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I didn't love it!
on 10 November 2011
The thing that I love about this book (and the series) is that it is told from different points of view. While this is something that has been done a fair bit in YA books, I think that this is a book that does it the right way. Getting to hear what is happening from Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel's view meant that we were really able to get the whole story. There is so much happening in this book and I think that if it had been told from one or even two points of view then we would have missed out on so much that was important. This way of telling the story also lets us get to know more than the two main characters and I liked that there were more people really involved than that.
The first half of the book was quite slow going for me and it felt like it was more of a filler than part of the real story. There wasn't an awful lot happening apart from explanations of some kind or things trying to be figured out. Nothing major really happened and I would have loved for there to be more tension or action in some parts which would have broken up the pacing a little bit. The second half of the book was much better though and this is where the story really got interesting. There are all kinds of crazy things going on in all directions and it made the story more interesting that it already had been.
Some of Forever was pretty predictable but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I would have been quite upset if some of the predictable things hadn't happened. To counteract the predictably parts, there were a few things that really shocked me and things that I didn't see coming at all. This really did break up the slower parts of the book and added a lot to the mystery and excitement of what was going to happen next. There were definitely a few parts that made me gasp with shock and I wasn't expecting this at all.
The thing that made me love this series as a whole was the relationship between Sam and Grace. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is so beautiful and poetic that makes it near impossible to not fall in love with these two characters. Over the course of the series, they have both been through a lot and I think both have coped extremely well with what has been thrown at them. Sam was the standout character though out of the two in this book as he was around that little bit more. Through Sam's point of view, I could really feel everything that he was feeling and experiencing and it made me feel as though I was there with him at some points. Grace was still wonderful in this book but I just think that she was overpowered a little bit by Sam and also Cole and Isabel who I loved completely.
I hate to say it but I was really disappointed with the very end of this book. After such a dramatic ending to the trilogy which I did love overall, I think that some of the ends could have been tied up a lot better without characters being left all up in the air. I really wanted to see everyone settled and happy but this really wasn't the case. There are still questions about the main characters that I would like to have seen answered but this just wasn't the case. I think the ending let down what was an overall great book and it would have put it in the amazing category instead.