2015 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year  (although few) and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!I have decided that 2016 will be the year of series completion!

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack (to publication)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

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2015 SERIES CHALLENGE | Update #1

2015 BOOKS READ-3

To see the rules of the challenge click here

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2015 (2014) Series Challenge you can click here!

 


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Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

[completed: 1/2015]

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

[completed 1/2015]

Have you completed any series yet this year?

Messenger by Lois Lowry | Book Review

12930MESSENGER BY LOIS LOWRY

Genre: YA, Dystopian

“Things seem more when you’re little. They seem bigger, and distances seem farther.”
― Lois Lowry, Messenger

Series: The Giver Quartet
The Giver
Gathering Blue

Synopsis:
Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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I have to say I was really happy to see this book start to pull together the stories and expand on the stories of Jonah, Matty and Kira. Matty was my favorite character from Gathering Blue and I was ecstatic to see he got his own story!

Although like the others this is a short book it really developed Matty’s character and had some unique paranormal aspects. This was a lot more emotional than I was anticipating. Matty is working toward receiving his true name, which he is hoping to be Messenger. He is the only one who knows how to navigate the woods and with the woods starting to close off their town he has to go to get Kira before she can no longer return. Like the other two books this has a unique and interesting society, with elements and situations that make you think and wonder what you would do.

I absolutely loved Matty as a character. He shows strength and courage as well as being a funny and intriguing character. He is so compassionate and the ending broke my heart. It was great to see the other characters from Lowry’s other books in this companion series and it all makes sense know how they all connect!

RATING-4

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry| Book Review

12936GATHERING BLUE BY LOIS LOWRY

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Series:  The Giver Quartet
The Giver (#1 Giver Quartet)

Take pride in your pain,” her mother had always told her. “You are stronger than those who have none.
– Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue

Synopsis: 
In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. [Goodreads]

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*Warning this may contain spoilers because it is a companion novel*

In this companion novel to The Giver by Lois Lowry, Kira is living in a village that is almost the complete opposite of Jonas’s community from The Giver. This society is a more dark and savage civilization that does not treat all citizen equal. Kira is a disabled girl whose mother had just died and she is left to try and fend for herself while some woman in the village want her sent away. She soon realizes things about her community that she never knew before.

Although this book present you with a society that is flawed and makes you question the community and what the world could become, it fell flat and was quite disappointing.There is hostility towards children, a cast off of those who are different or disabled and a division in society between individuals and their jobs.  I really enjoyed that it set up for a lot of discussion and thought on the topics of the society, values in life and a possible future for our world. I thought that Kira was a strong and flawed character and liked her relationship with Matt. Matt was a really great character and really thought he stood out in the book. He had that great child personality that was fun and nostalgic. I was so happy to find out that the third book is revolving him. There were elements of the story that were really intriguing such as the importance of names and its relationship with age. The plot made sense at the end and the pieces began to fall together and I especially like the hints towards the other books, but this book was my least favorite out of them so far.

RATING-2