The Ascendance Trilogy: An Honest, Spoiler-Filled Review

I’m trying something new called an ‘honest review’, which is basically a review where I just rant and say the first things that came to my mind while experiencing the subject for the first time. And, finally, I’m reviewing what is my favorite fantasy series of all time: The Ascendance Trilogy! *fangirls till I can’t get up*

 

Now, before I begin, I would like to warn you that this review is FULL of spoilers. So, if you haven’t read the series and don’t want to find out things before you read them, DO NOT READ THIS. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. DON’T BE RECKLESS LIKE SAGE THIS TIME.

 

Book One: The False Prince

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, YA F Nie

I found this from Britt’s blog a looong time ago and always wanted to read it. Once I even checked it out from the library, got in about five chapters, and had to return it. And then, last September, something possessed me to check it out again. I. AM. SO. GLAD.

 

In Book One, we meet Sage. A orphan boy who is a thief–THE ROAST INCIDENT LOLLLL. Anyways. He is recruited by Bevin Connor, a bad patriot???? I WAS SO CONFUSED ABOUT HIM, OKAY. And then Latamer died–that actually mad me sad–and I hated Connor. And then Sage can climb walls like Spider-Man? Sweet.

And the sword called Sage. The sword fit for the king. Sage was not humble at this point–nor is he ever. Oh, Sage. You’re priceless.

And then a bunch of stuff happens and then Sage is JARON, THE LOST SON OF CARTHYA?????? WHAT???? Actually, because I was getting so into the book even before that li’l plot twist was revealed, I looked the book up on Pinterest (I’m an enthusiast, sorry) and I….found out Sage was Jaron before I got that far in the book. I WAS SO MAD, OKAY. It was reaaly a sad day. And then all that stuff goes down at Farthenwood and Imogen hits him with a poker–forever laughing at that.

Oh, and, okay, Imogen. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. At first I was like “WHO IS THIS GIRL AND WHY IS SHE FROWNING AT SAGE HE’S SO COOL SHE CAN’T DO THAT” and then I was all like “Twu love” Jamogen forever. I love them so much.

And then Jaron is crowned king….YAAAAAS. And Roden was kinda huffy there for a bit…he he.

 

 

Book Two: The Runaway King

The Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy Series #2)

OH NO RODEN’S BACK AND HE’S ANGRY THIS IS NOT GOOD. And Jaron you really shouldn’t skip your parent’s funeral that’s really sad. AND WHY DID YOU SEND IMOGEN AWAY MY HEART BROKE, JARON. WHY. JUST LOCK HER IN THE DUNGEON OR SOMETHING, I DON’T KNOW.  And then there’s Amarianda. I was so conflicted, guys. I liked her but I didn’t like her with Jaron because of Imogen…..NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE, PLEASE, NIELSON?

I liked Fink. HE WAS SO FEISTY FOR A LI’L GUY. Not as feisty as Jaron, but still. AND HE SPIT IN JARON’S FOOD. MAN I LOVE THIS AUTHOR.

And then Jaron goes to the pirates. The ones who ‘killed him’ four years before. I bet Jaron right before he thought they were gonna kill him sassed some pirate like ‘Y’ALL FOUR YEARS LATE.’ I’m pretty sure he actually did that. And Roden broke his leg…I hated Roden. It was terrible. It was like I was in physical pain for Jaron. BUT NONETHELESS, HE SURVIVED. And then all was well because Roden became captain of the guard…and then BAM. War. And Imogen was CAPTURED? NOOOOOOO!!!!!

 

Book Three: The Shadow Throne

The Shadow Throne - ascendance trilogy Bk 3 by Jennifer Nielsen - release date 3/1/14

Out of this trilogy, I have to say I enjoyed The Shadow Throne the best. Let me ‘splain…

OKAY SO BYE BYE IMOGEN WAAAH. But Tobias and the Princess are in love. Awww. I loved that, even though it wasn’t a huge part of the plot. I NO LONGER HAD TO BE CONFLICTED I AM FREEEEE. And the fake fight between Roden and Jaron…I was so confused there for a minute. So glad it was fake lol I was in turmoil

Imogen died? IMOGEN DIED???? This book has ruined my life. She’s dead. He’s heartbroken. WHY OH WHY DID I EVER READ THIS. Please, please, shoot me now and put me out of my misery. And shoot Jaron while you’re at it waaaah

But Jaron keeps fighting. Will this king of sass never stop? Please Jaron once your heart heals–NEVER MIND WHAT ARE YOU DOING GIVING YOURSELF TO THE AVENIANS??
Oh you clever boy. BUT DON’T DIE, OKAY?

Farthenwood again? WAIT IMOGEN’S ALIVE? YES, KISS HER, JARON. JAMOGEN SAILS AGAIN. Oh no not execution NO JARON WHAT ARE YOU DOING–CONNOR? Bevin Connor? For once, Connor…you did the right thing.

 

YAY THEY GOT MARRIED AND LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER. BETCHA THEY NAMED ONE OF THEIR KIDS DARIUS, ANOTHER ONE LATAMER. AND A LITTLE GIRL MOTTIE. It happened, okay? I feel a fanfiction coming on.

 

As a little bonus I’m including some of my favorite fanarts that I found on Pinterest.

 

 

Found this picture for the false prince. Love it so much!

So, I’m pretty sure this is Jaron the prince vs. Sage the thief. He looks so much more comfortable as a thief. So like himself LOL

 

 

The Shadow King fanart || Jaron and Imogen--Actually, this scene sewed my heart back together <3

From The Shadow Throne. As one pinner put it, “this scene sewed my heart back together”, and I agree.

 

 

King Jaron // The Shadow Throne Drawn by @Teresa Selberg DeLallo ---- Love this quote!

 

 

false prince  didn't do but really cool.

 

Imogen's face says all you need to know on Jaron XD

 

And that’s all, folks!!!! Have any of you read The Ascendance Trilogy? If so, what did you think????

 

–Abby

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New Iterations–February Goals

Welcome, my lovely ladies and gentlemen, to my first post of re-stating my goals!!! Boring, I know. But that’s not going to stop me!!! Ha ha.

 

Anyway, as promised, this is a post re-stating my personal goals in light of February. I’ll show my goals for this year with notes applied to this month and how I plan to reach those goals. You can also check out my original goals and how I did with them in January. Thrilling, right? I know. I’m awesome. ;D

 

In February of 2018 I plan to…

  • Drink more water–This month I cutting out absolutely all soda and plan to drink at least 32 ounces of water a day.
  • Grow closer to God–I’d like to stay consistent with my daily Bible reading and pray more often.
  • Save money and buy less–This month, I’m taking a short hiatus from actually saving money. Now, granted, I’m not going on some crazy spending spree but I’m not going to actively try to save back cash for the bank, considering how well I did last month. I’m just taking a break and will pick back up actually saving in March, while this month I plan to just buy a few things and try not to overdo it on either end of the spectrum.
  • Tone up–This month I’m going to try to do fifteen sit-ups and ten push-ups a day, and by the end of the month I’d like to be able to hang for a minute from my pull-up bar.
  • Run more–I want to go for at least two runs a week starting on Sunday.
  • Get and stay organized–I want to re-organize my bedside table and my electronics, as well as keep my surfaces as tidy as possible.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I’m going to schedule several blog posts and writing periods.
  • Read more–I’d like to read at least three novels this month. Honestly, I’d like to read about eight, but as busy as I am that’s probably not going to happen.
  • Improve at music–Starting tomorrow, I’d like to not miss a day of playing piano during the week.
  • Write more–I plan to write at least 4,000 words this month, preferably more, and I plan to finish one of the last scenes in my novel. If I work hard at writing I could easily triple that goal but I’m also a high school student and have other goals I’m trying to work at, so I’m aiming pretty low.
  • Post more on this blog–Like I said, several posts are coming this month, the most notable being a review of The Majesty of Grace, an old childhood favorite.
  • Finish reading the Left Behind series–I plan to at least re-start Glorious Appearing by the end of this month.
  • Eat more healthily–I plan to be pretty good this month and eat within my calorie range on most of the weekdays and some weekends.

 

Talk to me! Do you all set monthly goals? If so, what are they? Do you all enjoy any of my goals, such as reading or running?

 

I’ll be back soon!

–Abby

A Month in Review: Resolution Recap

Hey, y’all. I can’t believe it’s the end of January all ready! Well, actually I can, hence I’m writing this blog post. Ha ha…that wasn’t funny, I’m sorry.

 

So, I KNOW this post will be extremely dull, especially if you haven’t read the first one, but, unfortunately, that cannot be helped, as my new-year-new-beginnings crazy self all ready told you I would do this. So here I am.

 

This month has been PACKED. As the bells toiled 12 in the AM of January first, I was surrounded by my family and church family. I bought a Fit-Bit on the second. I got back at my school work on the fourth (ugh!). This year my church started something special called Winter Warm-Up. Every Wednesday night a guest speaker preaches. I’ve enjoyed that. During the early weeks of January I survived my semester exams with pretty good grades–I think the lowest grade I got was a 90%. Not too shabby. Then, a few weeks in, I caught a cough. It didn’t start as much, but now, as I sit here typing this almost three weeks later, I have a headache. My chest is congested and my sinuses feel absolutely nasty. If I don’t drink enough water my throat is raw. As you can imagine, fighting a cold-cough combination has taken a lot out of me, so I didn’t get as much done as I would’ve liked. Anyway. On to the recap.

  • On drinking more water and no soda–Ok. I gave up soda completely on the second, but then I accidentally cheated and had a ginger ale (I didn’t know it was soda!) on the third. Then, I, with renewed vigor, tried until my friend Emmy had a going away party for college. I had two cups, maybe, of Dr. Pepper and Pepsi then. Then, when I got sick, I drank a two liter of Sprite over the course of several days, and I’m going to be on a hiatus until March 1st. Hopefully. I’m not one for extensive self control when it comes to my taste buds, as you can tell.
  • On my spiritual walk–Even though I have missed and am making up a couple of days of devotions, I really do feel like I’ve grown in the past month. I haven’t prayed as much as I’d like, either, but I feel closer to God.
  • On saving more $$$$—I have $75 dollars that I scraped together in January to put in my savings account, and only twenty of it came from Christmas. I can only think of about half a dozen things I bought in January–one of them being a FitBit (yay I can check that off my list!)–so I feel like I’ve done pretty good in this category.
  • On toning up–HAHAHAHAHA. I did well for about the first week of January. I exercised and had great intentions. But then I fell behind on my fitness challenges…and thought “eh, let’s do it next month.” In my defense, I did do quite a bit of walking at the beginning of the year and did simple exercises such as push-ups and squats for a couple of weeks. And then I kinda slacked off and then got sick and…nope, didn’t happen.
  • On running–I ran at the beginning of the month and then coughing and running at the same time didn’t seem like an extreme sport I was willing to try.
  • On organization–Actually, I’ve done surprisingly well in this category. I re-organized my bookshelves and most of my closet and fixed most of my room when it was in disarray. It’s a little bit messy now as I haven’t had ANY energy for the past week or two, but ya know. It was a good start.
  • On scheduling–I’ve been doing really well with this and have been using my planner. Go me.
  • On reading–So far this month, I’ve read a total of SEVEN novels and am half-way through a Jack London biography.
  • On music–Well, I passed three of my songs last week at my piano lesson. I guess that’s kind of self explanatory.
  • Write more–I’ve written roughly 5000 words this month, which isn’t a ton, but it’s about where my goal was. I feel like I’ve gotten off to a good start.
  • On Left Behind–Haven’t read any more of this.
  • On blogging–Check my archives, peeps. I’ll let you be the judge.
  • On eating healthily–I ate well for the first part of the month, but for the past two to three weeks, I’ve eaten terribly. I know. I’m a terrible person who doesn’t meet my goals. Shame on mwah.

 

Overall, I’ve not done terribly, but I’ve not been too good, either. I’m blaming that on chest congestion. All its fault ;D

 

As always,

Abby

I’ve been tagged!!! Writer’s Book Tag

Well well well. *grins evilly*

 

Mwah’s first tag. Ha HAAA. Brianna, you have unknowningly unleashed a maniac. BOOKS MWAHAHAHAHA.

 

 

So.  Brianna tagged me in this writer’s book tag. YAY GO YOU BRIANNA. Rule #1 finished.

And, oh, in case you’re wondering….

 

RULE ONE: Shout out to the blogger who tagged you

RULE TWO: Tag three people

RULE THREE: Use the graphic

 

The people I’m tagging: (tagees, maybe?)

Caroline from Of Stars and Ink Stained Things

Brittney from Daughter of the King

Jane from Author Jane L. Knight

 

Now let’s start, shall we?

 

First Draft: A Book Or Series You Have NEVER Read Before:

Ummmmm, so there are LITERALLY MILLIONS? Not counting the gazillions on my to-read list?? I’m going with an easy one which I’ve been wanting to read after I watched the movie again last year….

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (The Academy Award winning movie "Hugo" is based on this book!)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I’m gonna read this at some point. I have no idea when, but the movie was EPIC, and the books are always better, as every bookworm knows.

 

Second Draft: A Book Or Series You Didn’t Like As Much The Second Time You Read It:
Oh man, that one’s heavy!!! *thinks for an eternity*. O.O
[Jenkins, Jerry B. and Tim LaHaye.  Left Behind,The Kids: The Vanishings.  Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998.  Print.]    Jenkins and LaHayes teen series based on their Left Behind books focuses on the teens left behind during the first wave of the biblical apocalypse, after all the true believers disappear from the earth.  Following the biblical story of Revelations, this suspenseful teen story may appeal to readers of apocalyptic fiction.
Left Behind The Kids Book One: The Vanishings by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
So, I loved loved LOVED this book the first time I read it, and I still do. But the second (or third, I can’t remember) time I did, I noticed the writing more and…well, it just wasn’t so great like the first time. The first time I got so wrapped in the storyline I didn’t notice the writing….anyway, you get the picture.
Final Draft: A Book Or Series You’ve Liked For A Really Long Time:
Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849
Tucket’s Travels by Gary Paulsen
I think the official name of this series is the Tucket Adventures, though I’ve only ever known it as Tucket’s Travels. This has been one of my favorites since I was, oh, seven? Eight, maybe? Nearly a decade.

Killing Off Your Characters: A Book Or Series That Made You Cry:
This one is kind of tough because I don’t normally cry for books. I tear up a lot soley because I’m very excited about what’s happening in the book but don’t often actually cry.
Hero by Mike Lupica  http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees
Hero by Mike Lupica
I did cry at the end of this one, which I read during the summer of 2016. I actually sort of threw it…across my room…and kinda yelled a little bit….
Plot Holes: A Book Or Series That Disappointed You:
Hmmm.
1963
Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a full-fledged devotee of this series. It is so much better than all the movies, including Weissmuller’s and Disney’s. (Note also that I haven’t completely finished this series…there are twenty-four lengthy novels, not including Burroughs’ related works….at some point I’m going to read the ones I’ve read already and finish the series.) Anyway, after about book seven (pictured above), the plot becomes the same and is extremely predictable, which, at age twelve, I found to be dull. Apparently Burroughs didn’t have the time or the energy to come up with a new plot for each novel and instead placed same-type characters in different areas of Africa in closely related scenarios. It got old, as you can imagine.
Writer’s Block: A Book Or Series That You Haven’t Finished:
This is kind of a rude question, don’t you think???
[ The 39 Clues Series, by Various ]
The Thirty-Nine Clues: The Clue Hunt by assorted authors
Jussst kidding. But truly, I haven’t finished this series, The Clue Hunt, yet. Or any of the other series’ in this franchise. I’m terrible, I know.
Feedback: A Book Or Series That You Would Recommend To Anyone:
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson - This inspires me to write a Christian allegory.
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson
Now, granted, I’m a little biased. I just finished this series (like literally this week) and….WOW. It’s just amazing, let me tell you. Great dynamic characters, an interesting plot, fascinating allegorical content…this book has it all. Technically it is a Christian allegory, but I would recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike.  It does have several battle/war scenes and the weensiest bit of romance (it ends in a wedding scene and directly after the wedding they go to war) but I would read it to younger children and it’s definitely good enough for adults to enjoy, too. GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Well, that wraps it up. What are y’all’s thoughts???
Have you read any of these?
If so, what did you think? 
As always,
Abby

Book Review: The Borrowers

The Borrowers

the borrowers

By Mary Norton

 

Arriety Clock is a Borrower–that is, she and her family secretly live in the house of the ‘human beans’ and ‘borrow’ items from the humans to survive–but at fourteen, she is curious and unsatisfied with life beneath the floor. That is until she is ‘seen’ and meets The Boy. For the first time ever, Borrowers become friends with a human bean–until mishap strikes and their world is literally turned upside down.

 

Why Review? As a child, I enjoyed the movie adaption of this book and I’ve had the book on my shelf for AGES. Currently, I’m going through my shelf from top to bottom and rereading all the books I haven’t ever read/finished, and this was one early on in my list.

 

Plot–4/5

This novel, a children’s classic, has an interesting enough plot. It’s not fantastic, but it’s not dull, either.

 

Storyline–3/5

The storyline is mediocre, and I’m not exactly sure how this book became such a favorite. Honestly, I didn’t much enjoy it. It bored me, and I’m sure it would bore anybody above the age of nine.

 

Character development–3/5

Throughout the novel, Arriety’s parents learn to overcome their distrust of the human beans and grow to depend on The Boy, though I think Norton could have done a much better job of showing this. The way it was written it just wasn’t clear enough why they began to do away with hundreds of years of Borrower tradition.

 

Writing style–3/5

The style was okay. I liked how Norton left me hanging at the end and her transition of Kate’s point of view to Arriety’s at the beginning, but I found myself wading through most of it, even some of the action scenes.

 

Overall Rating–2/5

Honestly, I didn’t really enjoy this book, and I don’t think it’s just because it’s for children. I did, however, like the sequel a little bit more, but not enough to really care for.

 

 

Have any of y’all ever read this book? If so, what are your thoughts?

 

 

–Abby

 

 

 

Resolutions

I’m being a nerd and posting my “New Year’s Resolutions” on January 2nd instead of on January 1st. But, here you are. And, I don’t know if any of you watch Blimey Cow, but yesterday Jordan and Josh posted a video about more or less the ridiculousness of New Year’s resolutions. Thanks, guys. Really gave me encouragement to fulfill my goals. 😉

  • Drink more water–I’m a pop drinker through and through. I love Coke and Pepsi Wild Cherry and Dr. Pepper–you see my problem? Starting today, whenever I get a craving for soda, I’m going to drink something else instead of it, especially water, because, believe it or not, I hardly ever drink just plain water. No wonder I’m tired all the time.
  • Grow closer to God–This year I’m trying to read my Bible every single day without fail and spend some quality time with Him in prayer.
  • Save money & buy less–I have an allowance, I deliver papers weekly, and I walk a neighborhood dog and shovel the owner’s snow. This year, I’m buying a loft bed, a Fitbit, probably a gym membership, maybe some ice skates, and possibly a phone upgrade. And last year I spent a ton between a four-hundred dollar investment known as Spike, a trip to the Mall of America, and a shopping spree in Gulf Shores. And a word processor. Also, I’m apt to impulse buy small items that I don’t need and I really need to stop.
  • Tone up–I wouldn’t call myself very overweight but I’m definitely not slim and trim. This year, I don’t necessarily want to drop any pounds but just tone my muscles and get fit.
  • Run more–Running was a sport that I found out last spring I enjoyed, and it’s a great way to get and stay fit. This year I’m going to try to run as much as possible.
  • Get/stay organized–I hate clutter. I really do. But why is my nightstand covered with it? Especially since I’m moving into my cousin’s room in May, I’m going to try to be a more organized person. The problem is, I have too much stuff, so I guess you could say purging is part of this resolution.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I have a love/hate relationship with schedules., but I really need to schedule my time this year, between writing a novel, running a blog, reading voraciously, trying not to fail high school, and getting fit. I even bought a my first-ever serious planner.
  • Read more–This is kind of an odd goal for me, but I really do need to read more. I’ve hardly finished any books over the last several months, and I have dozens on my shelves waiting to be read for the first time and other at the library. This one is more of a get-off-Pinterest-and-read-a-book type thing than anything else.
  • Improve at music–I can hear Lizzie, my dork of a piano teacher, laughing in the distance. But, seriously, this year I would to practice more this year–again part of the scheduling thing–and really improve my skills and knowledge, especially concerning music theory.
  • Write more–This one is a no-brainer. I’m trying to write one thousand words a week on Though He Slay Me until my goal date, March 31, 2018. Currently I still have three hundred left over from last week along with this week’s thousand, so I’m going to really have to work at this. Nobody ever said writing was easy, did they?
  • Finish reading the Left Behind Series–I started reading the teen version in late 2015 and the adult version in early to mid 2016, which is when I finished the teen version. Last summer I started reading the traditional last book, Glorious Appearing, and never finished it. I also have to read the final sequel, Kingdom Come, and the prequel trilogy.
  • Post more on this blog–Last year I really failed at posting regularly on here, though I had good intentions. This, again, falls into scheduling. Besides my two posts a month already stated in my last post, I’m going to post at least two others a month, one of them being a book review.
  • Eat more healthily–I love unhealthy foods. French fries, ice cream, you name it. This year I want to do what’s best for my body and eat better. Salads and kale, here I come.

I”m going to really have to work at these, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a jam-packed year. Do you all have any big goals this year?

–Abby

New Year+New Theme

Well, dearies, a new year is upon us.

 

It’s like a clean slate, just waiting to be colored on. It’s a field of opportunities, three hundred and sixty-five possibilities. It is a time for new dreams to be realized and old dreams to be revived.

 

It is a time of resolution. It is a time of change.

 

 

In honor of 2018, I’m changing my blog theme. I loved the old aquatic one, but it wasn’t really me. I’m not sure this one is, either, but with the new year maybe I’ll grow into it.

 

Also in 2018, I will be making some resolutions. And, for the first time ever, maybe I’ll have resolve the whole year round. Because now I have accountability partners. You guys.

 

Tomorrow I will make a post announcing my resolutions. And at the end of each month, I tell y’all how I did: how much water I drank, how far I ran, how many words I penned, how many posts I wrote, how much money I saved, how many books I read, etc. Then, at the beginning of each month I will restate my monthly goals with renewed vigor. (Ha!)

 

Have no fear. There will be normal posts, also–book reviews, lists, lifetime happenings, ramblings. But with a new year comes a new leaf, and this leaf is rather large.

 

 

Thank you for reading and supporting, lovely ladies and gentlemen. I pray you all have a blessed 2018, and that it will be your best year yet.

 

Ciao!

 

–Abby