Maggie Stiefvater is a genius. Forever, the last in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, was, simply put, amazing.
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.
Isn’t the overview just so vague?! It left so much room for Maggie to explore the characters and relationships and plot. I loved Forever. Grace and Sam’s relationship grew so much, and from the different perspectives of other characters I could see so many more aspects of their love. Grace’s relationship with her parents was also expanded, and I really admired Grace for how she handled the issues she faced about being a wolf. Sam was just so cute, and his feelings for Grace really showed. I also enjoyed seeing Isabel’s character really develop and put through a lot of stress and self-discovery, even though it sounds a bit corny. Cole and Isabel together made for some pretty funny scenes, and I the ending? AMAZING! Although, honestly, I think it left a little to be desired with Sam and Grace. I really want to attend their wedding, and it kind of upset me that things weren’t exactly settled or decided with them. Not everything was fully resolved in the plot, leaving me wanting a fourth book, focusing a lot more on the specific relationships.
The challenges each character goes through were creatively thought up and written, each character’s point of view so distinct. The way Maggie writes the thoughts, sometimes disjointed, sometimes continuous, is very reminiscent of poetry every once in a while, especially with Sam because of his connection with German poets. I liked the differences between the wolf mind and the human mind, and the extreme difficulties the group faces just emphasizes the hugeness of the emotions that everyone is feeling.
I highly recommend this series to any young adult reader, although there are some scenes with nudity. I can’t wait to read more of Maggie’s work, including The Scorpio Races.