Review: Soar by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted 12 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Soar by Alyssa Rose IvySoar by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Empire Chronicles #1
Publisher: Self Published on November 19, 2013
Source: Purchased
Pages: 252
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In the city that never sleeps the Chronicles continue…

Serving coffee is temporary, just like Casey's year off from school. She’s going to come up with a plan to stay in New York City and go back to college, and that plan does not involve dating a paranormal creature—let alone two.

Running the supernatural society of New York is not as fun as it sounds, especially when you still have to answer to your ex-girlfriend’s fiancé. Toby doesn’t mean to bring Casey into the chaos of his life, but he can't resist the girl who makes him smile when he thought no one else ever could.

Jared's in New York checking out a security risk for his best friend, the king. He plans to return to New Orleans quickly, but not if it means losing his chance with the brunette who pretends she wants nothing to do with him.

In over her head with a bunch of winged creatures who most definitely are not angels, Casey has to figure out who to trust with her life and maybe her heart.

Here Are My Thoughts

Why I Picked It Up

Soar is the first installment to a companion series to The Crescent Chronicles. I absolutely adored The Crescent Chronicles and I was curious as to what happens to the side characters in that series.


Soar follows a girl named Casey, who has taken a semester off of college in order to save up money for tuition. One night while taking out the trash, she is attacked by a large wolf and her life is completely turned upside down. Soar was interesting in a different way from The Crescent Chronicles series, but I still enjoyed it. This novel had the mystery that we were actively trying to figure out: why was Casey attacked? Then throw in the cute guy who bought coffee at the coffeehouse she worked at and her somewhat-mean and creepy manager, and you have a very interesting story.

Leading Lady

Casey was a lot different than Allie, in my opinion. Casey was tough and hardworking. At first, she wanted absolutely nothing to do with all of the craziness that she was going though. I think that she adapted pretty well, especially seeing as she was attacked by a giant wolf. I liked her. She was pretty simple and funny.

Leading Male

There are three potential love interests introduced in this novel, but based on Casey’s reactions, there were only really two options. Toby is a pteron (Allie’s ex-lover) and the guy who bought coffee everyday. I liked Toby more in this novel. He wasn’t a creepy as I thought he was based on the previous series, and I liked getting to know his actual character.

Jared, Levi’s best friend, was also introduced as a potential love interest. Jared was much the same—a jerk and a player. I am interested to see if we will eventually see the real Jared, because I still don’t feel like we have after reading this installment.

Finally, there is Eric, Casey’s manager. He likes her, she does not reciprocate at all. So I don’t think that there is much that will happen there.


There was romance in this novel. Between Casey and Toby and also Casey and Jared. I thought both moved a bit fast in terms of romance, but especially with Casey and Jared. At this point, I’m definitely team Toby. I hope that they can forge a more genuine relationship, which I think that they are close to, without Jared in the way. At this point, though, I am not really sure how things are going to turn out.

World Building

In this novel, we get some more world building in addition to what we had n the other series. We are introduced more thoroughly to other species than Pterons—we see wolves briefly and bears. It was nice to learn more about the other species that were glazed over in The Crescent Chronicles.


The ending of this novel was absolutely shocking and definitely threw a wrench in the plot. It changes everything, and I am interested to see how everyone reacts. Soar was a promising start to what I am sure will be as great a series as The Crescent Chronicles, and I can’t wait to see what happens after that thrilling ending!

4 Stars
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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young 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.


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