After listening to the other books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series I immediately delved into the third book, Forever. I listened to this book after downloading it from my library. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater is read by Jenna Lamia (Grace), Pierce Cravens (Sam), Dan Bittner (Cole), Emma Galvin (Isabel), and Maggie Stiefvater (Shelby).
In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in. (Synopsis from GoodReads)
I really like this series. There are some aspects that are exactingly YA to me, like the FOREVER LOVE between Grace and Sam, but Stiefvater always manages to create such interesting and complex characters that I just don’t care about that stuff. It’s a little bit like being in love. Your brain sends chemicals out to your body that tell it the little things don’t make you crazy, even if someone else that you were not in love with did the exact same thing it would drive you bonkers. The FOREVER LOVE in this story just kind of faded to the background for me, the side characters became main characters, and the story evolved from a love story to one of friendship, betrayal, and fighting for what you believe in.
I think listening to this story as an audiobook was the best way for me to experience the Wolves of Mercy Falls. As the alternating chapters are read by alternating actors, there is a real depth to each character having not only his or her own way of thinking, but also of speaking. Jenna Lamia has read the part of Grace across the series and I really liked that her voice remained consistent. I think it helped keep the series as an audiobook version consistent. I also truly believe if I had read this as a paper version I would have skipped over chapters to get to my favorite characters, Cole and Isabel, but that would have ruined the pacing of the story telling, so I’m glad I couldn’t do that with the audio version as easily, and so I refrained from skipping around.
Wolves of Mercy falls is a fun YA series about a boy turns into a wolf as the cold weather seeps into his body, taking him away from the girl that he loves from afar. But it is more than a romance, it is also a story of friendship and helping the ones we care about or even those people who are thrust into our lives that we are responsible for, perhaps even if we don’t like them. It is a story about dealing with betrayals by the ones we love and how to heal and learn what it means to grow up.