Series: The Crescent Chronicles #1
Publisher: Self Published on August 13, 2012
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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.
“‘Have you ever felt like your life was just a series of mistakes?’ ‘Sure I have. I think that’s what we call growing up. But sweetie, we aren’t defined by the mistakes we make, but by what we learn from those mistakes and how we move on.’”
“Mom’s face turned to stone. ‘Do you mean to tell me you weren’t aware that Jess left weeks ago? You have no idea of this when you left our daughter alone in a hotel suite on Bourbon Street of all places and with Casanova over there?’ Mom pointed to Levi who smirked.”
Favorite Character: Allie.
“I’d sworn off men, or really boys, because those were the only types of males I tended to attract.”
My Musings: Flight was a novel that I’ve had for about a year now, but have never had the time to actually enjoy. With winter break, I was finally able to hunker down and pull it out. It had a very unique premise, and I was in the mood for some paranormal goodness.
“‘We’re Pterons,’ Hailey said gently. ‘Pterons?’ I asked, repeating the unfamiliar word. ‘We’re shifters, Allie,’ Levi said almost as gently as Hailey.”
Paranormal goodness is what I got in full. Alyssa created her own paranormal world. From seeing the series’ covers, especially Found, I was expecting a novel about angels or fallen angels. Instead, I was introduced into the world of Pterons, shifters that are part raven. Alyssa created a very unique world based in the city of New Orleans, which automatically made everything more magical. The world that she created was thorough with explanations for everything and it was very intriguing to say the least.
Flight follows just-graduated-and-Princeton-bound Allie as she travels to New Orleans with her best friend Jess to work at her father’s hotel for the summer. Soon, Jess and Allie are introduced to a group of mysterious boys: Levi, Jared, and Owen. Jess and Jared hit it off, but one night leaves Jess in a frenzy to leave. So Allie is stuck all alone and seems to have caught the interest of Levi, who just can’t get enough of her. Soon, Allie is pulled into the lives of the mystical Pterons, and before she knows it, she’s in too deep to leave.
“I took an obscenely long shower, trying to comb through my memories. As odd as they were, I knew it had to be real. Somehow, it just fit. I knew that I was supposed to be freaked out by it. I had just discovered the guy I was into was actually a paranormal creature. I guess I don’t have normal reactions because once the shock of it all wore off, it was really cool. I mean, there was something undeniably sexy and exciting about Levi’s wings and the power I knew came with them.”
I really really enjoyed this novel and the characters in it. Allie is a strong female protagonist. She took the things thrown at her very well, if not too well at some points. A bit of her acceptance was a tad unrealistic, but it didn’t take away from the story in the least. She was spunky and bold, along with stubborn and brave. She wasn’t taking crap from anyone, including her father or Levi. She was a very admirable character.
“‘Innocent tourists? You make me sound like the big bad wolf.’ ‘And you’re not?’ I questioned. ‘Only if you’re Red Riding Hood,’ he said flirtatiously. ‘Wow, that’s original.'”
Levi is our resident Pteron. He was arrogant, cocky, and every synonym in the book, but he seemed to have a soft spot for Allie. You could really tell that relationships were all new for him. And sure, he made some mistakes, and one very very big mistake, but you could tell that he had the grandest of intentions. It was cute to see him acclimate to Allie’s personality, which kind of clashed with his own.
“Pulling me into his arms, he trailed light kisses from my ear to my neck, almost making me forget how late I was running.I pushed him away. ‘You better stop that, or we’re never getting out of here.’ ‘My thoughts exactly.'”
The two of them were interesting together to say the least. Levi was protective, for good reason, but Allie wasn’t about to be enabled. They balanced out each other and had undeniable chemistry from the very moment they met. It will be interesting to see how their relationship progresses in the next novel.
The ending was a thing of action. So much happened as at the end of the novel, but luckily it was easy to follow. The climax was structured and not confusing considering the amount of things going on. Regardless, it made my heart pound in both excitement and fear.
Flight was a brilliantly written novel filled with new mystical creatures. It fed my paranormal needs and more, and cast me into a world where I didn’t want to leave.