I’m several Maggie Stiefvater books behind still, but at least I finished the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I read this on breaks at work at the same time as listening to Holly Black’s Black Heart in the car and finally reading The Hunger Game trilogy at home for an excess of dark teen books.
I realize as I write this that I’m writing up Forever, but not either of the other two books. I never used to write up sequels, and often didn’t even read them, on the theory that one gives you the feel for the series and if you, my reader, liked the first, you’d keep reading. But as we know, series books aren’t always the same and it isn’t always easy to keep up with new ones being published. Should I blog Black Heart, too? Should I not blog this one? I’d not planned to write anything about The Hunger Games trilogy, because really, you’ve all heard of it already, right? Plus it breaks some major rules for me about not reading books where kids getting killed turns the plot engines. Still, they are the kind of books that leave one full of things to say, which makes it very hard not to blog it. So if you have any thoughts on blogging sequels and/or over-discussed books, please share!
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
In the introduction, a new werewolf turns back into a confused girl, who is promptly killed by another wolf. Already, we know the story will not be sweetness and light, though we return to following our regular cast of characters. Sam is adrift, unable to sleep or think straight without knowing how Grace is doing. To make matters worse, Grace’s parents and the police suspect that Sam has either kidnapped or murdered her. When Grace does start shifting back to human form, it’s for period so short that she calls Sam to pick her up and shifts back to wolf form before he can get to her. Cole is making a hobby of leaving creative voice mails for Isabel, who refuses to talk to him, as well as using himself as a lab rat for medical means of triggering the shifts. Isabel’s decided that Cole is a dangerous addiction from which she’s going cold turkey. But when she learns that her father is organizing a helicopter hunt to shoot down the entire pack and Sam isn’t able to think clearly enough to help, she has no choice but to bring Cole into the discussions. The Problem, as my son would say for school, is how to get the wolves moved to a safe location, and how to find that location in the first place. But there’s still a lot on the relationship fronts here as well. Grace and Sam, in the brief moments when they are both human, still have their strong, beautiful partnership. Isabel is slowly learning that her problem with relationships stems from her experience of all relationships having one dominant and one submissive person, when she’s definitely not the submissive type. Between the romances, the ongoing issues with parents (Grace’s and Isabel’s), thoughts of future and college – this is a fantasy books with a whole lot of real, where even the fantasy bits are as close to real as they could be. Forever is a bittersweet treat to savor.