Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

Title: Ascend
Author: Amanda Hocking
Series: Trylle Trilogy #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 24, 2012) Reprint Edition
Length: 336 pages
Format: paperback

Description from Goodreads:

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:

     Ascend is the last book of the Trylle Trilogy and what an ending it was. In the beginning of the series Wendy Everly was a selfish and overindulged girl who was slightly unlikeable. Ascend shows her complete transformation into a young woman who is both capable and ready to lead her people. In this installment Wendy has completely grown up. She is constantly thinking about Feorening and her loved ones so much that it  sometimes backfires on her. Her relationships completely evolve, especially those with Finn, Loki, and Elora. Ascend introduces a lot of background information on these characters. Some of them rose in rank and other seriously let me down. The importance that the love triangle (quadrangle...Tove?) between Wendy, Finn, and Loki plays a HUGE part in the story. To say that things turned out unexpected is an understatement, as in I didn't see it coming ..at all. This was a  pleasant surprise and one I enjoyed very much. I can't tell you how happy I was to see her end up with who she did.  Ascend also delivers much more information about Wendy's father and troll history that does a nice job of fleshing out the plot and mythoglogy surrounding the trolls. This adds a truly "troll" quality to a world that in my opinion slightly resembled the faerie world.
       Onto my picking apart the tinsy details of the story. Where Rhys was during the majority of the story is a mystery to me. I really enjoyed his character and missed him in the end. Secondly, the paperback version is slightly different than the original ebook version of the story. All I will say is that towards the end Tove admits to something that didn't originally happen. All I can ask is why? Why add this to the story? Other than that Ascend is by far the best book in the series and was a very enjoyable read. This book gets a 4 STAR rating.

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