Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Search (The Empire Chronicles #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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SEARCH Synopsis:
*New Adult Paranormal Romance*
Casey isn't human. The revelation should terrify her, but it doesn't. Instead it excites her. Too bad not everyone is as excited as she is.

Torn between two lives, the only one she's ever known and her life as a paranormal princess, Casey has to decide whether she can trust the man she loves.

Sometimes being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.

My Thoughts:  I am a huge fan of Alyssa Rose Ivy's and I love all of her books.  The Empire Chronicles is a spin-off series from The Crescent Chronicles.  Both are New Adult/Mature YA  paranormal romances.  I used to love to read paranormal romance, but got kind of burnt out on it, and for the past year or two, haven't read that many books from that genre.  I have to say that The Empire Chronicles and The Crescent Chronicles are both in my top ten list of all-time favorites in this category, and have spurred a renewal in my passion for paranormal romance.  Alyssa Rose Ivy has written a story that is original and entertaining, which just sucks you up into the world she has created, with characters you will grow to totally fall in love with.  

Search is the the second book in The Empire Chronicles series and picks up where Soar left off.  Let me just take a minute to tell you how much I loved Soar.  Jared was one of my favorite characters in The Crescent Chronicles, so I could wait to see more of him in The Empire Chronicles.  The Events in Soar were a mixture of hot, suspenseful, intense, and kept you turning the pages wanting more.  We were introduced to Casey, who is one of  the main characters in both Soar and Search, and Ivy threw a twist in at the end of that novel that left you dying for the next book in the series.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Search to see where she would take these characters next.  The wings you see in the cover are not angels, but Pterons - and trust me, you will want to get to know them better.  We get to know more about some of the other shifters in this book also.  Another one of the main characters in this book was Toby.  Now I did not like Toby much in The Crescent Chronicles, but I did like him in Soar, but he didn't blow me away.  In Search, I totally fell in love with him. 

At first I wasn't sure I'd be happy with where the romance was going, because I was kind of rooting for the other guy, but I couldn't be happier with where things ended up, not to mention the fact that it was HOT.  Jared, who I have loved from the get go, was kind of a jerk in this one, but I still love him, and the author has set the stage for the third book in the series in such a way that I have a feeling he will redeem himself big time, or at least I hope he does, and I can't wait to read it.  We also get to see Levi and Allie, who also play a part in Search, as well as a few of the other characters we have come to love.  I also really loved the fact that we got to read this from the guys (Jared and Toby's) point of view, as well as Casey's, and Alyssa Rose Ivy did an excellent job in that regard.  

If you love paranormal romance, then you will definitely want to read this series.  Search is a wonderful and engaging second installment in The Empire Chronicles, and I couldn't recommend it more, especially if you are looking for something fresh and different in the world of New Adult books that are out there.  

Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:
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 really loved this one as well. Can't wait for book three and I think your right, I think Jared will be redeeming himself very soon with a certain someone. ;)

  2. Oh how I love this series so far. I love pretty much everything Alyssa writes, but this series (and it's predecessor) is just plain awesome. I agree, I loved how Toby was in this book and how the romance played out. It was hard not to want something for both him and Jared, but I think the right one won. I can tell Alyssa's got something amazing planned for Jared as well.

  3. I haven't read a lot of PNR lately either. Top 10? Hmmmmm. Thanks.

  4. I really enjoyed Ivy's Crescent series, and am not sure why I haven't started this series, other than lack of time. I'm glad to see you enjoyed Search so much, Ellen. Nice review!

  5. love this book and love all the books involved. great review.


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