There are a handful of books in the world that you finish and just say "wow." You sit there, staring at the book (maybe even wiping away a few tears), and wish you could write something that perfect. This year, I found one of those books. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me fall in love. You may have heard of it...
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater!
Just as it wouldn't be a Wolves of Mercy Falls book without Sam and Grace, it wouldn't be right if Stiefvater didn't make me cry. Again. For about the entire last 90 pages of the book I was a blubbering mess, proving once again that this is one of the few series that is consistently able to make me cry. That alone is a testament to how deeply I care for these characters.Just thinking about this books make me feel warm and content. For all of the ups and down, evil plot twists and tear-jerking moments, I still look back on this book with nothing than fond memories. The characters were perfection, the romance was delectable, the world was captivating, and the writing was beautiful. I cannot find a single flaw in this conclusion to one of my most beloved series of all time. Even the ending, as mean and open-ended as it was, felt right. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to these characters and their world. So Forever gets the award for "Best of Everything" and is my favorite novel of the year.
Though the ending was completely and totally evil, Forever was still the perfect ending to an amazing series. It kept me up late into the night, desperate to see how it would end. And as sad as I am to say goodbye to this lovely batch of characters, I couldn't have imagined parting with them any other way.
Read the rest of the review here.
And that, ladies and gents, is the end of my Best of 2011 posts. I hope you saw a few of your favorites or found some titles to read in the new year. Thanks for reading!
(P.S. I want to know what book gets your "Best of Everything" award. Let me know in the comments.)