❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Forever Author Maggie Stiefvater – Uroturk.info

I bought Forever today It s flowing a lot like Linger did for me I m bored, anxious, and not really drawn to this world in this book like I was in Shiver I m pretty much just reading so I can find out what ultimately happens in the end Maggie is such a fabulous writer, but her talent is wasted on writing boring chapters for shallow characters like Cole and Isabel to whom I don t feel connected at all I am now finished with Forever I am so utterly disappointed that I m not sure I can organize my thoughts too well right now I guess I loved Shiver so much that I expected something of similar quality out of the other two products, especially this final one I will start by saying, I just don t believe in Grace Sam s love I just don t I feel like they are just young, damaged teenagers trying to fill a void left by the people who hurt them but aren t most people With this being a fictional relationship I understand there is nothing real about it in the first place, yet I feel Maggie missed the mark if she was trying to depict genuine, consummate love I could list about 40 supporting details for that claim but I don t think I need to Moving on The really interesting scientific stuff got lost in all of the boring drama stuff I do not care about any relationship with Cole or Isabel I would rather learn about why the hell the wolf toxin looks like MALARIA I wanted answers to this wolf shifting mystery what I thought the series was originally about , and I thought for sure I would get them in this last installment I wanted to know what really makes the wolves humans shift, where this came from, how it works, etc I also wanted to learn about Beck, but did I get to No And don t get me started on Grace and her parents Grace is a brat who thinks she s 25 and entitled to anything she wants Her parents are idiots, but they re still HER PARENTS I would be enraged if my parents didn t want me to see my boyfriend too, but can you honestly BLAME them They know nothing about this kid and they find out he s sleeping with their daughter Grace says it s their fault they know nothing about her life, and she should be able to see Sam..Then disappears and comes back home and demands all of these priviledges Maybe they would have known about Sam had she bothered to tell them in the first place I can t stand Grace and I hate reading about her because she has no personality All her and Sam do is grope each other and have sex There is nothing intimate about the whole thing to me Just because Sam is some sensitive indie guitar playing poetry writing wimp and Grace is some perfectly beautiful summer girl, it doesn t make their love real to the reader Not this one, anyway I could go on and on, but I won t. People shouldn t have to earn kindness They should have to earn cruelty I think what kept me from readingForeveryears ago, was my fear that something depressing would happen to Grace and Sam But most of all I didn t want the series to end, because I loved it so much Some books just make you feel happy from inside out, they give you the feeling of being home between their pages That s whatThe Wolves of Mercy Fallsis for me And this last part of the series was as good as the first and second one.Find of my books on Instagram Let me say this Just because I didn t like this book doesn t mean I m telling everyone not to read it Everyone has different tastes and different opinions And if your opinion is to come on MY review and tell me how awesome this book is and that I got it wrong No I m pretty sure I read this book correctly..twice in fact So keep to yourself, or write your own 5 star review so I can go on it and write omg You are wrong this book it terrible You have to hate it to bc I do Giving it two stars but I will probably drop it down to one the I think about this book and it s horrible ending Did she forget to finish the book Is there a chapter that they accidentally didn t put in the end I felt like shiver and linger are two totally separate books from this one The first two were so good what the hell was this I want my money backand the I think about this bull crap about the reader having to decide what happens in the end the pissed off I get No Maggie S I do not want to decide what happens in the end I want an ending..If I wanted to use my imagination I wouldnt have paid for a book THIS IS A REREAD I read Forever 3 years ago I wasn t even properly reviewing books back thenSO NATURALLY I NEEDED TO REREAD IT BECAUSE MAGGIE STEIFVATER IS MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR EVER AND I WILL PASS OUT FROM EXTREME EXCITABLE SHRIEKING IN ATTEMPTS TO GET EVERYONE TO READ HER BOOKS COPIOUSLY pauses for breath I recently reread Shiver, but then skipped straight to Forever because it was lying around the library looking sad and pathetic and NEEDED ME TO ADOPT IT So I did I cuddled it and read it one day Because that s who I am A massive Steifvaterfan So It was just as wonderful and amazing and extraordinarily written as the first time EXCEPT I PERHAPS HAVE MORE FEEEELS FOR CERTAIN PEOPLE Namely Sam and Cole Not, um, as a ship I ship them with their respective better halves Just SAM AND COLE, THE DARLING WOLFISH, MUSICAL ANGSTY WOLF POPSICLES THAT I LOVE ASTRONOMICALLY HARD We have to talk CHARACTERS, THO COLE I have to admit Cole has a special place in my heart There s just no wayt o explain the insanity that is Cole St Clair He s like everywhere at once, with a million ideas, probably a suppressed genius, and is absolutely exhausting to look at I love his humour and his snark and his eccentricities I LOVE COLE SAM He so moody and agsty and folds paper cranes and writes love songs and loves Grace with every bone in his body OMG SAM STAHP YOU RE TOO ADORABLE FOR WORDS He s so entirely quotable and amazing too Just Sam He really is the best of anyone GRACE While I love her I truly do if I had to rate these foursome, she would come last I like Grace, but I think she s veryself involved I think she is actually a lot like her parents And she s the kind of nose in a book straight As sort of girl that I read about a lot STILL She absolutely leaps off the page like everyone else and I do like her ISABEL BUT I LOVE ISABEL She s so complicated She s like the mean rich girl one moment, and then a melting marshmallow the next She s so bitter and bitchy and FABULOUS and she doesn t take any crap from anyone and I love Isabel Her and Cole s relationship is like vinegar and salt They work SO WELL but they re SO SIMILAR so the clashes are intense I ship them so hard Sinner is basically the book of m dreams and soul and mind.And the writing Maggie Stiefvater s writing is A DREAM It s so detailed and lush and perfect, and occasionally breaks into a spattering of words over the page when Sam s having a thought collapse Everything just flows And I m in love with every word I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING, OKAY And don t think she s going to spare you pain SHE WILL NOT There is pain in this book There is so much pain I love wolves I love Cole and Isabel and Sam and Grace I love origami I love Beck s house I love the winteriness I love bookshop and Karen when she s like Sam s mum for a second when the cops come for him I love the food they cook I love Sam Grace s mature devotion I love Isabel Cole s immature devotion I like chocolate I like the bittersweet ending I like things All the things Why is this series over I could read 5398 books about these characters. ThenWhen 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 Curious Distance To The Intense Closeness Of Shared LiveswThat 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 HuntreverSam 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 eeeeeh.After reading the first two books, which were amazing, I have to say that this book was absolutely PAINFUL for me to read Maggie is a poet I will give her that She painted pictures in my head that were so precise for me that I didn t have to fill in the blanks with my own creations But that s about all that I m going to give praise for.The first big thing I had an issue with was that this book was so long and drawn out that the last 15% of the book was action, and then it was over and the book was finished The next big thing was the interrogation with Sam and the officers It was like she inserted this into the book and then didn t think anything on it again Tom Culpeper and his family just disappeared without a care in the world, and everyone s problems are solved Which leads me to my next issueNo one will know what happens with Isabel and Cole Which really does tick me off If I m the only one then so be it, but I thought that after all of the changing that Isabel did she at least deserved a happy ending like Grace and Sam Same with Cole He could at least end up with the girl he wants My God Which in turn leads me to my next issue.Why on EARTH was Sam so damn annoying in this one OH MG I thought I was going to throttle him through the pages He needed to become a leader a long time ago It may be the fact that my boyfriend doesn t show his emotions very often, and it s what I ve grown used to after 6 years, but please please please grow a pair Hopefully M s next male protagonist wont be a whining, pining, P Whipped B who cries every time his girlfriend leaves the room Aside from all of the unanswered questions and Sam annoying the hell out of methe thing that pissed me off the most was the ending HOW DARE YOU KEEP US WAITING FOR 2 YEARS AND YOU DON T EVEN GIVE US AN APPROPRIATE ENDING What kind of shit is that I put MY precious time and money into this series and you leave the ending to our imagination I don t want to use my G.D imagination I want you to F ing TELL me what the Hell happens to Grace % % % % If you couldn t tell from my rating I really didn t like the ending of this book, and I think that the ending of a book counts for half of the goodness of the book WHAT I WANT TO KNOW unanswered questionsWhat happened with Grace and her family What happened with the investigation against Sam regarding Olivia s death and Grace s disappearance What happens when Grace is injected with Meningitis What happens with Isabel and Cole Where does Sam stand with the pack, and will he keep on changing Why does the wolf virus look like Malaria Why do the wolves of Mercy Falls continue to change, and why does the change eventually blot out their human ness It was a little after midnight, and I was trying to sleep mostly out of self defenseMy initial rating for this book was 4.5 stars Then, while I was trying to write a review I say trying because all my attempts have been pretty unsuccessful by my standards , I just went ahead and changed it to 5 It felt like the right thing to do I suppose it would be easy enough to start pointing out flaws, complain about this and that, compare this book to Linger and especially Shiver, but I don t want to do any of that Not to Forever The truth is, even if it didn t have as many breathtaking moments as the two books before it, I was still very happy with how it was done Besides, Maggie Stiefvater deserved better than that What she gave me with this trilogy cannot be measured in stars It cannot be taken apart or put into words I d always believed that there s nothing beyond language, but this time, words really are inadequate And, my dear GoodReaders, you have no idea how much it costs me to admit it Maggie Stiefvater has a way of making me see beauty in the simplest things She doesn t create it, she just uses her words to point out what was already there and show it in a completely different light Never before have I stopped to notice the quiet sadness in the most mundane, repetitive moments but it doesn t surprise me at all that it was Stiefvater who pulled that particular heartstring and woke me up And I do feel awakened, at least for now All these characters started as one thing, and ended up as their true selves People keep talking about Cole and how much he s grown in Forever, but Grace did too, just in a less obvious way Cole found purpose, Isabel found softness, Sam found determination and Grace found completion Honestly, what can you askIt was like I d unfolded all my paper crane memories and found something unfamiliar printed on them Somehow along the way, hope had been folded into one of those birds My whole life, I had thought that my story was, again and again Once upon a time, there was a boy, and he had to risk everything to keep what he loved But the real story wasOnce upon a time, there was a boy, and his fear ate him alive I was done being afraid While rereading these books will certainly not be the same as reading them for the first time, the very fact that I will be rereading them, and probably many times at that, gives me a reason not to say goodbye right now I can never do this book justice I will never be able to write anything worthy of Stiefvater s beautiful prose, so I might as well stop trying After 1150 pages full of emotions and truth, all I can say is Thank you. YOU GUYS.With a release date of July 12, I feel that s about all I can say So since I can t talk about the book, I d like to take a minute to talk about the acknowledgments section, where Maggie says goodbye to Mercy Falls and the world she created there It was one of my favorite worlds to read in over the past few years, since first picking up Shiver on a whim at Book Expo in 2009 And when she wrote about Sam and Grace s relationship, and her statement to readers who always ask how they can find their brand of loyal, enduring love, I couldn t help but get a huge fat emo tear in my eye I didn t grow up surrounded by healthy relationships and have had to push and shove my way into becoming an adult who can recognize and participate fully in one So it s no surprise I have a soft spot for working with older tweens and teens who aren t either in that position either To have a book that I can place into their hands without being totally obvious what I m trying to point out to them is powerful and I know from those few sentences alone that Maggie gets the importance of it too I ve got so much respect for her and love following her travels or hearing where her next big talk will be Over the past 48 hours, I ve had a hard time trying to explain the series to those who haven t heard of or read it It s funny to hear myself get choked up with enthusiasm while talking about what is essentially a werewolf book But the cathartic response I had to finishing the series on my day off from work bathing in the late afternoon sunlight as the wind rustled through the trees was so strong that I m sure it will stay with me a long time. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS This is a difficult review to write, mostly due to the fact that my fists are clenched with the need to punch Ms Stiefvater in the face Seriously Plus, it s actually taken me a few days to stew on and eventually digest the strange rollercoaster ride which is Forever.So what happened Well, there were some pacing problems Big ones At times the story seemed to get bogged down and Ms Stiefvater s normally melodic prose became a little heavy handed And while the alternating narrative added depth to the story, it occasionally made for some bumpy transitions Again yes, it happened in all three books But most of these things are forgivable as, overall, Ms Stiefvater s writing is lovely and the world she created is vivid and alive.So why the two stars Well, now we get to the unforgivable stuff For starters, everything worked out a little too neatly and yet, surprisingly, there were some plot threads left completely and utterly abandoned First, let s take the situation with Grace s parents There s zero resolution with them None It seemed as though there might be some, but it never quite got there and eventually the entire thread was simply dropped Not fair, Ms Steifvater, just because you paint yourself into a corner doesn t mean your audience should suffer Get a grip, figure it out, spend time in re writes, don t just toss it away because it s convenient that way That s simply cheating.Second issue the wolves There s a hugely dramatic scene at the end of this novel, with an aerial hunt involving Mr Culpeper Wolves are killed We learn of two characters that were definitely killed off and others eluded to, but it s unclear who survived This left me scratching my head and feeling, again, a little cheated Is it too much to ask to get some closure for characters you ve introduced Just because they were filler, and no time was taken to develop them, doesn t mean they don t count and simply get tossed by the wayside with Grace s parents.Third the cure Or as I like to call it the non cure That s right, after Sam turns himself back into a wolf to save Grace and we re led to believe it will all work out, the cure is still meningitis It felt like a copout to me Scratch that, it was a copout And, again, I d like to toss in the word cheating.Fourth Sam He spends the entire novel vacillating In one breath seeming to overcome his trauma and heartbreak, and in the next he s moping and griping that his life is worthless without Grace In this installment he s reached a whole new level of morose and it s not very becoming Ms Stiefvater, you ve turned Sam from sweet and affectionate to sadly pathetic In your words, in this novel, Sam is truly a leaky womb.Fifth Officer Koenig introduced briefly in Shiver Eleventh hour he just strolls up and says Hi Grace and Sam, why don t you and your werewolf buddies mooch off me for the rest of your lives at this sweet little resort I own miles from nowhere And there s no explanation motivation to save the wolves other than his moderate dislike for Culpeper This stretches the bounds of plausibility to a whole new level And, oh, what s that you ask That s right, it s CHEATING Sixth Culpeper himself Yes, I understand his role in the hunt and the necessity of that story arc but there s no resolution with this character After all is said and done, the family just packs up and moves back to California WTF Okay, new adjective unsportsmanlike And I m calling that a foul.Seventh Cole He dies Well, sort of Only not quite So that makes him, what, a zombie werewolf Okay, maybe that s a little unfair, but under the circumstances I felt the author cheated again No, scratch that, the author definitely cheated, and was lazy Worst Flaw Ever If you want to write a series, have the balls to see it through, otherwise don t commit It s completely unfair to change the rules, simply because you ve given up and have moved on to something else.Finally, we come to ambiguity Aside from all the other things left unsaid and undone, I had hoped for resolution for Grace and Sam It just wasn t there I get that the author left it to the reader to decide their fate, and I respect that to an extent, but with so many other issues left to linger no pun intended , I had hoped for something tangible for this couple.Here s the crux of my issue condensed into a simple sentence Nothing is ever earned in this novel The characters reap rewards they have neither struggled for nor earned They are subjected to hardships that simply vanish with no plausible explanation They encounter tumultuous relationships which conveniently vanish into the ether They are ostensibly left squeaky clean, because they did nothing to earn the grit they should have been slathered in The author made them impotent by not allowing her characters to get dirty by rolling up their sleeves and doing the hard work And it shows in every single story arc which was simply dropped for convenience sake.However, if you re a true fan of this series don t completely lose faith, here s what worked well Cole and Isabel are the shining stars of this novel and the sole reason this received two stars instead of one The joy was not solely due to the dynamics between the two, but because I enjoyed watching them struggle and evolve independently of each other Their narratives offered a great peek into their respective psyches and I loved that they maintained their own unique voices throughout the novel They were a joy to get to know and I wished time was given to them because they absolutely saved the day where this final book is concerned.The ending, aside from the above issues, was a crazy, breathtaking adventure Wow Did Ms Stiefvater hit a home run where the action is concerned The final fifty odd pages was like being in a getaway car with fifty troopers on your tail, Thelma and Louise style And for anyone who has read the first two books and loved them, these scenes alone are worth reading the third.As always, Ms Stiefvater s writing is melodic and maybe I m just being grumpy about all the other stuff maybe. I just don t know I feel like I m betraying myself by not loving this book To say I was disappointed in this book, the conclusion to one of my favorite series okay, really just book, as I had a really hard time with Linger , is almost giving it too much credit Disappointment carries with it some emotion, and the problem I had with Forever much like I did with Maggie s latest, The Scorpio Races was that I just didn t feel much of anything from it.Sam Roth has been my number one book crush for almost two years now, and after Linger crushed my heart into a million pieces on his behalf, I swore up and down I wouldn t read Forever until someone who loved him as much as I did gave me the all clear I just needed to know if this book was going to rip out my soul and crush it into dust It didn t.But it also didn t make me feel much of anything else, either Maybe my wariness to read translated into a distance from the characters, but even Sam Roth felt like a pale shadow of the boy I d fallen in love with in Shiver There was just no substance behind him Everything he did and felt and said was muted Even his interaction with Grace was understated to the point of complacency I didn t need any burning passion between them that s not their style or the reason I fell in love with them in the first place but I wanted to feel some strong emotions I wanted to feel their need for one another Something than just Cole telling me their love was real than anything in the world Show me that it is Don t just tell me through someone else s perspective.And speaking of perspectives the alternating points of view What purpose did they serve Cole is an interesting character and played an important role in the plot, but he would have been just as interesting and important through either Grace or Sam s POV Same goes for Isabel I like their characters, but their narrations were at best distracting, at worst completely unnecessary The constant shift in point of view added a lot to my feelings of distance from the story It felt as though every time I finally started to settle into a character, get my bearings, the tone shifted again And after three hundred pages of talk, the action was short lived and didn t even bring full resolution very few questions posed through two and a half books were answered view spoiler What was the point in spending three hundred pages to figure out how to make Beck shift, if we weren t even going to get any answers to WHY he chose Sam, why he brought him into an existence he never wanted Why have Sam so wrapped up in the angst of it, questioning the only father he s ever known, if in the end he was just going to shrug and say it didn t matter SO FRUSTRATING hide spoiler Forever


About the Author: Maggie Stiefvater

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races Artist Driver of things with wheels Avid reader.All of Maggie Stiefvater s life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray painted cars, sharpie covered computer printers, ink splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages Maggie Stiefvater l


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