It all began with Sam and Grace. Once a young Grace Brisbane carefully watched her yellow-eyed wolf and longed for her love to return to her in his human form each spring. Then somehow almost magically Sam and Grace found each other in a time of togetherness- the sweet taste of first love new to them but fresh and exciting for both. And then they became like one with a need for each other that was almost unbearable in its hold on their hearts and minds. However that moment seemed to be gone before they could even begin their love story.
Now as the graceful final chapter of The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy unfolds readers will find the roles reversed as an all too human Sam longs for Grace and the love they once shared. Grace is now the wolf at the mercy of the elements and their enemies. Is a happy ending written in the stars for these star-crossed lovers or will tragedy prevail?
In Forever Sam finds himself fighting to not only save Grace from the darkness that comes with wolf form but also to rescue her and the entire pack from the danger that now lurks in the woods they once called home. An outcast wolf and the cold machinery of man threaten the Boundary woods and the wolves who reside there. As Cole St. Clair hunts for a cure for their lupine ability, an old foe has returned with a new plan of extermination. Tom Culpeper still seeks revenge for the death of his son and will stop at nothing to kill the wolves he thinks responsible for his family’s loss. Meanwhile Isabel Culpeper must come to terms with or fight against her own father bringing about the end of her closest friends and her possible lover.
The multi-layered story of Mercy Falls and its lupine residents continues in its former fashion as Maggie Steifvater tells the story through her strong four main characters. Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel each bring a unique personality to the table and keep readers enveloped in the story and it’s poetic beauty. As in the first two books characters lead the story and the depth of their individualism creates the drive that keeps readers glued to the page. Lyrical and elegant in its style, the tale of Sam and Grace unfolds as if it were always written, as if fate had decreed this ending from the first page of the very first volume.
Once again Maggie Stiefvater had made the possibility of werewolves both normal and magical while taking readers on a journey hard to forget. Drawing on the strong foundation of the former books, Forever is a fitting if bittersweet ending to a love story of paranormal proportions.
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater will be released on July 12, 2011.
One of the reasons this reader has returned back to Maggie Stiefvater as a writer is that she makes the young adult werewolf novel real and new. In a publishing world lately flooded with young adult paranormal books and series, Stiefvater manages to bring “normalcy” to her paranormal making her work different and inviting to a larger group of readers. Her latest addition in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy once again promises to be a great read and lead up to the final book in which all loyal followers of the series questions will be answered.
In Linger, her much anticipated second book to last year’s adored Shiver we once again are taken into the everyday world of werewolves. The world where wolves in your backyard seems normal since it has been that way since childhood and shifting as a medical occurrence is beginning to be better understood by the pack itself. The ultimate couple Sam and Grace is still blissfully in love after coming through their latest struggles together. Sam’s cure has worked and he is no longer shifting, living the life of constancy he has always craved while Grace continues to simply shine in his presence. Unfortunately Grace’s parents are not once as neglectful as they used to be and now seem to want to lead her in a direction away from the one young man who is truly meant for her. However the saddest twist of fate may be what threatens to separate the two lovers in the end.
Additionally all is not as it seems with the new wolves created by Beck, they are un-predictable and not reacting, as they should to their new lupine bodies. As the aloof Isabel mourns the loss of her brother Jack, she also finds herself pulled in by one of the newest of the pack Cole. A face that is familiar in a very famous way. Could the secret be close to becoming known due to this famous face or will something much more sinister tear apart the seams of life for one small group of individuals.
In Linger Steifvater has created a deeper plot filled with more dynamic and intense characters that will only draw readers in closer to her tale. We become more involved with them, more concerned for their lives and what will ultimately happen. Forever the final novel of the trilogy already has many holding their breaths in anticipation and it promises to be a long exciting wait until July 2011 for this amazing saga to come to an end. In the meantime lingering over Linger will simply have to be enough.
A large amount of young adult fiction today is riding on a paranormal high, the popularity of certain books and series of that genre have made it the “new” thing to do. Whether it be vampires, fairies, werewolves or even the occasional angel….some of it lately has seemed to flow together in one never ending stream. I have actually begun to try and search out books without a paranormal theme….where are the normal teen angst filled tomes I ask? They seem harder to find than not. I have found a few good ones lately and they are in my TBR pile until then….this time we have werewolves in Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. However I have to say this is one of the most “it could happen” paranormal books I have read recently. It really is character based and well done in that respect, the characters are deeply developed and you fall into their story and plight. The plot is there but it is not the center stage like you would expect with werewolves roaming around. Shiver is about Sam and Grace. It’s about their story. It’s about love, sacrifice and characters with history and connection. I was really impressed with how Stiefvater was able to make this book so much more than another paranormal teen roll out. She created characters that stood out from the page whether human or otherwise. That is what makes a story, the werewolves just made it more fun. I recommend it for the paranormal lovers and the people who just enjoy a good read. Below is a description to see if Shiver might be for you:
“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”
I am also excited for the sequel Linger which will be available on July 20, 2010.