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Forever by Maggie Stiefvater is the heart wrenching finale to the bestselling Shiver and Linger. Sam has always loved Grace. As a wolf, he watched her from afar. As a boy, he held her in his arms. Now facing the possibility of a life without her, he will do anything to keep her safe, even if it means facing his demons. Even if it risks everything he has. Anything, as long as their love can survive.
In this finale of the three part series by Maggie Stiefvater, we see the struggle as Sam has to somehow save the pack from the threat of Shelby and the town. His main concern however is Grace. He has to find her as she has joined the pack, and when the town get the all clear from the government to start an air-raid on the wolves, Sam starts to panic. Somehow Sam, Cole and Isabelle need to fix up a plan to save the pack or stop the massacre that has been scheduled. However with the threat of Shelby, No Beck for questioning and Sam being accused of the missing Grace and being held in police custody, how on earth can they do it?
This is full of romance, tragedy and hurt. This finale of the three part series is definitely not for the faint hearted. It gets very gory and bloody and there is a lot of death and struggles. The best part about this ending to the series is that there really is no ending. The wonderful Maggie Stiefvater leaves it for our imagination to think of the happy ending for Grace and Sam and the rest of the pack. As she has said in her vlog account on youtube, there is more to a happy ending than getting married and having lots of children.
'Forever' is a beautiful book about a young girl that has a romantic relationship with a boy who is in the throes of becomming a werewolf. The pair are teenagers that must go through a lot to both stay together and stay alive with the changing weather and potential of being shot. The story is very well written and shows the intensity of emotions that a teenager is capable of feeling for those who may not be approved of by parents. It has many twists and turns, and has a brilliant ending that allows the sequel to be blown wide opne for many more intense twists and turns.
Forever is a book of only about 300pages and so is not very long which, along with the attention-grabbing storyline, will make you wnt to keep reading until you have finished. Many of my college peers have read this book and have loved it as much as I did. I recommend! :)
Forever is the third and final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. It was published by Scholastic on 12th July and the book is 496 pages long.
As a wolf, Sam watched over Grace for years until the day came where, as a boy, he was able to hold her in his arms and carry out his dreams. Since that day, it has all been about Grace.
Grace's life is now completely different from everything that she ever thought it was going to be. Nothing about her life is certain anymore and due to some massive changes, that now includes Sam, the one person she thought she would have for forever. As Sam faces a life without Grace, he realises that he will have to face his scariest demons straight up in order to save her...and the wolves. Sam is willing to risk everything he has in order to save Grace but will it be in time?
What I thought
Forever was one of the books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on this year and as soon as I picked it up, it didn't take long at all for me to finish it.
The thing that I love about this book (and the series) is that it is told from different points of view. While this is something that has been done a fair bit in YA books, I think that this is a book that does it the right way. Getting to hear what is happening from Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel's view meant that we were really able to get the whole story. There is so much happening in this book and I think that if it had been told from one or even two points of view then we would have missed out on so much that was important. This way of telling the story also lets us get to know more than the two main characters and I liked that there were more people really involved than that.
The first half of the book was quite slow going for me and it felt like it was more of a filler than part of the real story. There wasn't an awful lot happening apart from explanations of some kind or things trying to be figured out. Nothing major really happened and I would have loved for there to be more tension or action in some parts which would have broken up the pacing a little bit. The second half of the book was much better though and this is where the story really got interesting. There are all kinds of crazy things going on in all directions and it made the story more interesting that it already had been.
Some of Forever was pretty predictable but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I would have been quite upset if some of the predictable things hadn't happened. To counteract the predictably parts, there were a few things that really shocked me and things that I didn't see coming at all. This really did break up the slower parts of the book and added a lot to the mystery and excitement of what was going to happen next. There were definitely a few parts that made me gasp with shock and I wasn't expecting this at all.
The thing that made me love this series as a whole was the relationship between Sam and Grace. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is so beautiful and poetic that makes it near impossible to not fall in love with these two characters. Over the course of the series, they have both been through a lot and I think both have coped extremely well with what has been thrown at them. Sam was the standout character though out of the two in this book as he was around that little bit more. Through Sam's point of view, I could really feel everything that he was feeling and experiencing and it made me feel as though I was there with him at some points. Grace was still wonderful in this book but I just think that she was overpowered a little bit by Sam and also Cole and Isabel who I loved completely.
I hate to say it but I was really disappointed with the very end of this book. After such a dramatic ending to the trilogy which I did love overall, I think that some of the ends could have been tied up a lot better without characters being left all up in the air. I really wanted to see everyone settled and happy but this really wasn't the case. There are still questions about the main characters that I would like to have seen answered but this just wasn't the case. I think the ending let down what was an overall great book and it would have put it in the amazing category instead.