Thursday, January 3, 2013

The End - Finale & Beautiful Redemption

Title: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release Date: 23rd October 2012
Publisher: Penguin 
Genre: YA

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

Title: Finale (Hush, Hush #4)
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Release Date: 23rd October 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA

Will love conquer all?
Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.
Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.
But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.
As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

Two of my favourite series have come to an end. It was sad, but I think both were rounded out well. I was happy with how both of the stories were finished. Of course there is always the 'omg are they really going to end up happily ever after,' with both couples facing seemingly insurmountable odds, but they come out the other side. For them to live happily sometimes secondary characters we love seem to pay the price. 
Patch has to be my all time favourite YA lead male, there's just something about him that I love and no one else seems to come close. Patch is a 10 on the swoon scale. Ethan is definitely up there though. He's like the ultimate boy next door. I think Ethan is a slightly more 'real' character.
Nora and Lena are pretty awesome as the female leads. These girls are no simpering idiots, facing their fears and conquering their enemies, becoming stronger. These girls are YA role models. 
I gave both books 5/5.

Have you read Beautiful Redemption or Finale? Did you enjoy how the stories were finished or was there something more you wanted? Let me know what you thought.

1 comment:

  1. So sad they're both ending:'( but i'm kind of loving that they're both coming to the big screen this year.