Return of the Ascendant (Ascendant #1)


Author: Raine Thomas                                                                                                Published: April 8, 2014                                                                                                     Pages: 270

Stars: 2 out of 5


Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.


This story is complicated and hard to follow in the beginning because of all the different names and planet references. But the story itself is really simple. I would say the target audience is young teen even though there are some sexual content. I understand the goal the plot was trying to reach but ultimately it fell short. I think this book had the potential to discuss global issues and create characters with more depth. But when those opportunities presented themselves, the author either skipped over them or only touched the surface of various issues. Instead the focus of the book was on forbidden love with light references to society/social issues. I don’t think the book was bad but it wasn’t for me.

The romance between Kyra and Ty is over the top. Ty endures physical pain whenever he gets romantic feelings for Kyra. I guess it literally hurts to love Kyra. Kyra is very dependent on Ty and there are many “helpless damsel” scenes in the book that irritate me. For someone who is going to be the new leader of her world, you would think Kyra would have a stronger personality and not be so annoyingly helpless all the time.

Overall, I just couldn’t get into the book. The writing was fine but I was hoping for more depth than infatuated love.

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