Title: Flight (Crescent Chronicles #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: August 16, 2012
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One Line: A refreshing paranormal read filled with action and drama that will have you enraptured until the very end.
About the Book: Sometimes you just have to take flight.
A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.
Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this, but I can tell you one thing for sure after reading it – I will read anything by Alyssa Rose Ivy. She definitely has the ability to capture me with her writing and her characters. Flight is an amazing paranormal read and I was flying through the pages, with a smile on my face that I couldn’t get rid of for the life of me for the entire time I was reading it. Levi is mysterious and possessive at times, but that boy is sexy as hell and can win me over any day!
I think what I liked most about this, surprisingly, was how quickly Allie came to terms with the paranormal world in the story. It was so refreshing when I actually thought about it. I honestly was bothered with it at first, because I couldn’t understand how she would believe this world that Levi introduces to her so easily and quickly. But, when you think about it, in this day and age, why wouldn’t you easily believe that it’s true (if you were a character in a book, that is). I often get frustrated with how the female lead takes forever to realize that there are other other-worldly creatures that walk with humans. Allie took the whole thing pretty well, which is not to say she didn’t have any adjustment period, but I found that the way Alyssa chose to move the plot along was invigorating, and though you might be a bit hesitant at first like I was, the story flows so smoothly and quickly, you’ll realize it works out perfectly.
As far as female leads go, Allie is likable, for sure. She’s a bit naive and innocent at times, but she’s also determined, stubborn, and has a bit of an edge when needed. She definitely has her flaws and there were times I was mad at her, but overall, I really liked her. Probably the only thing that bugged me about her was how easily she let her attraction to Levi overshadow the things that he hides from her. I’m all about honesty, so I don’t like it when a guy keeps things from the girl he cares about, which Levi tends to do a lot in Flight. I feel like Allie lets too many things slide and doesn’t get enough answers. She definitely tries her best to keep Levi at arms length, but I would’ve liked her to get more out of him and held her ground better to be a more formidable heroine.
As for Levi? I’ll give it to Allie, it’s pretty hard to resist a guy like him. He’s got the looks and the charm, plus his surprising supernatural aspect. Once you find out what he really is, you easily become intrigued and I love that Alyssa strayed from the common creatures and created a unique one of her own. Levi definitely made me mad at times, but like Allie, it was hard for me to stay mad at him. I seriously hated all the secrets and lies, and I hope those issues get addressed sooner or later. Despite that, Levi is a character you’ll easily fall for. The tension and romance between him and Allie really kept things going for me and I reveled in every scene they shared together.
Flight is not your average paranormal read. Alyssa’s creatures are different and the society she creates is pretty unique. I really loved her take on it all. There is a great amount of action, drama, romance, and good times in this book; plus it’s set in New Orleans, which is a place I know little about and loved learning more of. Overall, it was a great introduction to what I’m sure will be an unforgettable series.
Title: Focus [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: January 23, 2013
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One Line: Better than the first, I couldn’t put it down and loved every minute of it.
About the Book: Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.
Alyssa has won me over again with Focus. Like with Flight, I found myself grinning from ear to ear the whole time I was reading this book, and I really don’t know why?! After reading Flight, I immediately dived into Focus because I honestly loved this world and these characters so much.
In Focus, Allie goes through her first semester in college, meets new people, and there are plenty of good times that ensue. She also has to deal with what’s expected of her, being Levi’s “mate”, which comes with a lot of responsibility and danger. I definitely liked Allie more as I got to know her. She really cares for her friends and despite this beautiful guy who is head-over-heels for her, she doesn’t let him take her away from her friends and remains pretty independent, which is rare as most girls tend to get so engrossed with the guy that they forget to live their own lives. Allie takes time to hang out with her friends, study like crazy for her exams, even visit her family, which is pretty hard to do if you’ve read how irresistible Levi is. I definitely give her snaps for that!
Allie and Levi finally get more alone time where they hash things out and work on their relationship. I love how things progress for them and their relationship, though tumultuous and rocky, is definitely one I’m rooting for. A lot more secrets are revealed and you get to see more of Levi and who he really is. Yes, Levi still keeps secrets from Allie and Allie still lets them slide, but she’s become a lot more determined to figure out the truth and to not let Levi get away with everything. Still upset over Levi’s deception in Flight, Allie makes him work to win back her trust and I loved how determined Levi was to get her back. What he did was definitely not something I would easily forgive. After things are resolved, Allie learns that Levi is still hiding some things from her, particularly an important detail of their relationship, which Alyssa alludes to at the end of the book. I’m starting to think he’s doing this because he truly does love Allie and is afraid of what she might do if she learned the truth, but still, he just needs to lay it all on the line and if they truly love each other, things will work out.
Anyways, did I mention how much I love the secondary characters in this series, too? Hailey is such a sweetheart, ever the lovable best friend, and you get to know Jared and Owen a bit more here, which I loved. They have a bit of an edge, but they’re really great characters who I’d love to see more of.
And DAMN those cliffhanger endings!!! Why did you do it, Alyssa, why?! Sigh…
That ending definitely blew me away and even though I suspected something was going on, I definitely didn’t see that coming. I love it when a sequel is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor and I didn’t expect anything less from Alyssa. I seriously love this author! Focus is just as action-packed as Flight and the romance is truly sizzling. I devoured every minute of it. Now I’m just slowly dying inside waiting for Found!