Love. It’s the word that keeps echoing in my mind since I finished Forever. I loved reading the series’ conclusion, but I couldn’t help but feel a little sad at the same time. I was hesitant to start it both because I had read mixed reviews, and I just didn’t want the series to be over. I should never have feared because Forever was fantastic. I took my time with it, and savored every word. Yes, savored.
Forever picks up the spring after Linger ends. Honestly, I felt a little lost in the beginning and ended up flipping through Linger to remind myself of what happened. I kind of wished I had re-read Linger beforehand but once I had Forever in my hands that wasn’t going to happen!
I was happy to be back in the world of Sam and Grace… I really like them as a couple; they’re solid, loving, and supportive of each other. There are so many great Sam and Grace moments in Forever – fans will not be disappointed! Forever, like Linger, is written in the perspectives of Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel. While I liked the addition of Cole and Isabel in Linger, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about them as characters. I loved them in Forever! I really enjoyed getting to know them both better, and seeing the softer side of Cole.
I am such a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater; she is easily one of my favorite authors. I simply love the lyrical way she writes. I find it amazing how she can capture a moment or an emotion and put it into words – often in a way that surprises me. I found myself re-reading passages just to soak them in, to ponder her words, and savor them. I liked how Forever started at a leisured pace, and slowly picked up as the story went along.
I thought Forever was a great ending to the series. I will miss The Wolves of Mercy Falls!