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Forever by Maggie Stiefvater Blog Tour + Giveaway
Blog Things
July 18, 2011 posted by Christina

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater Blog Tour + Giveaway

To celebrate the release of the third and final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series – Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, yaReads is taking part in the Forever Blog Tour!

On this stop of the tour we’ll be talking about one of Grace’s friends – Rachel, as well as sharing some awesome content from Maggie and hosting a giveaway.


Rachel plays a relatively minor role in the series as Grace’s friend but her moments on the page are anything but minor. Rachel’s bright, sometimes dramatic and often hilarious personality lights up the scene and has become a favorite for many readers.

I think a good example of this is a quote from Grace in Shiver

“Really, Rachel looked like a sun, bright and exuding energy, holding us two moons in a parallel orbit by the sheer force of her will. “

My personal favorite moments are her one liners and just her general humor, particularly when she refers to Sam as ‘The Boy’.

“What do you mean? Grace Brisbane, you do not mean that you’re not going back home again. Tell me that this was just because you were momentarily angry at them for grounding you. Or even tell me it’s because you could not live without The Boy’s stunning Boyfruits for another night. But don’t tel me you think it’s forever!”

Sam’s face was twisted into a weird shape at the mention of his Boyfruits.


Still facing Sam, Rachel did a strange dance move with her index fingers extended; it looked like it had possibly been invented in the fifties, when people weren’t allowed to touch each other.
“Hi, The Boy!” she shouted over the music. “We’re making Italian food!”

Still holding a piece of chicken, I turned and made a loud noise in protest.

Rachel said, “My colleague informs me that I spoke too strongly. I am watching Grace make Italian food!”

Besides her humor, as a character, she may not always have as much contact with Grace but when the time comes, she’s always there for Grace which is the most important part of being a good friend. How will these two friends end up at the end of Forever? You’ll have to pick up a copy to find the answer to that question.


Maggie Stiefvater has put together an awesome playlist that best describes Rachel, which you can check out below –

1. Hey Trouble – The Concretes
2. Gospel Song – Magnet
3. When I Decide – My Terrible Friend
4. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
5. Honey Bee – Zee Avi
6. The Wind Blew My Heart Away – The Fruit Bats
7. Her Morning Elegance – Oren Lavie
8. Mr. Pitiful – Matt Costa
9. Uncovered in Your Eyes – Jonas & Plunkett
10. In The Woods – Benjy Ferree


Giveaway – One lucky yaReader will get the chance to win a framed original illustration of Rachel (pictured, right), drawn by Maggie Stiefvater herself. To enter, fill in the form here. (U.S. residents only, sorry!)

Make sure you check out the next stop on the tour, on Wednesday 20th at Presenting Lore where they’ll be discussing Cole.

Also, Scholastic (the amazing publisher behind the series) recently launched an online community called This Is Teen to connect readers with their favorite YA authors and books. Visit their page on Facebook for all the latest news on Maggie Stiefvater and Forever: www.facebook.com/thisisteen.


Blog Things
November 5, 2010 posted by Christina

Cover of the Week #7

You should never judge a book by it’s cover.

Sure….but they never said we couldn’t admire them. Cover of the Week pays homage to the beautiful and eye catching graphics that grace the covers of our young adult titles.

This week’s cover of the week goes to Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: July 2011

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater
Author Interviews
September 29, 2009 posted by Nikki

Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is one of our fave authors here at yaReads. So when we were presented with the opportunity to run with her as our feature author for the month of September, we jumped on it. Although we realize we’re now in the very last days of September, we reckon her interview is better late than never. As always, she’s got some pretty interesting things to say. Be warned, this one contains spoilers!

Why did you choose Minnesota as your setting?

I was looking for someplace that already had a resident wolf population in the United States. Someplace cold. Cold and suburban. I could’ve done Wyoming, but I lived in Wisconsin, right next door to Minnesota, for a few years as a kid, so I had some experience of the landscape.

Grace thinks the reason she never turned into a wolf when she was bitten was because of the fever she got straight afterwards … are you going to elaborate on this in future books?

Oh am I ever.

When was the exact moment that Sam realised he was in love with Grace?

That is up to reader interpretation. I’m inclined to think it was probably while he watched her read on the tire swing. Readers love other readers.

Some of us here at yaReads are also wondering what exactly happened to Jack’s body. Can you tell us?

At which point? You mean, after he met his untimely end? I’m assuming he’s buried out in the back forty. The FBI could probably have a field day with Beck’s backyard.

Can you dish any goss about the next novel?

No, I can only be enigmatic and say that there is a lot more Isabel, and Grace, and it will be fun.

In an age where more and more books are being adapted for screen, we love to try and ‘cast’ the characters in our fave novels. Who can you envisage playing Sam and Grace?

I actually did a long blog post about this (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/123623.html) but the short version is that I see Alex Turner (the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys) as Sam and Eliza Bennett (from Inkheart) for Grace.

In the event that someone wanted to buy it, would you sell Shiver to a film company?

In a New York minute. There is considerable interest but that’s all I can say at the moment.

Since Lament came out, you’ve been super busy. How long did Shiver take you to write?

Four months.

For you, what has been the best thing about your ride to literary success so far?

Whew. Um. It was pretty wonderful seeing the cover for Shiver for the first time. Also, hitting the bestseller list was pretty amazing and woozy-making.

Any downsides?

There’s an incredible amount of busywork that is associated with it — a ton of emails and edits and non-writing things. Also, there’s some pressure to make the next book at least as good as the last one.

In books about paranormal teen relationships, why do you think the boy is most often the one with the supernatural abilities?

I think because it’s more interesting to look at the supernatural from the outside, and the protagonists are often girls because that’s the intended audience for a lot of YA. So we get these girls looking at these supernatural guys from the outside. Thought in Lament, Deirdre also has her supernatural bits, and it’s not at all the dynamic in Ballad. Also, you’ll see a complete shift in Linger.

The YA paranormal romance genre is huge right now. What is it specifically about werewolves, vampires and the dark side that you think is so appealing?

For me, it’s because I believe in that . . . *something more*. Something outside of ordinary. It’s not that I believe in werewolves or faeries per se, but I do believe in . . . something more. And writing about them lets me write about that feeling of wonder and curiosity. I also love to play with metaphor, and werewolves are great metaphors for all sort of different things.

Can you imagine yourself ever writing in a different genre?

I could possibly shift from urban fantasy to dystopia. I have a lot of ideas in that department. But I think I will always write something that can be classified speculative fiction.

What are you working on at the moment?

The third book in the Shiver series, Forever.