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Everfound

(Skinjacker #3)

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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  9,102 ratings  ·  746 reviews
While Mary lies in a glass coffin aboard a ghost train heading west, her minions are awaiting her re-awakening by bringing lots of new souls into Everlost to serve her. Meanwhile Jackin’ Jill has met Jix, a fur-jacker—a skin jacker who can take over the bodies of animals, most notably jaguars. Jix serves a Mayan god who collects Everlost coins, and has his own agenda. In t ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Gladius I don't know what you believe, but I think his soul just vanished, not like how you eat cookies (they go into you tummy but still technically exist)…moreI don't know what you believe, but I think his soul just vanished, not like how you eat cookies (they go into you tummy but still technically exist) and more like a dream you forget before you wake up (it was "real" at one point but when it was forgotten, it was forgotten and had vanished).
His memory is alive, but not his soul. The memory and soul of something, to me, are different.

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Neal Shusterman
Oct 03, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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.

EVERFOUND.

This was a tough one to write. I learned from writing SHATTERED SKY, that the third book
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Brigid ✩
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
Will M.
I promised myself that I would try to finish a series or a trilogy this 2016, and I'm glad that I did it. I normally just read the first book of a series and leave it hanging for next time. It also normally ends up being left hanging forever in most cases. I'm going to try to change that bad habit from now on.

This third and last book is amazing. Shusterman managed to wrap things up nicely. None of that cliche stuff with this trilogy. The characters are fully developed and all the plot holes got
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Amy
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
EDIT 8/15/11
So today I finished Everfound and um...words? They do not suffice.


PRE-READING
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
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 other 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 ...more
♥ Susan
Love it. Sad to see it end. Hope for life beyond the trilogy?
Thomas
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Trudi
BRAVO! OUTSTANDING! EPIC ADVENTURE! SHEER DELIGHT! HEART STEALING! HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!!



***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
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Seth
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
**THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM EVERLOST AND EVERWILD**

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
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Daniel
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Melanie
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Afton Nelson
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
C.P. Cabaniss
Neal Shusterman knows how to write captivating and fascinating stories. This was a wonderful conclusion to an intriguing story with beautiful characters, a unique and complex world, and plenty of discussion regarding love and morals.

All of the characters get an ending. Some of them very satisfying and other bittersweet. The main conflict from the three novels is finally resolved. There are more places and things in Everlost from history that make me laugh and picture what this world would be li
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Spencer
This is always the type of conclusion that I hope for. I always hope to have everything tied up in a fairly neat bow, with all of the characters accounted for, with the world in a somewhat decent place where I feel like I can leave the world behind before I start my next book adventure. I love a book with everything being a happy ending (which this book doesn't do completely), but everything here turned out well enough that I am satisfied. Plus, in a war, you do have to have some casualties; it ...more
Josiah
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“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
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Rachael
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Duffy Pratt
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
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
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Sean
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Matt Oliver
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nurshafiqa
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Melanie
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Amanda
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A great ending to a fantastic series. I flew through 500 pages and didn't even feel the time pass. Even though this is not a small book, I wasn't ready for it to end. The pacing was perfect, the ending put all the pieces where they should be in a satisfying but not too-neat kind of way. I was definitely choking down sobs when (view spoiler). This is one of the few series that I can see myself re-reading, and I kno ...more
K.A. Wiggins
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion to the series. Shusterman seems to have a genius for setting multiple characters and plots off in different directions, and them weaving them back together for a smashing, dizzying finish. I generally enjoyed the series as a whole, but didn't find it as gripping as some other recent reads. Might be because there's so many characters and different perspectives. Neat to see a lot of the stuff that went into the Arc of a Scythe series emerging here. Might need to take a break ...more
Helen
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, just amazing. I blew through the series in a couple weeks and am now suffering one of the worst book hangovers. Anyone who hasn’t read the series needs to because no words can describe the love I feel for the characters and the amazing way he ties them all together. Every character has a place and purpose in the story.
Katy
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It drug a bit in the middle, but finished out nicely.
Siobhan Sullivan
So glad I stuck with this

I gave this five stars as I really couldn't fault it . I loved the characters and all of their arcs, and I finished the book feeling satisfied.
Taylor 2-3
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitley a page turner. There was so much action and excitement going on all the time you couldn't wait to open up the book and see what happens next. This book is about Allie the Outcast going on a mission to try and stop Mary Hightower, also known as the Eastern Witch. There are plenty of new characters introduced, and each and every one of them is very special. There are two books before Everfound, so definitley read those two books before you read this one. This series I reco ...more
Debra
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, entertaining and fast paced. Note: this is the final book in a trilogy, books 1 and 2 need to be read first. All the books are well worth reading. Even though these are YA books I enjoyed them (I am 57).
Picture  Perfect
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing


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
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Amanda
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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