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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Audio Book Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

A satisfactory conclusion to this haunting werewolf trilogy.

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3) UNABRIDGED
by Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, Emma Galvin, Maggie Stiefvater
  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 16 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio
  • Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C7QSX4
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

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 is the conclusion of this YA trilogy.  It started a bit slowly for me but after an hour or so I was engaged in the story and rooting for Sam and Grace as well as Cole and Isabelle.

Sam and Grace met in Shiver. Grace is a young, smart teenager and Sam is a young man who yearns after her but turns wolf each winter. The pack leader, Beck, believed that Sam would remain a wolf the next winter.

At the end of Linger, Sam had been “cured” of being a werewolf by being infected with high fevers apparently suppressing the werewolf cells. Unfortunately, age or stress or a combination of factors, had triggered the werewolf cells to emerge in Grace where they had been suppressed since she was bitten as a child. Sam was now human and Grace a wolf each winter.

In this third book there is more angst between several characters. Cole is a talented but tormented musician who was “recruited” by Beck to “manage” the pack since Beck believed both he and Cole would be unavailable to do so.  Cole has had a pretty rocky and arrogant life and he rubs proper, angry Isabel the wrong way.  She is drawn to him but realizes he would be bad news. For some reason Cole is unable to keep his werewolf stable. He begins to experiment with ways to trigger the changes.

Sam is waiting for spring to bring the wolves, and especially Grace, back to him. Grace's parents and many townfolk think that Sam is responsible for the disappearance of Beck and Grace. The authorities are starting to put pressure on him. Adding to his troubles Sam begins to have emotional struggles thinking that it was a betrayal when he was deliberately bitten as a child.

Isabel’s brother Jack was turned to a wolf and died in the second book.  Their father begins to arrange a public hunt for the wolves.  When several more teens are attacked, the hunters get permission to use a helicopter to herd the wolves together for the hunt.

Sam, Cole and Grace race against time to find a way to move the wolf pack to a safer area. They find a friend in a surprising person but their efforts may not work when the hunt is suddenly moved up by several weeks.

Once again I enjoyed the haunting poetry, music and songs that were shared by Cole and Sam although there seemed fewer than the prior books.  There was plenty of excitement as the hunt pressed in. The writing is pleasantly lyrical and simultaneously simple in presentation but complex in emotion. I was a little disappointed that the ending didn’t fully resolve all the questions but there was enough for the reader to draw in a positive conclusion.

I especially love the audio performance for this trilogy.  The different voices bring the characters alive and enhanced the story for me. If you like werewolf stories and sincere teen romance, I highly recommend listening to this trilogy.

This is from my own Audible TBR library.
This is located in Mercy Falls, a fake town, in Minnesota for my Where Are You Reading Challenge. I will also include it on my Audio Challenge list.

1 comment:

  1. "Forever" gave me that sense that though the story was over for me, it was far from over for the characters. And that, in my opinion is the perfect way to end a series.
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