If any character made this book for me it was without a doubt Cole. And I can almost truthfully say that the scenes she leaves unsaid are as good as the ones she doesn't. I say almost because I love the style of it but the fan girl in me wants to know goddamn it! It's almost magical how she makes me fall for a new character in every book. Of course Isabel continues to also rock, and Sam acquires a new level of depth I appreciated as well, but COLE!!
" You-you're from..." my mother started. she squinted at him. I waited for her to say NARKOTIKA, though I'd never imagined her a fan. But she said, "The boy from the stairs. From the house. The naked one. Isabel, when I said I didn't want you to do this in the house, I didn't mean to take it to the clinic. Why are you under the counter? Oh I don't want to know. I just don't."Well and obviously Cole and Isabel.
I didn't really have anything to say.
My mother rubbed one of her eyebrows with a hand that was holding a closely printed form. "God, where is your car?"
"Across the road," I said.
"Of course it is." She shook her head. "I am not telling your father I saw you here, Isabel. Just, please, do not..." She didn't define what I was supposed to avoid doing. Instead, she threw my half-drunk bottle of juice in the trash can by the door, and turned the light out again. Her shoes receded down the hallway and then there was the popping of the outside door opening and closing. The clunk of the dead bolt.
In the darkness, Cole was invisible, but I could still feel him beside me. Sometimes you didn't have to see something to know it was there.
I felt a tickle on my skin; it took me a moment to realize that Cole was driving his die-cast Mustang up my arm. He was laughing to himself, hushed and infectious, as if there was still any reason to be quiet.
You know when in the final scenes of Harry Potter, while reading you wanted to simultaneously sob, jump up and down and cheer, laugh and then sob some more? Well Forever was a quieter version of that for me. Honestly, such a clean lined and perfect tie up to the series. 100% satisfaction, right down to the last word. I loved how open ended it was in so many ways, all the possibilities stretching out in front of the characters. But I also loved the drama, the moments of selflessness and the reveals, oh yes, the reveals.
I CANNOT recommend this series highly enough. I can almost bemoan the fact that I didn't read it sooner (hell I could have talked to Maggie about it and gotten it signed! Sigh); however it was such an amazing thing to sit down with the whole box set in the post Christmas cold, with a fire in the fire place and just get swept away that my regrets are small. Mostly signature tiny.
Go forth and read this series! Go forth and re-read this series! Then go forth and read The Scorpio Races! I'm telling you, if you listen to one recommendation I make this grand year of 2012, listen to that one (Oh and the one for Fracture, Fracture makes an oddly compelling companion to the Shiver series. And they're all 5 of them cold weather books. And maybe read them to Snow Patrols new album, I think Maggie would agree).
Forever, By Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic, July 12th 2011
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