Tuesday, June 17

Blog Tour: Graduation Day (The Testing #3)

Graduation Day (The Testing #3)
Joelle Charbonneau

Published By: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 17, 2014
Date Read: February 14, 2014
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: ARC gifted by Brooke @ The Cover Contessa
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
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From Goodreads:
In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can't do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it's Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!

Holy Crap! Now THAT is what you call a finale!
There are no words to explain how excited I was to get my hands on this book. I absolutely loved the first two installments in this action-packed, phenomenal YA dystopia series. With themes of The Hunger Games and Divergent I couldn't help but just adore this series. I have been dying to get my hands on the finale and to see how it was all going to end. Joelle is definitely does not fit into the 'great series, not to great finale's' category. Graduation Day was utterly amazing.

Cia has fought so much and came so far but the deadliest test is still to come. Faced with an impossible task Cia knows that she needs help... but who can she trust? While everyone is keeping secrets from each other Cia knows trusting the wrong person can mean not only the failure of her mission but death but she has no other choice. She needs allies to complete her mission... and that's if she can even complete it.

Cia is one of the strongest most amazing heroine's I have ever come across in YA novels. She is so smart and really thinks everything through before making a decision. It's so refreshing to have a heroine who is crazy smart and trusts her intellect. I loved that.

Tomas... oh Tomas. I just love him. He is such an amazing character and even though there are moments where you don't know his intentions he always comes true in the end. His loyalty to Cia is awesome.

Graduation Day is an explosive and incredible finale to the series that had me turning the pages as fast as I possibly could. I couldn't put it down and was constantly sat on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen. I loved every single second of this book and it completely blew me away. I really wasn't sure how much it was going to live up to how much I loved the first two installments but it totally excelled them. It was utterly phenomenal. I really hope that Joelle decides to write a spin-off of this series as I would love to know what happened after the conclusion of Graduation Day but if she doesn't then it was the perfect ending regardless. The Testing series will continue to be one of my favourite dystopia series ever and I know I will read it again and again.

About Joelle:
Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing those stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.
Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.
I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.
I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours.

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