Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

   It all began with Sam and Grace. Once a young Grace Brisbane carefully watched her yellow-eyed wolf and longed for her love to return to her in his human form each spring. Then somehow almost magically Sam and Grace found each other in a time of togetherness- the sweet taste of first love new to them but fresh and exciting for both. And then they became like one with a need for each other that was almost unbearable in its hold on their hearts and minds. However that moment seemed to be gone before they could even begin their love story.

Now as the graceful final chapter of The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy unfolds readers will find the roles reversed as an all too human Sam longs for Grace and the love they once shared. Grace is now the wolf at the mercy of the elements and their enemies. Is a happy ending written in the stars for these star-crossed lovers or will tragedy prevail?

In Forever Sam finds himself fighting to not only save Grace from the darkness that comes with wolf form but also to rescue her and the entire pack from the danger that now lurks in the woods they once called home.  An outcast wolf and the cold machinery of man threaten the Boundary woods and the wolves who reside there. As Cole St. Clair hunts for a cure for their lupine ability, an old foe has returned with a new plan of extermination. Tom Culpeper still seeks revenge for the death of his son and will stop at nothing to kill the wolves he thinks responsible for his family’s loss. Meanwhile Isabel Culpeper must come to terms with or fight against her own father bringing about the end of her closest friends and her possible lover.

The multi-layered story of Mercy Falls and its lupine residents continues in its former fashion as Maggie Steifvater tells the story through her strong four main characters. Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel each bring a unique personality to the table and keep readers enveloped in the story and it’s poetic beauty.  As in the first two books characters lead the story and the depth of their individualism creates the drive that keeps readers glued to the page. Lyrical and elegant in its style, the tale of Sam and Grace unfolds as if it were always written, as if fate had decreed this ending from the first page of the very first volume.

Once again Maggie Stiefvater had made the possibility of werewolves both normal and magical while taking readers on a journey hard to forget. Drawing on the strong foundation of the former books, Forever is a fitting if bittersweet ending to a love story of paranormal proportions.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater will be released on July 12, 2011.

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2 responses to “Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I’ve got this whole trilogy and need to get started with it. I know it’s paranormal, but I have a feeling I’ll like it.

    • stilettostorytime

      I think you will really like it. I have often said of this series that it feels like the most “normal” paranormal. Somehow Stiefvater makes werewolves seem every day and the love story of Sam and Grace seems the most extraordinary thing….I really enjoyed the series and this was the perfect finishing book.

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