Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Found Release Day Launch: Review and Giveaway


Ahhhhh! I am so glad that this book has finally released, even though I had a chance to read it early... ;) Holy hell, that is one H-O-T cover! 

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.

***

My Review:
After that awful cliffhanger in Focus, having to wait to read Found was difficult. It was especially difficult because I really love this series, and I love the characters. The first one was good, the second was even better, but this third one left me with a bittersweet feeling. The ending was fantastic, but I'm still sad that it's over. I'm sad that the series is over, sad that I'll have to say goodbye to the characters I've come to love so much. 

Found was wonderfully written and tied up all those loose ends so nicely. The characters had closure and the story had closure. It's the kind of ending that you want in a series. 

The Characters:
Allie: She's the main character, as the story is told in her voice only. Throughout the books, she grows as a person, as a friend, as a girlfriend. After a rocky start to hers and Levi's relationship and after he literally traps her into a marriage with him, that trust has come back tenfold. She goes through so many emotions in the book, from anger and sadness, to worry and fear. But Allie is strong, stronger than she gives herself credit for. She's determined to rescue her friend, and she's determined to set things right with her and Levi. She may have gotten over the fact that he didn't tell her about what the ring meant, but there's still an obstacle standing in their way. I mean, two obstacles. (You'll see). 

Levi: Oh, Levi... *swoons* He's one of those bad boys that I just love to read about. I've loved his character growth throughout the books, and he's come a long way. He absolutely and truly adores Allie; she's it for him. She's the woman he wants by his side when he's crowned King. While he's made some catastrophically stupid decisions and has a tendency to become jealous within two seconds, it's clear about one thing. Levi loves Allie so much that he'll do anything for her, and he'll do anything to protect her. If that means keeping secrets, then so be it. 

Honestly, I don't get their relationship sometimes. Haha, I'm not kidding! Allie has a tendency to overreact when Levi tells her things, and Levi also has this insane jealousy problem. But, it works for them. They somehow manage to convince me that their relationship is real and true. That they love each other so much they'd do anything for each other.

All of these characters have such awesome personalities. I love it when all of the characters are interacting with one another. I think my favorite parts of the book are when Allie, Levi, Jared, Owen, and Hailey are all together. Their friendship and camaraderie makes me smile. :) It was also nice to see the family dynamic of the Laurents and how they interact with one another. 

The Plot:
Allie wants to do everything she can to rescue her friend, Jess, who's being held captive by her crazy (and Pteron) ex-boyfriend, Toby. But something like this can't be rushed, and until then, she needs to keep up appearances and enter into the world and politics of the Pterons. But what she really wants to know is if it's more than coincidence that the only two men she's been with have been Pterons. She's like a magnet for them, and we find out why. The mythology of what she is dates back to the beginning of this supernatural race. And when they found out what this means, it creates many more problems for them. As Allie becomes impatient while waiting for Levi and his father to figure out how to rescue Jess, she decides to take matters into her own hands (because this is exactly what her personality is like; she's very strong-willed). She feels helpless, and she's scared, but she has a plan. One that could either going incredibly right or incredibly wrong. 

The Writing:
Oh, I just love Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing style. It's hard to create such lovable characters when there's only one voice that's telling the story. But she manages to give all of her important characters (because they are all important) personalities. And Allie's voice flows nicely and makes the story that much better.

My Thoughts:
What can I say that I haven't already said? I was really glad when the author explained things that happened in the second book. She didn't go into detail, but since it had been a few months since I read Focus, it was nice to have that reminder of what happened. The book hooked me from the first page, and I didn't want to stop reading it. The story that unfolded before my eyes was well-written and the plot was paced fast. Yet, even the slower parts were important and drawn out nicely, especially Levi and Allie's scenes. So romantic! Like I said, I don't get their relationship sometimes, but I love it. I love these Pterons and their supernatural world. 

This is my favorite shifter series. <3

***


I'm even more excited now that I know Alyssa Rose Ivy is writing a new series set in the Pteron world. She said she's not done with them either! Check out her blog post about her new series, The Empire Chronicles here: http://www.alyssaroseivy.com/2013/07/the-empire-chronicles.html

The first one is called Soar, and it will be out later in 2013!!! :) New heroine, Toby, same supernatural society. Oh, and did I mention Jared will show up?! I WANT THIS NEW BOOK RIGHT NOW! (I'm over-the-moon about this, if you couldn't tell). I'm not really ready to say goodbye to the Pterons!


***

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.


Links:


a Rafflecopter giveaway