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The Compulsive Reader: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

For months, Tom Culpeper has had it out for the wolves. And now he is finally going to do something about them. Sam has finally been "cured", and now he stays human...but now it's Grace who is unstable, and this time she is the wolf in danger in the woods. When Sam and Cole get word of the hunt that Culpeper has orchestrated to finally kill the wolves, they know there's no way to stop him. And so they're forced, with Isabel's somewhat reluctant help, to somehow find a way to not only understand the virus that makes them turn into wolves, but save the entire pack.

Maggie Stiefvater is at her very best here. With equal parts action, romance, and moral contemplation, Forever is a lyrical and breathtaking conclusion. The excellent character development in Linger continues into this finale: Sam is forced to face the looming unknown of the future much quicker than he'd like, and become a leader, sometimes without the support of Grace. Grace has Sam, and has finally grasped onto the independence she's been fighting for—but at a large cost. Isabel, despite desperately not wanting to care about the wolves, and sometimes even her new friends, finds herself helping them in ways that could drive a wedge even further between her and her family. And Cole is forced to accept who he has become, for all his failures and successes, and work incredibly hard to create and preserve a new life for himself.

Along the way, both Cole and Sam are at odds with each other and how they view Beck and his actions, both good and bad, and are forced to live and work together to find a way to save the pack. Some unexpected characters step in, and other unseen forces work against the characters, culminating in an ending that is a suspenseful race against time, with some less than perfect consequences. Forever finishes out perfectly, with a note of finality but an open future for the characters of this intensely beautiful trilogy.

Cover Comments: As always, the Wolves of Mercy Falls covers are gorgeous! The red has grown on me, and I like this depiction of Sam and Grace. Beautiful.

ARC picked up at BEA!

6 comments:

SC said...

I read Shiver, but I never continued this series...I'm not sure why! Everyone tells me it's awesome, but I've forgotten how Shiver was. I'm thinking I'm going to have to re-read it and read the other ones as well, if they're that good!
Check out my blog sometime as well: http://princessoflit.blogspot.com

kate said...

Yes! Thank you! I read a 2 star review on the last book and that had me worried because in the past for example mocking jay and breaking dawn totally did not do the series or characters justice and I was a little worried from that 2 star review that forever would fall in that trope

however your review was a "WTHeck were you thinking girl" slap in the face reminding me that this is the series and characters that I love and that Maggie stiefaveter would do them justice like they deserve
now I'm even more excited to read it

Sarah said...

Thanks for the review! Forever sounds like it won't disappoint! I've been following this series since the beginning and I'm happy to hear the conclusion is great.

The Compulsive Reader said...

SC: It's definitely worth continuing! And this way, you can read them all back to back, which is a lovely experience!

Kate: I LOVED Linger! I think the character development is fantastic. This trilogy just kept getting better and better. Enjoy reading Forever!

Sarah: I hope it lives up to your expectations!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't wait to read this. Thanks for the great review.

Lauren said...

For some reason, Linger didn't speak to me the same way Shiver did, so I haven't been frantic to read Forever. This review means I'll definitely read it, though. Thanks!