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Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Release date: July 12, 2011
Source: Around the World Tours
Format: ARC paperback, 390 pages
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
(Shiver review, Linger review)
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater.
In Maggie Stiefvater’s 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.
I’ve responded emotionally once or twice before to a book. It doesn’t happen very often for me though, just because the writing usually never reaches that far into me. Forever reached in and squeezed everything it could out. I’m writing this only minutes after I’ve finished it, and I don’t know what to say. There’s so much running through my head right now, and nothing at the same time. Shiver was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had with a book. Linger was less so, but still enjoyable. Forever… Forever is in a way less than Shiver and more than Linger, but at the same time more than both because of the reaction is has elicited from me. I felt everything these characters were feeling. All the pain, joy, terror. This book made me cry.
I’ve ended this series loving every single character, but one. We only ever got glimpses of Paul or Ulrick, or any of the other wolves named, through Sam’s memories. I felt like I knew them and when I realized they weren’t part of the main story anymore I was sad that I wouldn’t get to know them more. I felt like I had lost friends. Beck. I know what he did is wrong, but unlike Sam who struggles with the full truth of what happened, I can’t find it in me to hate him in any way. He did more for Sam than Sam’s own parents could ever have done. Cole St. Clair and I started off on the wrong foot in Linger, when he was still too destructive. In Forever though he has a purpose, and starts living again. I don’t know exactly when or how, but I’ve completely changed what I think of him. Rachel and Isabel are in their own ways great friends to Grace. We see Olivia again in Forever, but not how I thought we would, which also saddened me.
And the story itself was well done. There were times where it might have seemed a little slow, but I thought it worked for the development of this book. The twists and turns in this never ceased to surprise me, and by the last 60 pages or so I was on the edge of my seat, feeling the gamut of emotions mostly in that stretch. I’ve seen around that there were many people unhappy with the way it ended, and I can understand that, but I was satisfied with it. Sure it isn’t clear-cut what will happen in their future, but that’s where we the readers come in. we hope for them, and they live on happily ever after in our imaginations.
This was definitely for me an emotional ending to a stellar series overall. No matter what genres you like you definitely should not pass this up. Of everything and everyone in these books I’m going to miss Sam and Grace the most, how they were with each other. That absolute love that was never shaken, even in the most dire situations. Truly a masterpiece.

Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: July 13, 2010
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
(My review of Shiver)
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love — the light and the dark, the warm and the cold — in a way you will never forget.

Warning: there may be spoilers in this review

I have to say that for the most part, I wasn’t as thrilled with Linger as I was with Shiver. Linger was not written in such a way that I found quotes I loved almost every other page like Shiver. It just didn’t grab me that way. I didn’t like Cole at first, especially once certain things were revealed about him and another wolf, but in the end he grew on me. I’ll definitely be interested in seeing what happens with him in Forever.

I loved the interaction between Sam and Grace, more of the chaste touches, none of the lust you usually find in YA paranormal books now. So I’m glad that continued from Shiver. Grace’s parents behavior throughout the novel pissed me off even more so than it did in the first book though. They suddenly think they can swoop in and actually be parents and have Grace listen to them? No. They’re more naive in that than they should be as adults. Those parts were frustrating to read because I just wanted to scream at them for Grace. I liked seeing more of Isabel this book, as well as actually reading from her viewpoint. I missed the fact that there was no Olivia, but I’m sure she’ll make an appearance in Forever.

I have to admit that when I started Linger, I took a peek at the end, so I knew what would happen. But even with knowing, I still felt the tension in the end when everything was coming to a head. I tore through the last 50 pages like there was no tomorrow. I definitely cannot wait until I can get my hands on Forever, I have to know how this stunning series by Maggie Stiefvater, writer genius, ends.

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Release date: August 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

I have never read a book where there were so many passages I had to write down because they were beautiful. Shiver is phenomenal. I could not put this book down. Magical. I also rarely read a book where the atmosphere is it’s own character as well, that’s how well written this is. The winter, the wolves. It was a winter wonderland. The pacing was excellent, everything happening just when it should.
And the romance. Knocked off my socks. I’d have to say that Sam and Grace are my favorite YA couple. The looks, the touches, the kisses, but never going further. Done just the way I love it. Especially something they do everyday, like they’re already married. It was very sweet.
Lastly, let me share with you one of the four passages I had to save, because they just blew me away.
Sam handed me my hot chocolate and didn’t answer. But his yellow eyes gazed at me possessively – I wondered if he realized the way he looked at me was far more intimate than copping a feel could ever be.