Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BLOG TOUR # 24 - BOOK REVIEW & EXCERPT - BECKONING LIGHT by ALYSSA - THE AFTERGLOW TRILOGY # 1



Today for you on our stop of The Afterglow Trilogy Blog Tour, I have my review and an excerpt from book # 1, Beckoning Light.

~~ Enjoy ~~

Michelle







By: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Published By : Alyssa Rose Ivy
Released : 25th July 2012
Details: Digital, 247 Pages



RATING : 4.25 BECKONING STARS!!!

Book Blurb: Taken From Goodreads

As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.

Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she's going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she's completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston.

Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it's up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle :

How much of a surprise read was this little gem? Well, yes, very much so.

I can ‘feel’ how much potential already without having read Perilous Light # 2, this trilogy has.

Charlotte and Kevin have come to live with Monty their uncle in Charleston. Back to the family home they once lived in with their mother. Dad’s in Alaska doing his thing, and mum is dead.

This story is told from Charlotte and Kevin’s POV’s , which I kinda liked.

There is a Forbidden Gate down at the end of their garden and like all things forbidden, where there is a will there is a way. Basic rule of being a teenager. 

Liam is Kevin’s buddy and the guy Charlotte was crushing on when she was thirteen.....eeeppp!!...she even kissed him, much to a stunned Liam’s ...well...stunned..ness.

Oh, boy, now Charlotte has come back to Charleston pushing 16yrs old and she will be going to the same school as Liam. Now this is where you think...Charlotte and Liam sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G....well no!

Enter James.

James is this mysterious guy , always available, hanging about.....so food for thought.

The one thing I realised as I was reading was how Charlotte was surrounded by protective guys, Kevin ( bro) , Liam ( bro’s bff) , Monty ( uncle) and James ( mysterious dude?).

I love Liam he is fun, caring and witty. Kevin and Liam together are great characters.

Then, the story takes on a whole different direction, which I found gorgeous visually....but hang on a minute...I didn’t mention the other dude , Calvin. Now I am not one for insta love...but...this was more like one second, full blown , glow in the dark love.

So, here I am left thinking...awww...crap, is this going to be annoying? Well, no! Then there is this whole surprise package of a story that blossoms. We alternate from Kevin telling us his part in this story, back to Charlotte and this originally quiet, shy young girl ......fast forward many pages, to this young woman who is taking charge.

Charlotte is doing it her way....go sister!

Now I must admit I am kinda rooting for ‘the other guy’ , I currently have a problem with a certain somebody and I can’t help feeling judgemental about this somebody, even though it is all things true and the worlds are aligned and all that stuff. There is even ANOTHER somebody who has redeemed himself in my eyes who I like too. 

But, ONE guy I would love Charlotte to be with.....I don't think there is much chance as the worlds are aligned and all that, love and bond stuff.

Cryptic , I know..hehe!!

Oh and Henry...he’s so sweet, I just want to hug him.

This book has a little ...oooo *gasp* ending that makes you want to pick up ‘Perilous Light’, ASAP!



Michelle




Beckoning Light Excerpt

After clasping the necklace around my neck and throwing on a jacket, I ran downstairs and jogged down the garden path. I yanked back the vines and carefully slipped the key into the lock. Hoping it wouldn’t completely break, I tried to turn the key, but it wouldn’t budge. A wave of disappointment engulfed me. I jiggled the key gently and was finally able to turn it slightly. I put more pressure into it and was able to push the key all the way around. I hesitated a moment before trying the gate. I knew that what I was doing was clearly against the rules and, if I got caught, I would probably be in more trouble than ever, but really, if my family wanted me to stay out of it, they could at least tell me why. Besides, the key hadn’t been very hard to find. I pushed against the gate and felt it give. As I stepped through, I had a strong feeling that nothing would ever be the same again.


Hope you enjoyed all that:)
Michelle

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Beckoning Light! I am so glad you enjoyed it. You might enjoy the insight you get into a "certain somebody" in Perilous Light :)

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  2. Hey Alyssa,

    *waggles eyebrows*...ooookkkaaayy:):)

    And you are welcome!

    Michelle

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