Hardcover, 386 pages
Released: July 12, 2011 (today)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie StiefvaterMy Rating: 5 / 5
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.
My Thoughts: ****warning: as this is the last book of a trilogy, you will find spoilers ahead***
In Forever, there is trouble looming for the wolves. Isabel's father is determined to get rid of the wolves and organizes an aerial hunt. Sam is fearful as Grace is still changing into a wolf and Cole makes it his mission to find a cure, or at least something to control the disease.
I was nervous how it would end and began reading it with no expectations (I didn't even read the synopsis prior to pasting it above) but Maggie blew all my expectations out of the water! Forever is just beautiful.What makes this series so special is the love story between Grace and Sam (then Isabel and Cole) feel so real. This is not a case of instantly falling in love, instead we watch it grow naturally. It's amazing what people will do for love and how it has the power to change you, this is what Forever is all about. How far would you go to save the one you love?
I have read that this was a slow read for some and I have to admit is wasn't full of non-stop, nail biting action but I see it rather as something to savour. This is a book that ties up many loose ends and is all about character growth. We see Sam become stronger, Grace take a stand for herself, Isabel open herself up and Cole be the good guy that he's tried to mask for so long. I loved that the ending wasn't forced, but rather was left open for the reader to imagine just what the future holds for everyone. Thanks Maggie for showing us the power of love.