Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The last book in the Mercy Falls Wolf series was simultaneous epic and mundane. Much of the book is spent trying to find Grace who has now turned into a wolf. She's changing constantly and it's an unstable process so each time they do find her, she ends up changing back quickly.
Also happening? Cole is trying to science his way to a cure. This storyline for me is also moderately problematic since Cole barely graduated high school, yet somehow he's able to make what are essentially chemical vaccination cocktails in the basement of the home they are all staying in. Sure…makes loads of sense.
Then when it comes to him and Isabel, maybe I missed it, but I still never really understood why she was ignoring him in the first place. Either way, the will they/won't they at this point in the storyline seemed kind of pointless. Especially when Isabel's father is working so hard to get all the wolves killed.
I really enjoyed the high stakes portion of the ending. It's literally a race to the finish line and not everyone survives. My only real criticism of the book in general is the same one I've had for each of the books in the series. The ancillary characters, Olivia, John, Rachel, Karen, Shelby…? They all seem to only pop up when the story seems to be dragging a bit. The novels are so full of the main four characters that when the side characters pop up it's a bit jarring. Why does Shelby get an entire "chapter" at the beginning of the book if you're only going to mention her once or twice and mostly in passing? The character keeps being alluded to as having this crazy and awful past, why not take the time to make us care a little more about finding out what that is?
Is it just me who felt this way? I have no idea, I haven't read any of the other reviews online. I would think that I'm likely not alone. Overall I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed its counterparts. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys the genre.
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