It started in Shiver when Grace finally understands her connection to the wolf who has watched her from the woods behind her home since she was a young girl… it continued in Linger as Grace now along with Sam fight to find a way to be together…
and now concludes in Forever, when everything seems to be falling apart…. the wolves are being hunted, the truth can not possibly be shared and now it seems to have all come down on the shoulders of Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel… all who know the great cost of what is happening and running out of time to find the answers…
Whoa. Hold the trilogy phone – I think we have a winner. The much (much much) anticipated third book made its way into my hot little hand at BEA this year. I could not believe my luck when I was walking the show floor and seen a lady handing out this book. No where was this on my radar that this book would be among the books at BEA, yet there it was – in my hand.
**This review may contain spoilers for anyone who has not read Shiver and Linger – it will not however contain spoilers towards this book.*
Forever started out alternating the chapters of the four main characters of the story at this point. We have Grace of course, now living a very different life as a wolf, and as a seventeen year old girl. When wolf – it is about survival… when girl… it is about Sam.
Sam of course, is all about Grace. He worries for her 24 hours a day… we worries about the talk of the towns people to kill off the pack and he wonders how to get her to safety…
Cole is still wise cracking, quick witted, and annoying Isabel… but underneath it all he has a new layer. A depth to him that did not exist before. Instead of the selfish “all about me” Cole, we are now seeing a Cole who is working hard to figure out a way to cure the pack – to save Grace, and to keep those he now loves like family, close to him.
Isabel has also changed – a bit. Still angry, sometimes for no reason (even she does not understand her responses), she also wants to help her friends as long as it is on her terms and does not have to do anything with Cole. Well… at least not much…. well… maybe a little bit…… *GAH!*
As the story begins to flow for me, reminding me of the who’s and the where’s and the whats of the previous book I feel like in the beginning I am playing catch up until suddenly there is a moment in the book where the world of Mercy Falls splits wide open for me and I am in…. ALL IN. As in “do not make me put this book down or I will bite you” in.
I am impressed with the writing, many times the way phrases were worded they gave me pause. I had to refelct a moment on the words.
There is no better taste than this: someone elses laughter in your mouth. ~ Sam page 78
Suddenly, I am part of the pack. I am reading in amazement as author Maggie Stiefvater brings in all the elements left hanging in the previous books and packs them into this final one with great talent. I read as though I am personally affected by the outcome… and in the end…
Is Forever everything I had hoped for? Yes
Is there any questions left, and stones unturned? Yes, but I believe Maggie wanted it that way. I am left with a question on my lips, and hope in my heart…
and that is probably one of the best ways to leave a story…. leaving your reader…. wanting more. 😛
I have updated the WHERE Are You Reading Map to include Forever
I picked up my advanced copy of Forever at BEA