Sunday, August 21, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)


Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3) is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  When I read the first book, Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls), I was completely captivated by Grace and Sam.  Their story broke my heart and filled me with hope at the same time.  I recommended this book to friends and could not wait to get my hands on the second book, Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2).  However, I didn't love Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2)like I loved Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls).  I honestly don't know what I expected out of Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2), but what I got wasn't it.  But, I have been known to be disappointed in 'middle novels' where trilogies are concerned because they tend to be a lot of filler and lead up to the final novel.  So, despite my disappointment in Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2), I read Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3).  I really, truly wanted to know what happened to Sam and Grace, and even Cole, Isabel, Olivia and Beck.  And after reading about 400 pages, I can't tell you what happened to any of the characters except for the ones who die.  I feel like the ending never happened.  I kept looking for an epilogue six months later or something.  Maybe I'm selfish in wanting to know what happens, but I feel like I invested myself in three books about these characters and I'd like to know if anyone got a happy ending, you know?  Maybe my tastes are too pedestrian, expecting some closure to the trilogy.  Maybe I'm too old to read YA novels and my expecting an ending is a clear indication of this.  I don't know.  All I know is that I was disappointed in the end.  I have nothing to say about the rest of the story because I can't get past the feeling of being left twisting in the wind.  I feel like I read the trilogy and didn't get my payoff of at least knowing what happens and that ruined the entire reading experience for me.

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