Grace Brisbane is a no-nonsense teen, raising herself while her arty and scattered parents take care of their own lives, and she’s planning on a straight-forward life of school then college.
And she’s in love with a wolf.
Sam Roth is a werewolf, strategically bitten as a 7-year-old, and part of a tightly knit “family” or pack. But werewolves stop changing eventually and Sam’s human time is coming to a rapid close. He wants so badly to be human. To be him.
A wolf hunt shooting in winter sends Sam exploding back into his human body and into the arms of Grace.
But being in love with a wolf is complicated. One shiver will send Sam back into a wolf. Forever.
I liked it.
Honestly, I’m not much of a paranormal-novel-reader. My typical forte includes battle scenes, humor, guns (preferably always guns), tough characters, and natural disasters. I’m more interested in dystopian and the occasional thriller/spy/crime. I’ve only briefly touched base with paranormal.
So I must confess (and this is the down-to-earth truth) the reason I picked up The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy in the first place:
I love her writing! Adore it! My favourite book (almost of all time) is THE SCORPIO RACES. If she writes it, I check it out. There were other factors. Like a) the series is quite famous and b) I wanted to read a different genre, for a change, and c) as a writer I need to have a broad view of different characters and their various emotions and life events on the human spectrum (I worked hard on that sentence. I hope you appreciated it).
I have to admit, Book 1 (SHIVER) is my favourite. Here we met characters, created the scene, and felt, tasted and touched a new world. I loved meeting Grace and Sam and associates. I enjoyed finding out how Maggie Stiefvater writes werewolves. And I particularly enjoyed feeling cold. The book conveyed the five senses with amazing precision!
But, in Book 2 (LINGER), I grew too comfortable, teetering on bored.
I stayed unsure until half way through Book 3 (FOREVER) and then, as the epic finale climbed to a massive peak, I gobbled pages late into the night. I think the problem lay in the fact that I didn’t get a surprise. Not once. Everything happened as it should, and while there was conflict and emotional turmoil, nothing gobsmacked me into turning pages as fast as I could.
It may be that I’m biased (hay! At least I admit it!) and I do love this author, so naturally I enjoy all her work. But The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy isn’t as good as The Scorpio Races.
Brilliant! These are some of the best characters I have ever read! There are 4 main characters: Grace and Sam, and then Isabel and Cole. All had exceptional personalities, were written with loving care, and I felt I KNEW them perfectly by the end. No one writes characters quite like Maggie Stiefvater.
Cole and Isabel are the snarky, bitter ones, with wit and banter flying between them. I’m not sure you’d call them a “couple”…I’ll leave that up to you. (I totally shipped them, though.)
Sam and Grace are the more placid, more real people, on the calmer side. Sam is thoughtful, moody and artistic. Grace is organized, smart and academic. They make a refreshing pair. I did have problems with Grace though. Compared to Sam, she is a lot harsher, not much fun, and sometimes annoying.
Book 1 — fantastic!
Book 2 — not much plot.
Book 3 — squeak!
Besides my love of the characters, it would have had to be the way Grace and Sam’s relationship played out. I may not be cultured in romaces, but the few I’ve read usually had the same tradgedies. Girl gets boy. Girl offends boy (or vice versa). Couple break up. After heart ache and trial, couple get back together. Kiss. The end. Shiver wasn’t like that. (Thank goodness.)
Grace and Sam loved each other through the whole series. They had fights, issues, hurts and bitter moments, but they weren’t broken up by competing boy/girl love interest. NO love triangles. I thought that was nice.
All up, the series gets a shiny 4-star sticker, because, problems aside, I enjoyed myself. Plus I loved the characters. A lot.