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Ascend: A Trylle Novel by [Hocking, Amanda]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 612 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in A Trylle Novel (3 Book Series)
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“This series has a bit of everything--magic, myth, action, romance…ah, the romance! There is something so appealing about forbidden love, especially when it leads to a happily-ever-after. I have to say, I love the way this ended. Of course, I won't give spoilers, but the ending was perfect.” ―Diary of A Bibliophile

“Hocking is so talented in her ability to mold characters and have them grow, a rare talent many authors lack. She has the ability to make the growth of these characters amazingly realistic. Now, I won't give anything away but I will say READ them! They are amazing!” ―The First 100 Pages

“I read these three books back-to-back-to-back. The story had me so engaged, that I could not put it down. I was reading in the car, at school, on my bed, at the dinner table, and in the media room. You could call it an obsession.” ―Reading Vacation Reviews

“Loved this book! One of the best final books I've ever read. I feel like the ending went a little fast but Im a sucker for a nice happy ending and I just plain LOVE this series!” ―Library Thing

“With each book, we have seen Wendy transition from a young girl to a strong heroine. And with the romance, Hocking throws in a nice surprising twist that was refreshing, and which makes Ascend shine even brighter. The Trylle Trilogy is recommended for all paranormal fans no matter what your age.” ―Nocturne Romance Reads, Nocturne Romance Reads

“A very fast read, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes romance, conflict, and the paranormal” ―Kathy's Book Bag

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"This series has a bit of everything--magic, myth, action, romance...ah, the romance! There is something so appealing about forbidden love, especially when it leads to a happily-ever-after. I have to say, I love the way this ended. Of course, I won't give spoilers, but the ending was perfect." --"Diary of A Bibliophile"

"Hocking is so talented in her ability to mold characters and have them grow, a rare talent many authors lack. She has the ability to make the growth of these characters amazingly realistic. Now, I won't give anything away but I will say READ them! They are amazing!" -"The First 100 Pages "

"I read these three books back-to-back-to-back. The story had me so engaged, that I could not put it down. I was reading in the car, at school, on my bed, at the dinner table, and in the media room. You could call it an obsession." -"Reading Vacation Reviews"

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"""Loved this book! One of the best final books I've ever read. I feel like the ending went a little fast but Im a sucker for a nice happy ending and I just plain LOVE this series!" -"Library Thing"

"""With each book, we have seen Wendy transition from a young girl to a strong heroine. And with the romance, Hocking throws in a nice surprising twist that was refreshing, and which makes "Ascend" shine even brighter. The Trylle Trilogy is recommended for all paranormal fans no matter what your age." -"Nocturne Romance Reads""""A very fast read, I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone that likes romance, conflict, and the paranormal." -"Kathy's Book Bag"


Product Details

  • File Size: 991 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447205715
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T54L56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed reading this book and would probably have given it 5 stars had I not been a little disappointed with certain choices that were made by Wendy. I do think that the author could have made the book a little longer and included more characters that we saw in the previous books. You really don't see Rhys or Rhiannon in this book whatsoever. Rhys appears at the end in the wrap-up but that's about it. While they weren't crucial characters I think their complete absence was still odd. I was surprised at how big a role Loki plays in this last book. I feel like he just randomly appeared in the 2nd book (not literally randomly) and had some crazy, kind of obnoxious flirty love thing going for Wendy but he was never really explained. We were told his history and whatnot but he never really seemed to have any real purpose. I was hoping in the third book the author would explain exactly why he was so important and go into a little more character development for him but she didn't.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Reading a couple comments the author wrote regarding this book, she stated that while she could see this book being compared to the Princess Diaries, she didn't see the connection with Twilight. Really? Because in both cases you have a lovesick teenage girl who starts off weak and vulnerable but eventually becomes some super powerful being that saves the world (vampire world, troll world...whatever). The love Wendy had for Finn also screamed Bella/Edward to me. PLUS what about when Wendy realized that putting herself in danger made Finn rescue her so she could see him again? Umm...? That also screams Bella/Edward...when almost an entire book was dedicated to Bella doing stupid things just to see Edward in her thoughts.
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Contains Spoilers! Updated.

I'm not really sure what to say. I got hooked on the my blood approves series and decided to try this series out. I enjoyed Ms. Hocking's writing so I downloaded all three Trylle books. I wish had stopped at the second book. I feel utterly disappointed and wish could return this book. Finn was built up as THE love interest, and then he is shoved aside for a sleezy secondary character (Loki). I kept reading hoping that for a Finn/Wendy ending and now, as a reader, I feel complete unsatisfied. Now I'm a little nervous about a fifth book fo My Blood Approves.....I understand not wanting to be predictable, but this twist just destroyed this whole series for me.

Ms. Hocking is a great writer and she knows how to tell a good story. But I don't think I will be recommending the Trylle Trilogy to anyone. Well maybe the first two books. Somebody in another review said that this what it would be like if Bella chose Jacob instead of Edward in Twilight. I disagree...this is what it would be like if Bella chose Mike Newton instead of Edward and Jacob. It makes no sense whatsoever.
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While I enjoyed the 1st two books in this series and think A. Hocking to be a very talented writer, I was disappointed in this third book. I think she was trying too hard to be clever and not fall victim to cliches. Especially since she started to build up the mulitple lovers thing (aka S. Meyer ) and wanted to break the mold so-to-say. Though I commend her for her bravery, there is a reason Meyer (and others like her) have found so much success; When an author sets up a character like Finn and strengthens the love and devotion two people feel towards each other-it rips at the heart of readers to have that love lost and replaced by a character (Loki), that is less developed, with devotion that is not well explained, and a love that seems to be based in convenience and physical neediness. The ending seemed rushed with the development of real feelings between Loki and Wendy...so weird it almost seems like a different author wrote the last half of the 3rd book and their job was to tie up the loose ends. Not a bad read all around but if you have your heart set on Finn and Wendy, don't read this book-just imagine your own ending. It will be better than the real one.
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This book was bad for two main reasons: (1) I respect the fact that the author took the initiative and successfully self-published, but there were so many typos and grammatical errors that they detracted from the actual story. On multiple occasions, I had to reread sentences and restructure them in order to make out what she was trying to say. (2) By the time you're finished reading this, you will really dislike and not respect the main character and even worse, you really won't care what happens in the story.

SPOILER ALERT

So not to repeat what the numerous other reviewers have said, but the blatant attempt at putting in a "twist" in the hopes of originality basically severed any connection that the reader had with the characters or the story. Obviously, the author has the right to do whatever she wants with her characters and the story, but at least take the time to make it believable for your readers. I can accept that Wendy essentially fell out of love with Finn as quickly as she claimed to have fallen in love with him. Hey, who hasn't read "Forever" by Jude Blume. Young love, especially first, doesn't always last forever. The problem here, however, is that Wendy supposedly ends things with Finn because in her eyes, he refused to fight for her. She felt betrayed that she would give up the entire kingdom for him, when he wouldn't do the same for her. This leads to the obvious conclusion that she's young, immature and irrational because she is either unwilling or unable to see that Finn, forced with an extremely difficult choice, is making the decision that he thinks is not only best for Wendy and will keep her safe, but will also protect thousands, almost a million lives - at the expense of his own happiness.
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