Forever - Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 390 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Scholastic, Inc. 
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater
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.

 This series turned being a werewolf on its head.  While generally werewolfism has been either a horror subject--people being transformed into monsters on the full moon against their will--or a gift--a power used for good or evil.  In Maggie Stiefvater's series, it was neither.  In The Shiver trilogy, werewolfism was nothing but a curse.  For there werewolves in this trilogy, when it gets too cold, they completely lose their ability to remain human, and the infected turn into wolves.  Not super-powered wolves.  Just wolves.  And that's not the biggest problem.

And Stiefvater has created such a heartbreaking situation, and such beautifully doomed characters, you can't help but keep reading to find out their fate.  The characters of Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole (oh, Cole, you are my favorite) are so intertwined, yet such separate and distinct narrators, each telling their own part of the story as they struggle to survive--and to help each other survive.

I don't want to give anything away, but this was an absolutely amazing close to a great series.  If you remember, I wasn't completely sold on this series when I started it, but I'm really glad I kept reading.  If you haven't read it, give it a chance.  And don't let the new take on the werewolf myth keep you away.  Once you get into it, the how and why become less important than the characters and their relationships.

Forever is the third and final book in the series, and I couldn't put it down.  Each book in the trilogy was better than the last, and I can't wait to pick up more of Stiefvater's work.

Loved it!

Happy Reading!