A story brimming with magic, mystery and mayhem.
Ascension, Hannah Rials’ debut novel has everything you could want and it is set in historic New Orleans.
Ascension (Release Date: August 2016)
Life is supposed to be perfect after Cheyenne Lane’s Ascension ceremony, but it turns out awakening her vampire half only complicates things more. Burdened with a patronizing family and constant surveillance by the Vampire Council, Cheyenne welcomes a summer vacation to the magical city of New Orleans. But Cheyenne quickly realizes that she can’t escape her problems, no matter where she goes.
After seventeen years of fearing exposing her secret to humans, Cheyenne’s world is rocked when she starts to fall for a witch named Eli. When he shows Cheyenne how complex the world really is, she must accept that everything she thought she knew about being a Deuxsang is a lie.
As if all this isn’t problem enough, Cheyenne finds herself the pawn of a conspiracy hatched by those who should be protecting her. Her whole life Cheyenne is told what to believe and who to trust. Now, she’s forced to choose for herself who and what is right. No matter which choice she makes, it will cost her everything.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
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Man, as if being a teenager isn’t bad enough! Imagine having to endure a creepy rite of passage at only thirteen, where your vampire overlords have to snack on you to awaken your vampiric side? I would think that learning how to be a “Deuxsang” would be worse than puberty.
Hannah’s debut novel Ascension, is delightful. Cheyenne is a wonderful character–Snarky, intelligent, brave and funny. I love that she questions everything. Considering, the world she lives in, having an opinion could be dangerous, nevermind daring to question her elders or breaking rules. And Cheyenne doesn’t just break rules, she commits serious transgressions.
One of my favourite things about this book is that it takes place in New Orleans. The perfect setting for ancient myths and mysterious happenings. Another, is that yes Cheyenne meets and falls for a witch BUT the story doesn’t revolve around their romance. This is not Twilight! Which for me, is a good thing because everything thing else that goes on around them is far more interesting.
Hannah is a great story-teller. Ascension is well-researched, thoughtful and engaging. The writing is good and the plot, entertaining. I’m not particularly fond of cliff-hangers but in this case it is quite obvious that there is more to Cheyenne’s story and I look forward to reading it.
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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