I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
Also by this author: Rampant
Series: Killer Unicorns #2
Also in this series: Rampant
Published by HarperCollins on 2010-09-28
Genres: Friendship, Girls & Women, Legends, Myths, Fables, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid can’t help but feel that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters, deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?
As much as I would love to write a full-review of Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund, there’s still a lot of months until it is out, so I think it’s more prudent to give a quick and dirty mini-review, and NO, not that kind of dirty.
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund is a direct sequel to the super-awesome Rampant, which I actually really enjoyed. With Ascendant, the intros and exposition is pretty much out of the way so the book gets right on down to business. There is absolutely more sexual tension, more unicorns, more action, and a lot of moral dilemma. I loved it! What was so cool is how Peterfreund made her events grey areas. By this I mean things were taken out of a black and white context and given complexity and layers. I guess it’s awesome how we get to see two sides of a coin.
I actually enjoyed Ascendant way more than Rampant. I thought Astrid really came into her own. Confession corner: After I finished I really had trouble finding a book to read. I mean, what’ll measure up to that kind of awesome?
And this is the part where I frantically beg for another book in Astrid’s world. Seriously, I have a jones-ing for more killer unicorns.
Be on the look out for a fantastic contest today featuring both Rampant AND Ascendant!!
*This post part of Zombies vs. Unicorns week.