Saturday, February 23, 2013

Focus Tour and Giveaway

FOCUS Tour Information

Title: Focus (Crescent Chronicles, #2)

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Release date: January 23, 2013

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Mature YA/ New Adult

Book links:

Focus (Crescent Chronicles, #2) –

Book links to Flight (Crescent Chronicles, #1) –

FOCUS Description:

Freshman year of college is hard even when you're not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.

Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she's in far too deep to turn back.

FLIGHT 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.

My review

One of my favorite new paranormal romance series! Alyssa Ivy Rose has done a wonderful job of taking a different spin on some of the same ol' paranormal entities we have seen time and time again. Her vivid descriptions of New Orleans and the other various settings through out the Crescent Chronicles is enchanting, she makes me want to call up my travel agent right now and book a trip. We all love to swoon over the tall, dark and handsome mystery men, but Levi takes it up to another level with his perfect balance 

Allie is ready to start her college experience! Although staying in New Orleans and going to Tulane is a far cry from the Princeton plan she had set on only 3 months prior, she knows it is exactly what she has to do to keep her and her loved ones safe. Although her trust with Levi is severely damaged, he is nothing if not persistent, and keeps his presence known to her at all times (LITERALLY!). As much as Allie wants to deny Levi and the attraction between them, her logical side knows that she is his mate, and he truly needs her to be his in order for him to fill the role he is predetermined to. She begins to let her guard down and he is more than ready to come rushing into her heart (and bed...or couch). As Allie is being exposed to more and more of Levi's world, his Paranormal Society, she's beginning to fully grasp how intertwined her position is to Levi's, also how vulnerable she is and how devastated he would be without her. And as much as Levi promises her to always keep her safe, Allie knows she is now fully involved in a very dangerous situation, not only for herself, but her friends, family, and loved ones.

Rose does wonderful work in regards to character development, it is hard not to love all the players in the series. Allie is great, she is head strong and stubborn, but also very smart and logical so she isn't doing any "stupid-girl" rash things that have you screaming "What are you doing?!?" at your book. Levi is so charming and irresistible, but part of what makes him so, is how much he cares for Allie and how relentlessly he pursues her. It is one of those book relationships most girls wish they could find in real life (sorry girls- IT'S FICTION!). I also love Hailey! She is the perfect best friend, she supports Allie and pushes her to do things to make the best college experience possible, and they have the best girl talk (some of my favorite scenes were the conversations between Allie and Hailey) Every girl needs a best friend like her. In Flight, I loved to hate Jared, but we get to see a different side to him in this book and I've definitely come around to loving to love him.

My favorite part of Focus was the "business trip" Levi took Allie on. I liked that we were exposed a fuller of a picture of the Society and got to have Levi in more of an authoritative role (HOT), but what I really liked about it is getting to see a different, more intimate side of Levi and Allie together. When they are at Tulane there always seems to be some sort of distraction but when they are able to get out of their normal grind, they can slow down and spend serious quality time with each other, solidifying their relationship (and the naked time wasn't so bad either!).

For me, the cover was only OK, although much better than Flight's, and so far has been my only dislike of the series. I think that if we got to see Allie in a red gown, or her hand with her ruby ring, it would have been much more insightful as to what we get to experience behind it.

Any one who has a vast experience of paranormal romances, will really like and appreciate this series and the effort Rose went to at not allowing it to follow suit. Although we have seen shifters (warewolves, vampires, witches) all before, she does a very creative job and setting her books apart from the norm. It is a young adult book, although slightly saucier than Flight (in a very good way!)

My Favorite Swoonworthy Quotes:

"'Us.. We are so good together, let's give it another chance.' His voice was low and husky. I closed my eyes, trying to ignore the dull ache inside that made me ant to reach out and touch him. He took advantage, but really I left myself open. His lips met mine as his arm wrapped around my shoulder, turning me toward him. A voice in my head told me to cut him off, but I ignored it. He pushed to deepen the kiss, and I let me resistance fall away. He leaned into me, moving me so I was lying down. I felt his weight shift on top of my, his lips moving to my neck and trailing downward."

"I looked up into the blue-gray eyes that had me at first glance. 'I love you, Levi.' He grinned. 'I love you too, Al.' I leaned up to kiss him, loving how quickly he responded and how incredible it felt. I was right- hat I had with Levi went beyond simple attraction. I'd never find anything even remotely close to it."


Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New 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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J. Anne Huss said...

This series looks so good - great review! :) I have Flight, but have not yet had a chance to read it.

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Alyssa Rose Ivy said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Flight and Focus. Thanks for reading and reviewing them! :)

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