Monday, January 6, 2014

The Offering (Review) (Tour Stop)

(The Pledge, #3)

Release Date: December 31st, 2013
Publisher: Magaret K. McElderry
Genres: YA Dystopia/Romance

My Review: (4/5 stars*)

The Offering ends the trilogy with satisfaction. It wraps up each character's stories very neatly. Each novel has led up to this final battle with the former Queen Sabara and Ludania's steps towards peace. Charlie finally shows the strength of a Queen and makes difficult sacrifices and choices that aren't just beneficial to her but her country. I have enjoyed getting to know Charlie, her group of friends, protectors, and exploring Derting's dystopian world. It has been a dark adventure with perilous twists.

Charlie, Queen of Ludania is doing her best to make her country better than its ever been. She's established communications between the Queendoms which have long remained disconnected from one another but just as she makes progress she receives a grisly message from Queen Elena of Astonia. That's when Charlie's left to make a decision that may save lives or start a war. Either way she has only one action to take, even if it means risking her own life.

Since Charlie's use of Sabara's deadly gift to protect her sister her relationship with Angelina and Brooklyn just isn't the same. Angelina refuses to acknowledge Charlie because of Sabara's influence and Angelina because Charlie killed her father. Max is seen a little bit more and his relationship with Charlaina grows which is what I was hoping for from the very beginning. Xander returns to the fold but his presence in The Offering is somewhat shocking because of what happens within the first few pages of the book. Sage, Queen Elena's sister becomes a prominent character, and I admired her bravery and getting to read from her viewpoint. It was great to have all the people I liked brought back and drawn into the conflict that his been building since the first novel.

As a conclusion to the series I have grown to like more and more I think the ending will please most. The Offering includes many past characters and some new, giving us a little of everyone's POV and a diversity of thoughts. Charlie has matured greatly and has become the amazing Queen everyone has been telling her she'd be. Sabara makes a big move in trying to take over, while everyone prepares for an unavoidable battle. The Offering starts off with a shock that creates chaos, and spirals into a turbulent flow of events. I'm so happy I gave this series a chance because it has been compact with action, strong characters, a captivating plot, romance, and a dangerously compelling world. Kimberly Derting has created a wonderfully dark, enjoyable trilogy. The Offering is the perfect ending to this dystopian series.


True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.




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