Book Review – Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

April 25, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 1 Comment

Book Review – Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie StiefvaterForever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
on July 12, 2011
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Shiver, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves

then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.
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.

forever.
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.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)

Forever: the final installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and the final story of Grace and Sam.

Final Thoughts
Despite struggling profusely with this one there is no denying this was still a beautifully written story. Maggie’s writing appears flawless and effortless… the words simply flow.

The Bottom Line
As you can see by my rating, Forever didn’t leave me with the warm fuzzies I had after Linger and especially after Shiver. It was too jumbled for me and a bit lacking in overall focus. I think that this is primarily due to the multi-POVs that didn’t work for me this time around even though there were just about as many in Linger… it just made the story feel all over the place.

Too much time was spent focusing on Isabel and Cole when I desperately needed/wanted more about Grace and Sam. It also seemed like there was too much extra information being doled out that was distracting from the main storyline. Bottom line: it felt very forced.

The Romance
I didn’t feel the strong connection that I was used to between Grace and Sam (view spoiler) And I found it strange how Grace/Sam would be thinking about how much they loved him/her or how much they missed him/her when separated yet they never really showed it. I realize that it was done so in a way to show that they both know and understand each other so much that actions aren’t required but being a bit more vocal about it would have brought back the warm fuzzies for me. 🙂

Despite my issues, I’m still glad that I finally read these stories and experienced Maggie’s writing firsthand. Even though Grace and Sam’s story is officially over it will be hard to ever forget it.

‘And then I did laugh, even though the future was a dangerous place, because I loved her, and she loved me, and the world was beautiful.’

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