Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review + Series Giveaway: Promised by Caragh O'Brien

PROMISED is the last book in the trilogy that started with BIRTHMARKED (read my review) and continued with PRIZED (read my review).  Though PRIZED is still my favorite of the series (how often can you say that about a middle book in a trilogy? Not often.), PROMISED is a worthy conclusion to Midwife Gaia Stone's story.

PROMISED is definitely the most grown-up of the books - many of the challenges Gaia faces (leading her people, raising a baby, deciding if she wants to get married, making reproductive choices that will affect her future) are more adult than YA in nature.  There is a ton of political maneuvering with the villains of the Enclave and some good action as Gaia meets resistance when she tries to integrate the people of Sylum into the Enclave society for the good of all.

At the heart of the book for me was the relationship between Gaia and (Spoiler) and the way they compliment and challenge each other - and that's why PROMISED gets the Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for romance.

Want a chance to win the whole series? I have one set of the trilogy for one lucky winner (2 paperbacks + 1 ARC) curtesy of Macmillan. To enter, fill out this form by August 24, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. Open internationally.

PROMISED comes out on October 2, 2012. Find out more about the series at the author's website.

See index of all dystopian reviews at Presenting Lenore
FTC disclosure: ARC provided by publisher


Christina said...


I love this series. I am intrigued by the being more adult in nature. Daring move!

Jessy said...

I loved Birthmarked but haven't read Prized yet. I hope to get caught up on this series really soon.

Zibilee said...

This is a series that I have had my eye on, but have not read yet. The premise and the fact that it didn't succumb to the sophomore slump really intrigue me. Great review and giveaway today!

Kailana said...

I had planned to try this trilogy but then I sort of forgot all about it. Oops!

Bookish in a Box said...

I love dystopian, but I haven't read these yet. I want to, though!

ArtemisG said...

I haven't read any book of this series yet, It sounds very interesting. Thank you for the giveaway!

Wrighty said...

I intended to start this series a long time ago. The dystopian genre seems to be my latest addiction. Thanks for the offer!

candice (thecrjreviews) said...

I absolutely love this series, can't wait for this last book. Sounds epic! I completely agree with the Prized being a strong middle book. No sophomore slumps by O'Brien!