21 July 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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.

I heard from one of my blogger buddies that there are a lot of varied reviews of this book.  (I wouldn't know, as I don't read reviews of books that I'm looking forward to reading—spoilers, you know.)  I can see clearly why there would be a lot of variation, but I know that I'm settling into the side of "I-freaking-love-this-series-and-book-so-freaking-much".

I love it because it's written beautifully, the characters stay true to form—not conforming to what the public would want most to read—and the atmosphere is deepened with each chapter.

Maggie Stiefvater has a way with words.  There's no other way to say it and no way to explain it so you're just gonna have to go pick up one of her books to see for yourself.  She hasn't just written this werewolf series.  She's also written a fae series, which is awesome if you're into that kind of thing.

I love characters that are challenged by their own inner demons.  In most books I read, internal conflict is something simple and therefore easily resolved.  I can always pick out that "resolution" scene where the character comes to terms with what's eating them up inside.  Something that sums up to "It wasn't really my fault" etc.  Maggie Stiefvater works her characters differently, making their transformation much more believable and easier to swallow.  I think the personal battle I enjoyed the most—not exactly the right word, more like appreciated—was Sam's.  I cheered for that kid all the way.  Cole was also a favorite.  But each of them did have something to deal with, and I liked that.  Gave them each their own dimension.

I love the setting that Maggie Stiefvater has created.
Mercy Falls carries this certain nuance in my head that I can easily identify and pull on when I'm reading.

I'm really sad now that this series is over. (I actually had to walk into my dad's room and lay down on the dog to feel better after I'd finished reading.)  I only picked Shiver up last year, but I'm still sad to see it go.

Now us fans get to look forward to watching literary-challenged directors screw up the movie. XD

Book Info:

  • pages – hardcover, 400
  • published – July 2011
  • publisher – Scholastic Inc.
  • genre – urban fantasy
  • received via – Borders (last copy they had on the shelf)
  • rating – 5/5
  • series – Wolves of Mercy Falls
    • Shiver
    • Linger
    • Forever