August 8, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

“I suddenly felt incredibly lucky to be waiting. Because no matter how it gnawed at me, demanded my wakefulness, stole my thoughts, at the end of this endless waiting was Grace.”

If you haven’t read the first two books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Shiver and Linger, you must read those two before jumping in to Forever, which plunges right into the story.  If you haven’t read them, beware, spoilers for the first two books lay ahead…

The tragic role reversal that happened at the end of Linger, with Sam being cured of shifting into a wolf just as Grace starts shifting, is nowhere near resolved, and the situation in town is only getting worse for the pack.  When a girl is found killed by wolves, Isabel’s father calls for another hunt – this one larger, deadlier, and fully backed by the law.  Can Cole find a cure for the wolf within and save Grace from being hunted?  If Grace can shift in time, is it possible for her and Sam to have a life together?  What about the rest of the pack, who Sam feels responsible for?  Don’t worry, all (well, most!) of your questions will be answered in this final installment of the trilogy.

My Review: Sigh. I love this series and I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.  She really makes you feel what the characters are feeling: Sam’s longing for all the possibilities his life could have if he and Grace were both cured; Grace’s practicality in giving up her old life if it means being with Sam; Cole’s realization that maybe he can fit in somewhere in this world; and Isabel’s yearning for true friendship even though she isn’t truly part of the pack.

Forever has a melancholy beginning that gives way to a tense apprehension as the hunt gets ever nearer.  But through it all, there is Sam and Grace, whose love and longing for one another is the heart of the series.  This final book is a bittersweet but hopeful ending to the trilogy.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater is now available at the library.  You can also read my other reviews for this series: Shiver and Linger.  

Katie Clark
Teen Librarian


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