Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1)

Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1)

by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.

Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she�s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she�s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston.

Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it�s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she has only just discovered she possesses.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012790736
Publisher: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Series: The Afterglow Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 163,385
File size: 199 KB

About the Author

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.

Other Books by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Perilous Light (The Afterglow Trilogy, #2)
Flight (The Crescent Chronicles, #1)

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Beckoning Light 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
The Beckoning light is not only a great fantasy read, it is also an excellent coming of age story where the characters have to deal with many of the same challenges growing up that we all go through. Within the first few pages I had already become attached to Charlotte. She is just so real and it was very easy to relate to her. The interactions between the characters were very well written and made it seem like you were really there with them. The imagery used in this book was amazing and the detail helped to enhance the different settings described in this book so that I could almost smell the soft fragrance of flowers. The Characterization was very well done bringing the characters to life in a way that is very rarely seen from self published authors. The story started a little slow, but quickly picked up pace drawing the reader in with each new development. It is nice to see a YA fantasy book given so much emotion and depth without using unnecessary slang or violence. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique and imaginative new read!
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte and Kevin are returning to Charleston, SC after a three year hiatus in Alaska. Kevin is the confident, social older brother. Charlotte is the shy, quiet younger sister. They move into their family home with their uncle a few days before school starts. When Charlotte returns to school she meets some unusual people and re-finds a gate that her mother (now deceased) has told her to stay away from. Just to clarify - I don't, as a rule, enjoy reading YA or fantasy. But I figured I'd give it a try. The story was well written and captivating. It drew me in and kept me returning to my kindle every time I had a second to spare. I finished in record time and now I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy. I won't spoil the book, but it isn't the typical YA that I've read in the past. While there is romance and fantasy involved it wasn't over the top with too many details. There were no sex scenes and all of the "other worldly" things that were mentioned were easy for me to picture and didn't confuse me or draw me away from the story, which in my opinion is the sign of a great author. It's a great fantasy novel, but it's also perfect for the fantasy skeptic like me. Highly recommended for any age. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
lizzie-reads-a-lot More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! This book was so REFRESHING! I am a lover of the paranormal romance and this held me captive. Romance is not all about sex! This story has a mysterious and fascinating quality- an appeal: adventurous, heroic, and beautiful.
ReallyMadScientist More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT! Everyone should read it! Made me want to finish reading the whole book in one night!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I related to Charlotte from the very beginning. Her outlook on things reminded me a lot of how I was in high school making it very easy for me to live vicariously through her as I read the book. The relationship between Kevin and Charlotte portrayed siblings very realistically. You knew the two loved each other, but they were hilarious when they fought. Kevin was a classic big brother. He was both protective of her and oblivious to his best friend, Liam's, attraction to her. Liam was a constant presence in the story and a fast favorite for me. He is very close to the family. I feel like more will be coming from him in future books, and I'm excited to see what happens. Even though Charlotte falls in love with Calvin, I have hopes for Liam. Something tells me not to write him off just yet as far as Charlotte is concerned. I love the author's writing style and how she keeps you engrossed in her story. This book is a very fast paced and easy read. Beckoning Light made it easy to escape reality without realizing how many hours you've spent reading. Before you know it, it's three in the morning and you're wishing the second book was released so you could find out what happens next. It was a wonderful coming of age story full of innocence, love, and adventure.
morice_chavez More than 1 year ago
I like the cover of this book it's quite dark,striking and intriguing in a way that it made me want to know and discover beyond what's inside the Iron facade plus it's really related to the story which I love since it has the overly protective brother and sister kind of relationship it's also very funny and exciting for the fact that they're about to discover a whole new different world through the garden's gate. There are some parts of the story that's quite sad yet very enlightening, the details are vivid enough, the characters are relatable and likeable, the budding romance plus insights I learned after reading this is great! it really touched, moved and inspired me to explore the path ahead of me and so on.
Amy Taylor More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read this book! I couldnt put it down once I started!
rfwreader More than 1 year ago
Not a genre I usually read, but a good story line and character development makes for a book that is hard to put down. Recommend not only for target age group but for adult readers also.
NM-Stepheson More than 1 year ago
This is a great fantasy read! I plan to purchase it for my middle school library and have no hesitation in doing this. There is a wonderful romance, but plenty of action too. There is not any strong language or sexual content that is found in so many books for this age group.
G-Doc More than 1 year ago
Great book with elements of fantasy, action, and romance. I really enjoyed the dual narration of brother and sister. I would recommend without reservation.
MyReadAddiction More than 1 year ago
This story stared out a bit odd for me. I had a hard time figuring out what was going on, I was a little lost. I know from the beginning that James made me extremely uncomfortable and I did not like him one bit. When Charlotte finds the key and meets Calvin for the first time, I was a little shocked at how quickly things progressed for them, now, this is explained later on. As the chapters flew by I was hooked. I absolutely loved Kevin and Liam I thought they were both just all around great guys. Kevin was that pesky older brother who you just loved and Liam is the great guy friend. The world that Alyssa Rose Created is absolutely breathtaking. This is a place I would love to escape to. Once this book gets going and all of the secrets start unraveling you find yourself so engrossed with the story and the characters you can not put it down. I myself am at a loss for who I want Charlotte to end up with. I know that she "belongs" with one, but I can't help feeling something should happen with another. And then there is James who I am shocked to say I actually kind of love now. This is a GREAT young adult world and I can not wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the great beginning to a really enthralling series! All the characters are great and the plot line moves quickly. I especially love Liam :) Definitely check it out!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Charlotte is back in Charleston after being gone for 3 years; going to live at her family’s home with her older brother and uncle. One thing keeps bugging her…the gate in the backyard that she was forbidden to enter as a child. And once she enters she soon realizes why. Things are different behind the gate; it’s a whole other world. At first entering she meets Calvin and has an instant connection to him. All she knows is that he is all she has ever wanted and needed. But things are not what they seem in this new world. She learns some people only want to use her. Will her brother get to her in time to save her or will it all be too late? Beckoning Light was well written story and I was intrigued from the very start. Would have read more the night I started it if hubby wouldn’t have demanded me turning the light off at 1am. I soon started it back up the next day with minimal breaks, eager to finish the book. I just loved the storyline and the wonderful characters. This book was a definite page turner for me. I enjoyed the switching of POV’s between Charlotte and her brother Kevin, but would have loved to have had Liam’s POV. Liam is an absolute doll! I hope there will be more of him in book 2. I am sensing potential there with him and Charlotte. Give Beckoning Light a chance I can almost guarantee you will be smitten with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Fans of "Ethereal" by Addison Moore and Amanda Hocking devotees may really like "Beckoning Light." BL has a really unique story about a world inside a world. I haven't read anything quite like the premise of this novel and was pleased to read something fresh. Charlotte finds herself shuttled to live with her Uncle in the south after her father is relocated to an arduous location far north of where they currently live in Alaska. Once there, she and her older brother Kevin (hunk-o-love, btw) quickly acclimate to their new surroundings. Where Kevin jumps right in and assimilates with the basketball team, Charlotte is more cautious in her relationships and proceeds accordingly. Charlotte as an MC is an interesting combination of shy and independent and I liked her "voice" in the narrative. I was not too keen on Kevin's voice in the narrative switch. He just didn't sound like he thought like a guy in his internal monologue, but plays the protective and concerned brother well, and I loved that Ivy chose to do the POV switch; it's "brave" and different and I like those things from a story teller. The first half of the book dealt with some back story and building the characters while they integrate into their new lives. What really captured my attention about halfway through was a happen chance discovery made by Charlotte that forever changes her life. The book leaps up in interest and engagement at the point when she meets her love interest, Calvin. I love the way Ivy establishes the premise of their connection and Charlotte discovers her real origins. It's very creative and interesting. Fans of parallel worlds, fantasy, gifts of nature and medieval-toned works will really love "Beckoning Light." The sequel releases in 2012, "Perilous Light." Looking forward to it!
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
One of the best qualities of this book was the characters. Charlotte and Kevin are the perfect brother/sister duo. They recently returned to their childhood home after being in Alaska for roughly three years. Charlotte is reserved, somewhat shy, and brave while Kevin is caring, protective, and thoughtful. They discover a strange gate near a historical home and Charlotte, ever curious, tries the handle. Now Kevin has to protect her from a strange force that he doesn't entirely know how to fight. The story takes off from there. The story is written in the first person, always nice as it allows the characters and reader to connect much easier. The author alternates between Kevin and Charlotte. The reader will gradually get to know them better over the course of the story. The secondary characters are just as intriguing, the reader will not be bored between the gate and the events. The book had a perfect ending, couldn't picture it any other way. This book is terrific for young adults/teens.
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Looks interesting il give it a try
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HHNL More than 1 year ago
interesting story...
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This was a great read. I found myself thinking of Narnia. I enjoyed the world the author created and I can't wait to go back in book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love this book read this series in 2 days :) Hope the 3rd book comes out soon
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Lovers of Alice in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books will highly enjoy this first novel in the Afterglow trilogy! Ivy paints a beautiful world on the other side of the garden door, and I felt like I was traveling there alongside Charlotte as she ventured over to start her new life. Of course, looks can be deceiving and as the story unfolds, we learn the many intricacies of the new world Charlotte inhabits… and not all are good or what they seem. I really enjoyed Charlotte’s character in this novel. While there is “instant love,” Ivy takes the time to explain the culture and magical connections behind it, making it feasible and swoon worthy. The love connection is also not portrayed as “perfect,” like so many stories out there, and I loved that Charlotte is a strong young woman, able to keep her wits about her and make decisions that, though extremely difficult, elevate her to a mature young woman intent on doing what is right for the good of all, and not just for her own selfish desires. I really enjoyed getting to know her throughout the novel and I can’t wait to see what happens between her and Calvin/Liam in the next installment of this enticing read. I also really liked that this novel, though mainly focusing on Charlotte’s plight, is told through the point-of-view of both Charlotte and her brother, Kevin. This allowed me to know what was going on in all aspects of the story, and I always love having multiple perspectives. I can imagine it makes writing a story extremely difficult, but Ivy does a superb job focusing on each character and flawlessly bringing them together, though I would have liked a little more information about Kevin’s time with Monty and his group as I felt that section was a little rushed in order to get to the climax of the story. In the end, though, I thought Ivy did a superb job and I really enjoyed this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs rewritten correctly for this format. Errors are distracting. !iked the book for young adults. Look forward to next book.