Here we go! The first of the series reviews that are coming to you soon! So many, so… so many.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers Ahead
The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
What I Liked:
Cole St. Clair; By Sinner he was my favorite character. Everything out of his mouth was gold. However, I know how much I hated him while he was in Mercy Falls. Cole isn’t the best person in the world. This is a fundamental fact, but I’ll be damned if I say he isn’t entertaining.
Grace; She is kind, and great. Above all else I respect her. She was not one of my favorite females, despite being different in many ways. I did respect how she acted, what she was passionate about, and who she was. She’s different in that away, from what I have read before, and I thank her for letting me in on her journey.
Sam; Everything Sam is is tragic. Or at least it was that way, but he did not let that define him. His past, his present and his uncertain future were tragic, and through the series I was rooting for him the most. He deserved happiness. I feel like I say that with all my tragic characters, but they do! They deserve happiness, and he got it.
Isabel; I liked her for what she was. She added a spark to the books that would not have been there otherwise, but out of the four leads I did like her the least.
Romance; In terms of Cole and Isabel, it was chaotic, and hardly perfect but I respect it for what it is. In some ways they are great for each other and in others, horrible. Reading their specific story showed me how much growth they both needed, but they’d work towards it. Grace and Sam’s, however, was killer. It was a passionate affair that was the cumulation of years of slow burn. They are each other’s world and knew that they were soulmates and I believe it. I truly believe it and root for them, beyond anything else. I love them. I really do.
Mercy Falls Wolves/ Werewolfism in General; I like the fact that being a werewolf is heat triggered. I liked how the wolves slowly lost themselves to become real wolves after a time. I liked how they only were to have the lifespan of a wolf. I liked how while they were wolves, they were wolves. Each of these aspects of being a werewolf made it both a burden and a disease. How each person reacted to it was beautiful to me. I liked that they couldn’t control it either. It was a fact that they were trying to find a cure for, desperately. I liked how much of a different take this was for other types.
The Text color; I mentioned this in Shiver but as I read the books the fact that the color change looked black surprised me. These books were not written in black ink, in fact they were written in color changing ink where it would be a darker shade of the color then lighter then darker. It was constantly flowing but after a point I stopped noticing. I really enjoyed this.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I wish I had gotten more of Cole the way he was in Sinner in the other books, specifically with music. I feel like I didn’t really love him until I read his book and then I loved him.
Why You Should Read:
This series is an interesting take on being a werewolf, specifically with how it’s tied to heat and cold. I appreciated that, as well as the journey to a cure. The book series was a fun one to read, although very dramatic and one that pulled at the heart strings. I thought it addressed a lot of things, and asked questions that most books of this type do not ask. I really did like it.
Time Taken To Read
Four days 7hrs 25min