Book Review: Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series)

Posted January 24, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls,
Published by Scholastic Inc. on July 12th 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 0545389402
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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four-half-stars

“People shouldn't have to earn kindness. They should have to earn cruelty.”― Maggie Stiefvater, Forever

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater

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.

This Book Contains Spoilers From Shiver & Linger! Beware!

The Good…:

Maggie Stiefvater’s trilogy concludes in Forever. Sam and Grace are once again battling the odds, and proving they belong together. Now that Grace has shifted into a wolf, the bond between her and Sam has only grown stronger. Both of them have had a chance to walk in the other’s shoes, and have a better understanding of one another. Grace understands the importance of the pack, while Sam finally realizes how horrible it feels to be the one left behind.

Isabel was her best self in this book. Snarky, crafty, and yes, bitchy, Isabel became even more likable than she was in Linger. Even though Cole was not one of may favorite characters in the last book, I absolutely adored him in Forever. His budding relationship with Isabel was everything Sam and Grace’s was not. And that was ok. Still, despite loving these two dancing around each other in the “will they or won’t they” dance, I’m not sure I’m ready to read the spin-off book Sinner. Part of me believes both Cole and Isabel are better taken in small doses.

“People don’t change who they are. They only change what they do with it.”

Stiefvater tied up the loose ends of the series nice and neatly, but left a few open for readers to imagine what happens next. As mentioned, readers can discover what becomes of Cole and Isabel by reading the stand alone novel, Sinner, but the story of Grace and Sam is over. Still, the ending essentially “faded to black,” so fans can create their own version of happily ever after for the couple in their minds. I’ve felt that this is often better in many respects, as authors have a way of ruining reader’s expectations. At least that’s been my experience.

The Bad…:

Tom Culpeper’s War Against the Wolves was the main problem in Forever, and it felt a bit short for all the build-up towards this event, which essentially started in the first book following Jack’s “death”. I don’t like how unclear and quick the resolution felt. Then again, this could just be me nitpicking.

Do I Recommend?

Yes! Forever was an enjoyable read that was hard to put down. The resolution did feel earned, and despite my wishing to know more about what happened to the wolves, I was pleased with the outcome.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.6

About Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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