Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spoiler-Free Review: Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls 3) by Maggie Stiefvater


The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater


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.


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.


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.


Publication date: July 12th 2011 by Scholastic Press

Available: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository

The Elliott Review:

I will keep spoilers from this review for obvious reasons. I'm not really going to discuss the plot at all so that there is not even a taint of spoil anywhere. However, I am going to gush wildly about Stiefvater's writing style! 

The writing in this book, along with that in Shiver and Linger, is probably some of the best writing in the young adult fiction world. The lyrical qualities of the prose is like a poem that makes you want to cry, no matter the situation. Each word seems perfect and appropriate. Every detail, no matter how simple, is chosen in such a way that the emotional urgency and intensity quietly build in a perfect arc in the background.

All the characters - Sam, Grace, Cole, and Isabel - all have voices that are distinct and that compel the reader to keep reading. Even if it was only from the perspective of any one of these characters, I would've kept reading, desperately wondering what will happen to him/her.

Teacher Notes:

As a teacher, I feel that I could choose almost any sentence, paragraph, page, or chapter from this book to show students what good writing looks like.

Source: Thanks to Scholastic for providing a copy of this ARC at ALA.


  1. Great review! I love Maggie's writing! I agree with everything you said!!

  2. I've only just discovered Shiver and Linger, and read them both in, like, a day. So needless to say I share in the excitement to read the final installment. Can't wait!!!


  3. I would recommend this book to a teen who loves mythical creatures. And loves to read about romance, and fight for there lives :)
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