» Ascend, Amanda Hocking

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Ascend, Amanda HockingAscend by Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Trilogy #3
Published by Macmillan on 2012-04-24
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
5 Stars

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world.  Ascend is the final chapter in her bestselling Trylle trilogy—and you’ll never guess how it ends!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
Green swirlsWow.   There are so many things to say about this third and final book to the trilogy.  I can tell you right now there will be spoilers so read on at your own risk. 

I can’t sit here and say that I’m not disappointed in the ending.  I am.  However, I can totally see where and why the author went the way she did.   She completely explained it through her writing.  If you weren’t able to pick it up, then re-read it. 

Earlier I mentioned that I did a bad thing and peeked ahead in this book.  I did it for two reasons… I accidentally came across a review giving away spoilers.  Unfortunately it didn’t warn of spoilers before I read it.  Her bad.  Secondly I couldn’t stand the suspense and I had to find out for myself.. my bad.

Once I found out that the worst was about to happen in the book and my favourite character was NOT going to get the girl.  I waited a couple of days and came to grips with that fact.  Then, once I decided to read the book I had already accepted the fact that Finn was going to lose so I didn’t waste my time concentrating on his character as much as I normally would have and I concentrated more on Loki… the winner who does get the girl,  and the girl herself. 

I’m not saying that it’s okay to peek ahead.  It NEVER is okay to peek ahead.  My only defense is that I already knew what was about to happen so it wasn’t like I really spoiled it on myself…. but yeah.  Don’t do it!  It’s not a good thing. 

So, again, I’m not saying that it’s okay to do it but in this particular case I’m glad I did because I think if I had been reading along and anticipating my Finn to get the girl and I found out that he didn’t I would have been mad and angry and disappointed and possibly given a bad review based on my anger and not the ability of the author.  Not to mention I would have never given Loki the consideration and recognition he deserved.  My anger would have made me miss out on a fantastic and fabulous character.

Amanda Hocking is without a doubt an incredibly talented author.  She’s phenomenal.  Do I agree with how she went this book?  Nope.  Did I enjoy the book anyway?  Yes with a few reservations.  Did the author rile me up and make my emotions soar with each chapter?  Hell YES!!  You don’t always have to agree with the author’s decision.  That’s not what makes a book good or bad for me.  What makes a book good or bad (for me) is if you enjoyed reading it.  If you jumped into the scenery and characters with all your limbs.  If after you put the book down you continued to think about it.  If you have emotions so strong that you’re either angry, happy, sad or whatever.  THAT’S what makes a good book. 

I love Amanda Hocking’s style.  She’s fantastic!

Green swirls
Freakin Phenomenal

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!)

Paw prings

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