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Soar (The Empire Chronicles Book 1) by [Ivy, Alyssa Rose]
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About the Author

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. Books by Alyssa Rose Ivy The Hazards of Skinny Dipping Derailed (Clayton Falls) Veer (Clayton Falls) Wrecked (Clayton Falls) Flight (Crescent Chronicles #1) Focus (Crescent Chronicles #2) Found (Crescent Chronicles #3) Soar (Empire Chronicles #1) Beckoning Light (Afterglow Trilogy #1) Perilous Light (Afterglow Trilogy #2) Enduring Light (Afterglow Trilogy #3) Shaken Not Stirred- Coming January 2014

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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GPUCP84
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,433 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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'Soar' is the first book in a fabulous New Adult paranormal romance series. It follows our leading lady, Casey, as she struggles with her boring job serving coffee, all while trying to save money to return to NYU. Enter in Toby - the gorgeous and sad guy who gets coffee from Casey daily - and Jared - the Pteron king's best friend who's visiting from New Orleans. Casey soon finds herself stuck between two guys - and ones that aren't even human at that. She must figure out which of the two she's ready to trust with not only her life, but her heart.

Having read several of the author's book before, I knew before even starting that this was going to be an awesome read. The characters were realistic and easy to identify with - especially Casey with her determination to stand on her own two feet as an adult and her willingness to do what she must to return to college. She has her flaws along with her strengths, which just made me like her more. Toby and Jared are both gorgeous supernatural guys, so naturally a love triangle/fight occurs between them all. I don't really like love triangles, but the author didn't make it the main focus of the book - so I didn't mind it. I enjoyed watching how Casey's relationships with both guys grew and how she adjusted to their world. The Pteron characters in the book are also from another series by the author, so I loved getting to know more about them and the Pterons in this new book. I'm hoping that we'll get to know even more about their history, society, and the other paranormal aspects that were just hinted at in the next book. The writing was very well done with an effortless flow and a natural pace. It had me almost immediately immersed in the world that the author created right alongside Casey.
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From the moment I stepped into Ivy's world of shifters and Pteron in FLIGHT I was a goner. I think it has been my most favorite shifter series ever so far. I loved Levi like no other. But all good things have to end, right? Wrong. Ivy, being the brilliant and oh so crafty author she is, gave us another crack at these wonderful characters...all in a genius spin off series. Could the Empire Chronicles rival the Crescent Chronicles? Oh yes it can and it did. I think I might have enjoyed it more than I did the first series. How is that possible? I don't know, it just is.

I am going to be honest with you...SOAR is a love triangle story. I know some of you out there hate that sort of thing. And honestly, I don't know what to tell you. I absolutely loved it. It kept things interesting and you were never sure who Casey would end up with. I am sitting here typing this out and after finishing it the story, after that wild ending, I am still not 100% sure she will stay with who she ends up with. But I am loving what the author is giving us and I will gladly take it. Because however which way you look at it, whoever Casey ends up with is going to be a good pick. Both guys are sweet and endearing…in their own way, of course.

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“I’m not going to hurt you, Casey. I’m not going to pretend I’m the safest guy for you to be around, but I won’t let anything happen to you.”
“Is that your way of saying you’re dangerous too?”
“Possibly.”
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Throughout the book we get 3 different POV's: Casey, Toby, and Jared. You all remember Toby and Jared right? Well after being able to get a little closer to Toby, I don't loathe him like I did in the first series. I really do like him. Of course I adore Jared too, but I am just not sure he is the right person for Casey.
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I was disappointed with the end. I thought with the set up in the beginning that Casey and Toby would get together and he would help her help get her sister back, but then Jared was thrown in the mix, I didn't think that Jared was the best person for her but I guess it doesn't matter. It was a good read though
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It’s not a bird or a plane, it’s a shifter. You know the paranormal flying kind. In the city that never sleeps its easy to imagine that there are winged and otherworldly creatures running about. Soar is sort of like Vampire Diaries (sub shifters for vamps) meets Gossip Girl. There’s a whole lotta teen angst and melodrama with the addition of some shady shifter shenanigans and power plays.

Urban fantasy novels are a favorite of mine because of the blending of the genres and Soar fits the bill. The dialogue and banter is believable and realistic. There are numerous characters and different points of view, which had me questioning who was speaking at any given time.

There is an element of romance in Soar, but it is decidedly tame and I wouldn’t have a problem recommending this to a younger reader. The tone sometimes comes off as a tad juvenile and the story seems more skewed towards a younger audience rather than adult contemporary or new adult.

Even though Soar is book 1 in a series it felt like I was missing a huge part of the back-story, so I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a standalone. Thus, I had a hard time connecting to the story. Partly because I was expecting something more mature in content and tone and due to the lack of distinct character voice, especially for Casey and Toby, the lead protagonists. However, if you like a YA and urban fantasy I think this would be a good pick for you.
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