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The Ascension of Laney (Ascent #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
I loved him at fifteen. I thought we’d stand the test of time. He was my forever but maybe I fell too fast or loved him too much. Maybe I came on too strong or maybe I did something wrong. He still left. Turned his back on me without a word. I never thought I’d see him again and to be honest, I didn’t want to. I began to hate him even though he would never know it. But the ...more
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Published August 20th 2015
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☆Tweety ☆
I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

Laney and Kass have loved each other in the past but he disappeared five years ago without leaving any trace. Now that Laney is in University, he is back for a mission regarding his ex girlfriend. Laney is in fact an Ascent, a person who can manipulate elements, while Kass is a low angel.

The idea on which this book is based, that is angels and fallen angels, is not new. The idea of Ascent is on the other hand something I have never heard of and t
Bedelia Garza-Cawthon
If you enjoy adult romance and paranormal this is the book to read. I have read the book from cover to cover. The first day I read 10 chapters straight non-stop. I just couldn't put it down. I am looking forward to the 2nd book of this series to be released. This is a five star recommendation....
L.P. Hidalgo
Nov 25, 2015 L.P. Hidalgo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Fans
Shelves: laura-s-reviews
The Pros: Reading the story of Kass and Laney reminds me of an internal love that has surpassed even the largest obstacles. The storyline has its own unique twist than the typical Angel storyline. The character of Laney had realistic moments of anger, hurt, and resentment, it allowed you to see this was a young woman who had endure heartache. All in all, Kass' connection towards Laney is devoted and cherished. I would like to read more about the secondary characters of Ryan and Miguel and look f ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Medavis66 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Fabulous read! One of my recent favorites with angels and the like. You really get to feel the characters in this story. I love Laney. She has such deep emotion. Kass was her world at 15 and then at 17, he disappeared. She begins to understand that when all hell breaks loose, or at least begins to. She finds out she is an Ascent, but is even more powerful than normal ones. There are reasons for that. Ones that will make you sigh. Kass tries so hard to not show how much he loves her. Miguel is hi ...more
Oct 18, 2016 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first it kind of gave me whiplash the way it bounced back and forth between the two character's POV, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down and the volley was barely noticeable. It is the quintessential love story though there is a twist that you don't see coming. The main male lead, Kass, is actually an angel (though he was at one time human) and he is partnered up with another angel to recruit people called the ascended in a war between the Archangels and the Fallen. He is caught off ...more
Natalie Noblett
Aug 21, 2016 Natalie Noblett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted this book to review and was excited to get a new adult paranormal romance as most other paranormal romance books tend to be for the young adult audience. From the title you know what your getting as ascension is associated with angels but this book held my interest throughout and was definitely a more mature read than a young adult paranormal romance would be. It started with Laney being fifteen and meeting the new boy next door Kass. They go out for about a year, get serious, then ...more
Dee Price
Laney and Kass become inseparable after his family moves into the supposedly haunted house on Laney's block. When Kass and his family mysteriously disappear, Laney is left distraught and brokenhearted. Years later, when Kass returns his story about having amnesia seems a bit far fetched to Laney but when the truth is revealed, Laney's life will be changed forever.

This is an amazing and well written debut novel that had me hooked from the first page. Even though I knew this book is the first in a
Yomari Suarez
Feb 13, 2017 Yomari Suarez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Got hooked from the beginning and barely put it down until I was finished. Kris Hack is a great storyteller and this book had everything needed in my list to be great and then some: great plot, likeable characters, romance, action, drama. I could feel the inner turmoil, fight and strength Kass and Laney had. Miguel was also a favorite, even though he's not a main character and the story is not told in his POV, the description is so accurate that you could also feel his ...more
Mar 13, 2017 Sweetpea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ascension of Laney was an enjoyable and entertaining YA paranormal romance. I liked the dual POV and the narration was very good overall. This is the first book in the Ascent Series but could easily be listened to as a standalone. A good start to an interesting series, I would recommend this.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.
Roberta Eggers Studer
Absolutely loved the book! Laney and Kass such a good love story. What would you do if you saw the boy who broke your heart after 5 years and he wants to be friends? Kass disappeared when they were in high school and now he shows up and has to help Laney become an Angel. This story details the beginning of their new relationship and the coming of the apocalypse.
Mar 11, 2017 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laney is meant to ascend and a her ex cass has arrived to help. The reason he left without a word comes as a shock to Laney. I love Miguel in this book and his drive to have a happy normal life. Great book. Full video review on YouTube channel. Adventure-IN-Print.
Alyssa Williams
Mar 07, 2017 Alyssa Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy balls! So I may have taken a term from my younger brothers book of words, but who can blame me. This book was absolutely amazing! I cannot begin to explain how entirely amazing it was to read all about well everything. There is adventure and aingst! It's hard not to be sucked in to this book. I gotta say it took way to long to read because of my work schedule. I wish I could have just sat reading this one like I did with the first book. I am so glad I stopped reading my school books though ...more
Lou Gray - The Sassy Kiwi
I agree with P-hidalgo's review 100%

The story starts of slowly, and has a slow build. The Fallen should have more of a back story however will read the next story in the series to see if they come into their own.

The Ascension of Laney doesn't for me have the emotional connection to the characters Love and Angels did, however I feel like this is only the beginning and there is a lot more to come.

As with Love and Angels, the cover is amazing, and definitely does the story justice. Overall I'm rat
Dayreader Reviews
Sep 28, 2015 Dayreader Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was gifted this book for an honest review*

The Ascension of Laney has a great hook to reel you in… who doesn't want to know about the haunted house next door. Especially when a new, hot guys moves in and then just disappears one day without a trace. Kris has some pretty great characters. Laney is heartbroken college co-ed who has no idea what happened to her first and only love, Kass. As the story progresses she gets spunky, clever and pretty crafty when put in a bad situation. Laney has a l
Aug 20, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointing

Did not expect the adult romance and explicit sex in this. It may or may not make me dislike the book. I was absolutely intrigued to read this since reading the synopsis, it promised me everything that I could want in a book: a love that stands the test of fate where the lovers find each other again after separated, and ANGELS. Amen to that combination (how did I guess angels were involved from the synopsis alone? The cover, duh. Plus, the title g
Dec 23, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ebook was provided by Redhead Book Services in exchange for an honest review.

The Ascension of Laney is the first novel in the paranormal romance series from author Kris Hack entitled Ascent. This was such a pleasant surprise of a book, with a creatively original twist on the usual angel falling for a human (and vice-versa) story line, bringing with a more layered complexity than you would expect and something I very much welcomed. M
Mollien Fote Osterman
5 Wings

Once again I started reading a book that I had no idea what it was about. I guess if I looked at the cover, which is beautiful I might add, I would have had a hint that this was a paranormal romance. When things started to click, I was all in. This book is the first of a series, and you will want to continue the journey Laney and Kass.
Meeting as teenages they fell in love. After their first and only night of passion, when Laney gave herself to Kass. Everything changed. Kass and hi
A great beginning. I have the audible version.
What does Aundrea Mitchell and Gary Furlong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The two narrators give more definition to the story. They have wonderful voices that kept me riveted.

Any additional comments?
I'm one of those people that tends to want the whole story, rather than getting it piecemeal. That's what makes this a 4 star for me. I anxiously awaiting the next part, gosh I hate waiting.
Sep 18, 2015 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laney and Kass meet as teenagers. They fall in love but one day Kass disappears. Laney is shattered. But life goes on. Laney goes off to college and it's there that she runs into Kass again. Laney wantes answers. Why did he leave? Why didn't he ever come looking for her? What happpened to his parents? Kass doesn't have the answers Lanet is seeking. He has ascended. His memories are spotty. He has no idea where his parents are. All he knows is that he has to win Laney back, even if she is just an ...more
Rick Veal
Oct 25, 2015 Rick Veal rated it it was amazing
I enjoy a really good paranormal romance and ‘The Ascension of Laney’ by debut author Kris Hack fits right into that category. It is a story of love … lost and found again … a story of good and evil … and the choices one has to make between the two. Additionally, it illustrates fully the old saying “Hell hath no fury like that a woman scorned” or in this case a woman who thinks she has been scorned!
There are three main characters – Laney, Kass, and Miguel – and an assortment of supporting charac
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance - 3 stars (I liked it) -

The Ascent Series features Angels and Ascents; Ascents are earth element manipulators, similar to witches. As can be expected, there is unrest between the Angels and the fallen, apparently the Ascents are the weapon of choice. *dun-dun-duuun*

The main characters, Laney and Kass are sweetheart characters, genuine and perfectly likable. I actually think the secondary characters, Ryan and Miguel, are more interesting, unfortunately, they ar
Ann-marie Roberts
**** 4 Stars from me.
Firstly, let me say I really enjoyed this book. It's one of the better ones I've read recently. I'm a little late coming into this series as I know Kris has recently released the third book and she's well on her way to writing the fourth. Happily I have the second and third books and you can be sure I'll be moving onto them A.S.A.P.
To be honest it wasn't super exciting or dramatic but in my opinion Kris Hack has done all the right things, ticked all the right boxes for a fi
Linda Rimer-Como
Feb 09, 2017 Linda Rimer-Como rated it really liked it
Interesting read as Laney's journey continues. There is mystery and suspense, confusion, secrets and a love that never died. Laney's world is about to be blown apart, will she be able to survive? Enjoyed this book and looking forward to more.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all opinions expressed are my own.
Duawana Wilson
Dec 02, 2015 Duawana Wilson rated it it was amazing
Laney is going to College and getting her life back together after losing her first love 5 yrs. ago. Everything is going great for Laney until Kass shows up for College orientation. Her world will never be the same. Kass is an Angel assigned to help Laney with her ascension. The Arch Angels wiped his memory when he became an Angel but he has had some memories come back which is unheard of with Angels. He struggles to do his job while piecing together his past and finding out why he knows Laney.I ...more
Dec 04, 2016 BB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, new-adult, angels
I had to give this book a 3 because it was a good story but I never really felt like I connected with it. I love angels, new adult, romance, and 2nd chances but this book was kind of hard to wrap my head around and am done and left with many more questions like where are his parents and why was he chosen. Maybe those answers will be revealed in the next book. I don't have a lot to say either way regarding this book, but I look forward to book 2.

I received this book in exchange for an honest revi
Aug 08, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

"The Ascension of Laney" is an interesting and enjoyable addition to angel mythology. While I found it a little slow to begin with the action quickly picked up and I finished it in two sittings. Both Laney and Kass are appealing characters and I found myself rooting for these two star-crossed lovers. It ends with quite the cliffhanger so I can't wait for the second book. Because of language and sexual situations this definitely falls in the NA category. If
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Kass was the gorgeous neighbor of Laney's growing up. They became best friends and fell for one another until one day he and his family disappeared. Laney grows up and goes to college but never thought she would run into a familiar face and wondered what happened to Kass all those years. Kass has a secret but doesn't have enough to explain it to Laney. He has only a few days to help Laney ascend and become someone like him.

Loved this series! cannot wait more from this author!
Aug 18, 2016 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I don't tend to read books like this but, I enjoyed it and can't wait to read the rest of the series!! I loved the bond Kass & Laney had that even death, Angels (good and bad) can't keep the memories at bay for him. His willingness to give up everything for her not knowing what is truth and what's not is telling of his love. I also can't wait to hear more about Miguel & Ryan!!
Kay Lindy
Oct 20, 2015 Kay Lindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love when you break into a new book and within the first few pages the characters pull an emotional response from you. Kris Hack did a wonderful job making Laney’s devastation and heartache, do just that! Krass was beautifully written, as the struggling infatuated long lost love, torn between, Loving Laney to her full potential and loving Laney selfishly. I can’t wait to read the next book. I desperately need to know what happens next. Great job Kris!
Amy M. (2 Amy's Love Reading Blog)
I honestly had high expectations for this book when I read the teaser posted. I got everything I hoped to read from this book! I started reading shortly after getting the book but wanted to take it slow. I opened the book the other night and couldn't put it down and while at work wanted to read to the finish! I'm so excited to see what's next for Laney and Kass!! Great book and ready for the next one!!!
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