Review : Forever
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Pages : 386
Genre : YA, Romance, Werewolves
Series : The Wolfes of Mercy Fall, Book 3
My Rating :
What it’s about :
Sam used to be the wolf; now, it’s Grace’s turn to be one, and as a result they haven’t seen each other in a long while.
But the weather is changing, and Grace will soon get to be herself again. Before that though, Grace, Sam, Isabelle and Cole must find a way to save the wolves from being completely eliminated by the scared residents of Mercy Fall.
My Thoughts :
Forever clicked for me like the previous two books in the series hadn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading Shiver and Linger, of course, or I wouldn’t have continued with the series. But Forever tied Grace’s story perfectly, with great emotion and tension like only Stiefvater can do it.
I was less bothered by the multiple voices this time around, and I felt that I knew who was narrating the different parts of the story most of the time. Grace and Cole’s voices were the clearer to me, and though I enjoyed Isabelle’s character tremendously (I have since the beginnings, in fact), Sam still left me cold. I felt for the guy, and all he’s been through; but I thought his character was mostly there as a support for Grace and the wolves, rather than living his own story.
I also love the direction the author took with Grace’s parents. They have been less than good examples of parenting in the past, and they weren’t much more stellar in Forever. But at least though, I felt there was a part of resolution between Grace and her parents. Not a complete understanding, but a step forward for a future we won’t be witnesses to.
Once more, I also loved the slow pace of the story, the quietness of the scenes. There is little happening at times, but I love this different pacing that creates a different kind of tension. At first, you almost can’t feel it’s there, until everything ties up together in the end.
Though the characters are teenagers, and though it does translate in some of their actions, reading Forever didn’t make me feel like I’m reading YA literature. Stiefvater’s writing was as beautiful as it had been in her previous two novels. I rarely feel this, but I believe in this case the covers really correspond to the simplicity yet enchanting tone of the author’s voice. It’s amazing how, sometimes with so few words, she can express heartbreak and fear and love.
What a perfect ending to a great series! I can only hope other fans of the first two books will enjoy this one as much as I did.
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