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Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Review: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Beckoning Light
Series: The Afterglow Trilogy #1
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Published on: July 25, 2011 by Createspace
Genre: Young Adult
Format: 256 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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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.



I really, REALLY loved this book. I’ve read another series by Alyssa Rose Ivy, The Crescent Chronicles, that I really loved so I was really looking forward to reading this series.

Charlotte just moved back to Charleston, South Carolina with her brother Kevin to live with their uncle Monty. They had been gone for three years living with their dad in Alaska. Both Kevin and Charlotte were very happy to be back home. The house they live in with their uncle has always had this gate behind it and they were always told to never go near it or try to open it. They always assumed that it just didn’t open or lead to anywhere. Charlotte finds an old box that has a necklace in it that was her mothers and it unlocks the gate. For some reason she feels a pull to open it and to just see whats behind it. She had no idea how much her life was going to change after that!

When Charlotte opens the gate she sees that it leads to another world and she finds out that this world is called Energo. When she steps through the gate she meets a young man named Calvin and they instantly have a connection with each other. And the reason for that is because Charlotte is their next Essence and he is meant to be the Gerard. The purpose of the Essence is that she is connected to the earth, so she helps the lands grow and the farmers crops to stay healthy. Without an Essence, they go into a depression like state and all the crops die and its hard to feed everyone. The Essence also has Guardians and it turns out that her brother Kevin is one of them. Her mother was the Essence before her, but she fled when the wrong people tried to talk her into doing things she didn’t like. Now that Charlotte has crossed into Energo, someone who she thought was a friend, takes her to Bellgard, which is where the Essence is kept with her Guardians. Monty, Kevin, and his friend Liam go after her after they find out she’s been taken.

This book was definitely one that was hard to put down. It was an easy read and flowed well. I love Alyssa’s writing style and I’ve already bought the last two books in the trilogy, plus three more of her books of another series. She really knows how to keep things simple and not confusing, but also addicting and captivating. I think if you haven’t read one of her books, you definitely should! She writes Young Adult and New Adult, so whatever you prefer, you need to start reading her books now!


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My name is Stacie McAdams and I live in Morganton, North Carolina. Reading is what I love to do more than anything. I love everything Paranormal and if it involves a sexy werewolf, that’s even better! My NOOK is with me at all times, even if I know I wont have time to read anything. I love learning new things, hiking, video games, and my biggest obsession…The Vampire Diaries. ;)

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9 Comments

  1. ha sounds different, a very creative series.

  2. The cover whore in me has to say it, this has a fantastic cover!

    I love her Crescent Chronicles as well as the spin off, I really should read this one as well. I think I have them all, I just need to make time for them.

  3. Note to self, do not get distracted by a movie when reading a blogpost, I totally spaced out by Colin Firth ;)

  4. This book sounds quite unique, I couldn’t get into the Crescent Chronicle but I like the premise for this one so might give it a go.

    A great review! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like a lovely paranormal, thanks for your review!

  6. I love easy reads esp with fantasy stories, some writers have a k nack for simplifying an otherwise complicated tale

  7. I have both of those series and I haven’t read them yet but she’s written many books and they all look so good. Great review.

  8. Great review Stacie, sounds like a book I might enjoy.

  9. Sounds like a great read, Stacie. I’ve been meaning to give Ms Ivy a try. Nice review!

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