Book Breview and ARC Giveaway-Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

24 Jun, 2011 by in maggie stiefvater, scholastic 107 comments

by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover, 386 pages
Expected publication: July 12th 2011
by Scholastic Press
ISBN 0545259088
5 stars

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

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.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series has burned a place in my heart as one of the most well crafted I’ve ever read…from the candy shop in Shiver to the Crooked Shelf bookstore where Sam works, to the descriptions of the forest which creeps near Grace’s home. Forever brought back for me everything I love about this series.

In book 2 I was annoyed by new character Cole St. Clair and his ex-rockstar antics, but now I’m amazed at how Maggie has brought me full circle! Isabel and Cole were my favorite characters in Forever. Cole has a new layer to him which makes him even more deep and by the end I really wanted to see where life would end up for he and Isabel. There’s not much I can say that will fully do this book justice. Maggie’s writing is so breathtakingly beautiful. Forever is again written in four different chraracter’s perspectives which flow together seamlessly in a symphony of words. The people are broken, their relationships complex. There is action, romance, philosophy, music and poetry by Rilke rolled into the pages of Forever to make it a full sensory experience. You can smell, taste and hear Mercy Falls soaking into your bones. You can almost feel the shift to becoming a wolf.

This is a goodbye I didn’t want to see-the final book of a trilogy which has left prints in the literary world. I sincerely hope we will be graced with companion novels and novellas in the years to come. For those of you waiting for the lay down date of Forever on July 12th, if you haven’t already, you should pick up Maggie’s other series including Lament and Ballad. They too are pure genius! Thanks so much to Scholastic for the copies of Forever and a chance to finally meet Maggie Stiefvater in person during their This Is Teen event New York.

Content: Recommended for readers 16 and older. Some violence, mention of drugs and sex.

Favorite Quote: from the acknowledgements in Forever…”Many, many readers have written asking me wistfully about the nature of Sam and Grace’s relationship, and I can assure you, that sort is absolutely real. Mutual, respectful, enduring love is completely attainable as long as you swear you won’t settle for less.” -Maggie Stiefvater

Go visit our affiliates over at Behind Yellow Eyes to catch up on all the latest news and for another chance to win Forever. Also, you can download the audiobook of book one, Shiver legally for free from June 23-29 here.


Fire and Ice is giving away one advanced reading copy of Forever to our readers! To enter to win fill out this form and leave a comment telling us whay you love or want to start reading the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Giveaway is international and ends on release day July 12, 2011.

107 Responses to “Book Breview and ARC Giveaway-Forever by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. lovingrob

    I have not read this series yet, was waiting for the last book πŸ™‚ But I am very sure I am going to love them all! Especially the love story. Hih. <3
    ~ Love, Carina

  2. Ann @Semisweet

    I absolutely loved Lament and I can’t wait to read this one, either. And I love that quote from Maggie about love. I agree completely! : )

  3. Precious

    Thank you for the review and the giveaway! I absolutely loved Shiver. I’m buying Linger soon and I’m hoping to win Forever. I love werewolf novels and heck – Maggie Stiefvater is an awesome writer. Her writing is very beautiful and it sucked me in.

  4. StuckInBooks

    I am so in love with this series. Sam and Grace are so cute. I love that in this series they get to be together for a good amount of time. In so many books this never happens.

  5. BooksforCompany

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read this book because Shiver is the book which got me into paranormal. I had never read a paranormal book before and was expecting to hate it but l just LOVE LOVE this series!
    booksforcompany @

  6. Jessy

    I love this series because of one word… Sam. He is the perfect guy. I’m sad to see the series come to an end.

  7. Spav

    I just can’t wait to see how the story ends. I hope Sam & Grace get their HEA!

  8. Chloe

    My friend recommended these books to me and now I really want to read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series!

    Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  9. Kah_cherub

    I have this thing for singers AND bad boys, so I was really into Sam and then Cole came along, so I can’t wait to see what happens!!! *-* I thought the temperature/wolf thing was very creative and different. I need Forever for my collection. πŸ˜‰ Thanks!!!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

  10. Sarena

    I love the original concept on the wolves (mainly how they’re not clichΓ© werewolves), Sam and Grace’s relationship, and the flawless incorporation of song lyrics into the story.

  11. Victoria

    I love this series. I really feel for Sam. I really can’t wait to get the final chapter of Grace and Sam. Need a happy ever after here.

  12. Jennifer

    I have read the two previous books and am dying to read Forever. Looking forward to seeing how it all ends. Can’t wait.

  13. Isabella

    Why I love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series?
    That’s pretty simple.
    When I bought Shiver for the first time, I was searching for something amazing, capable of making me literally “shiver”, and, well, I found it.
    Shiver, and its sequel, Linger, made me more than just shivering. The way Maggie Stiefvater writes her stories is just wonderful, so poetic I could read it and re-read it “forever” without boring myself. That’s the reason why I love this series: the fact that the way it’s written, the way the author can describe every single character and their lives, makes me more than dreaming… makes me drown in my own dream.

    Thanks a lot for this giveaway!!!!

  14. TheGirlOnFire

    I love everything about these books! Every time I think I know what is coming next the author surprises me. I am so excited for Forever!

  15. Mindy

    Excited to see how it ends. I really liked Shiver, didn’t love the new character in Linger. But Cole ended up growing on me.

  16. Lieder Madchen

    I want to read this series because I have heard so many good things about it, the covers are so pretty, and I just read an awesome excerpt. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing!

  17. Sakira

    I love the Wolves of Mercy Falls series because of Maggie’s beautiful writing style and the outstanding cast of characters!!

  18. soulfulll

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Forever.

    I just can’t get enough of the wolves of Mercy Falls. I love Sam but there’s just a raw edge I love about Cole.

  19. Bwyatt

    When I first picked SHIVER up I had never read anything by Maggie. But as soon as I cracked the cover she made me fall in love with the yellow-eyed wolf and completely immersed me in the world that is the wolves of Mercy Falls. I cannot wait to see what happens.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Sharli

    I love this series for many reasons but mostly because of Maggie’s writing style. It just makes everything come out of the page.
    I’m really excited about Forever πŸ™‚

  21. Lisa

    I loved the first two books and can’t wait to see how it will all end for Sam and Grace! <3

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  22. Kayleigh @ K-Books

    I absolultey love these books. They are incredible and one of the best paranormal love stories.
    Can’t wait to find out how it end.

    Great giveaway πŸ™‚

  23. Evie

    I’ve read just Shiver and it’s such a beautiful story! I am really looking forward to know more about Sam and Grace.

    Thanks a lot for the chance.

  24. Jeanne

    I love these books because the characters are so interesting and I love that I can feel emotions when I read this series. ItΒ΄s also great that there are new wolves…

    I really love this series so muchβ™₯! CanΒ΄t wait to read Forever πŸ˜€

  25. buddyt

    Haven’t read any of the series as yet but I have heard good things about them and have seen some good reviews.


    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  26. Laura (The Zealous Reader)

    I haven’t read this series but my friends (both on blogs and in real life) keep raving to me that it’s the best YA werewolf series. I’d love to start reading them!

    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway.

  27. Misty

    I’ve only read the first book but it was really good and Maggie’s other series was also enjoyable. She had a really good voice.

  28. Norman Roy

    Because its a book that will leave a mark in my heart.

    and i want to read a book that’s new story, about wolves. i think this wud be a perfect one!

  29. Sonya

    I want to win because I CAN’T wait any longer!!

    I love all of Maggies books! Thanks for the contest!


  30. Rosey

    Love this series! The fact that it’s set in MN makes it local. I like the different twist on the werewolf legend.

  31. Emi

    I want to read Forever because I xoxo the series and can’t wait to find out what happens between Isabelle and Cole =D

  32. brendajean

    I adore Sam and Grace and love all of the shifting of the wolves:) Can’t wait for this final book in the series! Thanks for the giveaway!

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  33. hayley

    I want to read forever because I want to know how it all ends, I love the first 2 books, and I love Maggie’s writing style πŸ™‚

  34. Meadow

    What’s not to love about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series? Maggie is a wonderful storyteller. Sam and Grace’s relationship is beautiful, I absolutely love the music in the stories, and most importantly, the unique spin on the werewolves. I can’t wait for Forever! πŸ™‚

  35. Clarissa P (Clary)

    I’m just dying to find out what happens to Grace after she turns into a wolf and escapes. And the Sam and Grace relationship is so beautiful!!!

  36. Jenn

    I haven’t read the series yet, but I’m extremely interested in starting it’s on my wishlist.

  37. Karen Roth

    Hi! I love your review!
    Thanks for the contest!!
    I starting read Shiver because a friend reccomended and I fall in love from de beginning. Maggie has a write so unique!!


  38. Ronyka7

    I love the shiver series because the way maggie writes is lovely and I love sam and cole and I’m dieing to know how all ends.

  39. Rachel

    I love this series to death because this series pulls you in and wont let you go. This series is by far one the best I have ever read!

  40. Janet

    I brought Shiver and Linger with me on a trip to Madrid last summer, and I think I spent more time reading them in the park than just about anything else on that trip! Such amazing, compelling reads, and I can’t wait to get my hand on Forever!!

  41. literaturfee


    just canΒ΄t wait to read more about sam & grace.

    iΒ΄m totally thrilled & need to know how the story ends


  42. stickynotestories

    I am so glad to hear that Cole becomes a worthwhile character – he bugged me in Linger.

    Shiver has got to be the best love story I have ever read. Maybe even better than Jaime and Claire in Outlander <3

  43. Dykey

    I love this series so far, I am completely hooked on the story, and as for the writing, Maggie Stiefvater absolutely has mastered the craft of writing which is what makes her art so easy to read. And I want more.

  44. Lee723

    Sam. That is all. LE SIGH.

    I’m a little sad that it’s coming to an end in Forever. Gah. :’)

    Lisa @ Fic Talk

  45. Sarah

    I finished Shiver and I’m currently reading Linger which I’m finding difficulty putting down! I love the characters of this series, especially Sam πŸ˜‰

  46. NatyGry

    I want to read because I can’t wait to know what happens next!

    I’m so excited this book is coming out soon! The wait is killing me!

  47. Anonymous

    I love the series of Mercy Falls because it’s a creative way of portraying wolves in the winter and human in the summer. Unlike other series where it’s a werewolf.. also i love Grace’s and Sam’s connection even when they do not know eachother.. in all it’s a Great series with creative points that pull the readers in.

    Lyan Mora

  48. Nanni Clover

    I’m dying to read this series!

    I love werewolf stories and I’ve only read great reviews of this one. The concept sounds amazing with the seasons and everything, which is another thing I like.

    The only reason I haven’t started on Mercy Falls yet, is because I like reading finished stories and Forever hasn’t come out yet! I’ve been waiting a while, but I’ll finally get to it now! YAY!

  49. Megan Conway

    The Wolves of Mercy Falls series… Hmmm, what to say. It’s amazing! Full of raw emotion and thought, tragedies, but for the most part, love. I love this kind of romance novel because Grace and Sam aren’t constantly making out everywhere. They both have some constraint.

    In all, one of my favourite book series. I think I read both Shiver and Linger in less than 24 hours, though they were both in a span of about 2 or 3 days.

    – Megan Conway

  50. Johanna

    Besides the fantastic story, I adore the language; how simple and lovely it is. I have loved the first two books and am both excited and terrified to read the last.

  51. Pewter Wolf

    I have to agree with everyone else who say the language used in Shiver and Linger is very poetry and musical.

    But when I first read Shiver, it was in the middle of a hot summer and yet, this book transported me to the dark cold winter and for a book to do that is a HUGE thing for me. So, I can’t wait to return to Mercy Falls.

  52. β™₯Iffath

    Fantastic review! Can’t WAIT to get my hands on this!!!

    I think my favourite thing is the relationship between Sam and Grace. And Sam. <3

  53. Pamela

    I can’t wait to read Forever. As soon as I finished Shiver, it became my one of my favourite books and Maggie soared to the top spot of my favourite authors list. There is just something about Maggie’s writing that is so magical and lyrical that you never want to stop reading what she writes!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  54. ashelynn hetland

    I have to mimic Momo’s comment. I love this series because of the emotions are so intense. I *love* that in a book/series. AND Maggie Stiefvater is a genius. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

  55. rainbownerd4

    I love this series!!!! I really wanna read this before it comes out!

  56. iLuvReadingTooMuch

    Love Love LOVE this series. I think it’s the best werewolf series I’ve read so far! <3 Sam, and the writing is amazing! The covers are really pretty too πŸ™‚ thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  57. Ang

    Sam Roth owns a little part of my soul, and that speaks to Stiefvater’s writing.

    Absolutely adore this series. love.

  58. Momo (Books Over Boys)

    I heart the Wolves of Mercy Falls series because of all the pain and emotion in all the books! And because Maggie Stiefvater is a genius! πŸ™‚

  59. Rica

    i’m currently reading shiver and i love it.. i can’t waid to read linger and forever.. πŸ™‚ i love SAM too πŸ™‚

  60. l0raah_

    The wolves of Mercy Falls is one of my favorite series: I love Maggie’s writing, the poetry in her words, the characters she created, the relationship between Grace & Sam… I love everything in these books and I just can’t wait to read Forever πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for the giveaway and for making it international!

  61. Margaret

    Two reasons I want to read this.

    1. I’ve heard it’s good
    2. I’m slowly collecting young adult books and keeping them for my kids to read (when they become young adults)


  62. Katie

    Sam and Grace are great characters and the setting is pretty cool


  63. Angelica

    It’s Maggie Stiefvater’s writing that draws me in to the story and its setting. I love that the characters have depth and complexity-for example, Grace’s practicality and logic are wonderfully offset by her deep and honest love for Sam. And….I plain just want to know what happens next!

    angelicabaron at yahoo dot com

  64. GABY

    I just love these covers. They are so cute!

    Also, I read Shiver and I have Linger on my TBR pile. I’d really want to know what happens in the end of this series!

    magabygc at

  65. Megan

    I love this series!! I started it last year around this time and feel like I have been waiting forever for Forever!! I tried to get the book while at ALA but always missed out.

    megacu AT sbcglobal DOT com

  66. marybelle

    The Wolves of Mercy Falls series looks wonderful. I have not begun it yet. Need to quit my job I think so I can read more.


  67. Tasnim

    I loved the first book so really looking forward to reading this one πŸ™‚



  68. the Vintage Bookworm

    I am dying to read Forever. I have read and absolutely loved Shiver and Linger. Ever since finishing Linger I have been dying to read Forever to know what happens to Grace. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful and she has become on of my top authors to look out for. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

  69. Sahina

    These books bring the “other” world into a whole new light and they make great companions for summer nights reading πŸ™‚

  70. Tamara

    I love Wolves of Mercy Falls because these books show us real love and respect, show us how to deal with problems and is well written.With beautiful qoutes, I cried a couple of times.

  71. aurora M.

    I LOVE Maggie’s work! Everything she touches is pure gold! I love her writing, artwork….come on have you seen her paper-cut trailers? WOW! She writes music, plays well and come on her car Loki is just plain cool! I want this book bad! Thanks for the chance!

  72. Karey

    I’m a little behind the times, but I finally read Shiver, Linger and Forever and LOVED them. Her writing is spectacular and there were times it literally took my breath away. Thanks for the great heads up.


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