REVIEW: Forever by Maggie Steifvater

The Blurb: 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.(

The Short Stick: Heartbreaking, endearing, and right, so right.

The Goods: I kinda feel like the human language can’t do this book justice, because it can’t. Maggie doesn’t just write in english she writes in emotions, and energy and in those subtle gestures that everyone notices but nobody talks about. Body language in her books is dialogue and scent is memory and reality is grim.

In third books or last books in a series, all the things you thought should happen, but haven’t happened yet need to happen. And in this book they did, and then some. I was worried from some of the reviews I saw that it wouldn’t live up to standards, but it did, it exceeded them, I was proud of this ending. Yep, you read that right, proud. And it was because I knew where Maggie had to go to get here, how deep inside herself she had to dig to make this perfect, and unlike the rest of you, I know she wrote this book twice. I almost wonder what the first version looked like, and I wonder because I hope she kept at least half of it in here.

And that’s why she’s still my hero. I know I’ve become quite the Cassie Clare fan recently and I still hold to that but I’ll always be a Maggie fan too, and likely a fan of other authors as well.

And I have to say it, Maggie and Cassie have made me a better author. I’m a copycat, not gonna lie, but um, I’ll copy my favorites, just so happens they’re both bestsellers. And the nice thing is, I get to stay original while I do it. I do my best with Maggie’s prose, hers is way better than mine, but I try to keep up. Maggie always reminds me to slow down through the motions, to notice the little things, to keep it beautiful. I must say, I almost cried at the last chapter when she repeated the first line of Shiver. I do the repeating thing too, I like it, the flashbacks, the repetition. I don’t know where I picked it up, but you’ll notice the power in it when you get to read my novels. I loved that Maggie went there, reminding us of the past, constantly giving us those little images of where Sam and Grace began, all the while giving us what we needed in this book.

The things we needed. Beck, Sam and Grace as wolves, people trying to kill them, people dying, real deaths, and the best part of this, reality. This book is a nightmare housed in beauty and made worse by logic. Maggie doesn’t make light of the situation of turning into a wolf, she makes it a horrible, life ending thing that is an unavoidable truth.

In that way, it kinda makes me hate all the other authors who write about shapeshifting and make it seem like it’s adventurous, it’s awesome, or it’s natural.

FYI: Shapeshifting hurts like a bitch and it takes away who you are.

I loved how Maggie was trying to keep Sam and Grace as a contemporary YA couple, with all those contemporary issues like parents, and murder, and kidnapping and running away all still on the table. I loved how not everyone around them knew about this lifestyle and that Grace and Sam were above all else, humans, that happened to turn into wolves.

*cough* I’m so inadvertently dissing other people but I can’t help it, things I love about this book just jump out at me, they remind me of the last book I wrote and the things I made my characters do and when I thought “did I do the write thing with the third book in my series?”, technically the end of the trilogy. I finished reading Forever and thought, yes I did, and look at that, I finished my book before reading Forever, though believe me, this would have helped in the midst of some of the things I had planned for my third book.

So here’s to you Maggie, an awesome series finished, that will forever remain in our minds and hearts for a long time to come.

And there’s nothing bad to write, and nothing else to analyze because some books you can’t give a rating to, some books are just legends, they’re just so real that they live with you and you live with them, and that’s all there is to it.

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