Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy (Blog Tour Stop)

Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: Afterglow Trilogy #1
Publisher: Self-Published
First published: July 15th, 2011
Source: Received from author
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Rating: 3.0 / 5

First thoughts:
With a promising world-building and an easily followable narrative voice, Beckoning Light is an enjoyable start to a series I'm definitely looking forward to continue. While some parts didn't completely manage to satisfy me, I overall liked the premise and can easily recommend this to lovers of (urban) fantasy novels - especially younger teens.

More detailed:
Beckoning Light starts off promising even though I had no distinct idea what I was going to encounter in this series. At first we get to know Charlotte and her brother Kevin, the main characters and narrators of this story and I have to admit that I immediately liked them. While some of their character traits like Charlotte's shyness might be a bit clichéd in the Young Adult genre, they're relatable and understandable nonetheless.

The main aspect of the story, the "hidden world behind the old garden gate", takes a while to be unveiled. But I actually preferred this slower pace to build up a great anticipation for the revelation of the secret and to get to know the characters a bit better. Next to Charlotte and Kevin are a few secondary characters with interesting traits and motivations, whom I'm looking forward to see in the sequel.

While I liked the world-building of Beckoning Light, I'm also hoping for it to be a bit more elaborate in the other two books of this series. There are a few very interesting aspects of "Energo" and Charlotte's role in it that we learn about, but I'm hoping that there's actually even more to it. At the same time, I'm also hoping for the love story to become a bit more believable. While the really huge case of instant-love is explained by the author with a certain reason, I can't help but not really feel any chemistry between Charlotte and Calvin.

Nonetheless, Beckoning Light is a really enjoyable read that lovers of (urban) fantasy will definitely like, even though I'd rather recommend it for a younger audience. But despite the few aspects of criticism I mentioned, I liked reading it and am looking forward to starting the sequel, Perilous Light immediately afterwards.

 This review is part of the Afterglow trilogy's blog tour,

Go ahead and check out my review for Perilous Light, the second book of this series
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  1. I love reading work by indie authors, and this one has been on my wishlist for a while :)
    I love all things paranormal and fantasy, and the idea of a hidden world is pretty exciting!

  2. hm, I definitely not belong to the "younger" audience you refer to... lol! I liked the sound of it but it's not something I think I want to read right away. But, I love the cover and I'mlooking forward reading your next reviews of this series!

  3. Although you make me hesitant to read it with your reviews, I like brother and sister stories. I like the cover too, that will draw me in. Who knows maybe I will love it!!

  4. Hmm! I haven't seen this around before, but I definitely like the sound of it. I admit I'm a bit torn on if it's enough to be something I'd enjoy or not though. o: I guess time will tell if I pick it up or not! Great review and I'm glad you enjoyed it:)

  5. I think this will be an interesting read.

  6. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

  7. It sounds really interesting and I love reading indie authors! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I think that maybe would be a interesting read. Thanks for the chance.

  9. I've seen this everywhere and heard great things about it! :)


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