set up such a tangible atmosphere; reading her writing makes you feel like you’re in the setting, almost as if you can smell the woods and feel the rain. I don’t know how she does it, because this is usually done by heavy description, and that’s not the case here. This will forever be a mystery for me- I don’t know how she does it, but whatever she does is effective and pretty (excuse my French) fucking amazing.