NOTE: This review is free of Forever spoilers, but assumes you’ve read Shiver and Linger.
Boy meets girl. Boy turns into wolf. Girl cures Boy. Girl turns into wolf. That’s we’re were at when the story picks back up in Forever. The weather has warmed and Grace is once again a girl. Things are far from calm. Grace is officially a missing person and all signs point toward Sam. Mr. Culpepper has organized an official hunt to kill the wolves. While Cole experiments finding a real cure, Sam, Grace, and Isobel must try to save the wolves.
It took me a few chapters to get into Forever. It had been some time since I read Shiver and Linger and I honestly couldn’t remember everything that had happened. But once I found my way back into the Mercy Falls world, I was hooked.
Sam and Grace continue to have an easy relationship. Well, as easy as it can be when one or the other keeps turning into a wolf. They are comfortable with each other and this is pretty refreshing in YA. There is no love triangle, though there are other forces tearing them apart. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Isobel and Cole. Their “relationship” is a but more volatile, so don’t worry about missing out on any drama.
Time has always been the biggest villain, and they feel the pressure even more in Forever. That anxiety is almost tangible and kept me turning the pages when I probably should have been doing other things.
I thought the ending was satisfying without being perfect. I also wonder if this is actually the last we’ve heard from our characters. This is not one of my Oh-My-Goodness-You-Must-Read-This-Now series, but I have enjoyed my time in Mercy Falls and I can certainly recommend it as a beautifully-written series.