Friday, July 13, 2012

Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund

I have an interesting YA novel to review today, Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund. It actually came out in 2010, but the ARC was passed on to me recently.

The Story-
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 want--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?

My Thoughts- I really enjoyed the original take on unicorns. It is not something you see written about these days, and usually they aren't the bad guys. The world that Peterfreund creates is very interesting and I enjoyed the way she delves into science and fantasy.

The main character, Astrid, has great potential. She goes through several different emotional struggles throughout the story that really build  her character. Her trials with her boyfriend, her family, and her job all form a strong plot line.

I recommend this book to ages 14 and up.


  1. OK, What's up with the white outline, it is driving me nuts. Can't fix it either.

  2. I LOVED Ascendant. And the fact that she doesn't shy away from darker themes and considerations that pertain to growing up female in this era really impressed me. You read the first book, Rampant, right?