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Posted June 20, 2013
Before I began reading Ascendant Cover, I was expecting your typ
Before I began reading Ascendant Cover, I was expecting your typical Young Adult paranormal romance. However after reading a couple of chapters I realized that this novel had so much more to it. There is nothing “typical” about this story. I was beyond excited that romance took more of a back seat which allowed me to be sucked into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the main character’s mother. I found myself trying to piece together the clues and try to guess what would happen next. Most YA paranormal books that I have read in the past have somewhat predictable twists and turns but I was not prepared for some of the things that happened in this book. Author, Rebecca Taylor was successful at keeping me on my toes.
Charlotte, the main character of Ascendant is both heartbroken over and obsessed with her mother’s disappearance. But don’t let this fool you. She is smart, sassy, and determined to piece together the clues to find out what happened to her mother. Charlotte delves into some dark and dangerous territory that she has to use her brains and bravery to get out of. As a main character, I felt Charlotte was extremely likeable. I loved her and was rooting for her as the novel progressed.
Ascendant’s plot moved quickly enough to keep me on the edge of my seat and wanting more, but not so fast that I was left in the dust, confused. There were only a couple of spots where I feel that the action dragged a bit, but the plot was quick to pick back up again. I found everything about the novel fascinating; from the characters and the dangerous secrets they keep to their motives for keeping them.
If you are looking for an exciting and entertaining book to read this Summer I highly recommend Ascendant. Rebecca Taylor’s debut novel is an original, fun, and suspenseful paranormal mystery and it will definitely leave you wanting more.
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