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Ascend

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Ascendtitle: Ascend
author: Amanda Hocking
series: Trylle #3
published: 24 April 2012
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 326
source: bought
format: paperback
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rating: four-half-stars
series rating: four-stars


the blurb

Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

The stakes have never been higher, because her kingdom isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. After falling for both Finn and Loki, she’s about to make the ultimate choice…who to love forever. One guy has finally proven to be the love of her life—and now all their lives might be coming to an end. 

Everything has been leading to this moment.  The future of her entire world rests in her hands—if she’s ready to fight for it.


my review

I have really enjoyed this series and I am sad to see it end!  I thought Ascend was a perfect conclusion, especially with the bonus short story at the end.  The world that was created was so interwoven with our own that it made it hard not to believe in the possibilities!

Wendy is a different person in this book than in the first.  She grew so much as she accepted her destiny and made it her own.  This is one of the things that I loved about her.  She accepted her destiny, but she also refused to accept those things about her new society that she felt were wrong.  Instead, she strives to make change, to make a rather stagnant society grow with her.  She has met with a lot of opposition from those traditionalists, but she stays true to herself.  The message there is inspiring.

There is a lot more action in this book, lots of twists and turns.  There were also some deeply emotional moments that truly tugged at the heart strings.  My feelings for various characters constantly changed throughout the book… loving them one moment and annoyed by them the next!

I loved this series and its premise and I am sad to see it end!

About Amanda Hocking

I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

My latest book is Hollowland – a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near future. It’s a bit more violent and gritter than my other books, but there is still romance. Mostly though, Remy kicks a lot of butt.

I also enjoy Red Bull, Jim Henson, Batman, Jane Austen, Star Wars legos, and I absolutely hate long walks on the beach out of my intense fear/hatred of wet sand

My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Palahniuk, Bret Easton Ellis, Alan Moore, and J. D. Salinger, but I don’t write anything like them. I have an obsession with River Phoenix, and I’ve seen Silence of the Lambs more than any other movie, even The Dark Knight. If I were trapped on a deserted island, the one thing I’d take with me would be a boat capable for taking me home.

I’m also the guitarist in a band called the Fraggin Aardvarks, and even though its even twice as cool as it sounds, we haven’t had a practice in like two years, so I’m not sure that technically we are still a band. But we never broke up, and it’s an awesome thing to tell people, so I’m sticking with it. (We even had a synethesizer!)

Rating Report
plot
four-half-stars
characters
four-half-stars
writing
four-stars
pacing
four-half-stars
cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

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