Monday, 1 August 2011

Forever - Maggie Stiefvater (2011)

I was so excited to buy this book when it finally came out, I have read Shiver and Linger and loved them so very much and I couldn't wait to find out how it ended. I wasn't disappointed.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls have had me hooked since Christmas last year and this book was a delight to read. It is much like the previous books in the series so if you liked the other ones then you'll love this one for sure. It has the perfect balance of humour, drama and romance that I love. I read this book in one day and I love the love between Sam and Grace and had to know that they had a happy ending and although I wasn't quite happy with the diplomatic ending that Stiefvater wrote, it was good enough for me.

The book starts from Shelby's point of view as she kills a girl who we later find out is Olivia. There is a lot more wolf perspective in this novel than in the others because we often see the wolf pack thorough Grace's wolf eyes. Tom Culpeper is starting a hunt to kill all the wolves and he manages to book the helicopter in 14 days, Sam then wants to capture Grace to make sure that she survives over any others. While Cole and Sam are looking in the woods for Grace they see that she has fallen into a sinkhole, they manage to save her and she helps them decide to move the wolves to avoid the hunt. While looking through Beck's journal Cole learns that to move the wolf pack one must stay human to throw images to another wolf so that wolf can lead the pack to the new location. While moving the pack the hunt is moved up and the wolves were going to make it until Shelby attacks Beck and scatters the pack when they are in the middle of an open field leaving them open to be shot from above. Cole, Shelby and Beck are shot among many others, so Isabel drives into the middle of the shooting so her dad will stop. The remaining pack successfully relocates to the peninsula they were aiming for, and Cole survived the bullet wounds. The book ends with Sam and Grace together and Sam asking Grace if she's sure she wants the cure even though at the moment the odds were fifty/fifty, Grace reminds him that she trusts Cole, and she takes his hand and they walk away together. I was happy with the ending because you can decide whether she survives or not, in my personal opinion if she had died it would have ruined the book so I loved that it was a sort of open ending. Recommended for anyone that liked the previous books or anyone that loves a good romance.

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