Wednesday, July 11, 2018

JASMINE's THOUGHTS on The Affiliate by K.A. Linde

Young Adult
Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Ascension, #1
Publish Date:
September 10, 2015

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have...

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom.

The Ascension series
(covers link to Goodreads)



**About the Author**
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

Stay connected with K.A. Linde


*My Thoughts*
Note: This review contains NO spoilers

🤔🤔🤔 Hmmm... I am still processing this. I'm not sure how to start. Well, I can say that I enjoyed this read. It felt slow to start, almost dragging, but it picked up as I continued turning the pages. It felt like a slow burn until I reached the end. I was getting the picture of this fantasy world that K.A. Linde intricately describes. And her character development was complex with multiple layers that had to be "peeled back" in order to "get to know" these characters.

The Affiliate contained various elements that created complex magical world. There was also a good amount of mystery and adventure to add to the fascinating plot. The romance, on the other hand, was subtle and almost underwhelming. At least, the romance did not take away from the magic, mystery, and adventure of the story. Fans of epic fantasies would enjoy enjoy "walking" in Cyrene's world.

All in all, The Affiliate is a fascinating and descriptive start to the Ascension series. I'm ready to read the next book, The Bound, to find out where Cyrene and her friends' journey takes them.

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