The Silver Lining | Bookanistas Review: FOREVER

First, I wanted to give a big shout out to fellow Bookanista MATT BLACKSTONE whose novel A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE came out this week. I went to Matt’s reading last night and he did a great job! He had the audience in hysterics.

And now onto my review of FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater:

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater

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 moved from a 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 killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

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 are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

WHAT I THOUGHT:

I was so eagerly anticipating this book that when I saw a tweet from Scholastic the day before BEA with images of available ARCs, I made all my friends head straight there with me when the doors opened at 9am. Of course, I had already been at the Javits since 7am so I could be first in line.

I’m going to try to do this review without spoilers because I think this is the type of book fans of the series should go into without any prior information and experience for themselves. I didn’t even read the back cover when I started reading and I’m glad I did because it made the story unfold as the author intended it.

I thought this was a brilliant end to the series! I loved every minute of it. I cared so deeply about these characters, I turned every page with apprehension and fear that they wouldn’t make it out okay. I won’t spoil as to whether or not they did or didn’t, you have to read that for yourself!

The writing is as gorgeous as ever. I had to stop many times just to stare at the pretty. I wanted to pet certain sentences. I’m extremely impressed with the way Maggie so easily and seamlessly juggles four first-person narrators. I never once got confused about whose head I was in. Each narrator has a distinct voice, and I love them all. I think that’s a difficult feat to make a reader care equally about every character and every individual plot of theirs. I didn’t prefer one over the other.

I loved the plot as well. The time factor in this novel kept things exciting, as did the unpredictability of certain things that put a damper in the characters’ plans. I know that’s vague, I’m sorry!

Seriously, my only complain was that Cole wasn’t naked enough!

Love love love this series and I’m very sad to see it end, even if I’m satisfied with the ending.

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4 Responses

  1. I still can’t thank you enough for snagging me an ARC! I agree with you. Loved the way this ended. Realistic and hopeful, but not overly sappy and happy, you know? Glad we agree. 😆

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