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.