On Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund

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.

On Ascendant by Diana PeterfreundAscendant 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
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.



    cool Rampant is on the bottom of a very high tbr stack 🙂 looking forward to it

  2. Lea (YA Book Queen) says

    I can't wait for this one to come out! Glad to see that it's great 🙂

  3. Jenn (Books At Midnight) says

    Ah, these books sounds so awesome! I'm definitely ordering Rampant today. 😀

  4. April (BooksandWine) says

    Fiction State Of Mind- I know how it goes with a high TBR stack, lol!

    Lea- OMG it is sooo good. I will be giving it away so you should def enter!

    Jenn – Yay for ordering Rampant. The PB comes out on the last day of August!


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