Thursday, August 25, 2011

FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater - AND A GIVEAWAY!

I promised you on Monday that I'd do this post on Wednesday.

Then my dad arrived from out of town.

And I forgot.


Sorry guys! In an attempt to sort-of honor my promise, I'll include the 5 people who commented on yesterday's post in the list of entries for this prize. Which is awesome, by the way!

So, I went to Indigo Yorkdale (that's in Toronto) to meet Maggie Stiefvater, and it was amazing. I made new friends, I got to chat with some pretty cool people, and we all gazed with wonder at the sharpied guitar, which was covered with Maggie's incredible artwork.

The Sharpied Guitar

And then, of course, there was Maggie. She was incredibly nice and very funny. And she had some awesome wolf stories!

Maggie = Awesome

And then, of course, there was Tessa Gratton, Maggie's best friend and partner in critiquing amazingness, who I had a lovely chat with about her own book and who told me that I have princess hair, which made me feel all happy inside.

Tessa and Me. With Princess Hair.

And, of course, there was the signing. DID I MENTION THE SIGNING? By Maggie? Of books?


I also have swag for one lucky runner-up. (bookmarks, keyring, etc.)

In case you don't know anything about FOREVER, here's the blurbie from Amazon: "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 thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater."

I really loved this book. I love Maggie's lyrical storytelling style, and I found the characterization to be even stronger than in the previous two novels. Each character felt very real to me, and I am so impressed when an author manages to do that across the board with all of her characters.

I also loved the ending - which i can't tell you about, except to say that it wraps things up while still leaving the story open at the same time. It feels like a very satisfactory ending, but it's also clear that life for these people is going to continue, and not everything is certain, and that is okay. These are my favorite types of endings - this part of the story is over, but there will be more to come, and we will never know about it, and this is okay! Because this is the way life really is. Awesomeness.

It's an amazing book. I still want to move into it; just pack up my clothes and go live in the bookstore in Mercy Falls with Sam and Grace and everyone else. I loved it.

SO, you want to win this, right?

Here's what you have to do:
  • Follow THIS BLOG. (+2 for old followers, +1 for new)
  • Leave a comment on THIS HERE POST RIGHT HERE. (+1)
  • FOR EXTRA ENTRIES: MyFaceSpacePlusThingamy this post for +3 points, if you leave a link in the comments; Tweet it for +1 per tweet, up to 5 tweets, if you leave me the links in the comments; Put it in your blog sidebar for +5, if you leave me a link to your blog in the comments.

Happy entering, guys, and good luck to everyone!

*Edited to add PICTURES!!! Thanks to my friend Michele for sending them to me! You rock, Michele!


  1. Oh yay! Thanks for the giveaway! I still haven't read Linger, but I did quite like Shiver. :)

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    +5 Put it in my sidebar

  3. I'm not commenting to win. But you sound so excited that I'd like to meet Maggie myself. So glad you went!

  4. I just had to enter after reading your description of the book. Sounds awesome!
    Put me in for following the blog, commenting, and tweeting.

  5. I've won enough books recently but I had to say how awesome that you got to meet Maggie and Tessa. I bet you are full of inspiration and writerliness :)

  6. Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

    Lola x

  7. Sounds like you had a great time! I love the series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. Very cool contest. Please enter me to win.

    tmilstein at gmail dot com

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  9. Really, really want to read this book!
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  10. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Hey I've heard of that shiver series! I'm not sure where I heard about it but it seems like it's good. Nice blog, by the way!

  12. I just finished Shiver - couldn't put it down! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  13. Michele (CanadianTwiMom)August 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Hey Ishta! It was a lot of fun getting together with you at this event!! And Tessa WAS right... you DO have princess hair!! ;) See you soon! Michele xo

  14. The end had some tense moments where I had to stop reading because my head was all, 'No, no, no!'

    To me, this indicates a good relatable story and excellent pacing/writing.

    Great read!