Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Enduring Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy ~ Release Day Launch + Giveaway!

Enduring Light (The Afterglow Trilogy, #3)
Enduring Light
(The Afterglow Trilogy #3)
by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 217
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Source: Author
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Fighting darkness takes light. Desperate to save James, Charlotte scours Energo for answers with Calvin and Liam at her side. Kevin and Samantha head to Alaska to find the one item that might destroy Blake, but the search is only the beginning. As time runs out, Charlotte and Kevin discover that keeping Energo from eternal darkness will take a sacrifice no one expects.

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."

Rating: 4/5

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New 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.

~The Afterglow Trilogy~



  1. This cover is stunning. I love Ivy's books. I'll read this one at some point. I love her Pteron's series though. I can't wait for the spin-off!!!!

  2. I generally tend to avoid books with love triangles if I know to expect the, (they can really drive me insane), but I'm glad you enjoyed this overall. Great review! :)

  3. I love paranormal fantasy books and by th review it sounds real interesting

  4. I want to read this one because it sounds like it will be a great book

  5. I'm mostly into Paranormal so this book caught my eye.

  6. I love seeing that this indie series is continuing to excite and impress you. I really do want to try it sometime!

  7. Very interested by the suprising ending

  8. I love her other series so I really need to try this one as well. I picked up my copy!!

  9. I love the title and fantasy series in general so this sounds great to me! Also, the review is very good!

  10. This series sounds really interesting. I vaguely remember your previous reviews for the first two books, and I was really curious about them. I can't wait to meet the characters, although I am wary of the love triangle. I am not the biggest fan, but I'm glad you enjoyed this! I'll definitely have to pick this up soon! Great review, Jennifer! :D

    ~ Maida
    My WoW post! 

  11. Well for one thing, I'm a sucker for gorgeous covers! And I love paranormal and fantasy YA, also great review! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  12. I've heard such wonderful things about this book.. and a huge paranormal fan.


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