I’ve been with this series for a long time. I read Shiver in middle school, but the other books weren’t out yet. I waited for Linger, though book one does have a sort of finality to it. When I picked up book two, though, I couldn’t get into it, so there it sat on my shelf for a while. I finally decided to relisten to the audiobook to refresh my memory. Then I listened to Linger to continue the series.
Then I stopped.
Bad habit, really.
Finally. Finally. I finished this series. It’s a long time coming, folks. I liked how it ended. I’ve always been a fan of Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth, and I wanted them to have their happily-ever-after. That being said, while this is the end of the trilogy, I felt a little hollow, like all of the loose ends hadn’t been tied off. There were a few problems with the book, but overall I enjoyed it. Yes, I understand there’s another book to be read, Sinner, and I already have it on my shelf, but I wanted to know the ending to this trilogy, to Grace and Sam’s saga. I wanted to know for sure whether or not things worked out.
I’m about to admit something: I’m not always the biggest fan of how Stiefvater wraps things up. I read her fairy books in middle school as well and felt a little hollow after I finished them. I imagined the end of the Raven Cycle giving us a little more, though it did give us an ending. She always tosses in a bitter dose of reality, and I suppose, if I were watching their lives on a screen, it would be similar to ending a show mid-season with your favorite character in a tenuous situation. In a way, it’s a lesson in life, and I guess that’s the point of books, anyway. Right?
That’s not to say that her writing isn’t wonderful, because it is. Her books demand your attention, so I’m hopeful Sinner will answer all my questions. Because I love Sam – oh, how I love him. He is in the top ten of my book boyfriends (bookish, caring, and musically inclined – I mean, come on), so I want him to get everything he wants.
If you love Stiefvater, then I suggest this series. It’s highly underrated and deserves more attention. It was where I first fell in love with her writing, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.