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Friday, July 15, 2011

Forever By Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Forever
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
ISBN: 0545259088
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: July 12, 2011
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Paranormal
Pages: 386
Rating: 4.5 Crowns



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.

My Thoughts:

Absolutely mesmerizing! Stiefvater’s operatic final installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Forever, is utterly alluring.

Forever is a richly penned multi-layered tale brimming with pulse-pounding action, a heart wrenching narrative and not one but two breathtaking love stories. Sam & Grace are without a doubt one of literary history’s most enchanting couples, yet it is Stiefvater’s spellbinding Cole and Isabel who sparkle & shine like sea glass.

Cole is absolutely mesmerizing. Forever is Cole’s book – he owns it and rockets off the page with such electricity, your fingertips are left blistering with singe marks. Cole stealthily pilfers the spotlight from all of Stiefvater’s well fleshed players and subtly steals your breath… leaving you clamoring for more… Cole that is. Stiefvater would be remiss if she didn’t capture the mesmerizing Cole in a spin-off series… if a lengthy run is not in the cards for Stiefvater, a trilogy would extinguish some of the blaze this lilting character has created.

Stiefvater has infused Forever with intriguing twists that are brilliantly woven into the captivating lupine sphere of Mercy Falls. The characters are engaging, powerful and each mellifluous voice is heard without losing sight of a single peerless note. It is apparent the ingenious Stiefvater does the footwork when it comes to research because every scene, fact, sentence, nuance and word is luminously strung together rhythmically.

Sadly, Stiefvater’s unparalleled third volume marks the end of an era.

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Cat said...

I don't read much YA so haven't read this series but glad you enjoyed it so much. Sometimes the final book of a trilogy can be a bit of a letdown - obviously not so with this one.

Kirthi said...

It WAS kind of a let down for me personally, but I'm glad that you think otherwise. Don't you love a great book?