Life is supposed to be perfect and make sense after Cheyenne faces her Ascension ceremony. The simple event should usher in her time of ascension leading up to her affirmation ceremony which marks adulthood for her people. Cheyenne is a Deuxsang, half human half vampire. However, her simple ceremony doesn’t go as planned and Cheyenne knows she is different, but she doesn’t understand what that means. Her affirmation is coming closer and Cheyenne has yet to find her ability. When she meets a handsome young man, Cheyennes feelings become more confused as she learns he is a witch. The Duexsang consider witches to be their mortal enemies. They owe their allegiance to the vampires who protect them and must keep their existence a secret from humans. Spending the summer in New Orleans with her sister and brother in law was supposed to be simple, but it is definitely not.
This was an interesting story. The author writes well and the flow is steady which made it easy to read. Cheyenne is an interesting character and though I felt the author could have filled in a few more holes in her story, she was easy to sympathize with. When Cheyenne meets Eli and begins to fall for the witch the book has an interesting vibe. Somewhat a Romeo and Juliet meets Vampire Academy.
The story has some moments that were predictable, but for the most part, it kept me guessing. The ending was unexpected, and then also abrupt. Cliffhangers like that make me sad that there will be an undetermined wait to know what happens to Cheyenne and her friends.
I received an arc copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
About the author
As Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her newly published YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches.
Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN, Ascension is Rial’s first novel. When not attending college and spending time with her family, Rials keeps busy by playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, leading a creative writing group at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and cultivating her writing skills.
“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”– Hannah Rials
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