NOTE: This review is free of Forever spoilers, but assumes you’ve read Shiver and Linger.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: My book fairy
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.
Others’ Thoughts: The Infinite Shelf; Devourer of Books; KellyVision; GalleySmith
Buy It Now: Amazon; IndieBound
I just bought this book the other day for my daughter , but I am hoping to snag all three of them from her and give this series a whirl for myself. They sound like pretty solid reads.
That is exactly what I’ve heard…not “read it or die” kind of series, but sweet and worth your time. My daughter has read the first two, but she seems to have lost interest. I’m actually wanting to get them on audio.
I really wasn’t interested in this series until I heard the author read from one of her books and she mesmerized me. I’d like to give it a try even though it’s not a must read series.