Sunday, 28 August 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Forever
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-1-407121-11-6
Pages: 489
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Purchased

Sam and Grace have loved each other for years. First Sam watched her as a wolf, then he held her in his arms as a boy before he lost her to the woods and wolf pack he had escaped from. Now faced with the possibility of a life without her, Sam must put his faith in genius rock-god turned wolf Cole and the potential for a true cure. However, their time is running out as a local lawyer is determined to exterminate all the wolves in Boundary Woods.

This is the third and final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy (after Shiver and Linger). I loved the first two books and was really looking forward to reading this. I wasn't disappointed and I loved every minute I spent reading.

Grace and Sam's love is one of those that sticks with you long after the pages are closed, and this book raises the stakes even higher than the previous ones. When the book begins Grace is a wolf while Sam is human and it takes a while for them to reunite. I really enjoyed how their stories were told as you get to see their individual lives as well as their combined one, and their enduring love still tugs at the heartstrings.

Cole and Isabel still take key narrating roles in this book which I really enjoyed. The relationship between the two is still as complicated as before and they each have their own dramas to contend with. Cole is risking his own life and health fighting to understand the cause of werewolfism in order to find a cure, while Isabel's father is the one organising the wolf hunt.

In terms of the ending it's hard to talk about without spoiling it, so all I'll say is that while it doesn't go for the standard Hollywood-esque everything tied up in a neat bow I loved it. It's great to think about the characters going on and living their lives after the books have ended, and it fits with the more realistic portrayal of true love that these books have shown since page one.

All in all this was a great ending to an amazing trilogy which I totally recommend.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10

Overall: 49/50

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