WWW Wednesdays #4

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading and is a meme where we discuss what we are currently reading, just finished reading, and hope to read next.

WWW Currentlysinner_maggiestiefvaterI have been enjoying the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and I am now officially on the very last one (so far!). Technically this one is a spin-off involving just two characters from the original three books, but it is still classified under the series name. So far I absolutely love this book. It is about my two favorite characters, Cole and Isabel. I loved them in the first three and was so thrilled when I realized they had a book to themselves. Their bantering is just too good and I could read about them all day… which I kind of do already.

WWW Finish

linger_maggiestiefvaterforeverThe Wolves of Mercy Falls series has had be hooked from the very first word of Shiver. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them, but as I read I fell in love with the characters and the portrayal of the werewolves and the town. The characters were just so likable and relate-able that I just couldn’t help but get sucked in. I would highly recommend this series, but I am super biased toward anything with a love story (which this has two)! I am extremely sad that the trilogy is over and I am about to be done with the spin-off as well, but it will definitely be a series I reread eventually.

WWW NextSince I was just hooked on a fantastic series, I kind of want to take a break from continuing another one, so The Mortal Instruments and The Maze Runner are out. During the holiday season, I want to read a good Christmas-y/Holiday-y book… preferably with a feel-good love story/romance. If you have any suggestions, I would love to heart them.

xofarah

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Book Review: Forever

Mutual, respectful, enduring love is completely attainable as long as you swear you won’t settle for less.

foreverTitle: Forever

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

# of Pages: 388

Published: July 12, 2011

Rating: 4 Hearts

Synopsis:

then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.
now.
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.
forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
 [Goodreads]

My Opinion:

So I have to admit that I didn’t like this one nearly as much as I liked the previous two, but it was a nice ending to a great series. I don’t know what it was about this book, but it just didn’t hold my attention as well as Shiver and Linger, but I was so ready to know how it ended that I breezed through the end.

What I liked:

I would just like to say again that Cole St. Claire stole the show for me. Once he was introduced, he instantly became my favorite! I just love reading his chapters and love his character in general.

“Are you high? Why are you never wearing a shirt?”
“I sleep naked,” Cole said. He put both milk and sugar in my coffee. “As the day goes on, I put on more and more clothing. You should’ve come over an hour ago.”  

The relationship between Cole and Isabel was dynamic from the beginning. Bad broken boy meets sad broken girl equals to perfection.

“Cole,” I said, “do you think I’m lovable?”
“As in ‘cuddly and’?”
“As in ‘able to be loved,’” I said.
Cole’s gaze was unwavering. Just for a moment, I had the strange idea that I could see exactly what he had looked like when he was younger, and exactly what he’d look like when he was older. It was piercing, a secret glimpse of his future.                                                                                                                                                                                   “Maybe,” he said. “But you won’t let anybody try.”

Cole’s voicemails were also just too great. He continuously makes me laugh with the ridiculous crap that he says.
Voicemail #1: “Hi, Isabel Culpeper. I am lying in my bed, looking at the ceiling. I am mostly naked. I am thinking of … your mother. Call me.”

Voicemail #6: “So, yeah, I’m sorry. That last message went a little pear-shaped. You like that expression? Sam said it the other day. Hey, try this theory on for size: I think he’s a dead British housewife reincarnated into a Beatle’s body. You know, I used to know this band that put on fake British accents for their shows. Boy, did they suck, aside from being assholes. I can’t remember their name now. I’m either getting senile or I’ve done enough to my brain that stuff’s falling out. Not so fair of me to make this one-sided, is it? I’m always talking about myself in these things. So, how are you, Isabel Rosemary Culpeper? Smile lately? Hot Toddies. That was the name of the band. The Hot Toddies.”    

Voicemail #20: “I wish you’d answer.”

What I disliked:

The parents again. Grace’s parents have serious issues on how to raise a child. I think that the way Grace reacts is totally and completely justified. As for Isabel’s parents… I feel like it is reasonable that they would be at wits end due to the loss of their son, but I think that her father takes his hatred for the wolves a bit excessive.

What I thought overall:

Although I didn’t love it as much as I loved the first two, it was a good ending. I don’t want to spoil it, but I will just say that I approve of the ending. I am sad the series is over, but I am so so stoked to read the Cole spin-off. It was a fantastic series and I am so glad I was able to read it. Do I recommend reading it? Yes.

WWW Wednesdays #3

WWW WednesdaysWWW Wednesdays are hosted by Should Be Reading and is a meme where we discuss what we are currently reading, just finished reading, and hope to read next.

WWW Currentlylinger_maggiestiefvaterCurrently, I am participating in my first Read-A-Long which is following the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. So originally I had from the 15th till the 22nd to read Shiver, the first book in the series, but it was so good that I finished it yesterday, so this morning I decided to just begin the next installment. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of this series. The characters are so humorous and relate-able and the writing is just so fluid. I am already about 35% of the way through this one! So good!

WWW Finish

shiver_maggiestiefvatercityofashes_cassandraclareYesterday I finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, which is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Let me just say that I thought this book was incredible!! It was so enjoyable and I couldn’t even pinpoint any dislikes that I had; definitely recommend reading! A few days before that, I finished City of Ashes and, again, such a great novel! It was so full of adventure, action, romance, and humor… what more could I ask for.

WWW Next

forevercityofglassWell my future reading plans have shifted just a tad. After reading both City of Ashes and Shiver, I have decided to complete the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (which I have to do for the Read-A-Long anyhow) and then continue with the Mortal Instruments series, because I am just really, really into the Shadowhunter realm right now. Finishing the Maze Runner trilogy is no longer at the top of my list.

xofarah

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s Tuesday and as I looked around it seems that almost every book blogger has participated in Top Ten Tuesday, so I will too. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get.

#31-3. City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, & City of Heavenly Fire — I am really into The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare right now. I finished City of Ashes last week and have City of Glass sitting on my desk begging to be read. I am really looking forward to getting the rest of the series and finding out what happens to my characters, who are slowly becoming friends.

4-5. Forever & Sinner — After agreeing to participate in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Read-A-Long, I started the first book Shiver on Saturday and I think it is great. I already own the next one, Linger, but the other two were not available at my Barnes and Noble, but it is a must that I get them.

6. Beautiful Oblivion — Why yes, the Beautiful Series by Jamie McGuire is a guilty pleasure of mine and I won’t deny it. I fell for Travis and Abby’s story and I am highly anticipating reading about all of his brothers.

7. Sweet Far Thing — I started The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, by Libba Bray, a loooong time ago and by the time the conclusion book came out, I had already moved on to other things. Well, I am back tracking, because I really want to learn how the great, magical series ended.

8-9. The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure — The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner is one that I don’t love, but I am involved enough to be anticipating what is going on with Thomas and the others. It is important that I find out if they survive.

10. Hour Game — This is the second book in David Baldacci’s King and Maxwell Series. I know it is a bit outdated, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that the first book took me on and can’t wait to see where the next one will take me.

I know these are a little outdated and none of them are new releases, but what can I say… I am a bit behind.

xofarah

The Wolves of Mercy Fall’s Read-A-Long

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I am very excited to say that I am going to be participating in my first ever read-a-long!! We are going to be reading the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. It is going to be hosted by Girl in the Pages, She Reads She Blogs, and CK Reads; so be sure to check out their blogs to keep up with the discussion. Every few days during the read-a-long they will be having discussions over different topics involving the series [the schedule can be found here].

I have never read any of the Wolves of Mercy Falls books, so these will be first reads for me. If this sounds interesting to you, I do hope that you will participate as well.

xofarah