Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy - Book Review & Author Interview

The title of this book only hints to the treasures that lie within. Fans of YA fantasy will love this!

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. 

I have been lucky enough to be invited to be part of the AToMR tour of Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy. This first book in the Crescent Chronicals was sent to me to read and review, which you can read below.

However I was a little cheeky and asked if Alyssa would be willing to do a short interview about the book as well on my stop of the tour, to which she agreed! So before the review I thought I would share what she has to say about the book!

Alyssa Rose Ivy

Author Interiview

You have written other YA novels. What makes this book stand apart?

Alyssa: Flight is a bit of a departure from my Afterglow Trilogy. One of the biggest differences is that Flight is a more mature YA, and has edgier content. Another difference is that the paranormal society in Flight exists completely within our own world, where as The Afterglow Trilogy has a more epic fantasy aspect to it.

What was the most difficult part about writing this story?

Alyssa: The most difficult part of writing Flight was deciding what about New Orleans to include. I love the city and it holds tons of memories for me, so it took some effort to decide what places to include in Flight and which ones to save for later books in the Crescent Chronicles. 

What part was the most fun to write?

Alyssa: I went to college in New Orleans, so writing Flight was an experience in nostalgia. I had a lot of fun reminiscing about college and remembering just how many cool parts of New Orleans there are. 

What is you favourite scene in the book?

Alyssa: My favorite scene is when Allie first discovers who Levi really is. I love her reaction, and it’s fun to finally reveal what he’s been hiding. 

What do you want readers to take away from this book that they might miss? 

Although Flight is a fun paranormal romance, I hope readers pick up on of the more realistic experiences that Allie and her friends experience as they make the transition from high school to college.

Book Review 

The title and cover of this book I feel tell you a lot. Flight certainly promises some sort of air travel, and the rather attractive young couple on the cover promise some romance. But I never learn not to judge a book by its cover. This does have all of the above, but it also has something more. Something much more!

I can't really say its nothing I haven't read before. The young lover with an attitude problem (Levi), insecure protagonist with family problems (Allie) and the new best friend (Hayley) all work really well together to make this a well written YA paranormal romance. But the introduction of a completely new supernatural race, and the teasing glimpses of the rest of the supernatural world in New Orleans promise to make this a series to keep an eye on. 

I started and finished this book in just three nights. Although the build up to the supernatural element of the book was slow, with the first third dedicated to introducing us to the characters and New Orleans. But when it got going, I flew (as always... pun intended) through the pages lapping up each new dimension to this new fantasy world. 

There were some unnecessary characters and plot items that, I feel, took up too many pages in the opening chapters to then be of little or no importance later on. The main example being best friend Jess, who lit the opening chapters with her vivacious personality and behaviour, yet dwindled into nothing before the book really got going.

The 'will-she-wont-she' bad boy romance did feel a little cliché to start with, but I urge you all to stick with it to the final pages for a great little twist that left me stunned!

Overall, I started this book with too many preconceptions of just another YA paranormal romance, to have all my expectations smashed and replaced with something a lot more gritty, well written and enjoyable.

I give it an 8/10.

At just £1.97 for Kindle download, this has to be worth a look (if you are in the U.S. you can download it for $3.11). I will defiantly be checking out the next book in the series!

As this is a book blog tour, there is also some other fab blogs getting involved, each offering something a bit different. Also writing a review today is Tee over at A Diary of a Book Addict, make sure to pop other to her blog and see what she makes of it.

Thanks for reading,

Love Rie x


  1. This book sounds very good, I will be looking out for it. The cover is beautiful!

    Victoria Limbert

  2. Thanks so much for having me on your blog and for reading and reviewing Flight! I am so glad you enjoyed it! :)

  3. Hey Rie, I downloaded and read this book a couple of days ago, the blurb sounded like my kind of book and your review of it made it sound even better.
    Unfortunately I have to say I was really disappointed with it. There was some parts I liked, Levi and Allie seemed like the kind of characters I could easily learn to love and I liked the idea of a new supernatural race.
    However, to me it felt like the whole thing was let down by the writing and questionable plot lines. I thought at many points it was badly written, although you seemed to think it was written well, so perhaps I have read to much adult fiction lately and was expecting to much from a YA (but I have read many very well written YA books over the years).
    It seemed to race threw the story with out going into any real detail about any thing, meaning the romance side of the book felt rushed and unrealistic.
    But it was the plot line towards the end of the book that confirmed I definitely wont be bothering to read the next books. With out giving to much away, if I just say "ring" and more so the reasons given for what was done with it. It seemed so out of character with the impression we'd been given of Levi up until that point that I actually had to go back and read the explanation again because I was convinced I must have missed some thing.
    Felt like this book had so much potential to be amazing but just couldn't live up to it.
    Lisa xx

    1. Hey Lisa.

      I agree the blurb does sound like a good YA, but misses the mark somewhat with the romance side - which I consider a big part of a good YA book.

      The "ring" shocked me as a nasty character development I really didn't like.

      I have to say I am a sucker for a series though, and if I see the next book in the series at the right price I probably will be checking it out!

      Thanks so much for coming by and letting me know what you think!!

      Love Rie x

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