Saturday, May 18, 2013

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3)3 out of 5 Robots!

Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle #3
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: April 24, 2012
Hardcover: 326 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I feel like I am a bit of a glutton for punishment with this series.  But I read the first two and because I could finish them so quickly I went ahead and read the last one.  Surprisingly, it was probably my favorite out of the series.

Wendy makes quite a change.   With Elora sick, she has really stepped up to ruling her kingdom.  She has also started to master her magical abilities.  She is engaged to Tove and getting over Finn.  While I had a hard time buying into that big of a turnaround in such a short amount of time, but I liked the "new" Wendy better than the previous one so I was willing to overlook it.   I also appreciated Wendy's decisions when choosing between Finn and Loki.  While I wasn't always on board with either romance, I thought her reasoning was actually mature decision making.  And, hey, something actually happens at the end!  The characters do continue to talk incessantly about everything, but there is a lot of action and excitement at the end.  The ending has everything tied up in a neat little bow, which is just very...convenient.  All in all, I don't think this is the strongest paranormal series out there, but I think some readers would probably enjoy it.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Switched
2. Torn
3. Ascend

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