The Crescent Chronicles, #1
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self-Published (Aug. 2012)
Genre: YA, New Adult, Paranormal
Format: eBook (268 pages)
Source: Author, for Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | Barnes & Noble
Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
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.
At A Glance
Love the idea, love the setting, just wish there was more action.
This is the kind of book you read on a hot, lazy day. It’s a relaxing read. You easily flow into the story and get caught up in the words. This is not an anxiety ridden book, it won’t get your emotions in a twitter until the very end. Just sit back, kick your feet up, and let the story do its thing.
The concept and setting are the best part of Flight. I am dying to visit New Orleans one of these days. I just need to find a sugar daddy to pay for the trip. lol. Just kidding (kinda). So I am fascinated when I get to read about New Orleans in books. Sad, I know. Flight really takes us into the thick of things: the parties, the old streets and buildings, the laid-back residents. It was fun. The supernatural concept also turned it up a notch. I loved the introduction to the Pteron, and I am not going to reveal what they are because it’s more fun to be surprised. Then we had the shapeshifters, wereanimals, and vampires. If any city was going to be a breeding ground for supernaturals, I think it would be New Orleans, so it all fit perfectly.
Allie reminded me of myself. She is on the straight and narrow path. She and her parents have her future planned out and nothing will make her stray from it. But she has that quirky friend who helps her have fun from time to time. I was so envious of her because her dad owns a hotel in New Orleans so Allie gets to work in it for the summer while staying in one of the suites and partying at night. How awesome is that? I totally got Allie’s reluctance towards Levi when they first meet. He is so sure of himself, so confident that I think any girl would want to knock him down a peg. But Levi is persistent and Allie finds her defenses slowly weakening. Who can blame her, he’s sexy, smart, and the funnest paranormal creature ever. Allie handled herself well throughout the book. She might have fallen for Levi, but she never took his crap. She kept a cool head when in danger and really thought out her choices and decisions. It made me respect her more.
Levi is trouble. You can tell that from the beginning. He’s too charming for his own good. He has a face of an angel (*giggle,* inside joke) and he knows how to use it. But he only wants Allie. He tries so hard to show her a good time, to make the summer the best one ever. But his world is very different from Allie’s and he makes some bad decisions that can tear them apart. Levi is very selfish. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just his character flaw. He is still young and thinks more about his happiness than anyone elses. After what he did to Allie, I don’t know if Allie should forgive him. And that’s what makes this book so interesting. Levi is not perfect and really, he doesn’t deserve Allie. But it’s fascinating to watch them together. I want to know what’s next for them.
The action near the end was really intense. It was freakin’ scary as all get out. I really didn’t know how Allie was going to survive unmolested in the situation she was put in. The side characters were all interesting in their own right. Jess, Allie’s best friend, was fun and out-going in the beginning but her story became sad and serious half way through. I love side stories like that. It keeps things fresh. The writing was good and the descriptions really created a vivid world I wanted to learn more about.
I didn’t really mind the relaxed feel and pacing in Flight, but at one point I was like, “Where is this going? Is something going to happen?” And when the action finally came I was happy, but I was still peeved for having to wait until the last 10% of the book. The plot really needed a little more oomph, some complexity. Flight focuses on the romance but it’s not really a romance novel either.
The world building is minimal. I expect to learn more in the next books, but I wanted to warn everyone, don’t expect to learn much about the supernatural world in this book.
The romance is slow building, which I loved. Allie and Levi are cute together. Expect YA-ish sex, not new adult. But these characters are in college so the rest of the novel has a new adult feel.
Flight won’t rock you socks off but it will make your toes tingle. The New Orleans setting is to die for and the little mysteries will keep you guessing. If you are looking for a relaxing paranormal read, this is the book for you. Recommend.
“Innocent tourists? You make me sound like the big bad wolf.”
“And you’re not?” I questioned.
“Only if you’re Red Riding Hood,” he said flirtatiously.
“Wow, that’s original.”
“Not everything in life is black and white. Sometimes the best parts are gray. Just remember that not everything can fit into one your neat little boxes.”
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