Forever by Maggie StiefvaterForever by Maggie Stiefvater


byMaggie Stiefvater

Paperback | April 29, 2014

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Maggie Stiefvater's #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver trilogy gets a stunning new cover treatment.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, the story continues - only now, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. It's becoming harder and harder to hold on to one another. In the conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater's bestselling, breathtaking trilogy, love is the question - and the answer.

MAGGIE STIEFVATER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, while Publishers Weekly selected Maggie's The Raven Boys as a Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of Lament and Ball...
Title:ForeverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.98 × 5.27 × 0.82 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read but the ending is very open. Personally enjoyed the first two books, the last one kind of just ended without a real ending...
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't expect that! Enjoyed this last book in the trilogy - but remember there's still Sinner to read after you're done!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ending to the series Loved this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls I thoroughly enjoyed this entire trilogy and I thought the third book did a nice job of concluding it. It was interesting because it was kind of the reverse of Shiver; Grace was the werewolf this time struggling to stay human and Sam was the one trying to save her. Grace’s parents were really annoying, but I was glad that Sam, Grace, and Cole found a way to bring Beck back briefly. I liked the plotline of getting the pack to a safe new location, and was rooting for them the whole time.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Forever I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the other 2 books in the series. I felt that the ending was left open. Still a good read.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from oouuuuuuuu i really enjoyed this book however i felt like it left some stuff unanswered and i wish that it would have showed more of a conclusion for the main characters
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dissapointed Linger had some problems but to read Forever and not to have it evoke emotions anywhere near to the first two books inspired. The flow of action was jaggedy and Isabel and Cole's story blocked the main story that I truly wanted more of. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay For the most part it wasn't bad but i found it to drag a lot.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful These books were great, I loved the story line. I wish there were more!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved and Hated I loved the book but I wish I knew more about what happened to Grace. But I understand why the author left it open. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good It was a step backwards from the first two, but I still really liked it.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I loved this ending so much. This series is really interesting and kept me captive every single second throughout the story. I love it so much!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent end to the trilogy Really exciting end to the trilogy kept my attention the whole time.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Series Ender! I really liked this series. I know there is another one, but it is more of a companion, if I'm not mistaken, so I am going to read that next. I actually think this ending was better than the one for The Raven Cycle. I didn't mind the bit of the open-ended-ness because it allows us to decide for ourselves what happens to Grace and Sam at the end. I also think having a concrete answer would have ruined the mythology a bit for me. Stiefvater's writing, as always, is perfect. I love how engaging her writing is and how descriptive and beautiful. I thought she really fleshed out the series in this one and made me really happy. I definitely understand why this series was the breakout for Stiefvater because it is magical. The writing really draws you in and makes you feel as though you are running through the woods with wolves. You're basically Kevin Costner. I still really like Grace and Sam as individuals. I also like their relationship but whenever she talks to her parents I'm just like "no bby no." I still think they were rushing into things and I definitely rolled my eyes when Grace was like "I don't know what to say to Sam" and then ten seconds later said to him, "Want to get married?" I was confused by the 180 there. And then their relationship just went downhill from there for me. I did get pulled back into them when they were wolves together at the end, but it still almost wasn't enough for me. But individually, I REALLY enjoyed them. I liked that Grace wanted to finish school and go to college. I liked that Sam wanted to take care of the wolves and work in the bookstore. I liked that they both had their own dreams that semi-overlapped with one another. I just couldn't get there with some of the other things they discussed. I also really liked Isabel. I mean, she was the best character in this series. I was really glad that she was a part of this story. I just felt like she was only around when someone else needed something. I felt like she was under-utilized until the very end and even then it wasn't enough for me. I needed more Isabel (and less Cole). Because honestly, Cole didn't do it for me. He took a lot of risks that weren't necessary. I liked that he was science driven and realized he didn't want to die. But I just didn't get it. I don't get the appeal. At all. And every time we were in his POV I wanted to skip ahead. There were also a lot of other things that happened in this one that just kinda felt out of place. I understand that the police probably would suspect Sam but it felt like it was thrown in there last minute and not really developed in a way that made sense. It also ... went away pretty easily. A lot of things that were introduced either in the late part of the last book or the beginning of this book were easily cleaned up at the end and that was meh to me. But I am okay with the overall ending of it, so I wasn't too hung up on this. I highly recommend this series! The mythology is SUPERB and I have discussed it in both of my reviews for Shiver and Linger so I don't feel the need to restate it here. If you are looking for something a little different in terms of werewolf mythology, check out this series!
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good, easy read. Can't wait for the next book. I will tell all my friends about this book and I now follow the author on fb
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The series I like them a lot but the ending was pretty bad.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The story. The story was good. But the ending sucked sooo damn bad that i had to retain my urge to find the author and stangle her. I mean whooooo in their right mind ends a series like that. So in my mind the book gets a three maybe even a 2 1-2. There were so many unclosed doors with sam and grace. Cole and issa, and the wolves in general. If there was another book it wouldnt havw been that bad but now its just awful.
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ahhh the end, but the beginning .... Final book in trilogy, Sam, Grace and the gang have got to get their act together as another person is dead and the town is wanting away with wolves for good. Will everything go as planned? How will they save themselves? Will it be too late? Will they be able to keep their cover or will it be blown open...Enjoyed this fast and easy read, especially how author uses German poetry and song lyrics in the writing.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Beginning, Epic Conclusion I honestly thought I'd never be able to get through this book. The second book in the series was pretty dull, and I thought this book was going to be worse. The beginning was boring, the middle even worse, but after that the book got so interesting I couldn't put it down! I honestly liked Cole and Isabel's relationship much more than Sam and Grace's. The book even made me cry once, it was that good. If it hadn't been so slow at the beginning I probably would've given it a 4 or 5.
Date published: 2012-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Conclusion to an Amazing Series! Shiver was the beginning, where we met Sam and Grace. As readers we got to know them we learned about their world and saw their relationship flourish. Linger was the middle, where we met new characters, learned more about Mercy Falls the wolves. Now, Forever is the end. Though, Maggie Stiefvater's use of the title "Forever" represents how I feel about this conclusion. It's beauty, flawlessness and captivity make me that there will never be an end to this series. It may be the final installment, but that doesn't mean that fans everywhere will stop thinking, wondering and daydreaming about this series. Well, at least I won't. Forever symbolizes how it will never be forgotten in my mind. It's a story that is everlasting, and a series that encapsulates the idea that words on a page can become so, so much more. I was very hesitant and excited to read this book, if that's even possible. I didn't want it to come to an end, yet I couldn't keep still while reading in anticipation for the last page. I tried to read slowly and really take in the beautiful writing, but then, I'd read faster, in attempt to see what would happen next. This book made me a ball of emotions. I didn't want it to end, yet I WANTED TO SEE HOW IT ENDS! You know what I mean? The thought of never being able to read about the characters again was hard to think about, but really, it no longer matters to me. I was given the chance to experience their amazing story. I was given the chance to read about them. Because of this, the ending left me a little sad but ultimately contempt. Of course, I would love to read more about them. But, in the end, I was so thrilled that I was literally able to read this story. You know? Grace and Sam were two characters unlike anybody I have ever read about. Not only are they amazing as individuals, but together, they're indescribable. They're magical. Their love is unreal and unbelievable. They are what made this series so special for me. Since I read this series, I have went on the read more books by Maggie Stiefvater. I read The Scorpio Races which was amazing as well. Just because Sam and Gracy's story is over, does not mean I will ever forget them. Her next books allow me to experience her writing all over again, and feel as though the story continues. Sure, it's not the same characters or plot, but it's close enough. Her writing is the magic that makes her stories what they are. I don't know how much sense I am making anymore, but all I know is that just because The Shiver series has ended, doesn't mean it has to come to an end. It's all up to the reader. 5/5 2011-037
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So glad the series is over I am so glad this series is over. I wish that someone had told me starting out that it is Twilight without the vampires. I absolutely cannot stand Sam and Grace as leading characters, I can't understand why the author would base a series around two completely uninteresting characters when she is capable of creating characters like Cole and Isabel who despite being completely flawed characters are written with passion and fire. I would have much rather read a series about Cole and Isabel than whiney Sam and Grace. The plot of the books wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination but when the main characters make me want to flip right past their chapters something is wrong.
Date published: 2011-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wanted more.. The ending was left open. Too open really, I wish I knew how it ended. Was Grace cured? could he change anytime? Did Cole and Isabel end up together? So many questions.I think A fourth book is needed or just short novella just to some every thing up better.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was so so~ The ending to the novel was a bit disappointing. I thought it would be a happy ending but it seemed as though it was still sad. It kept me wondering what should have happened in the end. However, the whole series was really good, an interesting story line, but the 2nd and 3rd book weren't as good compared to the 1st book.
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only read it to finish the series Well, I found that this novel was ok, but not as nearly good as the first "Shiver." It left me kind of wanting a better ending---more finalized. I wanted more with Cole and Isabel. There could of been a better scene between the wolves and the helicopter. I only really read this book to finish off the series, since I am the type to burn through series that I have started. There was really no other drive to read this novel. Kind of forced myself to read it.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was alright As I said in the last review I wrote in Linger; Shiver was the best. They could have gotten away with just the one book, or at least 2 better written books. I liked Forever but I think it was a bit too long. I liked the relationship complications between Isabel and Cole. I wish Grace and Sam were more passionate with each other but I can see why the writer didn’t write it that way. Their relationship wasn’t based on words or actions. I was waiting for the end of Shelby and I wish the writer wrote Shelby’s demise better. The ending was left open. Way open! I wish I knew how it ended. Was Grace cured? Did Cole and Isabel end up together? So many questions. A fourth book? Who knows!
Date published: 2011-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved All The Books Loved all the books. The third was my favorite. =) Kept me interested to read them all. Cute love story.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously amazing ***************before you read plz read the first two************** you will experience awesomeness
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater I have loved this series from the beginning. Shiver, book one in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy was one of the first YA (Young Adult) books I ever picked up and read. I had no use for Twilight Saga at the time (but after Maggie I did try more YA novels, including Twilight) and I really had no interest in books aimed at teenage girls. I had been there, done that already, and I wasn't a fan of those kinds of books. I soon came to realize that books aimed at teens nowadays are a lot different than the books that were aimed at teens when I was a teenager...which was about two decades ago now. Man I'm old... As much as people say don't judge a book by it's cover, I have to admit I was drawn to Shiver by it's cover. You see, I adore wolves. Actually adore might be too light a term, slightly obsessed might be more accurate. That lonely little silhouetted wolf on the cover, in blue tones, with the title Shiver...well that's what I did...I shivered. I tuned the book over and the blurb immediately captured my attention. I have great memories of a time spent at a friend's house who had wolves wander their property. I often imagined what it would be like just to sit there and watch them. I knew after reading that blurb I just had to read the rest of the book. The final prize was opening to the first page and seeing the beautiful blue font the book was printed in. The whole book was just a complete piece of artwork. I was sold. Linger, the second book, pulled me deeper into the woods. With it's green cover and green print it was another piece of artwork beautifully done. I have a review of Linger on my blog if you are interested in reading my thoughts on it. And that brings us to Forever. What a great title for the end of such a wonderful series. I actually had to take some time after finishing the book to reflect on my feelings of the book, and the series overall. At first I wasn't entirely sure if I was happy with everything, but in the end I admitted I mostly like how the author tied things up. There could have been more, but it could have been much worse as well (knowing how Maggie likes to torment and torture her readers - as she has admitted personally). It was a bit too open to interpretation, but at least it wasn't a horrid cliffhanger. As is always typical in Maggie's books, the language and writing style is stunningly beautiful, like lyrics, like poetry, just flowing on the pages. Her wolf imagery is so realistic, and after hearing her speak and reading some of her recommended wolf titles I see she put in many hours of research on the topic. As I have mentioned before I am quite obsessed with wolves and love when authors can pull them off well. I hate when they fail miserably. Maggie Stiefvater and Kelley Armstrong are the two writers who I feel write wolves very well (realistic). The realistic nature of the wolves, and the people who fear them, becomes even more frightfully alive near the end of the book. I literally held my breath through the last 20 pages or so. When it was all over and I had closed the book I noticed I wasn't breathing, my chest hurt, and my heart was racing. Yes, it was that emotional for me. I was very happy to see more depth added to Isabella and Cole's characters, and their connection to each other. I felt they were sidelined way too much in the previous novel. It was also interesting to see Sam and Grace's relationship flipped around as Sam was sat waiting around and worrying in his human form as Grace frolicked in the wintry woods.
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You've Shivered, then Lingered... Now You've Reached the End in Forever... I began reading Forever with a nervous anticipation of the events to come. If Shiver was about developing the romance between Sam and Grace, and Linger focused on learning more about the Mercy Falls wolves…then, surely, Forever was going to be the final showdown. And after the tense, emotional turmoil that filled me once I finished Linger, I had no idea what to expect reading the final novel in the trilogy. I could only hope (and cross my fingers!) that everything would turn out alright in the end. Sam and Grace are probably among one of my favourite literary couples. I have always loved the easy companionship these two slipped into in Shiver when they finally met face to face. They trust each other completely with no doubts at all and confide in one another when they’re unsure of themselves. In Forever, their relationship is facing one of their greatest tests yet as fate has threatened to break them apart… After the short time of bliss, once again, one of them must remain human as the other becomes a wolf in a reversal of roles that has made the future become uncertain for the pair. Another favourite aspect of mine for this series has always been Maggie Stievater’s absolutely beautiful writing. She describes everything with such lyrical prose and soul that I can only call it utter perfection. I’m so proud of the growth we’ve seen in all the characters too! I know I’ve only mentioned Sam and Grace until now, but Cole and Isabel have also grown on me over time as well and taken more pieces of my heart along with them. I finished reading Forever in a daze, nearly in tears and saddened that the trilogy was over, but I loved how Stiefvater left the ending open to our own interpretations of how the future would continue to unfold for everyone. And true to previous fashion, Forever was ever the unpredictable read, shadowed in desperation and longing until the very end. I just have a feeling that the characters are continuing to live on… despite the fact there are no more pages for us all to devour. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely awsome this was a awsome book not my fav out of the 3 but good the only thing I did not like was the ending
Date published: 2011-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Ending to Trilogy The Good Stuff Eloquently written, the authors prose is almost poetic but in a good way (poetry isn't my thing, but beautifully written words are) Isabel develops beautifully, a very truly real and honest girl Cole is less of a douche bag and he also develops nicely -- Maggie really knows how to develop the growth of her characters so that it feels very real and not forced Author understands wolves and writes about them so that we learn and appreciate the magnificent creatures that they are Describes the landscape and emotions so wonderfully you really feel the cold and the loneliness of Minnesota and the isolation and struggles of the characters Some nice dry humour Love the cover and the matching colour of the font -- I know its a geeky thing, but it looks nice on my book shelf Hopeful Ending - good ending for a trilogy The Not so Good Stuff A little dark and depressing at times A little repetitive at times - probably to get the attention of those who haven't read the 1st or 2nd book Adults are mostly scumbags -- I know I always mention this when reviewing YA but I am 41 and a good Mommy who cares about her children and doesn't mess up their psyche's up too much Favorite Quotes/Passages "At my feet was a torn black trash bag, its contents littering the ground. It looked suspiciously like it may have been my breakfast. I didn't want to think about that too hard." "Yeah, your superhero s**t." Cole said. "Sam Roth, werewolf by night, book retail specialist by day. Don't you need a cape for that?" "Are there any other missing persons living under your roof? Elvis?Jimmy Hoffa? Amelia Earhart? I'd just like to have full disclosure now, before we go any further." Who should/shouldn't read Strictly for those who have read the first two books in the trilogy 4.5 Dewey's
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't wait to read! the other two books are great! can't wait to read this one!
Date published: 2011-03-03

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Shiver Trilogy:

A New York Times Bestseller

* "Beautiful and moving." -School Library Journal, starred review

* "A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love . . . [Stiefvater's] take on werewolves is interesting and original." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." -BookPage