Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater-REVIEW

Sam no longer turns into a wolf, but now Grace does. While Sam waits for warmer weather and Grace's return a girls body is found in the woods. This sets in motion Isabel's father's attempts to get the ban on hunting wolves lifted.

Since the girl was found near the Boundary Woods and close to Sam's house he is instantly a suspect. Especially since Grace too has seemed to have disappeared.

With the looming threat of the wolves being hunted and Grace being out there with them Sam and Cole must find a place to move the wolves.

In order to save the lives of the wolves and Grace, Sam must do something he hoped he would never have to do again.

Although Forever is not always filled with action the ability of Maggie Stiefvater to keep a person engaged in the characters provides a fascinating page-turner. She has a way of explaining the thoughts and actions of the characters that makes you feel their emotional trauma right along with them. The love between Sam and Grace tugs at your heart. When you read about Sam's struggle to get his thoughts out into words you feel empathy for him. The relationship between Cole and Isabel was filled with tension. And the drama of the wolves' peril kept me holding my breath wondering which ones would survive. Great job Maggie Stiefvater! I will miss Sam and Grace, but I do have one complaint: I wish there were a different ending!


NOTE: You need to read the first two books in this series, SHIVER AND LINGER, before you read FOREVER in order to understand the story.

The tables have turned. Now, Sam is the one waiting. Even though waiting for Grace to return to human form is torture, it is nothing to the agony he feels when he thinks about the danger she is in while running loose in the woods. Mr. Culpeper has wanted the wolves in Mercy Falls dead ever since his son was killed by them and after a girl is found torn apart in the woods, Culpeper has just the ammunition he needs to get his wish.

While Grace is Sam's priority, he also has the added responsibility of saving Beck and all the other wolves. Sam and Grace attempt to come up with a plan while Cole St. Clair, ex-lead singer of NARKOTIKA and newest pack member, takes dangerous measures to find a cure for the disease infecting his pseudo family. With the help of Isabel Culpeper and a very unlikely ally, the wolves finally have some hope.

FOREVER has it all - heart-warming romance, angry teen rebellion, and dry, witty humor. It made me laugh, cry, and stress in all the right amounts. FOREVER is the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. It provides the reader a satisfying ending while still leaving enough room for us to wonder about the future of the pack.

Maggie Stiefvater has given readers a wonderful story in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you haven't read them yet, run run run to the store and get them today.

 A Note From Julie:
I loved The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. I wish it were more than a trilogy! While I loved the series, there were some adult themes that may not be suitable for all ages.  There was some language in the series, but it wasn't excessive. Sam and Grace do have sex. While not overly descriptive the reader does know what is going on.


  1. I love the books and ebverything but i hate the end to forever can someone please explain it to me. Ya coles alive but i donmt get the last part with sam and grace. You dont know if she dies or not.

  2. I think we are to assume that Grace took the cure like Sam and that hopefully they live happily ever after. I wasn't satisfied with the ending either.

  3. I just finished reading Forever, and I was also left feeling unsatisfied.. Although it's cliched, I really wanted a 'Grace is cured, stays a girl and Sam marries her' ending. I was hoping really badly that Cole wasn't dead.. so I was relieved when he called Isabel.. but I wish him and Isabel got together officially..!

  4. I agree! I think most of Sam and Grace and Cole and Isabel fans were hoping for a less ambiguous ending.

  5. I totally agree with you Julie, I love these books but I hate the ending. In my head I always imagine that Cole rushes to the airport to stop Isabel leaving before coming out of hiding and being famous again :)

  6. I was also confused. When grace said "this was a good-bye" I thought she meant to Sam but now I think she meant it was a good-bye to her previous life and the woods in mercy falls. And the book is entitled forever so I guess they will be together for ever.

    1. Anonymous, that is probably what the author was looking for in the reader...the ability to be satisfied with whatever we wanted the ending to be. I like your take on it!



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