FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

 SPOILER WARNING: This review is for the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and contains spoilers for the first two books. If you are new to the series, start with my review of Shiver.

Maggie Stiefvater wraps up her Wolves of Mercy Fall trilogy—and Sam and Grace’s paranormal love story—in Forever. It’s almost spring and Sam is waiting for Grace to come back to him. He’s had a rough winter—stuck sharing a house with a moody, unpredictable Cole St. Clair and under suspicion in Grace’s disappearance. With the arrival of warmer temperatures, Grace eventually stays human long enough to be reunited with Sam. Unfortunately the good times are short lived, as there’s more trouble ahead thanks to Tom Culpeper. With the backing of a US Congressman, he’s organizing a hunt that could take out the entire pack. Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole will all need to work together if they want to find a way to save the pack.

While the first two books focused on Sam and Grace’s relationship and the obstacles they had to overcome, in Forever the challenge is for Sam to embrace his role as pack leader. Beck is now permanently a wolf and Cole is, well, Cole, so it’s up to Sam to protect the pack. And he struggles with that since they are facing such a serious threat and he’d much rather be planning for college and doing normal teenage stuff.

Like Linger, Forever is told from the alternating viewpoints of Sam, Grace, Isabel, and Cole. And also like the last book, Isabel and Cole add a much needed jolt of personality and sexual tension. Sam and Grace’s love story is great—comfortable and steady—while Cole and Isabel are larger than life characters. I could feel the sizzling chemistry between Cole and Isabel, and their complicated relationship was my favorite part of the book.

So is Forever a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy? For the most part, I think it is. I thought the ending felt a little rushed and I did hope for more resolution between Grace and her parents. The author doesn’t wrap up everything with a bow—there are lots of lingering questions—but I didn’t mind that she left things slightly open ended because it allows everyone to imagine different possibilities for the characters.

As usual, the highlight of Forever is Maggie Stiefvater’s poetic writing. She is so talented, and I’m looking forward to reading her next book, The Scorpio Races, which will be released in October.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Scholastic Press | Pages: 400 | Source: BEA | Buy on Amazon

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