Thursday, August 25, 2011


Maggie Stiefvater
390 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Once Upon a Twilight Book Tours

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

You know what Forever is, right?  It's the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.  The much anticipated final book.  In Forever, Grace has a turn at being wolf.  In the meantime, Isabel's father has finally found way to legally shoot all the wolves in Mercy Falls so Grace, Sam and Cole must come up with a way to save the pack before it's too late.

I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book!  So this is hard for me to say... Forever did not live up to my expectations for a few reasons.  One, I felt like it dragged on with too much information at times.  It wasn't a fast page-turner for me.  I kept waiting for something to happen.  Two, on the other hand, I felt like there were parts missing from the plot.  I would have liked to have read more about Isabel and Cole, for instance, because the book was seriously lacking in delicious sexual tension.

But there is still so much to like about Forever.  I loved that Sam and Grace moved past being boyfriend/girlfriend with the side problem of one or the other being a wolf.  Their relationship was very serious in this book, and I was glad for them to finally get it together and have common goal.  There's more to like, but I feel like I can't give it away without spoilers.  Just let me say that the second half of the book's plot flowed better than the first and the characters, as always, made me happy - they are all so different but their friendship is so real.

And now the trilogy is over.  So bye-bye Mercy Falls, it's been a fun ride.  On to Scorpio Races!

PS: I found this in the Afterword: "Other real places in the books include the candy shop (based on Wythe Candy in Williamsburg, VA)..."  As a child I spent many a summer in Williamsburg and Wythe's was one of my absolute favorite places to visit.  I haven't been there in years and now I miss it.  Their confections are to die for.

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