(The Afterglow Trilogy #3)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
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I'll try to keep this as spoiler free for the series as possible. It has been over a year since I read the first two books so it was a little slow in the beginning for me until I fell in love with Energo and the characters all over again. Energo is another realm in which Charlotte, her brother Kevin, and their best friend Liam traveled into. In this world Charlotte has great power and is the essence. Liam and Kevin are on her guard and her Gerard is Calvin. Blake is the big bad. For a fantasy the world is unique enough while still being easy for me to understand.
Charlotte needs to defeat Blake so they split up into teams to retrieve things to help them. The story follows four different POVs, Charlotte, Liam, Kevin, and Samantha but they all have unique voices and it was easy to fall into each POV. Also since the teams were separated it allowed me to follow both journeys and kept things interesting.
Charlotte has been in love with Liam since she was little but as an Essence it is her destiny to be with her Gerard Calvin. This was a difficult love triangle because I actually liked both guys although as a fan of best friend romances I was rooting for Liam. Seeing Liam's POV and how much he loves Charlotte had me really wondering how this love triangle would resolve. It was actually quite a surprising way for things to end. I was happy and sad at the same time. There were some tears!
Kevin is on his own mission with Samantha to retrieve something from Alaska. As they face difficulties their feelings continue to grow. I love getting Samantha's perspective since she was born in Energo. Seeing characters from different worlds ride in cars and be surprised with our world always gives me a chuckle. The two teams eventually meet again for the big battle scene. The ending had one rather big shock that tied into the love triangle. Even though I was a bit shocked it ended mostly how I wanted. Great series!
"So I'm supposed to spend the rest of my life--my ridiculously long life--watching the girl I love be with someone else?"
"Love? Wow, Liam. That is a big word."
"It's true. I've been in love with her since we were kids."
~The Afterglow Trilogy~