Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Forever

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published July 12th 2011 by Scholastic

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 love transformed 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 hunted in one final, spectacular kill.

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 will all collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.
Buddy read with Lee @ Rally the Readers

Forever is the conclusion of The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and OMG I don't want it to be over! Despite my hesitancy to get into another YA Paranormal Romance series, these books have managed to completely win me over and surpass any expectations I might have had.  Leave it to the brilliant goddess that is Miss Maggie Stiefvater to completely turn the genre around for me. I laughed. I cried. I feared. I drowned in feels.

So Forever picks up right after the events of Linger and I was glad for it. I knew that this was the last book of the trilogy proper and definitely the last one set within Mercy Falls, so I didn't want to miss a single moment going in. The tables have completely turned for our star couple Sam and Grace, but they still managed to adapt, to grow, and to make me swoon in the process.  There were a few moments between them that literally made me ache, they were so beautiful. The romance is a testament to what YA romances can be, and what they should all strive to be. These two are officially one of my all-time favorite literary couples...and Sam for his part, is now one of my top book boyfriends ever. Yup, this is serious stuff my friends.

As individuals, both Sam and Grace have come an incredibly long way from when we first met them in Shiver.  Sam finally seems to have laid at least some of his past traumas to rest, and seeing him make efforts to face his demons made me want to hug him through the pages and never.ever.let.go. Grace for her part, still has issues with her parental units, but she's become a young adult now and despite how she feels about them, she refuses to back down and her maturity in dealing with them made me proud. Her parents will never win ''Parents of the Year'' but it's clear that they love their daughter and it was refreshing to see their relationship evolve, especially since YA parents are so often absent, for whatever reason.

Our other two protagonist, Isabel and Cole did a lot of growing up here too.  I feel like Isabel was put on the backburner a bit this time around, so it's a good thing that we have Sinner to fall back on now because I need to know more!  Cole, on the other hand, turned into the star he always could have been.  His progress from when we meet him in Linger is astonishing and hell, just thinking about his heroics in Forever make me want to stand up and applaud the handsome devil. I remember wishing right from the start that he and Sam would end up with an epic bromance so needless to say, their solidified friendship here made my heart smile ♥  I should also mention the Wolf Pack, which still and always will hold a special place in my soul.  I absolutely revelled in reading the Wolf bits their scenes made me feel as though I was one of the pack myself!

Now we all know that a Stiefvater book is a solidly character-driven affair, but the plot is worth mentioning too. I won't go into specifics to avoid spoilers, but needless to say that the stakes are much higher than they've ever been in Forever. The threat is ever present and it looms all around Mercy Falls, waiting to strike. Despite that fact, Stiefvater manages to infuse the final installment with sweeter, lighter moments that linger on long after they've passed by.  The climax is a harrowing affair, that seemed like it was over a bit too quickly for my liking, but that's probably largely due to my NOT WANTING THE STORY TO END.  The ending itself is quite open ended, and even though I don't always get along with their kind, I found that it worked here. All things considered, I am so happy to have finally given this series a chance! My heart is bruised but when it heals, I'll be heading straight for Sinner. Fans of YA paranormal romances and Maggie Stiefvater: you should seriously check out this series - if you haven't done so already!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

18 comments:

  1. I absolutely ADORE this series and I've been rereading it this year and finally bought myself the set. :') It's like one of my all-time favourites and afjdslkad I'm pretty sure Maggie Stiefvater can write no wrong. COLE. <3 Omg. He grows up a lot in this book for sure, and I adore his and Isabelle's extra development in Sinner. xD They are one of my ultimate OTPs.
    So glad you love this series too!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Oh no way?! That's awesome^^ I got the set when I was in NYC but I'd never read the series when it first came out. I wholeheartedly agree with your comment about Maggie Stiefvater ♥ Cole thoroughly impressed me in this one...so much so that I jumped right into Sinner afterwards XD I'm really excited that you're a fan of the series too :D Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  2. I haven't read this last one yet, can you believe it, Micheline? I love this series, and as usual, I kind of don't want to read the very last book and then it's all over :D
    I'm really happy you enjoyed it so much, though!
    Have a fantastic weekend!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. No way?! I'm surprised Lexxie, I remember you mentioning how much you loved this series! I know what you mean though...letting go is hard :D Thank you and you too! ♥

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  3. Glad you enjoyed the trilogy! I'll be curious to see what you'll make of Sinner. It's more new adult and I loved Isabelle in it, but not so much Cole.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Thanks Mogsy! I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed myself with the series! I actually went straight into Sinner after finishing this one so my review should be up in the next few weeks :)

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  4. Well after reading your reviews of this series I went out and got all three from the library xD I'm excited! It seems like there is a lot of character development overall.Open endings sometimes make me mad but it seems like it works here! Nice review :)

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    1. Eeeep! Oh I hope that you'll have as much luck with the trilogy as I did Alise^^ I'm both excited and nervous now haha XD The characters really do grow so wonderfully ♥ Yeah, the ending could be hit or miss for some people but I was fin with it. Thank you :)

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  5. Ah Micheline, I heart this review so much!!! It brought back all of my feelings for this book and this series; there wasn't an emotion that these characters didn't evoke. Hehe, I wanted a bromance to develop between Sam and Cole, too. As much as I know that the series had to reach a conclusion eventually, I'm still feeling a little empty that it's really all over now. But, at least I still have your Sinner review to look forward to! :D

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    1. Awww thank you so much Lee, I heart YOU so much!! Seriously though right: we laughed, we cried, we swooned, we raged...I'm definitely still feeling the effects of a series hangover at the moment too! The Sam/Cole bromance was three books in the making...and IT.WAS.GOOD. LOL! Oh and I feel them same: looking forward to your Sinner review :D

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  6. Guess I need to put this series on my Christmas list! I'm way past due to read this author.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. YAY! That's awesome Nicole, I hope you'll have as much fun with the series as I did :D

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  7. The ending to this one honestly made me kinda cranky because it was open ended... it was good and I really liked the story BUT I just wanted a bit more to wrap it all up! I do love Sam though and Cole is my fave so I really need to read Sinner soon! Great review!

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean Teresa, open endings have had that effect on me in the past...but this time, I was ok with it for whatever reason! Sam and Cole are the best ♥ I couldn't resist jumping right into Sinner after this^^ Thank you!

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  8. So glad you enjoyed it! I remember this one being done very well. It's been so long since I've read the series though that I wasn't even blogging yet. You guys are making me want to read it again :D

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    1. I am too Jaclyn - I can't believe I waited this long to finally read the series! I remember staying away because some people had said it was very similar to Twilight...but I didn't really find that to be the case! Ooooh, a reread could be fun :D I'll definitely be rereading it eventually too^^

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  9. I still have to read this one. I've read the first two books several years ago so I feel like I have to re-read them (perhaps via audiobook) before I tackle this one - I even have a copy of it already! I don't even know why I paused with this series, perhaps the second book wasn't that thrilling? And I want to finish it before I start the Raven books that everyone seems to be so crazy about. :)

    Ah, yes, I remember Sam being absolutely dreamy. Why DID I stop reading these? I really don't remember. I like quiet guys, it always makes me wonder what they're thinking. :)
    Thanks for making me want to read this at last! :)

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    1. Oooooh, you should definitely reread the entire thing, to refresh your memory - plus they're all pretty quick reads! And yes, you could finish these and then dive right into the pretty and feels that is The Raven Cycle ♥

      Sam is super dreamy and swooning over him is one of my new favorite things haha! My pleasure Kaja^^ xx

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