Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: July 12th, 2011
Edition: ARC Paperback
Source: ARC (Provided by Publisher)
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from 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 a 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.
It’s a sad day to say goodbye to Sam, Grace, Isabel, Cole, and Mercy Falls in general. Shiver was one of my favorite books, and while I didn’t love Linger nearly as much as I loved Shiver, Forever was a beautiful and thrilling conclusion to an original and emotional trilogy.
Poor Sam and Grace. In all three books, they seem to be struggling just to be together for some reason or another. Their love is pure and unabashed. They’re not afraid to love each other, and it’s refreshing and sweet to read about; but heartbreaking when things always seem to be against them.
While I loved Sam and Grace, as always, what I loved most about this book was Cole (and sometimes Isabel). I was a bit disappointed that Isabel didn’t play a bigger role in this book. She was in it, of course. But she’s dealing with some issues of her own. I kind of missed the good ol’ days where she was helping contribute with her sarcastic and sassy personality. But, I understood why she wasn’t around as much in this one too.
But back to Cole. I loved him in this book. He’s one of those characters that you sometimes try not to like, but then he’ll do something that will completely win you over all over again. He really impressed me in this book because he really seems to come into his own and come to the understanding that the world really doesn’t revolve around him.
As for the ending, I’m not sure what to think! It’s not the happy running through fields of flowers I was secretly hoping for, but it’s not necessarily sad either. It’s kind of a realistic, make it what you will, ending. I almost wish there would have been an Epilogue to really wrap things up a little better and give a more final (and preferably deliriously happy) ending.
But overall, this was a great book. A wonderful conclusion to a series that has had me holding my breath on more than one occasion. I will miss the Mercy Falls gang, but they will live on Forever in my heart.
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