Forever, by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, 2011)

Sam is a werewolf cured of his curse. His girlfriend Grace was turned into a wolf to save her life. Now, as winter comes to an end, they can be together again. Unfortunately, too many mysteries surround Grace’s disappearance to make their reunion a smooth one. Worse, a local politician is determined to exterminate the wolves of Mercy Falls, unaware that some of them used to be human. It’s a race against time for Grace and Sam, and their friends, to save the wolf pack, even as they fight for their happy ending. This conclusion to the trilogy is haunting and romantic, as well as emotionally raw and full of stark imagery. The only drawback is an ending steeped in vagueness and uncertainty, all but demanding a follow-up. It’s still a thought-provoking, creative take on werewolves, unlike anything else out there.

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