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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Series that are Ending Soon

On this day in 2007, the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released. So, in honor of that, we're taking a look at the first books in some series that are ending this fall, or have recently ended-- so get started on 'em now.

    

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. Cammie and her friends at Gallagher Academy-- a boarding school to train future spies. They speak many languages and are experts in covert ops. When Cammie develops a crush on a local boy, they'll need all these skills, and then some, to see if he feels the same. The first in a series that quickly gets a more involved and darker plot. The final and sixth book, United We Spy comes out on September 17.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns y Rae Carson. Elisa wears the godstone that marks her as chosen by God. When she's married off to a neighboring king, she is thrust into a world of politics and intrigue that she doesn't understand. When she is kidnapped by rebels and sees the truth of the situation on her borders, she must face her destiny. The third book in the trilogy, The Bitter Kingdom comes out on August 27.

Divergent by Veronica Roth. In a dystopian Chicago, every 16-year-old must choose a faction to join. Each faction cultivates a different virtue--honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, and intelligence. Tris needs to decide if she stays in the same faction as her family, or follows her heart to the faction that calls to her. The third in the trilogy, Allegiant, comes out on October 22.

    

Enclave by Ann Aguirre. The Enclave is an underground world in tunnels, isolated from other remnants of humanity by the Freaks that roam the tunnels looking for any meat, including human. When she turns 15, Deuce is given a name, and a job. A hunter, she has to protect the Enclave from the Freaks, but the Freaks are getting smarter and staying ahead of them will mean discovering some of Enclave's deepest secrets. The third in the trilogy, Horde comes out on October 29.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Benny will never forgive his brother Tom for what happened on First Night. Tom is legendary bounty hunter, a zombie-killing hero, but Benny knows the truth. But as Benny follows Tom into the Rot and Ruin, into zombie territory, Benny learns there is more to his brother and to his world than he ever thought. There are monsters out there, but the undead aren't the only ones. The fourth and final book, Fire & Ash is out on August 13.

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke. In the steampunk paranormal present, Xandra's sister has committed suicide. But Xandra knows that Dede isn't dead, but she can't prove it, but she will. And she will bring to justice those responsible for Dede faking her own death. Published for adults, this one has high teen appeal. The third (and I think final, but I'm not 100% sure) book, Long Live the Queen comes out on November 12.

    

Abandon by Meg Cabot. When Pierce and her mother move to her mother's hometown on Isla Huesos in the Florida Keys, she discovers that ever since she technically died and came back, she's been living in the Persephone story. It started with a hurricane, and it looks like it will end withe one, too. The third book in the trilogy, Awaken came out a few weeks ago.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. After the days of the unspeakable, Seranonna curses Lumatere, and its exiles are left to find each other and try to find a way home, never knowing if there's a home to find their way back to. Finnikin roams the countryside, checking on the refugees, trying to find them a new home, but then he hears the name of the heir to the throne and has hope that maybe they can go back home, so he finds a novice that will guide them. The third in the trilogy, Quintana of Charyn came out in April.

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. These vampires aren't just the rich children of New York's elite, but they actually embody fallen angels-- those that left Heaven with Lucifer, but changed their minds before entering Hell. Plenty of mean girl politics, entangled romances, and an alternate explanation for large portions of history make this long-running series smart and fun. The 7th and final book (not including extras and spin-offs), Gates of Paradise came out in January.

What series have you counting down the days until the final book?

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