When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from 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.
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Finally. An antagonist with a nefarious agenda appears but it took three books to shape Culpepper. And I use the term 'appear' loosely because Culpepper is mostly talked about and, in his one and only appearance, he's hidden in a [spoiler]. Readers never actually see him. On the one hand, this illustrates Isabelle's relationship with her dad; on the other, it makes for a dull story.
The story repeatedly assures me that this love between Sam and Grace is real while telling me that they are doing normal things -in the background- while dealing with werewolves. In a special note at the end of the digital copy of this book, Ms. Stiefvater acknowledges fans who've sent in messages asking if true love is really like Sam and Grace's love. She assures readers that it is. Ms. Stiefvater and I will have to agree to disagree about that. What's developing between Isabelle and Cole might be more realistic, if you overlook the fact that she's a rich white girl and he's a recovering rock star. This book is more about what readers might want to be/happen than what is actually happening/going to be in their lives and, in the end, the series depicts a daydream version of love.
Sam, Grace, Isabelle, and Cole had days to prepare for the event that happens in this book (no spoilers) and do nothing except talk about it. And talk about it. And talk about it. I said in my review of the second book that this series feels like a soap opera; that statement continues to hold true through the course of this third book.
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