Release Date: July 12th 2011
Page Count: Hardcover, 390 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Good Reads: Link
Good Reads: Link
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater
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. - Good Reads
I peeked at reviews before I read this - really peeked. I had a sinking feeling from some of the negative reviews I read that I wouldn't really like how life in Mercy Falls ends. Now that I finally read it, I'm happy to say that I was satisfied with the ending and I have do not have any regrets going past the first book, which was my one of my biggest fears after reading some of the reviews.
I will say that this book did start out a little on the slow side. The writing was good as always, the pace of the story just seemed sluggish. A lot of moping and thoughtful Sam. I honestly kept putting it down and getting distracted. It did pick up though and by the middle was impossible to put down.
I love Cole and Isabel. Sam and Grace are more smooth and calm as a couple and I think that Cole and Isabel have a certain spice to their relationship and more romantic tension. I'm a sucker for that romantic tension stuff. I am glad that Sam and Grace's relationship didn't have tension though, because they were the steady influence throughout this trilogy and through thick and thin you knew you could count on their love to exist just as steady as ever. And essentially, at the end of the day, that is what made this series. But I still love Cole and Isabel.
Cole was awesome in this book. He steps up to the plate and we definitely see a much better person than we did in Linger. He is a bit of an a-hole in the beginning and he's sarcastic as always, but there is a huge improvement. I think every moment I laughed out loud in the book was because he said something hilariously stupid. My personal favourite Cole quote:
"It's adrenaline, not prom sex."
I'm actually a little sad this series is over. As I said before, I was satisfied with the ending because I felt that I was given enough closure. It does end a little abruptly though and leaves a little to the imagination. Luckily I have a friendly imagination that sees all of them loving and laughing in a field of tulips and going on to live happily ever after. Ha! Well, Isabel and Cole would probably be arguing in a field of tulips... But at least their making up would be hot!
I definitely recommend this series. At least to try it out - I think it's a series you either love or hate. Fortunately for me, I loved it.