affiliateTitle: The Affiliate (Ascension #1)
Author: K. A. Linde
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Day: September 15th 2015
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

4 stars! 

“I can never be anything but the King… but when I’m with her, I want to be.”

Oh my book feels! The Affiliate was on my radar last year when the book came out but as per usual with all the books on my TBR list and every new book I request, I though I’d wait till the next one to read them back to back and I’m so glad I finally got the chance!

This was my first book from the author and I loved her writing. The Affiliate is a very vivid and nicely detailed Fantasy novel. Byern Court is described so beautifully and so magical. Cyrene is now seventeen and it’s time for her Presenting, she has to go through a test and see where she’s going to end up. Lucky for her is is chosen to be and Affiliate to the Queen. So, she moves to Court and her life starts.

This book has just enough magic to peak the reader’s interest and a lot of hints for where the story could go. In court, Cyrene’s life is not easy; for some reason, someone is killing affiliates. But Cyrene has more than enough on her plate with the King actually courting her and the Queen – well, you get it, she’s not happy. Cyrene’s relationship with the King is interesting. It sort of happens out of nowhere – and I really don’t want to spoil the story – but to me it made of an interesting story line.


boundTitle: The Bound (Ascension #2)
Author: K. A. Linde
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Day: October 25th 2016
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Cyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene sets off for the distant land of Eleysia. An island nation where Affiliates are strictly forbidden from entering.

But the journey is perilous, and the destination may mean utter ruin, as Cyrene comes to learn that everything she’s been told her whole life – about her court, her homeland, and even herself—are bound in a beautiful lie.

4 stars! 

The Bound was a lot different than The Affiliate, where The Affiliate is more about the court life and the King’s relationship with Cyrene, The Bound focused more on her journey and her exploration of her magic. There was an interesting sub-plot in this story and OMG I loved it.

Cyrene leaves Court and travels to Eleysia to learn how to use her powers but the problem is that there are no Affiliates allowed in the city. We get so much magical stuff in this one, it was so good. There was a lot of going back and forth between places though that should have taken a bit more time but they were all described very briefly. One minute she was here and the next she was some place else.

I won’t spoil you but that was so well written and so well implemented into the story, I loved it! Plus, there are a lot of surprises in this one and some shocking moments!

about the author

K.A. Linde grew up as a military brat and created fantastical stories based off of her love for Disney movies, fairy tales, and Star Wars. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler, loves reading young adult novels, and dancing. Additionally, K.A. has written more than a dozen adult novels and is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Lubbock, TX with her husband and two super adorable puppies.
K.A. Linde loves to hear from her readers! You can contact her at kalinde45@gmail.com or visit her online at one of the following sites:

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