Monday, June 18, 2012

REVIEW: Caris Roane's Ascension

Book: Ascension

Author: Caris Roane

Series: The World of Ascension

Publishing stats: December 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (USA)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Cover Blurb: On The Wings of Desire

Alison Wells is no ordinary woman. Born with super-natural powers, she can never make love to a man without putting him in grave danger. But when her special vision reveals a glorious muscled man soaring overhead on might wings, she feels an overwhelming attraction she cannot resist-even as he tells her “I have come for you. Your blood belong to me.”

In the Heat of Passion

Kerrick is a vampire and a warrior who has fought his hunger for a woman’s love for the past two hundred years. As a Guardian of Ascension, he is sworn to protect Alison from the death vamp armies who crave her blood and her power. But Kerrick has cravings of his own-a forbidden longing to open his heart and veins to Alison. To share his blood…satisfy his thirst…and seal their fates forever.

First line: Kerrick stood by the bar at The Blood and Bite, looking for a woman, the right woman, the one that would keep his head straight, the one he craved.

What I liked: This book had humans transcending to live as super-powered, vampire-angels hybrid warriors. Just...think about that for a minute. One minute the main character - Alison - is just your ordinary, one of the mill psychologist. Sure, her psyche isn't the healthiest, but she's basically pretty normal. The next minute she's shooting beams out of her hands, teleporting all over, taking telepathic strolls, rewriting genetic code with her thoughts, and being informed her wings are on order. It's ridiculous. And works. Somehow, with the plot, with these characters, what you would normally think of as beyond campy comes across as exotic and sexy.

What I didn’t like: I hate those romances where the hero and heroine dillydally getting together because of they let their pasts get between them. Repeatedly. Alison allowed her greatest fears to be played against her by the enemy and Kerrick lets her go because he fears the danger his lifestyle might pose to her. And you know what? I'd be just fine with that...if both of them weren't already in danger independently. I mean, heck, if bad guys are going to be targeting both you and your significant love regardless of whether or not you're together, using that as your reason not to be together is just plain dumb. 

Overall: Ms. Roane works with a large cast, including - but in no way limited to - over a half dozen warriors, their femme fatale boss, her administrative staff, the Big Bad, his minions and Alison's family. Dips are made into several of the characters' back story - including two of the bad guys and the roots are laid for the romance of set to take centre stage in book two. The most amazing part of all this, however, is that the writing accomplishes all this without sacrificing the integrity of any other elements. A truly amazing feat when you take in just how complex and varied a book this really is.

Would I read this author again: Yes. I love the flow of the writing and the vein of humour that runs through it. Definitely makes future books worth the read.

My rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

To purchase the book for yourself, you can find it at,,, Barnes & Noble or The Book Depository. Enjoy!

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