Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Forever
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year of Release: 2011
ISBN: 9780545259088
Source: Purchased
Number of Pages: 386
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. 
This book was probably the best one in the series. I absolutely adored the characters and was devastated to be leaving this amazing series behind. I have become so attached to the characters. This book made me laugh, cry, sigh, yell out in frustration... etc. Cole's one liners and hidden adoration of the other characters just strengthened the crush I had already developed for him. 
I particularly love the cover art of these three books and how each one reflects the story of the novel. In Shiver, the cover portrays a wolf looking out from behind a tangle of branches. We know this to be Sam longing for a human life to be with his summer girl. In Linger, we see a girl walking away from a wolf in the woods that is staring at her retreating figure and after reading the book, we understand that she is trying to deny her fate for as long as possible. And finally in Forever, we see a boy watching helplessly as a wolf stares back at him from the woods.
Really, the only thing I wanted from these books was to see Isabel and Cole get naky  together like every reader hoped they would. And all they did was share a few brief, yet passionate kisses that hardly sufficed. Grace was adorable, as usual, and Sam was tough and loyal. Cole was funny and broke my heart, Isabel was the same and her dad was still an asshole idiot. 
So, to summarize, I really enjoyed this book and was very satisfied with the ending, minus the Isabel/Cole part. 
Please leave your comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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