April 8, 2014

RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT by Raine Thomas Release Launch {Review/Giveaway}

Title: Return of the Ascendant

Author: Raine Thomas

Source: eARC from author

Expecting to enjoy another typical college night at a frat party with friends, Kyra Vaughn’s plans derail when she’s almost killed…twice. Her savior, a tall, sexy stranger who calls himself TaeDane, claims that he’s the personal bodyguard for the Ascendant of Alametria. She’s convinced he’s crazy.

Especially when he insists that she’s the Ascendant.

With dark enemies hunting her down, Kyra has no choice but to trust her supposed bodyguard. Ty vows to help her remember her past and return her safely to Alametria, but someone seems intent on interfering, challenging his abilities at every turn.

As Kyra’s memories emerge, she remembers that Ty is more to her than he’s let on…much more than he’s allowed to be. She’ll also discover that there are many things about her planet and herself that she’d rather forget. In the end, she’ll have to make a choice: cling to the life she knows, or risk it all to become the person she’s destined to be.

My take...
A truly magnificent story as Kyra learns the truth of who she is as she fights her way back home. Home to a planet she doesn’t even remember. But once there she may wish she never returned. She slowly remembers her past and the person she once was. Someone who wasn't very nice. Not to mention, a race of aliens wants her dead. And her own parents are less than loving towards her. Her future seems like a losing battle with only one small flicker of hope: Ty. She is starting to remember him and their shared feelings for each other. Forbidden feelings. But as she remembers, her feelings only grow stronger. Will they have a future together? Can she be the leader the prophecy claims her to be, or will she fail before she even is given a chance?

Ever since I read Thomas' THE ASCENDANT in the anthology TAKE ME TO YOUR READER, I got a hunger for this one. I was giddy with excitement when I thought of there being more of Ty to read about. I needed more than a few pages of him and Kyra, and here we get it with this one. And I can honestly say that the hunger was justified. Thomas did a fantastic job bringing these two together once again and building the feelings between them. I loved watching their feelings grow into something that was new to us, even though they had experienced this many times before.

Yes, I absolutely loved the story. Like love-loved it. It is amazing the lengths that an author will go to, to make a story not only enjoyable but memorable as well. From the well written storyline, to the excellent constructed characters all the way to the perfectly executed ending. And ending that gives you a conclusion for this book but a wanting for the one to come.

Read it, loved it, recommend it! 5 Out of this World Stars!


Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.


  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review ROTA, Mandy!

  2. Savanah Lappin08 April, 2014

    i adore ROTA! Kyra's feisty personality, Ty's studly protectiveness....*sigh* such great characters that i immediately fell in love with!