Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rockstar Book Tours, Review, & Giveaway: Graduation Day (Joelle Charboneau)

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Displaying GraduationDay.jpgTitle: GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014Pages: 304

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!

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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.

I devoured The Testing and Independent Study and absolutely couldnt wait to get Graduation Day. Joelle Charbonneau is a phenomenal writer who puts the perfect mix of suspense, action, and drama to make this series A M A Z I N G. 

Graduation Day is the conclusion to this amazing series that began with The Testing. Cia and her friends have been through so much in the last couple of years and the steps they take next will either save the commonwealth or kill them all. 

"Am I scared? Yes. As the youngest student at the University, I find it hard to believe that my actions could change the course of my country's history."

The main character, Cia, is one of my most favorite characters ever. She is strong and determined and really makes this book great. She is given an assignment by the President to take out the most influential leaders that created and continued the Testing for recruits. Cia and her friends must now decide who they can really trust or risk being exposed and eliminated. 

One of my favorite quotes from the book:
"Two crossed lightning bolts. A symbol of power. Of the elimination of ignorance. And of a rebellion that must overcome insurmountable odds in order to succeed. A symbol that combines my past with my future. And the time has come for that future to begin."

There are so many twists and turns in Graduation Day and I don't want to give away too much for those who have yet to begin the series or those about to read Graduation Day. I can just  say that I truly loved this book and this series. This entire series is filled with so much suspense and raw drama. The story felt so real and sometimes I found myself just staring at the pages wondering if what just happened....really happened. That is how shocking some parts of this book were...and I LOVED every moment. The end of this book was perfect. It answered all the questions I had and wrapped up the series perfectly. Joelle is a writer that I have definitely added to my favorite authors list as well as this series to my favorite series list. 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/9/2014- NightlyReading- Review

6/10/2014- The Book Cellar- Guest Post

6/11/2014- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review

6/12/2014- Fiktshun- Interview

6/13/2014- Manga Maniac Café- Review

Week Two:

6/16/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post

6/17/2014- K-books- Review

6/18/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview

6/19/2014- Parajunkee's View- Review

6/20/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

RockStar Book Tours


  1. Great review! I'm definitely going to have to start this series.

  2. This series looks fantastic! Definitely on my wishlist :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. I've been trying to hold off on starting trilogies until all three books are released. I've been waiting on this one for what FEELS like forever! Can't wait for June 17 :)

  4. Great review this book looks and sounds fantastic thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. I have not yet read this series, but I hear such good things about it, and I really want to read it! :)