Author: Maggie Stiefvater
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My Summary: After making the decision to save Grace's life by turning her into a wolf, Sam can't help but wonder if dooming Grace to the life he risked his life to escape was the right thing to do. Along with Cole, Sam tries to ensure Grace is safe, as it is discovered that wolves - and people - are being murdered in the woods. When a teenage girl is found dead in the woods with her throat ripped out, the decision is made to remove the wolves from the protected wildlife list, allowing for the termination of the entire pack.
Now Sam, Cole, and Isabel must race against the clock to find a way to save the wolves - even if it means Sam must sacrifice his new life as a full-time human and become a wolf once again.
My Thoughts: I hope you guys don't mind a bit of a rambling review....
Three years ago in the middle of November, Shiver caught my eye while I wandered down the isles of my favourite bookstore. It was long before I discovered Goodreads and book-blogging, so all I had to go on was the teaser on the back of a book. Nevertheless, I decided it was worth it, shelling out the $22 for the hardcover and rushing home to find out what exactly I'd purchased.
It was freezing outside, and as I dived into the world of Grace and Sam - the amazing world Maggie Stiefvater had managed to create and paint so clearly in my imagination in a mere few hundred pages - I found it easy to believe that it was actually possible that the events in the novel could take place. I read about the cold and the heartbreak and I fell in love with Maggie's amazing writing style... I mean common people, everything she writes is like poetry. I'd love to see her grocery list or something (it'll probably make me cry as well)!
Anyways, enough rambling about nothing. On to the review.
Forever was everything I'd been hoping for - the perfect ending to one of my favourite series of all time. I'm not going to give anything away plot-wise, but I will say this: there were times when I balled my eyes out, and when I finally read the last page and shut the book at around 5am, my heart ached a little, because I knew there weren't going to be any more stories about Grace and Sam.
I loved the character development in this installment. You could see how much Isabel and Cole grew up in a few short months, and the way their relationship developed was perfect and exactly what you'd expect from them.
And Maggie's writing... what more can I say about it? The woman was born to write. Usually whenever I read a book I mark off quotes and passages with a sticky-tab, but while I read Forever, I had to forgo this habit because I found myself marking off every other passage or page. Seriously. I ran out of stickies before I hit page 90.
Final Thoughts: I strongly recommend this entire series to people who enjoy romance, paranormal YA, and even contemporary lit (it's not all fluff - these characters have depth and issues). I'd recommend keeping it to readers 16 and over though - there are some more mature themes that aren't appropriate for younger teens. And if you do take my advice and check out this series: make sure you have a box of Kleenex next to you.
Thanks for an amazing series, Maggie!