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Ascension (Guardians of Ascension #1)

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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  3,016 ratings  ·  338 reviews
scension is both the title of the first book and the name of my dimensional world full of winged vampires, hunky warriors and women with extraordinary preternatural powers. To become a vampire, a mortal man or woman must demonstrate power and prove worthy of ascending to the next dimension. But the process of ascension is dangerous since the enemy, intent on conquering two...more
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Published December 28th 2010 by MacMillan; St. Martins Press
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valee
5 STARS!!!

OMFG, WHY ... WHY hasn't anybody who read this series recommended it to me before now??? Seriously guys, shame on you all! I just wish I had read this book much sooner than now, it's freaking amazing! A Must read for all pnr romance lovers out there like me.

As I have mentioned many, many times in my previous reviews, there are several things a book in this genre has to have to be a fav for me:

1) Amazing Characters: In this book we get introduce to many new characters, but specifically...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Ascension took me a while to read, when I typically devour most paranormal romances. The writing style didn't grab hold of me and refuse to let me go, which is a shame. However, I did like enough about this book to keep me wanting to continue the series.

What I liked
*The concept of ascensions was captivating. I loved the idea that there were various Worlds accessible via dimensional gates that only a person who had ascended could pass through. This had some metaphysical aspects that appealed to m...more
Laurie Garrison
Caris Roane has an awesome start for a hot paranormal romance series in The Guardian of Ascension Series. I found Ascension very compelling and thrilling to read. I have seen some compare this to other major paranormal romance authors, I didn’t see this one bit in fact, I like the way Caris stuck more to the romance in her story then other authors and with the touch of Sci-Fi world build with the characters traveling between different dimensions, oh yeah, defiantly very different from the rest a...more
Melindeeloo
From the title of this promising paranormal romance series starters I was expecting angels, and while the winged warriors are very much like angels and while humans with special powers `ascend' to join their world, author Roane adds a thin vampire veneer and fangs, so the `ascended' become vampires instead of angels. The good guys of this world protect the Earth from other vampires who have succumbed to the addiction of drinking dead blood and who have become killers seducing their prey with an...more
Kelli
I really hate to do this because I know how much work goes into writing and having a book published. But...this book was almost a "did not finish" for me. It had all the elements: attractive men, paranormal romance theme, vampires; all of the things that keep me turning pages but it fell short. Now, I am a JR Ward BDB, KMM Fever series, Larissa Ione Demonica, Chloe Neill Chicagoland Vampire, Jeaniene Frost Cat and Bones, fan. I can't put this book anywhere near those. And for those of you who ha...more
Lacy
4.5 stars. I really liked this book. It captured my interest, imagination, and emotions and kept me reading from the very start.

I really am sucked in and have been fighting sleep at night to read it. I think the series has a lot of potential. In some ways it's very original and in others it is similar to other brotherhood warrior books. But it's definitely holding my attention, which doesn't happen often. :) I love the characters and the world she's created is really interesting.

It has a lot of...more
Jessica Hatfield
Ok first off I think the story was very long winded and that pages could have been edited out and it would have made the story flow better. There where part I didn't understand. The main story has a good base to it where she could build a nice series but I didn't really care for Alison.. She was a flippin crybaby My God she was crying every 5 seconds and she cried every time they had sex or talked or the wind blew.......
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Kerrick I liked I love that he is a sweet man and I enjoyed his caveman mom...more
MelissaB
This book did not work for me. I didn't like the world at all and I didn't like the writing style. I didn't mind the main characters but I wasn't impressed with the romance. The world wasn't explained enough, the "rules" didn't make sense. There was so much discussion of committees and laws instead of just having action. The law part made no sense, who was in charge? Why would a bad guy listen to rules? How freaking boring. The author also did a very pale imitation of Ward's BDB, it did not come...more
MISS VAIN
"Discover A Secret, Sensual Worl Of Winged Vampire Warriors And The Women They Crave, In An Epic Battle Between Unearthly Longing And Immortal Love."


Well if you enjoy paranormal romance wrapped with a remarkable science fiction quality to it that greedily devours you into a world of Powerful, Possessively Protective, Honorable Winged Warrior Vampires and their powerful and devoted female mates then look no further! Roane has surpassed my imaginations as well as my expectations with Ascen...more
Emily
Living a life and having to hold back the person you truly are is not an uncommon feeling for Alison Wells, whose special abilities have put others at risk. Alison is plagued with dreams that promise a future she knows she will never obtain but give her glimpses of hope, even if it is only in her dreams. Alison's dreams are about to become a reality when a warrior saves her life Kerrick is a vampire warrior forced to protect Alison while she prepares for her Ascension.

Over the centuries Kerrick...more
Dija
Aug 19, 2011 Dija rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of BDB and Guild Hunter
Recommended to Dija by: MISS VAIN
Rating: 3.5 stars

Review: It took me almost a week to get through this book. I simply couldn't get into the story. I tried, I really did, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't seriously consider dropping this book several times.

Alison seemed extremely needy to me, and it's understandable given the life she's led, but when it comes to her relationship with Kerrick, I really didn't see anything on her part but a simple need to belong to someone, anyone. I felt it had less to do with Kerrick and more...more
Liz
Oh. My. Gosh! This book rocked my freaking world!!

Seriously, this book is amazing! Its Book 1 of the World of Ascension series. I haven't heard of this author or series before but I can tell you that I'll be keeping my eyes out for more from her!!! Now, there wasn't an overwhelming amount of Sexy Time in this book but what there was...? Whoa!! It was so hot that my face almost melted off!!! LOL!

We meet Kerrick. He's a vampire, he's a warrior and he's also a freakin angel! Oh yeah! And he's not j...more
Kathy
This was a pretty good start to a series. The concept and the characters are rather interesting and Caris Roane did an excellent job with the world building. I like Caris' multidimensal earth and vampires ascending from mortal earth to second earth. I can't wait to find out what goes on third and fourth earth.

So why the 3 stars? In my opinion, it needed a serious editing job. It dragged on, often repeating information over and over again, just from another characters point of view. I'm not a hug...more
Chelsea
The best way that I can explain Ascension by Caris Roane is this: Imagine that J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books and Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter books had a baby, and that baby grew up into a troubled teenager. That's this book. But troubled teens aren't irredeemable, right? Sure, it's going to take some discipline on the part of the editor and a lot of patience on the part of the reader, but it could still turn out alright. At least, that's what I told myself as I powered through the f...more
Valkyrie
I picked this up because the cover intrigued me, Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is her first book. If so then I believe she is going to be an amazing author.

This is about the Warriors of the Blood. They are Vampire Warriors fighting against the bad vampires that kill just for the joy of it, and naturally the blood.

Kerrick is also a Guardian of Ascension. He and his brothers have to help others coming over to their world. Kerrick is assigned to be guardian for Alison Wells. most of he...more
Angela James
This book had great potential, but the writing needed just a wee bit more polish. The one thing uppermost in my mind when I read this was "I wish the editor had taken a hacksaw to the author's excessive use of 'cried' as a dialogue tag" I was thinking that every page. Funny enough, the first thing I did when I finished was read a few reviews and every single one of them mentioned that. And apparently it doesn't change in book 2. Boo.

The other thing I wish is that the men didn't go between soundi...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Mar 06, 2012 Aly is so frigging bored rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: MISS VAIN
Shelves: paranormal
I am giving it 4* 'cuz I am feeling generous after I slept(uni is killing me, literally) my afternoon sleep.

Things I liked and didn't like about the book:
+1,5* for the idea, the concept, of the book, very Fringe-like with the parallel dimensions and all
+1* for the bond between warriors
+1* the secondary characters, fascinating
-0.5* for the over-use of the word "WARRIOR", I think if I count it it's used more then 150 times, it drove me bat-shit crazy
-0.5* for the hysteric attacks of the heroine,...more
Delilah Stephans
Ascension suffers a common first book in a series problem - too much backstory dragging down the story. There was also way too many POVs for my comfort - the hero, the heroine, and the villain I expect but we also had the hero's boss, the boss's boss, the villain's henchman. Each one had to go further into depth about their feelings, desires, disapointments etc. There were several times I was thinking - I don't care! Get back to the story!

That doesn't mean that Ascension was a bad book just a ba...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
I really, really enjoyed Ascension!! Much more than I ever thought I would, actually. Caris Roane is building a very interesting world with this series. While it may bear some similarities to other PNR series, I do think quite a bit of it is very original. Kerrick and Alison are a great couple, and I enjoyed following their relationship over the course of this story. I especially love that, when it ends, you feel like there is a good chance you'll be visiting with these characters again!

Vampires...more
Alycia
I'm DNFing this one half way through. Although I like the world building and thr characters seem likable, this book suffers from first book-itis. This book reminds me a little bit of both of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Fallen Anfels series, but is creative enough to not be a carbon copy and definitely has merit to stand alone. However, my main complaint with this book was thr really slow and tedious pace. I am giving up and just don't feel the need to continue on and find out what hap...more
Sobia
Holy crap, what An amazing start to a series! It's been a while since I've found a new author to love, so I can't seem to stop smiling...

Over all the story is well written, fast paced, and pretty well developed. I only had 2 negatives: One is the lady in charge of the good guys is another abrasive femme fatale ..in other words a bitch...no, really, all the characters in the book call her a bitch.... She calls herself a bitch... And honestly? It's just really tiring...maybe if she'd had a smaller...more
Shannon C.
Jun 20, 2011 Shannon C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Midnight Breed fans, Black Dagger Brotherhood fans
3.5 stars: I was pleasantly surprised by this book from a new PNR author. I understand from her bio she wrote books under another name in a different genre. I haven't read anything else by her, but you can tell she's an experienced writer when reading her plot. She did a good job with the world building, letting the world build through actions and character discussions (rather than explaining every little thing and dragging the book down.) I liked the characters and overall storyline. I also lik...more
Coucher de soleil
Oh my. This was a bad, BAD book. Just AWFUL. Ugh. I can honestly say that I've read many a book that was not good, yet this was easily one of the worst I've ever read. How do things like this get published?

Things began badly when the lovely man mentioned in the summary of the novel was actually an evil vampire come to kill the heroine who was killed a few paragraphs after uttering the noteworthy sentence, "Your blood belongs to me". This admittedly may not have been the author's fault as said s...more
Jennifer Estep
Ascen­sion by Caris Roane is the first book in her Guardians of Ascen­sion para­nor­mal romance series.

Ther­a­pist Ali­son Wells has always had spe­cial pow­ers that make it dif­fi­cult for her to get close to peo­ple with­out hurt­ing them, espe­cially men. What Alli­son doesn’t real­ize is that she’s really an ascen­der, or some­one who’s des­tined to move from this world to Sec­ond Earth (a higher/different dimen­sion) and become a winged vam­pire. But an evil gen­eral who’s try­ing to take o...more
Cindyg
Be ready for a fun filled action packed read. This first book in the series has soooo much going on. Ms Roane has done an excellent job of creating this amazing world. I love the world building, the characters and the jist of the story line. I'm so glad I ran across this book and I can't wait for then next book in the series. According to her blog we get two more this year!!!
Back to my review...like I said I love the characters, they both know what they want and need but in the beginning fight t...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Wow. That was so much better than I thought it'd be!!! I kept putting off reading it and right now I have to admit that I was completely wrong.

Kerrick and Alison were an almost perfect couple. They were strong spirited, determined, physically and metaphysically powerful. Just how I like my heroes. Alison had the compassion and love to complete Kerrick's honour and honesty.

The plot of the book was predictable on most part but it had enough originality so as not to become boring or overused. And...more
Josephine
I really anticipated liking the book and looked forward to starting another series. However, reality found the book fell short. I found too many odd combinations of some of my favorite author’s worlds. I also found too many books under the cover. The two other romances detracted from the main focus of the story. In addition to three romances, there were many sub-plots unfolding which rather than enriching the experience, it detracted. I found myself wanting to edit and remove some of the element...more
Maija
Um, yes, it's just too long. I got bored and couldn't read it any further.
But, I will say something about what I'd read.
So, the multi- POV's. I really didn't like them, because, honestly, I don't care what happens with Warriors Of Blood brothers' enemies. I like my books with the edge of mistery. I got really messed up in that.
The romance is good, better than I expected. I liked that whole idea about breh-henden and bonding. And that the couple didn't jump each other's bones when they first met,...more
Holly
Jun 05, 2011 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: valee
LOVED THIS BOOK! What a great start to what I believe is going to be an awesome series. I have to thank Lady Vale for the reco, and I admit the moment I read the synopsis, I was hooked!! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one! Kerrick and Alison were great and I can't wait to learn more about all of the Warriors of the Blood! This book has a BDB feel but is incredibly original in it's own right! This interaction between the warriors is so much fun! I can't say enough, if you are a fan of rea...more
Darcy
I felt like when I was reading this one I had read it before, the premise was so similar to so many others. I wanted to keep reading to see if I was wrong, but I was bored while reading. After 50 pages I decided to give up, this one just wasn't for me.
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“She thought she heard a faint growl. She listened harder. The warrior with all the gorgeous black hair was growling. Because she's said the other man was good-looking and muscular? Uh-huh. A clear case of caveman possessiveness...and it kind of got to her.” 19 likes
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