Series: The Crescent Chronicles #2
Publisher: Self Published on January 23, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Fur and Fangs Challenge, 2014 Prequel and Sequel Challenge, 2014 Rewind Challenge
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Freshman year of college is hard even when you're not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she's in far too deep to turn back.
“‘Well, I love you.’ It was the third time he’d said the words, and although he said them casually, I could tell by the intensity of his gaze that he desperately wanted me to say them back to him. I’d said the words to a boy before. I’d said them to Toby so many times that they became nothing more than a greeting. Still, admitting my feelings to Levi was a big step, and I knew it was time to take it. ‘I love you, too.’ His eyes lit up. ‘I’m glad you’ve finally realized it.’”
“‘Probation? That’s a new one. That could make for some interesting role play.’ His mischievous expression put me at ease. We might have been in a weird place, but he was still Levi.”
Favorite Character: Levi…
“‘All right, I think that’s everything.'”
My Musings: Focus takes place a few weeks after Flight ended, with Allie and Hailey starting their freshman year at Tulane. Allie and Levi, of course, aren’t on the best terms due to the events at the end of Flight. However, you can still see that there is some major chemistry between the two of them, no matter how much Allie tries to fight it.
In this novel, we see even more into the world of Pterons, now that Allie has been fully immersed in their world. In this novel, we learn more about the troubles that the Laurent family is having with the Blackwells. However, more of this novel was about seeing Allie acclimate to life as a Pteron mate, and seeing how they try to protect her from the people that want her away from Levi.
“‘I love you, Hailey. You know that, right?’ ‘Of course, how could you not?’ I had no idea what was going to happen with Levi, but at least I had a friend along for the ride with me.”
In this novel, we meet some new friends of Allie’s and we see more of Hailey, Owen, and Jared. In this novel, they became real to me. We saw more of their individual personalities than in the previous novel. Hailey and Allie, in this book, have become best friends in conjunction with their roommate status. Hailey is bold and it complements Allie’s own independent personality. They have lots of fun together.
“‘Bye, Jared.’ ‘Catch you later, Ali-gator.’ ‘You did not just say that.’”
Jared, we see more of as well. We get some insight into why he may act the way he does with his man-whoring ways. And although we still don’t see too much of Owen, we do see more than we did in the previous novel. And finally, we re-meet Anne and meet Tiffany, the girls in the room next to Allie and Hailey. The four of them pretty much become inseparable, and they form a bond that I hope to find next year in college.
“‘What does behaving myself involve?’ he whispered. ‘You understood the other night.’ ‘But that was the couch, this is a bed. You’ve already explained how they’re inherently different.’ ‘Are you trying to annoy me?’ ‘No, I’m trying to seduce you, but whatever works.’ ‘Seduce me? There are far better ways to do that.’ ‘Are there? I’m listening.’ He brushed his lips against my cheek. ‘Try being sweet and romantic.’ ‘Doesn’t locking you in a soundproof room count as romantic?’”
The relationship between Allie and Levi was interesting in this novel, to say the least. At first, Allie holds up well, as she should. She had been pretty much tricked into the world of Pterons without knowing what she was getting into, so she had the right to be angry. But eventually, Levi wore her defenses down, and I have to say that I was glad when he did. Things didn’t go back to the same as they were, but I enjoyed this relationship more because it was more balanced in power between the two of them.Levi was even more so protective of Allie in this novel, and some bad things do happen to her and her friends. but they all pull through.
True to form, the climax of the novel takes place at the very end, this novel leaving us with a nasty cliffhanger. Allie goes to visit her mom with Hailey, and is surprised to find her ex-boyfriend, Toby, waiting for her at the airport. Toby insists that they get back together and that she’s making a mistake by being with Levi. However, Allie leaves early because she misses Levi. But the next morning she gets a call from someone holding Jess captive, and well, the things revealed during that phone call are…shocking.
Focus was a great installment to the Crescent Chronicles. Although I could have done without the cliffy, I loved the novel regardless. Focus took me on a whirlwind ride into the life of Allie, Pterons, kidnappings, and danger, all set in the mystical city of New Orleans. If you’re looking for something a little different, then this is the novel for you.