Series: The Empire Chronicles #1
Published by: Self-Published on November 19, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: The Author
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In the city that never sleeps the Chronicles continue…
Serving coffee is temporary, just like Casey's year off from school. She’s going to come up with a plan to stay in New York City and go back to college, and that plan does not involve dating a paranormal creature—let alone two.
Running the supernatural society of New York is not as fun as it sounds, especially when you still have to answer to your ex-girlfriend’s fiancé. Toby doesn’t mean to bring Casey into the chaos of his life, but he can't resist the girl who makes him smile when he thought no one else ever could.
Jared's in New York checking out a security risk for his best friend, the king. He plans to return to New Orleans quickly, but not if it means losing his chance with the brunette who pretends she wants nothing to do with him.
In over her head with a bunch of winged creatures who most definitely are not angels, Casey has to figure out who to trust with her life and maybe her heart.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Stay, Savor
Also by this author: Search, First & Forever, Stay, Dire, Savor
Soar was everything I was hoping for in this spin-off series, and so much more. I loved the Crescent Chronicles and was so happy to hear that Alyssa would continue writing about this unique and interesting world she created. In Soar, you get POVs from Toby, a somewhat “bad guy” from the Crescent Chronicles, Jared, Levi’s Head of Security of The Society, and the new girl, Casey. Let me forewarn you, there is a love triangle brewing, but triangle naysayers need not fear, Alyssa does a great job with it so far and I honestly don’t know who I’m rooting for more at this point. Sure, after being in Toby’s head, I have a soft spot for him and have become a fan, but there’s just something about Jared that is hard to resist and I really want to see both of them happy.
The story itself starts out amazing. You’re pulled in right away and Alyssa’s writing really never lets you go. I always find myself hooked on her books. Her writing style is very different and she has the ability to cut through the crap and needless details, yet still giving enough substance to create an engaging and riveting story. Here, Casey is caught in the middle of what appears to be a rebellion, as the other shifters in this world believe this is the perfect time to attack the Pteron empire and stage a coup. How does Casey fit into all this? Well, her role is a lot more important than even I originally thought, and even though Ivy doesn’t give up much about Casey’s past, you get enough to know just how crazy this storyline is going to get. There were definitely a few surprises I didn’t see coming and I loved it.
As for the romance, even though I felt it coming, I was still hoping Ivy wouldn’t throw in the triangle. Still, like I said, she did it well, and I’m at a loss of who should be with who, especially after that ending! From what we got regarding Toby in the other series, I didn’t like him at all. Now, however, we see a whole other side to him. We see why he does what he does, and just how much he cares for certain people. I just want to hug the poor guy. I really liked his interactions with Casey, they are very cute together. As for Jared, he’s your typical charming, yet infuriating sexy playboy who, I admit, I can’t help but be attracted to. He may talk a lot of crap, but as the book progresses, you see just how much he cares for Casey and their dynamic was playful and, at times, pretty hot. I look forward to seeing just how each relationship plays out and where Ivy is going with this.
As with all of Alyssa’s books, I’m totally left wanting more. I seriously need Book 2, Search, like right now! That ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and some of the choices that Casey makes towards the end left me both giddy and heartbroken. I don’t know what to think or how to feel! Seriously, at one point, she had me going NOOOOO!!!, yet also saying HELL YEAH!!! Ugh, all I know is the wait for Search will be torture.
1) There is more to Jared than meets the eye. He acts really tough all the time, but I know there’s more underneath. I just hope to get the opportunity to get to know him better.
2) He’s really caring. He will go to great lengths to make sure the people in his life are safe and protected. Sometimes you don’t even realize he’s doing it.
3) He’s got a great sense of humor. However, sometimes his jokes annoy me to no end.
4) He really loves New Orleans. It’s like part of him lights up when he’s in his home city.
5) He’s kind of irresistible. I generally don’t let guys get under my skin that way, but there’s just something about Jared that makes it impossible to walk away.