Author: Alyssa Ivy Rose
Series: Book One in the Empire Chronicles (Spin off to the Crescent Chronicles)
Published: November 19, 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by InkSlinger (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
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.
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
My Thoughts and Review:
I absolutely adored the Crescent Chronicles so how in the world could I resist reading the spin off series, The Empire Chronicles? Well, I can't, so I didn't. In fact I dove right in eager to get back to the world of the prenaturals (yay Pterons!!) that Rose created.
How could I resist another book filled with the hunky guys that stole my heart in the first series? And this time, this time it was all about Toby, someone that some how, all circumstances aside, managed to weasel his way into my heart in Found and I just knew I needed to know more of his story and Rose once again delivered and then some.
Not only did she gives us Toby but she gave us some more Jared as well. And how can anyone resist the gruff, brooding, heart of gold best friend to the (now) king? Not I apparently. I have liked Jared from the very beginning, broodiness and all.
This was such a great addition to the series! I couldn't be more happy with this spin off if I wrote it myself. It had everything I fell in love with with the Crescent Chronicles except with a whole new dynamic and new cast of characters as well as the familiar ones we have come to love from before.
And that ending? Holy crap that ending blew me away (no pun intended!!). I am still trying to process it all. And the worst part is...it just left me wanting, no craving, the next book.
Toby, Jared....how in the world could a girl pick, and can she even pick now after the stuff that was reveled? Gah! I have some many questions now..so much left to discover and to be told. I can not wait!!
Once again Rose has proven that she is a master story teller. With her creative stories full of friendship, spicy hot encounters, sweet romance, a thrilling plot, lots of action and so many twists I didn't see coming that it is no wonder my head is still spinning from them all, she is one author that you do not want to miss out on. If you have any doubts at all about trying this series, don't. It is worth it and then some.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or tour association. I was not compensated for this review.*