03/31/12

Ascend: Book Review (Plus Sum-Up of the Trilogy!)

Novel: Ascend by Amanda Hocking (Trylle Trilogy #3) | Goodreads
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Challenge: None

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.

(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)

Willa’s Rambles:

This series was just… Amazing. Switched surprised me, Torn made me crave more, and Ascend just astounded me. The series kept you on the edge of your seat, made you gasp, cry, and laugh, and then stuck you in the dryer and tumbled you around a few times. I came out dazed and in a trance of WendyLokiFinn and couldn’t get out it.

Wendy is such a powerful heroine, and one of my favorites. I’ve described her twice already, but if you want to see what I thought of her check out one of my past reviews (Switched and Torn), so I thought I’d talk a little about the other characters that were more minor.

Willa, which was SO weird to read because it’s my name, was such a hilarious character who really grew on me. She surprised me with her strength in Ascend and made me cheer for her constantly. Tove, who she ends up having a very complicated relationship with in Ascend  and Torn, is one of those characters who you kind of like. I knew the whole time there was more to him, and I was so happy to find those layers in this book! Her mother, Elora, also grew on me because we learn more about her in Ascend which helps with that. We also discover more about her father, which was so exhilarating!

Then, there’s the Loki and Finn and Wendy triangle, but honestly, Finn was never even a possibility once Loki was introduced. Loki was incredible, and perfect for Wendy, but there are a few small complications, as usual, that cause them some problems in the book.

The Whole Series:

This series was incredible. The idea of trolls existing in society on the outskirts of our towns, and having Changelings was mind-blowing and so interesting! I loved the development of the history of the Trylle society in the books, and learning more about the various towns in the kingdom. The relationships in the novel are so well developed, and the characters and so flawed, but eventually grew on me.

The Trylle Trilogy is now one of my go-to recommendations! I can’t wait for this book to be out so you all can go read it and experience what I did!

What are you MOST looking forward to about the series? What do you think about the idea of trolls? Comment below!