The Testing, The Grisha, and The End

girl with book rageTwo YA trilogies come to a conclusion today, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed. With the exception of Kiera Cass’s The One, book threes have been more than a little disappointing lately.

Graduation Day is the final installment of Joelle Charbonneau’s dystopian series that began with The Testing. Judging from the reviews it’s getting, Ms. Charbonneau has managed to make readers happy while avoiding a too-perfect ending.

Ruin and Rising, the final book in Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy trilogy, also hits bookstore shelves today. The Grisha trilogy began with Shadow and Bone, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I can recommend it in good conscience because the advance reviews for Ruin and Rising point to a satisfying series conclusion, not one that will make you want to shred all three books when you’re done. Good thing, too, since I gave in to the urge to pre-order a special edition copy from Barnes & Noble. I’d rather not shred it.

Have you been disappointed with any series finales lately?

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