Author; Maggie Stiefvater.
Publisher: Scholastic Australia.
Publication; August 2011.
Reviewed by Vicki Griffin.
Forever is the third in a trilogy with ‘Shiver’ and ‘Linger’. They evolve around a boy and a girl Grace and Sam, The story line is set around Wolves and is quiet educational regarding the pack and their characteristics. This set of books is a classic love story and at times openly heartbreaking! In ‘Shiver’ Sam and Grace found each other, in ‘Linger’ they fought to be together as one and now in ‘Forever’ wolves are being hunted, their lives threatened and it is much harder to hold onto their love.
They have to battle many elements throughout ‘Forever’ but they need to find a way to be able to stay together and look forward to a future together. They have to decide which form they will take on and how they can achieve it. These books are classified as Para-normal however ‘Forever’ does not seem to fit into that genre as it is not the main focus of the book. I personally would categorise this book as a romance even though some elements one could say are Para-normal.
Throughout the storyline there are four main characters Sam and Grace and two ‘damaged friends’ Cole and Isabel without them there is no story. Cole and Isabel are part of Sam’s great love, they are part of the ‘pack and with Sam being sensitive his presence as the main character becomes solid even though he loves to compose music and write lyrics: this enables the reader to connect with him.
Maggie Stiefvater has a way with words that enable the reader to visualize a mental picture of a great yet tragic love story. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and wiped tears from my eyes throughout many chapters. It could be said it is a little like the Twilight saga but I believe this story has more depth and pathos than any other I have read!
The characters throughout started off as characters but at the close they all ended up being their true selves. In ‘Forever’ Sam found strength, Grace found closure, Cole found his own purpose for being and Isabel found under her harshness a soft interior. Is love worth death and can they hold on forever? Recommended reading for anyone who loves romance and heartache.