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October 1, 2012

Promised by Caragh M. O'Brien review + giveaway!

Title: Promised (Birthmarked #3)
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien  
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)  
Release Date: October 2, 2012 
Received: For review as part of the Promised blog tour  

Summary:  After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.  She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland.  In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher.  Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most? 

 Review:  I loved Birthmarked. It  was an amazing distopian novel with a girl who is a midwife as the main character, not really something you see everyday. Then I read Prized which I also liked but not nearly as much as Birthmarked so when I picked up Promised I was really excited to see where Gaia's story would lead and was hoping it would be just as good as Birthmarked. 

While it wasn't as amazing as Birthmarked Promised was still very good! I loved the attempted blending of the two societies and the very difficult choices that Gaia had to make. And those were some tough choices that I don't think I could make! 

Another thing I really enjoyed was seeing where some of the characters that we saw in Birthmarked were now, and it was not what I was expecting. The Enclave continued to surprise me with its brutality even up to the last pages. I applaud Caragh for coming up with such different but ruthless societies that are just trying to do what they think is right.

So if you want a distopian series that makes you think about what is right and what is wrong then I encourage you to pick up he Birthmarked trilogy. Or if you just want a distopian with a kick-ass heroine these books will work for you as well! 

Be sure to check out my review of Birthmarked as well as Caragh M. O'Brien's guest post

As part of the Promised blog tour I have the opportunity to giveaway a set of the Birthmarked trilogy! Fill out the form below to be entered!

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  1. My favorite strong character is Alina from Shadow and Bone - she has all this power within her, but she has to accept her true identity and learn to accept herself and be proud of herself. I think it's a huge inner journey, and she's so likable.

    Thank you so much:)

  2. I absolutely love Fire from Fire by Kristen Cashore. I cannot wait for Promised. Love this series!!!

  3. I haven't read the Birthmarked trilogy, but they sound really good! I love Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. She's not the usual kick-butt heroine, but is pretty fierce nonetheless.

  4. Love Gaia and Leon. I can't believe our journey with them ends TOMORROW. I'm excited and a little sad. But mostly excited. Also the guest post was great. Thanks so much!

  5. I like a main character who is strong and unique. Being a unique is definitely not something you see everyday and one I would be interested in learning more about.

  6. I like Katsa from Graceling. She is one fierce chick!

  7. Vampire Academy. Rose is one of the strongest female leads I've read about (that I also liked).


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