- Publisher: Scholastic US
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 145mm x 211mm x 36mm | 522g
- Publication date: 7 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0545259088
- ISBN 13: 9780545259088
- Sales rank: 14,019
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater 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.
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Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.
By Amanda 13 May 2012
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
I've been dying to read this since I finished Linger. I won my copy from Ashley (from What's Your Story?) not long after it came out, and even though I wanted to read it as soon as it came in the mail, I was afraid to! I didn't want this trilogy to end. I didn't want to say goodbye to Grace and Sam. This is one of my top favorite young adult series.
Even though I'm happy with how Forever ended, I still wish there were another book in the series. I'd love to know what happens after this. After everything they've went to with their relationship and the wolves.
This series is so beautifully written, and so beautifully described and so real, that I just didn't want this to end. I cried so hard after I read the last line and realized there wasn't another chapter. I could of swore there was!
Maggie is a fantastic author, I will definitely be getting my hands on her other books as soon as possible. I really need to catch up and read The Scorpio Races. I'm so inspired by her writing. It both inspires me, AND makes me want to chuck all my writing and curl into a ball. Her descriptions are amazing and just so..poetic. Her writing truly is beautiful. At least what I've read of it. The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is.
I'm not going to say much about anything with this book because it's the last in a trilogy and I don't want to give away any spoilers to those who decide to read this review before starting the series. So I'm just going to say that the characters are amazing. Even those who annoy you. Cole annoyed me so bad in Linger, but I loved him. I'm glad I got to learn more about him and read more from his point-of-view in this one. Also, Isabel. =) She really made me mad in the first book half the time, but she's become on of my favorite characters.
And you can't forget about Sam. Oh, Sam. He's definitely my number one favorite. He's so sweet and caring and he'd rather take care of others, even Cole, than do things for himself. Things to make himself happy. He's definitely one of my top YA dream guys. *le sigh*
Overall, I'm sad it's over, but it was a really good book. I'm going to miss this world. If you haven't read the series yet, or you have read the first two books, but not Forever. READ THEM/IT! Now! It's a great series and the writing is beautiful. Maggie is definitely an idol of mine.
By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
The POV's alternate between Grace, Sam, Cole, Isabel and a surprise voice who opens the story of FOREVER. I can't say which character captured me most. They all had something about them which made me love them even more, as individuals and as part of the various relationships.
I like them all so much, but I must say that I was mostly craving for more Cole, this man is really an addiction. Sam and Grace, Isabel and Cole are so great together. Still I wished for more moments between Cole and Isabel. Their scenes always ended when they were at their highest.
Poetry is not my favourite type of text, still Sam's reciting make the novel an even stronger part of the series. Sam's beautiful texts, whispered words and sung lyrics always made me go all fan girl. In duet with Cole, these two boys are definitely my favourite fictional band.
The story around the teens and wolves feels so natural and although sad things are happening Maggie's writing feels comforting and just right. Her describing the wolves, their interactions and wolfish voices felt real. She puts words together and somehow they form this beautiful mass of something that makes sense and affects you.
The ending left me with mixed feelings. It was the final to a much-loved series and I felt gratitude towards Maggie for creating the world of the Mercy Falls wolves. Then it left me utterly disappointed at the same time. I never considered Maggie as a writer of stereotypical happily ever afters, but I hoped for a different last sentence, maybe even last few chapters.
It was just so unsure, open and very sad (which is of course a more than acceptable feeling to evoke after the incidents of FOREVER). I just wish the open end as I see it, leaves room for another book in the series (despite Maggie's goodbyes).
FOREVER has so many awesome swoon-worthy and fantastic emotional moments. I didn't want the story to come to an end!
By Perri Harcus 29 Jan 2012
Wow... what a fabulous book! Maggie has really gone all out with this one. Forever is the last book in the Wolves Of Mercy Falls series and what an ending it was. The Story has followed the lives of Grace Brisbane, Sam Roth, Isabel Culpeper and Cole St. Clair. It's a book on the werewolves survival and some nice passion and love come along with it.
The character Grace, started out when she was attacked as a child and was saved by one particular wolf, which was Sam. It was one of those love at first site things and that is where their love story begins. Then Isabel comes into the mix, when he brother gets bitten by another werewolf and she soon finds the truth, but also swears to help and protect their secrets but in doing so, she does lose her brother along the way. It's around the second book that Cole comes into the story, but he certainly makes an impact. Beck, Sam's adoptive father changed Cole when he was dying, promising a new life and he agreed. But it is a lot harder for Cole to fit in because a lot of people recognize him from the famous band Narkotika.
In the end of linger Sam has finally been able to stop shifting but in return the love of his life Grace has finally shifted herself and it seems that Sam can't get a happy ending but he still does not give up. Now in Forever, Sam, Cole and Isabel fight hard to save not only Grace but the rest of the wolves from being hunted. The people of Mercy Falls have decided to many killings have happened and they remove the wolves from the protected list and go on a hunting spree.
Sam tries desperately to save the wolves and the ones he loves, while the police try and pin the murders and disappearances on him. The book has so much to tell and not even words can describe the action and the emotions you go through in this book. The suspense keeps you one the edge of your chair right till the very end or the last page in the book.
But in the end it comes down to one thing.... Kill or be killed. There is one hero in this story and they certainly know how to go out with a bang. The ending is also quite sad because we do lose a beloved character and it certainly makes you want to cry. At the very end of the book, you will be sad but angry at the ending, I know I certainly was. Maggie has ended the series with an opening for more, but as Maggie has said before, this will be the last book to the series, no matter how much we might not like it. But we can always hope for a spin-off series.
Maggie has really won our hearts with this dramatic love story and it will be a series that is remembered and treasured for a very long time to come.
By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2011
NOTE: You need to read the first two books in this series, SHIVER and LINGER, before you read FOREVER, in order to understand the story.
The tables have turned. Now, Sam is the one waiting. Even though waiting for Grace to return to human form is torture, it is nothing compared to the agony he feels when he thinks about the danger she is in while running loose in the woods. Mr. Culpeper has wanted the wolves in Mercy Falls dead ever since his son was killed by them. After a girl is found torn apart in the woods, Culpeper has just the ammunition he needs to get his wish.
While Grace is Sam's priority, he also has the added responsibility of saving Beck and all of the other wolves. Sam and Grace attempt to come up with a plan, while Cole St. Clair, ex-lead singer of NARKOTIKA and newest pack member, takes dangerous measures to find a cure for the disease infecting his pseudo-family. With the help of Isabel Culpeper and a very unlikely ally, the wolves finally have some hope.
FOREVER has it all - heartwarming romance, angry teen rebellion, and dry, witty humor. It made me laugh, cry, and stress in all the right amounts. FOREVER is the final book in the WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS trilogy. It provides the reader a satisfying ending, while still leaving enough room for us to wonder about the future of the pack.
Maggie Stiefvater has given readers a wonderful story in this trilogy. If you haven't read them yet, run, run, run to the store and get them today.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 24 Aug 2011
I'm still not sure what I thought. I flew through it and I am relieved to know how the characters I've invested time and emotion into turned out... but the ending really didn't feel complete to me. I read it several times, but I am still not sure exactly what happened and what exactly the goodbye is for.