Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Summary: This is the third book in a trilogy that I’ve seen referenced as the Shiver Trilogy and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy (the former being most common). The story extends beyond the relationship between Sam and Grace, addressing the tensions between humans and wolves – and Isabel’s father’s plans to kill them all. As Cole tries to understand how and why the werewolves transform, Isabel tries to urge Sam and Grace into action as D-Day looms.
Favourite Scene: The opening scene – it’s wild and vicious and you can completely understand the rest of the plot events arising from it.
Favourite Character: I’d like to say Cole, because he becomes more than a self-centred jerk in this novel, but I must admit a certain affection for Officer Koenig.
Review: I think it’s fair to say that, considering the length of the novel, not much happens in Forever plot-wise, but character-wise there is so much development and action that you couldn’t dismiss it as a waste of words. As a whole, there’s not a lot of action in the whole trilogy, but the characters develop into intricate, real people who leap from the pages by the time you get through Forever. They felt real – not in an obsessive “OMG TEAM SAM” way, but in a “I read your diary and I understand you now” kind of way. I maintain that the series is great entertainment, a quick and easy read – and the special part is that you take some amazing characters and imagery away with you.