Forever ~ Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Paranormal Teen Romance
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Maggie Stiefvater via the lovely and amazing Jen Petro-Roy
Never, in my life, did I think that I would fall in love with a trilogy based around werewolves. Now, mind you, these are not deeply magical beings but are, more so, scientific werewolves. Still, I find myself oddly defending my attachment to these books like I have some strange, World of Warcraft obsession to hide. I’ll see if I can explain why these are different from other super natural stories while explaining why they are also so much better than other teenage love tales.
The draw to the story, for me, is the emphasis on true humanness and true dogness, each in its own capacity. Fear, comfort, love and desire are explored throughout in both human and animal forms. Because each person (and wolf) is explored on a full spectrum, it leaves room for the whole picture, where no one is all good or all bad.
Because of this are few true villains in wolf or person form that have zero redeeming value. Maggie expertly paints pictures of fallen angles and their climbs back to redemption. Several characters, throughout the series, including a former mean girl and a randomly placed ex-rock star, begin as scumballs slowly but surely wiggle their paths into the reader’s affection.
I know that this is pretty vague but reviewing the third and final book in a series almost has to be obtuse as there are people in all stages of reading along the three. This was a fine and admirable wrap up to the set and I will miss the players, dogs and people, I’ve met along the way.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on the first two in the series, I highly recommend that you do. If you’re waiting for the last installment, you won’t have to wait much longer. It comes out in about a week. Not long at all!
A special thank you to my lovely friend Jen (of Stacked and CHS) for sending a signed ARC in my direction. This is me, happy and jealous, that you got to meet her.