in the top 20%.
I love Maggie's 'quirky' approach and is now my 2nd favourite author. Her observations and comparisons are interesting, surprising and so true. This series of books is like an introduction to an imaginative writing style, Raven Boys is even better.
I particularly like the characters Cole and Isabelle, for a Mother of 2 school aged kids, the teen-ness of the books gets a little much but those two characters allow me to relate better to them and somehow Cole's quips make me sadly smile. Lifes twists and turns do seem pretty brutal and the hope that Cole presents in being able to redeme ones self is a positive influence on the book.
Can't wait to hear more of Maggie's books. Her approach is refreshing and seems to present thoughts that sometimes you think you might have had if you could have focused on them, but are so elusive.
The one different thing about her books is that each character has a different voice. (different narrator) At first this was odd, but it really works well for the story. I thought the end was a bit open ended, but I'd heartily recommend it to anyone along with the other books in the series.
I read that someone thought Sam was a bit Emo but I didn't get that feeling at all. I thought he was sweet, but not soft, if that explains it correctly.
T. R. Graves, Author
My biggest problem with Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater is the fact that there's not a fourth book in the series (at least, not yet).
With Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) and Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2), I enjoyed reading about Grace and Sam...the evolution of their relationship, love, and commitment. With Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3), I found myself just as interested in Cole and Isabel and how they were going to react - or not - to each other.
As it has become customary, Maggie Stiefvater's description of the most mundane sliver of light or floating air particle made me feel like I was standing next to the characters in the middle of the story. As talented as she is with creating a setting, she's just as amazing at building relationships. She understands life-long love grows gradually with one tiny moment at a time. As the invisible bystanders, she allows us to experience those wonderful instants alongside with her characters. With each action, she creates a timeless world of true love, loyal friendship, and unconditional family. Maggie Stiefvater never disappoints.
This is a great series, and I would highly recommend it to almost anyone.
T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross (The Warriors Series, #1)
Guardians of the Cross (The Warriors Series, #2)
Enemies of the Cross (The Warriors Series, #3)
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Please read AND listen to this entire series. It is so well written and the narration is right up there with "Water for Elephants". The themes - love, death, lies, family, depression, jealousy and coming of age are timeless. This story is not just for kids.
And the writing ... oh, the writing! You will literally feel like you're in the room, or in the woods, or inside the character's head all the time. You will feel the cold, the biting wind and smell the almond, autumn scent of wolf.
Please join me in pleading with Maggie Stiefvater to write one more in the series ... I'm not ready to say 'Goodbye' to Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole just yet. THIS IS MUST LISTEN!
Others who have read/listened to the first two books.
Loved the different characters, and I think these narrators pretty much nailed what you might expect the characters to sound like.
Anxiety. Too much babbling and not getting to the crux of the situation fast enough. It's like "OMG, enough already, let's move on". Way too dramatic and drawn out.
Not sure if I'll finish-- I've fastforwarded, stopped it, etc. I really liked the first two, but this one not so much. Love Cole and Isabelle, and it's the only thread that keeps me going in this one. From the reviews, it looks like I may finish out thoroughly disappointed.
Exciting, interesting , emotional
Isobelle she is such a bitch but she has a good heart
Please write another want to see what happens to the group
Excellent story delivered by great voices.
Definately get the whole series.
Since the book chapters are each from a different character's POV, having each part read by a different actor was awesome. it made the story come alive.
waiting for Maggie Stiefvater's next project