Monday, November 2, 2015

Book Review: Forged In Stone

About the Book

Title: Forged In Stone
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Series: The Forged Chronicles
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, 
The son of darkness is all grown up...
James is a Guardian. He is tasked with protecting the most important person in his world. For eight years he has done his job without complaint, but he has grown tired of living under the shadow of a father who is responsible for the most unimaginable violence and destruction his world has ever known.
Ainsley is at a loss for what to do with her life. She hates her two dead end jobs and the family who betrayed her. She has resigned herself to living one day at a time, but she longs for an escape from her lonely life.
When Ainsley finds James in her bed, their two lives and worlds collide. They may have both found exactly what they need, but the darkness James has been running from his whole life has just caught up.

 About the Author
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance
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.
My Review of Forged In Stone
Beckoning Light is one of the first review requests I ever had on Unabridged Bookshelf. It is what started my obsession with Alyssa Rose Ivy’s writing. I was ecstatic to see the return of Energo characters. While some of these characters are from a previous series of Alyssa's, you do not have to read them to enjoy the Forged Chronicles. James was a character I always wanted to see where he ended up. While there is more to his story to tell, I liked seeing him with Ainsley. Of course, the glimpses of other characters from the Afterglow series were also most enjoyable. 

James never had it easy and with his father’s betrayal, he does not feel like he belongs as a Guardian for the Essence. James feels like he no longer fits in Energo with the taint of his father’s actions. This drives him to blow off steam in the “regular” world, setting events in motion to meet Ainsley, the girl of his dream housesitting for his best friend, Charlotte. I love the relationship that develops between James and Ainsley. 

This is not a slow burn type of romance, almost immediately the both of them are thrown into danger. As the danger mounts, James and Ainsley grow closer. Ainsley is a girl burned in her past and not quick to trust. Forged in Stone is a story about two broken people finding their way to each other. Even with her jaded view, she gives James a chance and James who believes his is unlovable opens up to the chance.

Alyssa Rose Ivy is my go to favorite author. Even with my mounting To Be Read pile, I always make time for Alyssa’s new books. I am an ARI addict and I am excited to see what happens with James and Ainsley next. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**

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