Monday, October 31, 2011

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

Title: Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Publishing Date: July 2011
Length: 400 pages
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal romance
Source: Won

~ The Story ~

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Summary by Goodreads

The POV’s alternate between Grace, Sam, Cole, Isabel and a surprise voice who opens the story of FOREVER. I can’t say which character captured me most. They all had something about them which made me love them even more, as individuals and as part of the various relationships.
I like them all so much, but I must say that I was mostly craving for more Cole, this man is really an addiction. Sam and Grace, Isabel and Cole are so great together. Still I wished for more moments between Cole and Isabel. Their scenes always ended when they were at their highest.

Poetry is not my favourite type of text, still Sam’s reciting make the novel an even stronger part of the series. Sam’s beautiful texts, whispered words and sung lyrics always made me go all fan girl. In duet with Cole, these two boys are definitely my favourite fictional band.

The story around the teens and wolves feels so natural and although sad things are happening Maggie’s writing feels comforting and just right. Her describing the wolves, their interactions and wolfish voices felt  real. She puts words together and somehow they form this beautiful mass of something that makes sense and affects you.

The ending left me with mixed feelings. It was the final to a much-loved series and I felt gratitude towards Maggie for creating the world of the Mercy Falls wolves. Then it left me utterly disappointed at the same time. I never considered Maggie as a writer of stereotypical happily ever afters, but I hoped for a different last sentence, maybe even last few chapters.

It was just so unsure, open and very sad (which is of course a more than acceptable feeling to evoke after the incidents of FOREVER). I just wish the open end as I see it, leaves room for another book in the series (despite Maggie’s goodbyes).

1) of the gift of carefree moments in times of war
2) the promises of aurora borealis
3) of our favourite two songwriters
4) of beautiful lyrics and words
5) of a ton of heartfelt emotions

5/5***** FOREVER- Drastic, sad, melancholic, raw with emotions. That’s it. That’s the last novel in the WOLVE SOF MERCY FALLS series.

FOREVER has so many awesome swoon-worthy and fantastic emotional moments. I didn't want the story to come to an end!

* Don't forget to check out Maggie's other books! 

* Listen to Maggie Stiefvater reading from FOREVER

* Watch the FOREVER book trailer

* Click here for Maggies public appearances. 

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* Thank you Maggie for choosing my tissue as a FOREVER ARC winner. Again huge thanks to Loni for forwarding me the book!


  1. I completely agree with you on this. Though I too gave this book a 5/5, the ending left me short. I understand Maggie had her own reasoning for ending the book the way she did, it's her novel after all, but you are right. I wished for more closure than what she gave us. It's like she did leave it open for another book(even though at her signing I went to, she stated that this was the end of the series and there would not be a book 4) Too bad.
    Shiver- was the book I fell in love with Sam. He remains sweet as ever. But as the series grew, I fell in love with Cole. I think Linger was my favorite out of 3. In Forever, I felt like I couldn't get enough of Cole and then that {thing] happens and I thought I would cry my eyes out. In the end, I wanted more Cole. I would be fine if Maggie wrote a book all about him. He was "Sex on a Stick!"
    Great review Sarah!

  2. i have read alot of good books, but none have been as descriptive and beautiful as shiver. In all my life i have only cried reading two books, and that was because they dragged me in completely and shiver was one of them. the story between grace and sam is heartwarming and really makes you believe in soul mates. throughout the book it was pretty much about sam and grace being together but it was written in a way that kept you turning the pages into the late hours of the night. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good love story