REVIEW: Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking


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.


Of course – here is the much awaited happily ever after.

If I’m being completely honest, I expected a lot more from the final book in this trilogy. But everything ended exactly as one would think. There was really no plot twist or anything that really surprised me which was a little disappointing. If you’re a fan of cliche YA, paranormal novels then this is the perfect series for you. There’s love at first sight, love triangles, and an unusual/awkward teenage heroine who is ultimately the all powerful “creature” fated to save her race/the world.

Amanda Hocking continued on right where Torn left off and of course took time throughout the whole book reminding the reader of what happened in the previous books to help explain or justify events in this book which was also a little annoying.

As predictable as this book was, I still loved it. The characters are all really charming and loveable, and they all end up the way living happily ever after. It really is a fairy tale ending – and not a Grimm’s Fairy Tale kind.


This book was a lot more anticlimactic than I would have liked. When Wendy and her rather small army went to kill the Vittra, it just happened so fast. Within a couple hours they killed King Oren while keeping all the main characters alive – which is a little boring. I was expecting Duncan to at least die since he seemed rather expendable, but nope! They kept him alive, they even brought Loki back from the dead. I just wished everything would have turned out a little less perfect.

Also, did anyone else think that the main characters were much to young to all be married and have kids? I mean, the heroine of the story is 19 years old, a queen, married for the second time, and has a one year old son. Isn’t that a little much? Same goes for Finn and Mia. They’ve known each other for a little over a year and a half, have only been dating for maybe a year, and they’re also married now and Mia is pregnant again with her second child. I just wish they could have taken it slower and not have rushed the happy ending in the story.

Buttttt, I still love reading tacky, cliche, YA paranormal novels. It’s a good light read and pretty straight forward, but a nice break from reading more daunting novels like “A Feast for Crows”. Overall, I found that I enjoyed the series – simple, quick to read, and with lovable characters.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


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