Book Review: Ascend by Amanda Hocking.


Title: Ascend
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin.

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The 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.

The Review:
Ascend is the last in the Trylle trilogy, and never again will I be drawn in by a pretty cover. I’ll listen to the majority of the reviews. Wendy is still flat, moody and constantly whining about everything. She’s also added a couple more tricks to her vile resume: cheating on her spouse and not caring about anything other than the third man who’s vying for her attention. This book is rushed, with everything being tied up in a pretty bow at the end. And I do mean everything. All the loose ends, every possible story-line, and every character gets a happy ending. Well, the characters that you’re supposed to like get a happy ending. There are battles, which are poorly written and have unrealistic outcomes. I just wish this series were better. I know there are a lot of people out there who like it, but I just can’t get behind it. It pushes a lot of my DNF buttons, but I can’t not finish a book, it drives me crazy.

Book Review: Torn by Amanda Hocking


Title: Torn
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: February 28, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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The Summary:
When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits…and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted…in both worlds.

The Review:
Marginally better than the self induced train wreck that Switched was, Torn was a little bit better. Not much, a whole half umbrella, but I rounded it up to a rating of 2. Things I did like about this book were that we got more information about the Trylle, and more world building in general. We get to learn more about the characters and some of their motivations for doing as they do. I felt that there was less whining about Wendy not fitting in, but on the other hand, she was constantly complaining about everything else. She didn’t like her ability, and didn’t like training her ability, but at the same time she used it on lots of people.

I do not like the inclusion of yet another love interest, though Loki is far more entertaining than Finn. I genuinely like Tove’s character, but the ‘big reveal’ concerning him seemed a bit contrived and thrown in there for ‘teh dramaz’. I’m still going to read Ascend, but I’m not expecting much from it. I have a feeling I know where this series is going, and it’s a massive blinking neon sign that I would normally avoid. I wanted to like this series, because the premise is still cool–but I’m so not into it.

Overall: Leaps and bounds better than Switched but still not the greatest thing in the world. It’s kind of frustrating.

Review: Perifdy by Dori Klaproth

Perdify by Dori Klaproth
Release Date:July 23, 2013
Publisher: Self published through Amazon.
Pages: 90 pages.
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The Summary: Quick witted teen Trina must find a way to fight for her life the government has unleashed a genetically altered millennia old virus on an unsuspecting populace. To top it off she must keep her 4 year old half-sister as well as a couple of spoiled rich boys. Then finds Love right in the middle of it all.

The Review: This book was a serious let down. I really wanted to like it, I’ve read a short by this author and enjoyed it. However, Perfidy is just something that didn’t live up to it’s potential. Trina is a teenage girl who falls ill in the first few pages of the book. She’s taken to a mobile hospital (think like a M*A*S*H or field hospital) where she learns that she’s going to be executed–even after surviving a round with this mysterious illness.

Sounds interesting?

It has the chance to be. But that chance goes away, and everything is handed to Trina on a platter of convenience. She escapes into the woods, and works her way back to the family home. Once there she finds that her escape has been noticed, and now people are hunting her down. Trina’s mother sends the four year old sister out to join Trina in the wilderness to hopefully live in secrecy. Trina’s father spent lots of time teaching her how to survive off the land, and she has a few supplies. But once again, the opportunity to show some conflict and struggle is overshadowed. The supplies that they need are always within reach, they find a cave system which they turn into a home–and they don’t want for anything. Two boys join the girls, and again, things just seem to fall into place.

I would have really loved to see more struggle, more drama with this book. The whole man vs nature, man vs government is something that appeals to me in books. There were times where I could see where this was going, but then it turned sharply into the world of easily accessible. I think that rather than the young adult/teen age group this book would be more suited for a younger crowd. I wanted to like this, and I did finish because there were a few good points and the potential is there–but I can’t recommend it really. It is a series, and I’m strongly considering the second book but I probably won’t get it.

I bought this when it was .99, and the price has been raised to 4.99 which I think is incredibly high. If you wish to purchase it, go for it, but wait and watch if the price goes down.

Purchase: Perfidy