Ascend by Amanda Hocking

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Title: Ascend
Author:
Amanda Hocking
Paperback: 326 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin, Reprint Edition (Apr. 24, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-1250006332
Reading Level: YA (12 – 17 Years)

My Rating: ★★

Synopsis:

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 Thoughts:
***CONTAINS SPOILERS***

          I prefer the first two books in this series to the last one. There was all of this built up anticipation for the so-called “war” that was supposed to happen and it ended so abruptly that I was left, mouth agape, trying to figure out why I read over 250 pages to get to, “I swung the sword down, slicing through his neck. I turned away so I didn’t have to see it, but I heard his head fall to the floor.” It was like I was on a rollercoaster looking forward to the huge drop in front of me, but instead the ride completely stopped. There was no excitement in that “war,” and I was disappointed. Where did the Amanda Hocking that I love go?

         There were a few other quotes that stuck out to me as being poorly written and left me screaming, “WHAT?!” in my head. For example, “”I don’t know Wendy.” Tove shook his head. “I don’t want you to die, but I don’t know what else to tell you.”” Huh? That lacks so much compassion that I literally wanted to punch Tove in the face. Who cares if he’s gay? I still think he should have been more upset about the fact that Wendy, at that point in the story, was most likely facing death. Don’t get me wrong, I do recommend this series and I do plan on reading more of her books but this one was just a letdown in more ways than one and to me it seems that Hocking may have rushed the ending to this series without putting as much thought into it as she did the first two books.

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