Monday, November 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Soar (The Empire Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy: Character Interview, Review, Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for Soar (The Empire Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  The tour is hosted by Inkslinger PR.  My stop today features a character interview with Casey Bates from Soar, as well as my review and the tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Soar (The Empire Chronicles #1)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date:  November 16, 2013

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.

Character Interview with Casey Bates from Soar (The Empire Chronicles #1) 
by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Hi Casey, thanks so much for being here today. 

Thanks so much for having me!

Casey, how would you describe yourself?

Normally I would start by telling you I’m a college student, but I’m not in school right now. I’m a nineteen-year-old barista at a coffee shop in New York. I’m pretty outgoing, although there are times when I pull into my shell. I love trying new things, and I try to be a really good friend.

Can you tell us something about yourself we don’t learn from the book?

I love traveling.

What is your author Alyssa like?

She’s nice most of the time, but sometimes she puts me into awkward situations that make me want to tear my hair out. Instead of giving me one guy, she had to give me two?

I have to ask and I realize you can’t say too much without spoiling the story, but Jared and Toby, or should I say Jared or Toby?  What can you tell us about your relationship with them and how you feel about them?

Toby and Jared are both amazing guys. I’ve had a thing for Toby for a while now, and Jared. Well, have you seen him without a shirt on?

Do you embrace conflict, or run from it?

I try to face conflict head on, but there are also times where you need to protect yourself.

Do you have a hero?

My sister was my hero growing up.

What was your childhood like?

It was a fairly typical suburban childhood. I lived with my parents and older sister. I wasn’t the coolest kid, but I had friends.

Is there a favorite scene in Soar that you can share with us?

The last scene. I’d never experienced anything quite as cool before.

Did you have a hard time convincing Alyssa to write any particular scenes for you?

She was a little tentative about the scene I had at Jared’s apartment. I convinced her she needed to share it.
Did you have any input into the book’s cover design?

I didn’t, but I think it fits the book.

Can you share with us anything about what is in store for us next in the Empire Chronicles?

I have to do a lot of soul searching, and I have to come to terms with the changing nature of my relationship with both guys. Alyssa also said to mention that Allie and Levi play an even bigger role.

Just for fun:  Name five items in your purse or pockets right now.

1)      Strawberry lip balm
2)      My new phone (Bryant destroyed my old one
3)      Tissues
4)      A receipt from buying groceries
5)      A pair of earrings. I took them off once and never remember to put them back in my jewelry box

Thanks so much for being here today Casey.  It was great having you. 

Thanks for having me!

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.


My Thoughts:  It's no secret that I am a huge Alyssa Rose Ivy fan.  One of my favorite series that she has written is The Crescent Chronicles.  I was thrilled to find out that Alyssa Rose Ivy was writing a spin-off series based on The Crescent Chronicles and have been anxiously awaiting it's release.  In Soar, book one in The Empire Chronicles, we get to know some of the secondary characters that we originally met in The Crescent Chronicles really well.  The main characters in Soar are Toby, who I really grew to like in this novel, then there is Jared, yes girls and he remains quite the heartthrob, we also meet Casey Bates, the newest addition to the story, and Casey finds herself right in the middle of these two hotties with both Toby and Jared vying for her attention.  The story takes place in New York, but they do visit good ole New Orleans, and Levi and Allie play important roles in this novel.  We also get to see a little of Owen and Hailey. Toby is now running New York City for Levi, who is now the King.  When attacks by the Bears and Wolves, who are also shifters, start to draw to much attention, Toby knows it needs to be handled and reluctantly calls on Levi, who in turn dispatches his head of security, Jared, to look into things.  

Casey works in the local coffee shop, which Toby frequently visits, and somehow she has managed to land herself right in the middle of all that is going on.  There are also a lot of things about Casey that are revealed as the story progresses, as more and more secrets regarding her past, who she is, and exactly what that means comes to light, much of which Casey was completely unaware of.  Toby really likes Casey, and she likes him to, but Jared also really likes Casey, and Casey is has the hots for Jared also.  This puts her and them in a rather precarious situation.  I must say that I've had a really hard time choosing which guy to root for, though I'll have to say I'm really pretty much leaning toward Team Jared.  There is quite the plethora of events that take place throughout the book that are hot, dangerous, and pivotal points in the story as it progresses.  The romance is hot, of course, as are the guys, especially Jared.  Soar also has plenty of action and excitement that keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.  There is a huge revelation at the end of the book that will leave you dying for the next book.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Soar and I love where Alyssa Rose Ivy has taken and is taking the characters in this story.  I also loved being able to see the characters from The Cresecent Chronicles and find out what's going on in their lives.  Alyssa Rose Ivy delivers yet another outstanding paranormal story that is creative, action-packed, and romantic all wrapped up in one that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next, and longingly waiting to find out where she will take this story and the characters in it next.  

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  1. I loved this!! Wasn't it a completely fabulous spin off?

  2. Can't wait to read it! Loved the Crescent Chronicles! I really want to know Jared and Toby better.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  3. Jared! I am so behind, but would totally love to read more of Jared. Nice review, Ellen!

  4. This looks really good, and I am anxious to meet Jared :) Awesome interview Ellen :) and agree the cover is great

  5. Great interview Ellen :) I love the cover of this one, it sounds really cool so gonna check out the original series!

  6. I'm excited to read this one. I love Alyssa too!!! I think I'll likely be Team Jared. I have a soft spot for him.

  7. I really need to read this author's work -- you've got me convinced! Love the character interview! Thanks so much for the great review and post!

  8. Either the initial summary changed or I didn't pay attention to it because I didn't know this was a love triangle between Toby and freaking Jared. Which makes it almost not fair since I'm already Team Jared even before I start the book. We'll see what happens. My tour stop is next week so I have this soon.


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