Review and Giveaway: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted 13 July, 2011 by Danny in Book Review, Kristen, Uncategorized / 67 Comments

by Maggie Stiefvater
Book 3 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy *SOB*
publication: July 12th 2011 by Scholastic Press
ARC copy received from publisher
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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.


To say I was looking forward to this book was something of a complete understatement. I signed up for Linger when it was first released on our library’s hold list and was certainly going to be one of the first for Forever as well. However, I got to cancel my hold because the most awesome Pushy Fox scored me a SIGNED! AAHHHHH! copy over at BEA in May. I stared at Forever longingly on my nightstand…but was afraid to read it.

No one wants good things to end, right? Even though Linger left us with one heck of a ginormous cliffie – I wasn’t ready to start on Forever. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Sam and Grace, and Cole and Isabel. I didn’t want the series to end!

Quite simply, I just wasn’t ready.

And then we were asked by Scholastic to review the book and since I had a brand spanking new ARC and had already read Shiver and Linger, I bit the bullet and started.

*heart thuds and swells with joy*

I’m going to try to write this Forever spoiler free because that’s how I roll, but I just want to say Maggie Steifvater delivered! I have to borrow from one of the comments of our Shiver/Linger post, but she writes with such grace! I was trying to figure how she writes so effortlessly – or what exactly it is she does to make storytelling so easy…and I can’t quite figure it out. But it’s something like this. When you start reading, you forget you’re reading. You just dive in and watch these characters do their thing. Most of the time the events that unfold are unexpected, and every now and again she writes a sentence or paragraph that I have to reread because it takes my breath away. That is the only time I remember that I’m reading a story and not just experiencing it.

So back to our friends at Mercy Falls. Grace is off wolfing it up and Sam is alone – except for a rather neurotic, and completely smitten with Isabel, Cole. The back and forth of Grace phasing and trying to get back home might be one of my most favorite parts of the book. Once again Stiefvater uses small chapters with individual points of view, so we get to see what’s going on in Sam, Cole, Grace and Isabel’s head. While Sam and Grace are trying to work it all out and find each other, Cole is trying to figure out a cure and cause of the Wolf, while Isabel is trying to figure out a cure for Cole. And looming all over them are mysterious wolf attacks that are the last straw for Isabel’s dad and his lawmaking cronies.

The romantic and coming of age story between Sam and Grace puts that butterfly feeling right in your gut, and made me weepy hoping that they get their happy ending. But again it wasn’t just what happened throughout the book that made me sigh or freak out and even put my book down for a minute to chill out (though no throwing!) it all went back to the magnificent storytelling that made me believe without a doubt that there might be wolves pacing in my backyard.

Grace said about Sam, “When we kissed, it didn’t matter that I had been a wolf hours ago, or that I would be a wolf again. It didn’t matter that a thousand snares were laid out for us as soon as we left this moment. All that mattered was this: our noses touching, the softness of his mouth, the ache inside me.”

I loved the story, the unfolding of secrets, the adventure, and growing up and changing that the characters went through but it always come back to Sam and Grace for me. What can I say; I’m a big ol’ softy.

A giveaway you say?
2 winners will receive:
A copy of Forever and a Forever keychain!
Just post a comment (include a contact email) and make sure you are a member of our blog. Winners will be picked randomly by Wednesday, July 20th, 2011.

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67 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Greta is Erikasbuddy

    All I can say is big freaking SQUEE DIDDLES!!!

    I adored FOREVER!!

    That is a most awesome review for it!! Good job!!

    I sooo want one of those keychains!! I saw them on the Shiver Lady's blog yesterday and said "WANTS!" Ok.;.. I screamed it.

    So sign me up buttercup!


    But omg! Isn't the imagery of the Shiver World just the most fabu ever? Isn't it!! Did it make you long for the days where you would eat breakfast for supper and lounge in your boyfriend's favorite rock shirt? Where you wanted to throw paint on the walls and write secret stories on your closet walls?!! EEEEEEEE!! I super duper mondo meganoid loved it!! So perfect!!

    wolf wolf wolf squee!

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  2. Julie Witt

    I just started listening to the Shiver audiobook and I can't wait to read the next two books! I'm really into the story and can't wait to find out what happens in them. Thanks so much for this giveaway:)

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  3. WOOOOOO!!! have no IDEA how long I've waited for this book..okay maybe you do since this it THE book everyone has waited for..literally!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU like x100 for giving not one but TWO people a chance to win it!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Okay, so I know that spreading the word is not required for this giveaway, BUT this it such a HUGE thing that I just had to!!! AHHH!!! (can you tell how pumped I am..kind of scary..sorry…) So, since I just NEED to spread the word about this SUPER DUPER EXTRA AMAZ-ING giveaway, I tweeted!! Here’s the link, and I’ll be sure to keep spreading the word until this SUPER AWESOME giveaway ends!!!/hargur55/status/91154231335
    Thanks once again, and I’m literally crossing my fingers, my toes, and everything else!! Now time to reread Shiver and Linger!! Can’t wait to find out who those UBER lucky two people were who won!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! =D
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  4. I'm both scared and excited to read this last book! I cried like a baby while reading LINGER!! This series has to be one of my fave YA series! Sam and Grace are just perfect! I can't wait!

    Is this giveaway open to Canada?

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  5. Carol Thompson

    If the giveaway is open worldwide, I would love to be entered.


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  6. It sounds like everyone is pretty happy with the conclusion. I'm always worried about endings. Sometimes they're such a let down, and other times they're just done so perfectly. My sister LOVES this series, so if I won the copy I'd be giving it to her. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  7. latishajean

    What a great giveaway I can't wait to read this book Thank you so much for the chance!
    Im a GFC follower/latishajean
    Latisha D

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  8. hrose2931

    I'm so glad you liked it! I read a very opposite review on a different post that left me iffy about reading it. But since I need to know what happens and I need to know about the HEA, and I'll be very upset if there isn't one, I'll have to read it!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  9. Denise Z

    I have been stalking this book and would love to read it. Thank you for the fun post and giveaway opportunity today.


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  10. Evie

    I still need to read Linger. And I can't wait to start Forever too.
    Thanks a lot for the chance. I hope this giveaway is International 🙂
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  11. What an amazing review, Kristen!!! I have not finished Linger yet (although I'm almost half-way through and very much enjoying it) but I don't think your review is spoilery at all (but you know how high my tolerance is). I love how you really nail how this series FEELS to you. You've made me want to run back to my iPod to listen to some more. Thanks so much for sharing and good luck to everyone who enters the give away!!! *hugs*
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  12. Gaby

    Ohh please I hope you pick me it would be so cool if you pick me because you would be choosing the winner on my birthday (NO JOKE). It really will be my birthday on July 20 it on a Wednesday so please pick me it would be so awesome 🙂

    P.S. I know you think i could be liying but I'm really not I'm just going to have to tell you that your going to have to trust me on this one

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