Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press
In this third installment of Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy, Grace and Sam are fighting harder than ever to be together. The wolves are being hunted and both of their lives, as well as those of many of their friends, are in danger. They have to live with the fact that huge secrets are being kept from the most important people in their lives. And of course, both Grace and Sam live with the constant threat of winter, always looming over them.
I can’t really summarize Forever properly because any real summary of what happens in this book would include major spoilers for the first two books in this series, Shiver and Linger. So if you are reading this and haven’t yet read those two books, stop what you’re doing and go pick them up! This is a great series and I definitely recommend all three books.
Okay, now onto my feelings on Forever. I definitely enjoyed it. There was more of a desperate, panicky feeling to this book than the other two had, just because of the imminent danger the wolves were facing. As a result, it was pretty fast-paced and I had difficulty putting it down, which is a very good thing. I felt desperate just as the characters did – I was desperate to find out what would happen to Grace and Sam, desperate for them to beat the odds and end up together in human form.
I quite enjoyed getting to know Cole and Isabel better in this book. Their characters really blossomed and I am glad that Stiefvater chose to give them such a prominent place in this series – they really added to the overall feel of the novel.
I was satisfied with the ending of Forever. It wasn’t exactly perfect, but I am going to allow myself to believe things worked out exactly how I wanted them to. 🙂 Overall, this is a great series and I would highly recommend reading all three of these books!