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Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

I first read Shiver back when it first came out and I had to wait a whole year for book 2. After that, I had to save money for things like food and gas for the car, so I couldn’t buy many books. This series has been staring at me in the eye going like “complete me!” ever since I finished Linger. And I’ve been dying to finish reading it ever since it came out back in 2011. Finally, my family was tired of hearing me want this book so my sweet, darling brother got it for me for Christmas. I immediately started reading the whole series over again and finally got to finish this amazing series.

Be warned, though this review doesn’t contain any spoilers for Forever, it does contain spoilers for the previous two books.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
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 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.
This is the third and final book of The Shiver Trilogy (also called the Wolves of Mercy Falls series).
Age: 14 years and up
Review: 5 stars
As a werewolf fan, I absolutely loved this book. Now, bear in mind that these books came out when werewolves weren’t all that popular. These werewolves aren’t at all like the ones you read now-a-days. Being a werewolf is a disease. It’s something people can’t control—you turn when it’s cold, period. I love this. It’s such a good change from the werewolves that are so popular right now and also makes werewolf-ism the “bad guy” in these stories.
Like the previous two books, the point of views switch between Sam and Grace, but also Isobel and Cole. I really like this because we get to see how everyone is and why they do the things that they do. We understand the characters better—and in turn connect with them better.
Sam (God, I love him) and Grace are trying to figure out how to be together. They had it all “fixed.” After all, Sam was cured, wasn’t he? They were finally supposed to be together. But no, the werewolf disease intervened yet again. Cole had to bite Grace so she could turn into a wolfotherwise she would’ve died. Sam is left alone as a human and Grace’s absentee parents are accusing him of kidnapping Grace.
Isobel and Cole start learning how to be better people in this book, which makes me happy. I kinda liked Isabel in the second book, so here it’s nice that we really get to see what’s going on inside her head and how she’s maturing. Now Cole I really didn’t like when Stiefvater first introduced him, but here we get to know why he is how he is and I like him a lot more.
There was this huge incident that made me bawl my eyes out close to the end and I both curse and bless Stiefvater for it. To keep this review spoiler-free I can’t put it on here, but it was so GOOD.
What was slightly disappointing yet also a very good thing was that this book didn’t have an everything’s-fine-and-dandy-and-there’s-happiness-and-rainbows-everywhere ending. It was realistic. The disease wasn’t definitely cured; Sam and Grace still have a lot of hoops to jump through, but things are looking up. The ending was sweet and made my heart melt.
Stiefvater has said that there will not be any more books to the series because they ended the way they were supposed to end.
I get that.
I really do. I liked the ending; I felt satisfied with it. It’s an “open ending,” like Stiefvater calls it.
Does that mean I don’t want there to be another story? Heck no! But I understand why it ended the way it did and I’m happy with it.
Also, I can always re-read the trilogy 😉
P.S. Maggie Stiefvater talks about why she ended things the way she ended them here, but you have to read Forever before you watch it, there’s a lot of spoilers. 

2 thoughts on “Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I love Isobel & Cole more than Sam & Grace by the end of the series. Overall the story is so emotionally charged it took a lot for me not to get swept away. Happy weekend!


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