Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever (Wolves Of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater.
Publisher: Scholastic.
Pages: 390.

The conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy. In 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.

Maggie Stiefvater, you are evil. But you are also a genius. An evil, evil genius. Forever, while it’s probably my least favorite book of the three, was a perfect ending to the trilogy. Emotional, explosive, enchanting - all of my favorite elements and feelings of the series are present and prominent to finish Grace and Sam’s story for us.

It’s amazing to read how Sam and Grace’s relationship develops over the length of the three books. Each book comes with more and more character progression that when the book ended, I kind of felt at peace with all of them. Also, where I was kind of iffy about Isabel and Cole’s strong presence and POVs in Linger, I absolutely loved them in Forever. I feel like they have better roles in the fiasco involving Isabel’s dad and the epic wolf hunt he had planned, which was sort of what the entire book was about.

Speaking of the wolf hunt, I was very pleased with the action and focus in this one. Shiver and Linger, despite both being ridiculously amazing, didn’t really have a main conflict to me. They felt like opening acts. Thankfully Forever puts on a great enough show and tells a great enough story that it completely fits in with the first two for me.

Two things I wasn’t so keen on: the lack of Grace and Sam magic. These two create one of my favorite literary couples of all time, but I just wasn’t feeling it so much. It could be that Grace spends a lot of the story in wolf form, but then again, so did Sam in Shiver and that’s the book that charmed me from the start. I just would’ve loved a lot more of the spark that Maggie lit for them in the first two books. Secondly, the ending. I HATE THE ENDING. And it’s not because I’m just sad to see it end, because I am, but it’s because I felt like nothing really ended. It just stopped. Left so many questions unanswered and so many doors left open like it’s setting up for another book that won’t ever come out. (Though I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to another two or three or one hundred more books)

Overall, despite my hatred for the ending, I really did love Forever as a whole. Maybe I’m still reeling in my Harry Potter sadness, since I’m writing this review after just seeing the final movie, but I’m absolutely devastated to see such an incredible series end. (Although we do have the movie(s) to look forward to!) If you’re a fan of the books, I definitely recommend you get your hands on a copy as soon as possible!

Other reviews for Forever:
Anna Reads.
Chick Loves Lit.
Presenting Lenore.
Novel Novice.


  1. Totally agree with you re: Grace and Sam. Cole and Isabel totally eclipsed them in this one.

  2. I hated the ending as well! I was expecting it to close on some future point like Harry Potter did. =/

  3. Thank goodness I wasn't the only one who hated the ending! I wouldn't even call it a ending, its still a cliff hanger! I feel like I can't be satisfied until I know that Sam & Grace and Cole & Isabel are together "Forever"! That's what I was expecting from the book title anyways. Nevertheless, still loved the 3rd book!