There are only two authors who I credit as being my biggest influences, the two people who continuously inspire me to sit down at my computer and turn imaginings into realities. I talk about one of them all the time and how I can’t get enough of their sparkling vampires. But the other is a woman I’ve mentioned in posts and raved about to friends and family, but I’ve never gone into detail just how much she means to me.
This woman is Maggie Stiefvater. Yes, the Maggie Stiefvater, the author who makes people cry with the first thirty pages of her books. J
In June 2009, I fell in love with a girl named Grace Brisbane and a boy named Sam Roth, a beautifully broken boy who happened to turn into a wolf. From the very first page, I was drawn into a world of beauty, a world so artfully created that I laughed and cried. I felt so inspired I wrote a song. A really, really crappy a capella song and sent it to Maggie. Her reply was the first email I’d ever received from an author. Saying that email made my day is an understatement.
Anyway, whenever I’m in a writing funk—which is more often than I’d like to think—I always pick up Shiver and either re-read the whole thing or pick out random pages. I do this so often that I need to get another copy so I can write notes in it and highlight my favorite passages. Maggie’s lyrical prose always gets my creativity flowing and spending some time with Sam isn’t so bad either. :p Her writing is utterly beautiful and her words have a knack for getting under your skin and into your heart.
Well, Maggie has done it once again with Forever. Although her writing is phenomenal in all her books, I really think it’s strongest in this final installment. Page 306 (in the ARC) is simply brilliant and she has written a fast-moving plot with a fine balance between action, drama, and romance. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Cole in Linger, but I now understand why everyone loves him. The ending may not be what some readers want, but there’s a sort of peacefulness and openness about it. It makes you feel satisfied, yet determined to play out the rest of the characters’ lives in your head.
It’s sad to say goodbye to Grace, Sam, Isabel, and Cole, but thankfully it’s not a final goodbye, because they’ll always be on my shelves to retell their story. Plus, I have the movie adaptation of Shiver to (fret about and) look forward to.
And so, I end this post with this:
Dear Maggie Stiefvater,
With Forever, you finish this series with as much beauty, art, and talent as you started it with, if not more. Shiver changed my life and so have you. Thank you.