Maggie Stiefvater has herself a pretty great three book series about those with the affliction of the fluffy. In Shiver, Linger & Forever she creates an interesting array of characters that I end up both loving and occasionally rolling my eyes over, but I was never one for the romancy paranormal stories, which is where most of the aforementioned eye rolling comes from. If that is your thing, you may just find yourself with a heaping helping of awesomesauce here. Even though romance is definitely not my thing everything else paranormally speaking about this series most definitely qualifies, so I loved it, googly eyed romance monsters and all.
The first book in the series is Shiver and in it we are introduced to two characters who are in love in all its soppy and wonderful loveliness (*Gag*, Ahem). Although the characters are pretty good and the groundwork here sets you up with what you need for the following two books, this one was not my favorite.This is not to say that I didn’t like it, because I did enjoy it enough to keep going with the series, it’s just that I really loved the other two more. It’s not that I have a thing against teen love per se, I’m just a bit more into the lycanthropic action and paranormal goodness. The thing I love most about Shiver is that it also puts a new set of rules out for werewolves that I haven’t previously read about, which puts a fresh new twist into the genre, which I found extremely cool. Another neat point to note is that the book cover and the colour of the font match, and although the colour theme changes in each book, this concept stays the same. It’s yet another small thing that sets it apart from other books, and although I have heard that it is a bit distracting for some, I really liked the idea of incorporating visual art concepts into the art of novel writing.
In the second book, Linger, I was pretty much hooked right from the beginning. In it we get to delve more into two other characters, both of whom are jaded and damaged and add a bit more spice to the story line. Perhaps I just need a nasty character or two to liven things up, but I found that I could really get these guys (Gah! What does that say about me?…Meh, lets not go there…) and the story just played itself out brilliantly from there. All three books have a beautiful language and tone, scattered here and there with poetry and song lyrics, and it all comes together quite well. I really couldn’t put this one down, so being able to immediately chase it with the next book in line was nice.
In the third book, Forever, we come across another new and potentially devastating problem for the Mercy Falls Wolf pack which ends up delivering another page turning extravaganza. Although some may be disappointed that by this book the romancey aspects that started things off have taken a bit of a back burner to the plot, I really couldn’t be happier. The plot is great. Cole and Isabel, the supporting characters from the previous books, really shine and I just love the depth of character that they have, however flawed. Sam and Grace also have come a long way from the beginning, and I think that the final book concludes in a fitting way, leaving us left to wonder, and to hope.
By now, you may have noticed that I can’t leave a blog post without a video, so here is one from the exceptionally talented Maggie Stiefvater who created it as a trailer for Linger. Not only did she make the video but she also composed the music. The more I know about her, the more this woman rocks my socks, so I wholeheartedly support her creations and would like to encourage others to jump aboard this band wagon. But as always, don’t just take my say so, check it out and read the series for yourself and see if you’ll agree. 🙂