Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review: The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy

I am normally the sort of reader who prefers taking a break between parts in a trilogy. So I was quite surprised that I didn't want to read anything else until I had completed all three books in Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

If you follow the blog, you will have already read my somewhat apologetic review of Shiver. I had initially been put off this series by the bad reviews I had read on Goodreads and other blogs. Silly, stupid me.

This is a great series. Shiver can be seen as a standalone book, but I do reccomend that you read Linger and Forever as well.

Linger introduces a new character, Cole St. Clair. Cole is flawed and broken and far more interesting than Sam in that he is unpredictable. He brings a darker element to the series as he has a sketchy past and is not exactly the best role model. However, one cannot help but be intrigued by him and his story.

Linger also introduces new problems. Grace's health is declining and no one knows why. The Wolves' lives are in danger and their future in Mercy falls uncertain.

Forever sees everything building up to a climax and  closing off the trilogy with questions answered and a window left open for a possible return to the Mercy Falls universe.

I mentioned this before, but I do love Maggie Stiefvater's writing. She puts effort and feeling into every line and her characters felt like real people to me. I find myself missing Mercy Falls and Grace and Sam. I want more!

I also liked that each character was significant. The interactions between those characters added value to the story and told us more about them. I wish more books were written so thoroughly.

I found out over the weekend, much to my fangirl delight, that Cole is going to get his own novel! Sinner will be released in July 2014 and will feature Cole and Isabel and look deeper into his story. I cannot wait!

Thank you Estelle from Scholastic SA for the review copies of these wonderful books! I am a fully converted fan and look forward to getting lost in Maggie's other novels The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys over my holiday!

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