by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: August 15, 2012
Pages: 270, ebook
Source: For review from author/blog tour
Rating: 3 Teacups
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.
[summary from Goodreads]
First intrigued by the New Adult genre, Flight caught my attention from the start. I had read plenty of New Adult contemporaries, but none that were supernatural. I was curious to see how it would all play out. Sadly, Flight was a novel that nearly didn't work out for me at all. This story had poor character development and romance, but luckily, the supernatural creatures bumped it up a star for the last half of the story.
One of the major turnoffs in this novel was that it read like a straight-up contemporary for the first 30% of the book, and for me, that was way too long for it to get to the point of the story. I was pretty much thinking this: "Um, hello? I thought I was supposed to be reading a supernatural story..? I don't see anything supernatural at all… This is NOT what I signed up for." And when the supernatural elements were FINALLY introduced, there wasn't really a plot going on, necessarily, or problem/conflict, until the last quarter of the book. I guess what I'm trying to say is, the plot isn't very well organized.
The insta-love in this story seriously made me want to tear all of my hair out. Levi, the male protagonist, also known as a player, fell in love with Allie (our female protagonist) almost instantly. He fell in love with her mostly because of the physical attraction. Now, I usually take a deep breath and let a relationship like this form into something deeper and actually wait for the love to change into something real rather than something physical. I was waiting, waiting… ! Nothing of this sort happened. It remained a physical attraction the entire time, or at least, there was never a deep, believable romance between Levi and Allie. As for the characters themselves, they didn't really stand out at all, among all of the other characters I've read about in my history of reading.
As I mentioned above, the one thing that saved this book was the supernatural creature, Pterons. It's not TOO creative-- they're basically shape-shifters (not going to spoil what kind though). I enjoyed this concept, and it was interesting to read about. I found myself wanting to know what happened next and what exactly the history of the Pterons was. Flight was also a very quick read, which I didn't mind.
In all, I'm glad I tried out Flight, as I have finally fixed my curiosity for this book. While numerous parts of this book didn't work out for me, the supernatural element did, which I am eternally grateful for. I would recommend Flight to New Adult lovers who wouldn't mind some insta-love and for readers who just need a quick read to pass time.
3 Teacups for Flight!
*Thanks to the author and AToMR Tours for providing me with a review copy!*
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