Others in the Series: Shiver and Linger
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie StiefvaterSlipping back into the world of Mercy Falls and the struggles of Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel was effortless. Just as with Shiver and Linger, Stiefvater's masterful writing and subtle humor had me hooked from the start.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from a curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.
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.
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.
Prior to reading Forever I'd seen lots of reviews ranging from "oh my gosh this was the perfect ending" to simply ":(." I really had no idea what to expect. I definitely didn't expect it to be such an emotional roller coaster. Every chapter left me with reeling with a different emotion - sorrow, joy, desperation, curiosity, extreme happiness.
For the last few weeks I'd been trying to remember what that spark that made a book a five star book felt like, and Forever reminded me of that feeling. I was completely and utterly absorbed in Stiefvater's words and the story she crafted, unable to put it down.
Unlike in the past, when I was sold on a few character's (Sam and Grace and, most of the time, Isabel) but unsure of the others (namely, Cole), I loved every single character in Forever. The series may be about Sam and Grace's love story, but Forever is Cole and Isabel's book. Right from the get go I could see the changes in them, even though it had only been a few weeks since where Linger left off. Over the course of the novel, they continued to grow in leaps and bounds both individually and as a couple. In fact - and this is a first - I often found myself wanting to hear more from Isabel, rather than another chapter of Sam or Grace. That's a complete 180 from my sentiments during Linger.
Now, that's not to say I wasn't interested in Sam and Grace's story. Believe me, I was. They were once again excellent in this book, drawing more than one teary smile from me.
Just as it wouldn't be a Wolves of Mercy Falls book without Sam and Grace, it wouldn't be right if Stiefvater didn't make me cry. Again. For about the entire last 90 pages of the book I was a blubbering mess, proving once again that this is one of the few series that is consistently able to make me cry. That alone is a testament to how deeply I care for these characters.
Though the ending was completely and totally evil, Forever was still the perfect ending to an amazing series. It kept me up late into the night, desperate to see how it would end. And as sad as I am to say goodbye to this lovely batch of characters, I couldn't have imagined parting with them any other way.
All I can say is, you do not want to miss this (literally) breathtaking finally.