Saturday, November 5, 2011

Indie Reads: Review of Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

 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.
                                  About Beckoning Light
                                Available as: Paperback $9.99 from
E-book $0.99 from's Kindle Edition
                        Recommended Ages: 15 and Up
                                       Paperback: 256 pgs.
Published: July 25th 2011 by Createspace (first published July 2011) 

 For This Review:  *Book Copy Provided by Author For Review*

My Star Review 

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Charlotte is the type of person that keeps to herself. This has led her to have no real social life in her life. Her older brother, Kevin, is going to college soon so he feels responsible for leaving her alone with a good life after he's gone. 
Charlotte soon finds it easy to do so. At her new school she meets a handsome new classmate named , James , a boy that loves showering her with cryptic answers. 

He reveals to her another world that is called "Energo". A place much more colorful than your regular Amazon rainforest with interesting looking animals as well as people. The most intriguing to her happens to be a boy who goes by the name of Calvin, she first meets there. While there Charlotte discovers she's a sort of leader for the inhabitants of this magical place. Charlotte is an Essence, a human vessel for magic that must be protected from a danger. This same danger wiped out her mother an Essence too. That danger proves to be closer than she believed. In the end, what lured her to Energo in the first place will prove to be her family's and her own undoing. 

Beckoning Light switches from Charlotte's point of view to her brother's, Kevin effortlessly. Readers will be thoroughly more engaged because of it. Charlotte is the type of heroine that grows into something that will amaze. While Kevin lends more of a guy touch to the story while he learns new things he never before could've guessed. 

This is the kind of book that impresses many readers on the first few pages. We are taken into the mind of all the characters which allows us to see and feel them. The romance is by far the most intriguing. I'm actually anxious to already begin reading Book 2. Just to be absolutely sure this is the first in a trilogy everyone. Beckoning Light is an exciting, new fantasy trilogy that will leave any book lover ferociously glad they started reading. I know I was!
                                  Overall: Amazing read!
 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Elementals, Guardian Warriors 

                       About the Author 
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 the region for college. After ending her years as a perpetual student (Law degree and Masters in Library Science), she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh so glad you enjoyed this one. I'll have to keep it in mind when I have more time to read it. Love it when you have the next book right there!

Cassandra @ Book & Movie Dimension a Blog said...

Melissa thanks for stopping at the blog. Yes, it was a beyond good read, wonderful!

Can't wait for second one:)

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