Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog Tour, Book Review and Giveaway: Soar by Alyssa Ivy Rose

Title: Soar
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

Book Description:
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 fiancĂ©. 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.

About the Author:

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.*

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  1. I'm impressed that the ending shocked you and left you craving the next book so badly. It sounds like kind of a cliffhanger, but not in a cruel way. I've got to give this and the Crescent Chronicles a try! Wonderful review :-)

  2. I've been planing on reading the Crescent Chronicles for a while, but still haven't. So many series to start. Anyhow I'm so happy that this spin off is so good. Great review, Ali :)

  3. Thanks guys! I hope you both give this series a try and the spin off, they are both fantastic!

  4. Wow. Clearly I need to read the Crescent Chronicles Ali! I feel like I'm missing out on much awesomeness. Is the ending of this one a cliffhanger or just super dramatic? You have me curious:)

  5. have not read the other series yet myself but boy does it sound like this author knows how to write! your review was very exciting :D must have been quiet an ending to leave you wanting more!

  6. Jenny it is very dramatic, more so than a cliffhanger I would say, I hope you do give this a try.

    Lily, thanks and it was!!

  7. Ooohhh maybe I'll try to finish it now. I HATED the love triangle and totally stopped reading when she all of a sudden fell into Jared. I liked him but he was such a douche this book that I couldn't stand him. But I had a feeling there was probably a paranormal reason for all this kind of like with Allie being a Chantress or whatever she was called. But I honestly couldn't keep reading after she got with Jared. I was so mad! I liked Toby and felt like they were building up to something good for 3/4 of the book for her to flip to Jared so fast.

  8. I started book one of the first series and stopped, I just couldn't get into it..i think it may have been a mood thing, since I did not DNF it. You have me intrigued.

  9. There is a reason Jennifer!

    I am sorry to hear that Kim, but it just goes to show not all series are for everyone.

  10. I keep hearing nothing but praise! Honestly, I think it's time for me to read Crescent Chronicles (awesome name, btw) and then the spin off. I'm curious about that ending you mention. I do love an impressive finale! :)

  11. So wanted to read the Crescent Chronicles but it is buried in the pile. Can I just dive in and start up with this one and not be lost?

  12. Unfortunately no Heidi, I think you would be really lost without starting the Crescent Chronicles first. :(

  13. It sounds like a series I really need to read! The characters really sound terrific!

  14. I've wanted to read the 1st book for awhile, but of course never got around to it. Shocking, I know. Someday, eh.

  15. Okay so I went back and read the ending and that was a little bit of a shock. I'm wondering if she can end up with either of the boys now. I honestly would prefer if she just didn't end up with either of them because I hate love triangles. I also am wondering why the heck that secretary told Casey that Toby wasn't over Allie and why Casey believed it so easily. That really bothered me. Then all of a sudden hey Jared were stuck in a cell so now I'm into you...not really feeling that switch.

  16. I know and I want to know how it all happened with her being..you know, at the end. Kind of crazy!!

  17. Awesome review! I just loved this so much. I am really wondering how the end is going affect her relationship with Jared or Toby - I really hope she can be with one of them. I am not a love triangle fan either. I hope she can be with Jared, but I want Toby to have someone to. It sounds like things are going to heat up all the way around from the war to the romance in the next book. I can't wait!!

  18. Forgot something. Though I'm not a love triangle fan, for some reason this one didn't bother me, which I guess is a good thing :)

  19. I use to not mind them so much Ellen but lately I have had too much of them as well but I agree, this one really wasn't bad other than I always feel bad for the one not chosen.