It Took FOREVER to Get Some Sleep

So despite the fact that I am sick, tired, have two meetings scheduled, forgot to pick up the teacher's gifts yesterday, it's my best friend's 40th birthday & my kids' last half-day of school, I stayed up last night reading and I couldn't stop.

Here's why:

Need I say more?

FOREVER ends the WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS series by Maggie Stiefvater which, unless you live under a particularly large and heavy rock, has been the werewolf series to sweep the international YA scene and scheduled to be a highly-anticipated movie.

I met Maggie via Fangs, Fur & Fey and exchanged some online babble, shocked when she invited me to join her and some Big Name authors in a rented Victorian house in Savannah and then again in a snowy Moose Lodge in Missouri. I remember her handing us signed ARCs of SHIVER and I read it in one sitting on the plane ride home. That is where I met Sam and Grace and Jack and Shelby and the crisp, cold temperatures of Mercy Falls and the crisp, tight prose of Maggie Stiefvater. Watching Maggie share not only her imagination but her boundless spirit with the world has been something akin to watching fireworks at the Fourth of July: something beautiful and magical and half the fun is seeing the faces and hearing the "oohs" and "aahs" of everyone around you experiencing the same thing.

So I shall not begrudge Maggie my lost sleep (although I might envy her current location in my beloved hometown of Chicago), and instead urge you to pick up the last color-coded copy of her series before delving into THE SCORPIO RACES (which is sitting on my nightstand and remaining untouched until I can get some more shut-eye...with the one eye that *isn't* already shut!)

And no, this is *my* copy. But I have plenty of other fave YA reads you can win in the contest over here.

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