Posted in Young Adult Lit

Ascend, by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking
2012  St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN – 9781250006332
Genre – Fantasy
Age – High School
3.2 Stars


Ascend is the third book in the Switched trilogy. If you haven’t read the first two and don’t want spoilers please skip. Here are my reviews of Switched and Torn.

Wendy is preparing for her 18th birthday, her wedding to Tuve, and her coronation as queen. On top of that she is trying to prevent a war between her kingdom and the Vittra. Recently they have been attacking Trylle communities, and killing their citizens. When she realizes that the only way to stop an all out war is to sacrifice herself, she has big decisions to make. Will she continue to give up her life and her happiness for the greater good of a kingdom that she just recently became a part of?

This book was about the same caliber as the rest of the series. The characters continue to grow, and the plot thickens. I liked that Wendy is very adamant in changing many age old social injustices that are imbedded into the Trylle society. I like the way I think she will lead her kingdom. Despite the fact that the heads of society battle her at every idea and decision, she continues to do what she believes is right. She is already unpopular, so she doesn’t have much to risk. Now I’m going to vent, and if you don’t want to know about the ending…Stop Here.

Everything was wrapped up into a neat little package. Nothing went wrong, minus a broken leg, it was actually perfect. The two kingdoms battled and there was no loss at all. Wendy got to live happily ever after with the man she loves, and so did everyone else. COME ON!!! I understand that Hocking may have wanted a nice ending, but really. Nothing ever happens that way. Every once in a while I would like to read a book that has the exact opposite ending. Where the worst case scenario came true, but I understand that most books will have a decent middle ground. After reading three books, this was a huge disappointment.


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