Thursday, August 16, 2012

Release Day Blitz: Flight the Crescent Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy

By Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Crescent Chronicles, Book 1

Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Paranormal Romance
Number of pages:  250

Book Description:

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.

Author Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. 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.

Review: The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

The Color of Snow by Brenda Stanley

*** I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon Product Description:
When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

My thoughts:
Twisted, heartbreaking... this is the story of a girl who has lived her life believing in everything that her father has told her, but realizes that it is not reality.  It is a story of what lengths people go to in the name of faith or their personal belief system.

Brenda Stanley has created a world where a father has gone over the edge in his effort to save his child.  Her characters are tragic and believable.  All the characters are firmly embedded in a world where they live and breathe their beliefs - right or wrong.  

The plot is sad and disturbing  - but not hopeless.  The tragedy that is the lives of the characters since the start is wrong on many levels.  Although the story is intriguing and well written, I found myself wishing for just one positive person or circumstance.  I found that person in Sophie's cousin, Stephanie.

In the end - - - I liked the story a lot.  It is beautifully written.  I found it hard to put down.  I truly loved the ending, it is filled with hope and the opportunity to change.