Thursday, February 19, 2015

ICYMI: Trilogies that Came to an End in November 2014

Author: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher & ARC: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ages:  14+

LaFevers concludes the "His Fair Assassin" series (2012 Grave Mercy and 2013 Dark Triumph).  Set in 1400s Brittany, the book's protagonist, Annith, is struggling with her confinement in the St. Mortain convent. Eager for the same equality Sybella and Ismae have received, Annith must wait for her chance while a younger girl is chosen. Deciding to put her own fate in her own hands, Annith escapes the convent. On her own, Annith runs into a Hellequin, those whose sole responsibility is returning home with the dead. At first taken aback, Annith quickly realizes Balthazaar is not a danger to her but something else entirely. Followers of the series won't be disappointed as the conclusion is satisfactory, and Annith, though not quite as captivating as her friends, is a heroine all her own. 

Author: Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher & ARC: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Ages: 13-18

My favorite of the three trilogy finales in November, Mara Dyer has become an experiment in the hands of Dr. Kells. Not able to control her actions or answers, Mara is left with answers. Is Noah really dead? What is really wrong with her? Following the advice of her hallucinatory (maybe?) subconscious, Mara is the sole protagonist of the third book. leaving the romance out until the end, which was a breath of fresh air. Not that I don't enjoy a steamy romance, but Mara needed her solidarity to discover her identity. While the finale felt more like a prequel at times, Mara's story is actually just beginning. Complete with a dual narrative to conclude the trilogy (I won't tell you who), Mara Dyer has become  a staple in young adult literature, and I hope this isn't the last we hear from her. 

Author: L.A. Weatherly
Release Date: (Paperback) November 14, 2014
Publisher & ARC: Candlewick
Ages: 12+

The "Angel Burn" trilogy that put a spin on how we typically think of angels ended with Angel Fever. In the series, angels are not the overseers of the innocent and protectors of the good. The finale picks up after the decimation (or what we thought was) of the angels. Heroine Willow and her boyfriend Alex are plotting how to finally take down the angels in a secret underground bunker. Complete with a love triangle, that while mostly overused in YA lit appears to work here, Weatherly has ended her series with everything that makes literature enjoyable. 

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