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Ascenders: High School for the Recently Deceased (Ascenders Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 8, 2015
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"I wish I could go back and read it again and again - not knowing what would happen." -- MUGGLENET.com, the world's largest Harry Potter site.
Newhouse Media: "A new 'Twilight Zone' of a world. Speaking of Uncle Stevie, otherwise known as Stephen King, 'Ascenders' reads like something he might have written back in the Twilight Zone of his own youth. I love Koontz and King and haven't been this excited about an author in a long time."
Authors that Rock: "C.L. Gaber has a distinctly cinematic style that turns Ascenders into a butt-kicking movie that plays out in your head with every turn of the page."
Trance Reviews: "I couldn't put this book down. The female protagonist Walker Callaghan is right up there with Katniss from 'Hunger Games.' An epic read. I'll be recommending this book to everyone."
Author Groupies: "If you're a fan of dystopian epics, this bring a whole new element to the genre: the afterlife. I loved this book. What an original concept! Constantly changing, riveting and thought-provoking."
Be Seeing U Book Reviews: This Saga needs a 10 star button!!!! If this isn't already being made into a movie or a T.V. show I'm not sure why not . The second book of the Asenders Saga is just as good if not better as the first.
The Pen and the Muse: Ascenders by C.L. Gaber was an utterly refreshing, original, and an un-put-down-able read. This book was brimming with emotions, feels, and had a striking story line that kept you glued to your e-reader. I was completely mesmerized with the characters and their journey of the "in between." With a concept so unique, Ms. Gaber had her readers totally invested with the story of Walker and Daniel. Be prepared to get spell-blinded and fall in love with this beautiful and enchanting story.
Booknerds: "I was completely absorbed in the Ascenders world. It's an insanely creative world. AMAZING, AMAZING concept and characters. Daniel and Walker had great chemistry. Daniel is everything a male lead should be. Total crush material. He walks that line of bad boy and sweetheart. Walker was one hell of a strong female character. She was intelligent, quick witted, charming and a bad ass in the best possible way."
One Book At a Time: "Ascenders is one of those books you can get lost it. I was excited the whole time I was reading it. It reminded me of why I love this genre so much."
Gamers Review Magazine: "I didn't find this book. This book found me. Can't wait to see what's next for Ascenders. Visual novel, please!"
About the Author
C.L. Gaber writes YA fiction from her home in Nevada where she lives with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. She is also the co-author of Jex Malone.
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This book will draw you in and keep you reading and wanting more. I have a love for the supernatural and this was such a cool outlook on death. The story was never slow it was a constant thrill to see what was coming next. I'd highly recommend this book. I feel like I may have stumbled onto the next J. K. Rowling or young adult version of Anne Rice. What I mean by this is that the author really sucks you into the story. It's quite riveting.
Seriously, this was an amazing read! Awesome characters, great plot, love, and action! Oh boy, the action! Truly a must read, if you like and action packed, ghosty, loving and lesson type book, with characters inspired from real life greats, in which some passed, way too soon. On to book 2!
The story actually captured me from the beginning when Walker wakes up in a new town, a new home and starting a new school called 'The Academy.". She is confused and trying to figure things out, it takes her a little while to find out that she is actually dead and this her transitioning period before she goes on to the "other side." I will admit the beginning was a little slow moving but once Walker and Daniel hit it off it takes off from there.
Daniel is the campus bad boy, you know every book has them, but he really isn't a bad boy at all. He is just devoted to caring for his siblings and his spare time is spent on his secret plan. I loved watching the relationship between he and Walker develop into more, the chemistry between them was tangible but I was left really wanting more to their story that didn't involve all of the other stuff (can’t really say here with spoiling it).
The Ascenders was a well written, smooth flowing book. The imagination that went in to writing this other world was astounding and you can almost believe it exists. I loved that CL Gaber included some pretty well known deceased characters in the story; they certainly offered comedic relief in some much needed times. The book has all the feels young love, mean girls, family bonds and even some race against time action that will have you on the edge of your seat. Even if para isn’t your thing I think you would still enjoy this book.
The ending....oooh the ending! I will admit I teared up but then we are hit with this scene and I am like wtf is going on??? I am definitely eager to read the next installment next month.
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