Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

PhotobucketForever by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Source:  Bought
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon | IndieBound

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. (Goodreads)

Love. It’s the word that keeps echoing in my mind since I finished Forever. I loved reading the series’ conclusion, but I couldn’t help but feel a little sad at the same time. I was hesitant to start it both because I had read mixed reviews, and I just didn’t want the series to be over. I should never have feared because Forever was fantastic. I took my time with it, and savored every word. Yes, savored.

Forever picks up the spring after Linger ends. Honestly, I felt a little lost in the beginning and ended up flipping through Linger to remind myself of what happened. I kind of wished I had re-read Linger beforehand but once I had Forever in my hands that wasn’t going to happen!

I was happy to be back in the world of Sam and Grace… I really like them as a couple; they’re solid, loving, and supportive of each other. There are so many great Sam and Grace moments in Forever – fans will not be disappointed! Forever, like Linger, is written in the perspectives of Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel. While I liked the addition of Cole and Isabel in Linger, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about them as characters. I loved them in Forever! I really enjoyed getting to know them both better, and seeing the softer side of Cole.

I am such a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater; she is easily one of my favorite authors. I simply love the lyrical way she writes. I find it amazing how she can capture a moment or an emotion and put it into words – often in a way that surprises me. I found myself re-reading passages just to soak them in, to ponder her words, and savor them. I liked how Forever started at a leisured pace, and slowly picked up as the story went along.

I thought Forever was a great ending to the series. I will miss The Wolves of Mercy Falls!
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