Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Forever

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Scholastic

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

What’s Good About It

I don’t envy the job of authors have when finishing their much beloved series. It’s a minefield of choices, where every decision you make is going to upset someone. Go for the schmaltzy happy ending? Or a grittier, more realistic end? Leave a few things hanging, or tie everything up with a nice bow? There are fans of every variety, and you can’t please all of them.

Me, I’m a fan of realistic, wrapped up, but not too tightly, endings. And I don’t think it’s too spoilerish to say that Forever got it just right for me.

The stakes are wonderfully raised: the wolves are in the crosshairs of the townsfolk, and with Grace and a number of other humans in wolf skin still running around with the pack, it’s a real race against time to save them, creating palpable tension in every page.

I loved the strained emotion of Sam and Grace’s relationship – their tentative steps back to their previous intimacy when Grace returns from the woods. I loved Cole and Isabel’s tense exchanges and Sam’s interactions with the police and other townsfolk who believe him to have murdered Grace. Everything just worked – the build up, the final climatic moments, the open-ended but not dissatisfying ending. A perfect final instalment to a fantastic trilogy.

What’s Not So Good

Like I said, it won’t please everyone. You’ll have to read it and find out for yourself, I guess.

Rating: 5/5

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