Friday, July 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Found by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Found (The Crescent Chronicles #3) by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  The tour is hosted Inkslinger PR Blog Tours.  My stop today features and interview with Alyssa Rose Ivy, my review, and a tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  

Found (The Crescent Chronicles #3)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Published:  July 12, 2013

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.
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Hi Alyssa, it is great having you here today. 

Where did you get your idea for The Crescent Chronicles series and how many books are planned in the series? 

Hi Ellen! The idea for the Crescent Chronicles came from my desire to write a paranormal romance series set in New Orleans. After spending four years in New Orleans for college, I just knew it would be the perfect backdrop. From the beginning, I knew the books would center on Allie and an alpha male with a unique spin. The idea for the Pterons came next, and everything else fell into place from there.

What were the challenges, i.e., research, literary, psychological, logistical, in bringing the series to life?

One of the biggest challenges in writing the Crescent Chronicles was creating the Pterons and The Society. I love world building, but starting from scratch on a concept like that takes a lot of work. Another challenge was how to describe Allie and Levi’s relationship in a realistic way. I knew many of the actions the characters take might surprise some readers, but I also understood they were essential to the storyline.

Can you tell us a little bit about Levi (swoon) and Allie? 

Levi is an alpha male in the truest sense, but he’s also a lot more than that. He likes to have his way, and it takes someone as strong as Allie to make him understand the importance of letting go of control a little. Allie is strong and fiercely loyal to her friends. She doesn’t want to make the wrong decision, but sometimes the biggest decisions aren’t in her hands.

What is your favorite scene or quote from Found?

My favorite scene in Found takes place in the cave. I don’t want to give too much away, but it gave me a chance to show a much sweeter side to Levi, and to give readers a look into what was really going on in his head.

You have written quite a few books, which I love by the way.  Which is your favorite genre to write, and which to you find most challenging?

I don’t necessarily have a favorite genre to write, but I have discovered that I love writing books that give me the opportunity to infuse some humor. I experimented with this in the Crescent Chronicles, and continued with it in The Hazards of Skinny Dipping. The hardest genre for me to write is fantasy, yet it was the first one I wrote in.

Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging?

Although he didn’t start out that way, Levi has become one of my favorites. He is such a complex character, and he’s definitely someone I wish I could meet. The most challenging character I’ve written is Calvin from my Afterglow Trilogy. It was hard to write a love interest with such a different background from the MC and from my own experience (he’s literally from another world).

Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
1)      I can be shy at times
2)      I have two middle names
3)      I have both a law degree and a library science degree

Who is your favorite book couple? 

Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I never get tired of reading their story.

What’s next for you writing wise that you can share with us?

I have plans for two new series. One is the Empire Chronicles, a follow up series to The Crescent Chronicles set in New York. Jared has a big role in this one. I’m also working on a new contemporary series in a similar vein to The Hazards of Skinny Dipping. I’ll have more information about that series soon.

This or That:

E-books or print copies? E-books

Facebook or Twitter? Twitter is starting to really grow on me

Theater or DVD? DVD (Although I’m missing date nights at the movies).

Talk or Text? Talk

Thanks so much for stopping by Alyssa.  It was great talking with you.

Thanks for having me!

My Review:  Alyssa Rose Ivy is one of my favorite authors, and The Crescent Chronicles is one of my favorite paranormal series.  I have anxiously been awaiting Found, book #3 in the series, and I have to tell you I don't think it could have been more perfect.  I fell in love with Levi and his hot, swoon-worthy, and sexy self in book one of this series, and I just love his and Allie's story.  Levi is part of a supernatural group called The Society, and in fact, is destined to be the king, following in line behind his father.  Levi is a Pteron, which is a winged being, not an angel, but nonetheless very powerful.  The story is set in New Orleans, where The Society is headquartered, with branches all over the country.  Found picks up where Focus leaves off.  Since they have met, Levi's enemies in the supernatural community, which consists of many different types of beings, have tried to stop Levi from becoming king and destroy his connection with Allie, who is his mate.  Allie has also found out that her first boyfriend from back home, Toby, is a Pteron, and he is determined to have her back at any cost, to be his mate, thus destroying Levi's chance of becoming king and making himself king instead.  Allie's best friend Jess, has been kidnapped by Toby's family, the Blackwells, and Allie is determined to get her back, but what will be the cost, and what is she willing to give up in order to see this happen?

Found had me captivated once again, from beginning to end.  The story is told from Allie's point of view, and she and Levi have finally made headway in their relationship, and she has begun to accept who she is and discover just how much she loves Levi.  The deeper she gets involved in The Society, however, the more secrets she begins to uncover.  The secrets not only involve things Levi has kept from her, but things she begins to find out about herself, who she is, and what she is.  We also get to see a whole new side of Levi in this story, a sweeter side, and I loved how completely devoted he was to Allie.  He literally would do anything for her.  He actually was so patient and kind to her, yet passionate and fiercely loyal and protective. We get to meet Levi's grandmother, Georgina, in this novel, who plays an integral role in helping Allie solve the mystery surrounding herself, the bond between her and Levi and the mystery surrounding it, and Allie's connection and affect on the Pterons.  I loved seeing where Alyssa Rose Ivy took the romance and relationship between Levi and Allie in Found, and the story itself is action-packed and intense.  The paranormal element of the story is creative, unique, and very interesting.  We of course, get to see some of the original secondary characters who have been such a big part of the series, Owen, Hailey, and Jared, who I love, and I hear he is going to play a big role in a followup series that Alyssa Rose Ivy is writing, which will be centered in New York, and I am so excited about this.  The ending could not have been more perfect.  I loved, loved, loved it!!  Alyssa Rose Ivy brought things together in a way that left me completely satisfied, smiling, and so very happy with the conclusion of this series.  If you are a fan of paranormal romance, then The Crescent Chronicles is a must read series and I cannot recommend it enough.  

About Alyssa Rose Ivy:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young 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.


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  1. I am so bummed that I couldn't fit the tour in! I was really, really like this series, and can't wait to have the chance to see how it ends. Great review, Ellen!

    1. It's really good Andrea and the ending is so perfect.

  2. Gah I love this series and I am so excited it ended well. I admit I have been putting it off because I have been worried about it but now I know I can go into it with no fears! Great review Ellen!! Happy weekend. :)

    1. I think you will love it. I was nervous about how it was going to work out to, but it ends so great and there is going to a spin off series, which I am so excited about.

  3. I love books set in New Orleans! This sounds like the series has a great premise as well though!

    1. This is a great paranormal series. I just love it.

  4. I agree that the ending was perfect but not cheesy or 'convenient'. I love this series too. Really wish Jared would get his own book!

    1. You are right, it wasn't cheesy at all. I was so happy with it. There is going to be a spin off series coming out late this year, and Jared will be in it - Happy Dance!!!

  5. I really love the cover of the book...just amazing :) Great review!

    1. It is so hot isn't it. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I love Alyssa's writing. And this one sounds awesome! Fun interview too! :)

    1. This is such a good series. I just loved it.

  7. OMG!! I've been DYING to read this series!!! I love reading about Angels and this series sounds SO GOOD!!! Thank you SO MUCH for this awesome giveaway!!!

    1. It is so awesome. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

  8. Let's be honest, the model on the cover of Found is hot and makes me want a closer look!! LOL, but I have read several really good reviews and now this interview, so my interest is peaked!!

    1. OMG, I love the cover so much to. Levi is awesome and this is such a good book.


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