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Everfound (Skinjacker #3)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  6,212 ratings  ·  575 reviews
While Mary lies in a glass coffin aboard a ghost train heading west, her minions await her re-awakening by bringing hordes of new souls into Everlost to serve her.

Meanwhile, Jackin’ Jill has met Jix, a fur-jacker — a skinjacker who can take over the bodies of animals, most notably jaguars. Jix serves a Mayan god who collects Everlost coins to use in his Wurlitzer, which p
Published May 3rd 2011 by Brilliance Audio
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Neal Shusterman
Oct 02, 2014 Neal Shusterman added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-own-books
This isn’t actually a review, because it would be weird to review my own book – but I thought people might be interested in knowing some of the things that went on in the writing process -- sort of a deconstruction of how the book was put together.

I’m going backwards – that is beginning with my most recent books, and working my way back in time, since the most recent ones are more fresh in my mind.


This was a tough one to write. I learned from writing SHATTERED SKY, that the third book
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I can't do this book justice. I can't. I've been putting off this review for two days and thinking about this book non-stop and I still don't know what the heck I'm supposed to say! I haven't felt this emotional and mind-blown by a book since I read Monsters of Men, which is the third/final book in the incredible Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. Chaos Walking has been my absolute favorite series for a while now, but after reading Everfound, the Skinjackers trilogy might just be competing fo ...more
EDIT 8/15/11
So today I finished Everfound and um...words? They do not suffice.

I shall be needing to know the conclusion to this amazing story, of a psychotic and demented power-hungry girl, of a once-human boy made of chocolate, of dead girls and a Russian boy who can steal bodies and come back to life, of a boy who can turn into a hideous monster at will, of ghostly cities of majestic buildings long gone, and of a fascinating world of countless unexplored mysteries and spine-tingling
♥ Susan
Love it. Sad to see it end. Hope for life beyond the trilogy?
Everfound is one of those books you really want to write a fantastic review for. The kind of book which, after you've turned the last page and finished digesting the final words, you want to tell everyone about. The kind that you find yourself grasping for straws to explain, stumbling over nothing but your lack of adequate vocabulary to express its perfection.

Or maybe I'm just tongue-tied. That's not the point, though.

I won't bother with explaining the story - it's just too complicated and intri

***An open letter to Neal Shusterman (please pardon me while I squee my head off):

Dear Mr. Shusterman (or can I be so bold as to call you Neal?) After completing the Skinjacker Trilogy I do feel like we are old friends and maybe even knew each other in a previous life. Also, I could kiss you smack on the lips and that seems to call for a first-name familiarity.

My first introduction to the Everl

This book was epic. There's no other way to put it, it was an absolutely epic ending to a really awesome series. It's quite a bit thicker than the first two books, but it's worth every page. The plot was intense, and gives you quite a chill at times. With the back-and-forth war with Mary and Allie/Nick/Jix/others deciding the fate of everyone-the living and the dead. It was also quite funny at times too. Neal Shusterman's world is as exquisite and spell-bounding, yet terrifying and dark. Mary ma ...more

OHMYOHMYOHMY. This book was SO FREAKIN GOOD. I finished it just this morning, and I pretty much haven't stopped thinking about it all day. Let me first just tell you some things about Neal Shusterman--HOLY FREAKIN MONGRELS!!!! He's a genius of EPIC PROPORTIONS. I've read a lot of his books (Skinjacker Trilogy, Unwind, Bruiser, Downsiders, The Dark Side of Nowhere, Full Tilt, both Antsy books, and I *think* that's it) and EACH a
Robin (Bridge Four)
Trilogies usually go one of two ways for me. I’m either disappointed that the author didn’t tie up a loose ends and rushes the story so it doesn’t feel completed, which is disappointing. Or at the end of the spectrum everything is done nicely and everyone is moving on starting there new lives having triumphed and I want to desperately have another book to find out what happens next. But rarely, just rarely an author is masterful and is able to end the story with you feeling like yes I went throu ...more
It could be the end of the world as they know it. Even though Mary Hightower has yet to be awakened from her glass coffin, her accomplices are doing their best to serve her and her grand plans—bringing the entire world into Everlost. And so Mary’s loyal followers reap new souls by preventing recently deceased children from getting where they were going and ultimately “saving” them. At least, that’s how Mary sees it. But not everyone agrees with her, and it soon becomes apparent that Mary’s crew ...more
Afton Nelson
I think this book tried to do too much. Too much story, too much detail, too many characters, too many plot lines. It's almost as if the series could have gone on for 2 or 3 more books, but the author decided to cram them into one, just to be done with it. Favorite characters had to take a backseat to the development on new ones. There was information overload both in reminding the reader of the world building from past books as well as introducing new concepts. Some of the details seemed lazy. ...more
“In short, there are mysteries of science and of soul that will never be understood no matter how hard we measure, no matter how strongly we believe, no matter how deep our think tanks and how high our aspirations. But as anyone will tell you—for we all know this within our hearts —the impossible happens and grand cosmic mysteries are solved on a regular basis, although most of the time the solutions lead to even greater mysteries.”

Everfound, pp. 488-489

Trilogies in young-adult literature
Duffy Pratt
I liked this book even more than the first two, and I found the ending almost completely satisfying. Mostly, Shusterman has done a wonderful job at creating a fantastic world, and then filling it with a host of memorable characters, from Ally the Outcast, to Mary Hightower the Skywitch, to Nick the Chocolate Ogre, to Mikey McGill the one true monster of Everlost, and even down to more minor characters like Jix, Jackin Jill, Milos and even ones like Speedo or Moose and Squirrel.

There are points o
Everlost was startlingly original, Everwild was just a shade darker and more complex. Everfound is perhaps, too ambitious. I truly enjoyed the book, but this review only covers why I gave it three stars instead of five.

Shusterman takes a huge leap down the dark rabbit hole of sinister children's fiction. It feels too very sudden, too overwhelming. I felt the abundance of plot lines boxed me into choosing one character to truly invest in and treat the rest as tangents. The decidedly more siniste
Matt Oliver
Ever found is a book that when you read it truly makes you think about what is happening in the world. Neal Shusterman plays out the book in a way that appeals to teens, although not in a childish way. It appealed to me because how all of the main characters in this book have a different personality and a certain story to them.
The most intriguing part of this book is how Shusterman talks about basically, a limbo for kids. Many of them are lost and Nick, the protagonist in the story, helps the
i wanted to read this book slowly, relishing in the awesomeness of neal shusterman bit by bit. but i can't. everfound was so damn good. in fact, i skipped class and stayed at home the whole day just to finish it.

one word to describe the final book to the everlost trilogy: amazing. duh. not expecting any less from mr. shusterman. it was like a roller-coaster ride, full of ups and downs. it was thrilling and heart-breaking and exciting and funny and everything a good book is. i even found myself w
This was the best book of the Everlost series. Maybe coz it has more humour? I dunno but having a baby like Chocolate Ogre was seriously cool. TYhis is the last instalment of the Skinjacker series and it is sooooooooooooooo imaginative. I love how everything clicks up in the end making me feel suprisingly pleased at the end. I said in my last rrview on Everwild that I hated the romance but this is what I also loved about this book. Not everything might be right in the end for Jix, Jill, Allie, N ...more
★ Jess
Jan 01, 2011 ★ Jess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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NEEEEED IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jackie Gonzalez
Let me just start by saying that this was the perfect ending to an amazing trilogy! I usually dislike reading the last book of a series because the ending is either lacking or too rushed, however Shusterman did a perfect job with this ending. Although it did not end how I had expected the ending did do justice to the trilogy. One thing that I absolutely loved about this book (but also the trilogy in general) was that no matter how many new characters were introduced they did not take focus away ...more
Great book series! It got pretty complicated at times and things are sometimes not what they seem (and then sometimes they are). Again, the characters are diverse and complex. just when you think you have a handle on one, you sometimes get hit with a curveball and have to think about them a new way. Neal Shusterman is excellent at writing his characters and making them wonderfully complex.

I am on the fence about a 4 versus 5 star rating. I think the series as a whole gets a 5 star rating but the
I read the first two a year ago and so when I went to the library recently I decided to pick it up.And then I got myself all excited to read it,picked it up, read the first chapter and realized it was the second.


But I got third so all's fine and dandy again.In my life that is.Not the everlost because nope it ain't going to well.Between the Eastern Witch's dream of getting rid of the living world ,a chocolate ogre who can't really remember much that's
Picture  Perfect

This was a 10 star novel out of 5 stars. This book was so so so (infinity goes by) supercalafragilisticexpialadocious (ha. Spelled that wrong). Anyway, so amazing.

Neal Shusterman is out of this world figuratively or perhaps literally considering how well he writes. He's the kind of writer who inspires me so much. I definitely want to meet him.

So a lot of my friends know that I love the Gemma Doyle Trilogy so much. Like way freaking much. So it is considered a compliment when I put the Skinjack
The final book in this series ramps up the action much more than the first two books and keeps everything moving forward at a good pace.
One of the things I have to give Shusterman great credit for is bringing in new characters, making them a part of the central action and even a central character while not taking away from the other characters.
The new character of Jix was a great addition and he's more thoughtful than most of the others. He waits and watches until he can figure out which side
Everfound ended the Skinjacker trilogy on a high note.
It would not have felt right if it had ended at all like Life on Mars or The Last Battle ended. I'm sure Mary Hightower would not agree with me.
She would also direct you to report me to an authority. But I didn't say how either tv series or book ended! Now I'll have to find something I enjoy and spend the rest of eternity doing it.
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Wow, Neal Shusterman wrote a bang-up final book to this so-interesting series. I'm not sure the last time I've been so satisfied with the final book in a trilogy--no detail left lose or hanging, every character had a final purpose or moment and the characterization of the characters was deep and thorough.

I read the first one because I enjoyed his stand alone book Unwind so much. I was very entertained, but didn't think it was as good as Unwind. Read the second, also very entertained. Loved the c
Let me start this review with a confession: I freaking love Neal Shusterman. Absolutely everything of his that I have read I have freaking loved. Not just loved -freaking loved. That's a whole lot of love right there. Even some of the authors that I've been reading for a long time don't have the kind of love. Ever since I read Unwind a few years ago, Neal Schusterman has had a special place in my heart as the king of awesomely haunting, meaningful YA novels that are always worth reading -and the ...more
Cheyenne Silvers

I'm not going to lie, this book absolutely blew my mind. I'm not sure if it was because I made the mistake of starting it at 11pm and finishing it at 4 or 5am, or just that it was so amazingly mind blowing awesomeness. The summary isn't going to make much sense because you have to read the first two books of the trilogy ( that means you Ms. Moller). But here it goes. The story Resumes with the battle of the deadish moving out west and meeting other after lights. The skinjackers are dividing the
Reading Teen (Andye)
What an extraordinary imagination! What world-building ability!! This series is just absolutely fascinating!! By the time I was in the third book, I would find myself throwing around skinjacker lingo with my kids that if people overheard, they'd think I had lost my mind. Neal Shusterman did such a phenomenal job of slowly introducing new terminology, and "Everlost laws" that it became commonplace for me, and I was completely entrenched in Everlost.

I love how Neal is able to have so many differe
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Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movi ...more
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Skinjacker (3 books)
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