Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy




Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Focus, book #2 in The Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  The tour is hosted by AToMR Tours.  You can check out all the other great stops on the tour here.  My stop today features a review.  There is also a tour-wide giveaway going on, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Title: Focus(Crescent Chronicles, #2)
 Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
 Release date: January 23, 2013
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Age Group: Mature YA/ New Adult
 Synopsis:  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.

My Thoughts:  I really loved Flight and have been looking forward to reading Focus since I finished it.  Focus begins with Allie and Hailey moving into their dorm at Tulane to begin their freshman year.  Allie is still really mad at Levi for tricking her into becoming his mate, and is a bit overwhelmed with exactly what that entails.  She also is a little perturbed by the fact that either Jared, Owen, or Levi is in all of her classes and one of them always walks her to and from her dorm.  At night, of course, Hailey is there to protect her, which she doesn't mind, since Hailey has quickly become her best friend.  She gets even more frustrated with Levi when he makes sure that anyone of the male species is quickly cut off if they try to talk to her.  Even though she gives Levi a really hard time, she can't deny her feelings or attraction to him, and Levi is very persistent and determined to get what he wants.  

As Levi's mate, Allie is required to attend quite a few "functions," with him, and as she learns more about the society, she also realizes how deeply she is now a part of it.  She quickly finds out that being Levi's mate also paints her as a target for those who wish to hurt him.  When a few dangerous incidents occur involving Allie and her friends, she decides that she needs to learn how to fight.  She asks Jared, who has become a really good friend to her, to teach her, which turns out to be something that comes in very handy a whole lot sooner than anyone anticipated.  Levi finally begins to open up to Allie and tell her more about what is really going on, which is a big step towards their reconciliation, since one Allies biggest qualms is not being able to trust Levi. Things finally seem to be going well between her and Levi, then someone from Allie's past makes an appearance back into her life, causing her to realize just how much she cares for Levi, but Allie isn't aware of just how far this person is willing to go to have her and what he is capable of doing to manipulate her.  

I really enjoyed Focus.  I totally fell for Levi in the first book and was so excited to see more of him in Focus.  Not only is he hot, he really cares about Allie, and is very patient with her, considering everything, yet he is also very protective.  As much as Levi has opened up to her, there are still some big secrets he hasn't let her in on, which becomes apparent towards the end of the book.  I liked Allie, and understand where she was coming from, though I thought she "doth protest a little too much" before finally giving in to Levi.  I didn't care for Jared too much in Flight, but I really loved him in Focus.  I can't wait to see where Alyssa Rose Ivy takes his character next in the story, and I am also really curious about his attraction to Allie's friend Tiffany and where that may go.  We also get to know Hailey, Owen, and their new friend Anne, who is a hoot, better in this installment.  

I loved the paranormal premise in this book which is fresh, unique, and creative.  The book is fast paced and I found myself reading it in one sitting, because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  The chemistry between Levi and Allie is undeniable and the romance is really hot, as is Levi.  That mixed in with the mystery surrounding the Pterons and the Society, along with the danger, conspiracy, and the paranormal elements, make Focus a very interesting read.  I have to say I did not see the ending coming and was totally surprised by what happened, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next in Found.  Alyssa Rose Ivy has set the scene for a very interesting and intense sequel.  I just hope I don't get my heart broken, because I really want to see things work for Levi and Allie.  If you can't tell, I am team Levi all the way.  If you are a paranormal romance lover, and are looking for a fresh twist and a lot of excitement, then The Crescent Chronicles is one series that I would definitely recommend checking out.  
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Title: Flight (Crescent Chronicles, #1)
 Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
 Release date: August 16, 2012
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Age Group: Mature YA/ New Adult
Synopsis:  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.

You can read my review of Flight here.

Book links:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble  |  Goodreads


Title: Found (Crescent Chronicles, #3)
 Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
 Release date: Summer 2013
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Age Group: Mature YA/ New Adult

Synopsis:  Levi might be hot, strong, and have a cool set of wings, but it's not enough to make up for keeping Allie in the dark.

Allie's tired of being left with more questions than answers. She's tired of loving a guy who refuses to level with her. Most of all, she's tired of her life spinning out of control.

Desperate to save Jess no matter the personal cost, Allie has to face the possibility that the only one she can trust is herself.


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.




 Tour Giveaway: (1) print copy of FLIGHT and FOCUS set – US/Canada Only and (10) eBooks of FOCUS – International

12 comments:

  1. I am not really big on angel books, but this series really does sound good. Allie and Levi sound like characters I would really love. Great review!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Amy. It's not about Angles, though it does seem like that with the wings and everything on the cover. Levi is called a Pteron, sort of like a shifter. There are a lot of different types of shifters, but the Pterons are like the King of Shifters. It is a great paranormal read.

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  2. Wow, I really need to read this series Ellen! I'm a little in love with Levi just based on your review, I can't wait to see what he's like with Allie in the books:) Also, the cover for FOUND? *dies of the hotness* Definitely, definitely need to pick these books up.

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    1. The guy on found is really hot isn't he. This is a great paranormal book that has a really fresh premise. Levi is Pteron, which was something new to me.

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  3. I couldn't agree more with you on your review! I love Levi, even more so after Focus and while I do want to smack him sometimes (still keeping stuff from Allie) I still love him and really hope there will be a lot more of him in Found.
    Jared I really liked too, way more than I did in Flight. I hope we get a lot more of him too.

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    1. I can't wait to see what happens in Found. I just really really hope that Levi and Allie don't break up.

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  4. I really like the covers for this series. It sounds like the characters are really well developed and like the romance is super sweet. I may have to pick up the first in the series and give it a go. Fabulous review!

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    1. If you enjoy paranormal romance, it is really a great one.

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  5. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this series. I'm not always up for angel books, they are hit and miss for me, but this might be a series worth trying!

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    1. I should have been more clear in my review, I apologize. This isn't about angles, though with the wings on the cover it would seem this way. They are actually called Pterons. It is really good.

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  6. I just read Flight and Focus back-to-back last week. I really enjoyed them. I loved that this was about shifters, and the Pterons were so cool! Very excited to read Found.
    Great review!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed them to Andrea.

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