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Beckoning Light

(The Afterglow Trilogy #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,440 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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, Charlott
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 25th 2011 by Createspace (first published July 15th 2011)
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Amos Fairchild
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen readers and the young at heart.
This is the story of two teenagers, a brother and sister (aged 18 and 16), who have come back to their childhood home to live with their uncle after spending some three years in Alaska. They are reasonably relaxed teens, which is nice to see for a change, with Charlotte being somewhat socially reserved and her brother Kevin being suitably protective. Their lives and world, however, are not quite as normal as it would seem, and the strange locked gate near the historic house they live in is just ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
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 ...more
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
Beckoning Light, was a journey filled book. A book that took me into a whole new world and let me live there with the characters. I love a book that creates a whole new world and is so detailed that you can see it in your head. That is exactly what Alyssa Rose Ivy does with Beckoning Light.

I loved the characters of this amazing book. The wonderful author brings her characters to life for you with her words and those very words are the characters stepping stones to climb out of the pages and tell
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlotte and her brother Kevin are returning to their hometown Charleston, after living in Alaska for three years. Charlotte is both nervous and excited to make new friends and see her brother's friend Liam again. Liam whom she kissed right before she moved. Charlotte feels like she is adjusting well, meets a new guy, James, and makes a few friends. Kevin is very protective of Charlotte. He is a sweet older brother and wants her to adjust well before he has to leave for college. I've never read ...more
Alaiel Kreuz
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Charlotte and Kevin, her brother, move to South Carolina to live with their uncle. It's been three years since they left and althoug Kevin is okay with the situation Charlotte is not so happy about it.
First there's that akward last moment with Liam, Kevin bestfriend and Charlotte' secret crush, after she decided to kiss him and got basically rejected. Right?
And second because well, she is shy. Easy-going but shy and making friends would be a little difficult. The only thing she could do? Take it
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog

Charlotte is the type of person that keeps to herself. This has led her to have no real social life in her life. Her older brother, Kevin, is going to college soon so he feels responsible for leaving her alone with a good life after he's gone.
Charlotte soon finds it easy to do so. At her new school she meets a handsome new classmate named , James , a boy that loves showering her with cryptic answers.

He reveals to her another wor
Unabridged Bookshelf
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it

Beckoning Light is the story of Charlotte and Kevin. After moving away from their childhood home three years earlier, Kevin and Charlotte moved back to live with their Uncle Monty. After living in Alaska, there is more for them to get use too, then just the climate change. There is a new school, and being back in home, they lived in, before their mother died. Charlotte is social awkward, and her brother Kevin does not really help by trying to push her out of her comfort zone.

The best feature of
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I was asked to review you this...but I truly did love this book. I'll post my formal review on here tomorrow as well as on my blog.

Wow! I was supposed to post my review on here eight weeks ago. :( Don't know how I didn't.

Here's part of my review: I read the synopsis for this novel and was really excited to read it and then I got swamped with book reviews I have to review for work and so it got lost in the shuffle.

What was I thinking? Please, somebody tell me why on earth I'd put such a beautif
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 de ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beckoning Light is a great read with plenty of action, fantasy, and romance. It is a first person, dual narrative of a brother and sister that find another world through an old gate. Reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, but with a YA twist. Primarily written for young adult audience, but fun for all ages. Great quality with near perfect editing and formating.
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
First, I want to thank ATOMR Book Blog tours for letting me be a part of such an awesome blog tour, and then to the author herself for actually sending me an ARC of the next book, Perilous Light, and you can see my review here. Anyway, isn't this cover SOO beautiful? This is also really awkward, but I signed up for this in February or something, and I completely forgot about it until they sent me an email in March saying that I'd signed up and I started flipping out and was like, "What? I don't ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
After three years in Alaska, Charlotte Calloway and her older brother Kevin are moving back to their ancestral home in Charleston. As usual, Kevin is relaxed and ready for the adventure while Charlotte, ever the social recluse, is anxious and uncertain. You see, despite her brother’s best efforts and intentions Charlotte has never quite felt that she belongs anywhere. Things are about to change in Charlotte and Kevin’s world. And so, the real story begins . . . .

While Kevin begins to fall seamle
Michelle  novelsontherun
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it

How much of a surprise read was this little gem? Well, yes, very much so.

I can ‘feel’ how much potential already without having read Perilous Light # 2, this trilogy has.

Charlotte and Kevin have come to live with Monty their uncle in Charleston. Back to the family home they once lived in with their mother. Dad’s in Alaska doing his thing, and mum is dead.

This story is told from Charlotte and Kevin’s POV’s , which I kinda liked.

There is a Forbidden Gate down at
Chapter by Chapter
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
It’s Alice in Wonderland meets all the magic and midevilness of World of Warcraft. When I first read what Beckoning Light , the first novel in author Alyssa Rose Ivy’s trilogy, was about, I was so pumped and excited to begin reading. For those of you who are unaware of what the story is about, it’s about two siblings (one male, 18, and one female 16) who have moved back to their hometown after living in Alaska for three years since their mother’s death. But, whatever dark secrets that Charlotte ...more
Brianna Kilcrease
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First Line: "We were flying over Canada when the panic set in. I felt a mild tightening in my chest as I thought about the plan that was taking me closer to the place so unimaginably full of memories that I couldn't quite process it."

Enchanting. That is the one word description for Beckoning Light. I started this book just in the morning the day before this tour, and finished it by the time I went to bed. I was completely overwhelmed by the world that Ivy has created. Such a great great story!

Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, when I received this book, I approached reading it with trepidation. From the synopsis, I could imagine it being a mish-mash somewhere between The Secret Garden and Narnia. And I have to admit, after being forced to read it an over-analyze it in school, I’ve never really liked The Secret Garden. However, you should never judge a book by it’s cover, and when I got around to reading this, I actually really enjoyed it.

The story follows Charlotte, a girl who has just moved back to
Rachel V.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Plot – I liked this plot. It was unique. Charlotte was kind of a fish out of water in the beginning but started to get pulled in to having a social life. Her brother wanted her to get out more but also didn’t want any boys taking to much notice in her either. (Never had one but sounds like a typical brother) I liked the go through the gate into a whole other world. The world building was good I could picture most of it in my head. However I did find it strange that there didn’t seem to be a town ...more
Tamara Rose Blodgett
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Check out my interview with Alyssa about Beckoning Light:

Beckoning Light is an epic adventure story. By the end of the first chapter I was completely hooked!

This novel sees siblings, Charlotte and Kevin, moving back to their childhood home in Charleston, where they discover a whole different world, literally! The story is told from both Kevin and Charlotte’s point of view. I was a bit unsure about the dual narrative at first but I completely grew to love b
First in Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Afterglow trilogy, Beckoning Light evokes The Secret Garden, Narnia, and other young adult fantasies. Brother and sister Charlotte and Kevin follow a well-worn path of parentless teens when they return to South Carolina from Alaska. Their mother was lost in a car accident a while ago, and their father’s gone travelling. So the teens return home to their uncle just a few days before school begins.

The story’s told in first person through Kevin and Charlotte’s eyes. Diffe
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beckoning Light got me excited about reading again. I have been so busy lately, and the past few review books that I have picked up have been kind of eh for me. Not that they were bad, but they just didn't get me excited like truly awesome books do. I was in kind of a reading slump. But boy did that change when I picked up Beckoning Light. I knew when I was only 6 pages in, and I got super annoyed that my mom tried interrupted my reading with a silly question, that I was really going to love thi ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beckoning Light book Review

Oh my, where to start. First, a brief apology that this is so late in posting. I have been having major computer issues with my computer randomly turning off and just got my new computer today and it too much longer than I anticipated getting it set up. But enough about me, let’s get to the good stuff.

“Beckoning Light” by Alyssa Rose Ivy was an engrossing read. I was drawn into the story almost immediately. At first I thought it was just going to be a sweet romance bet
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction, ya
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
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
A friend of a friend knows this author and wondered if I could read and review this book so I did.

Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy follows the perspectives of two siblings, Charlotte and Kevin, and their journey. The siblings moved back to Charleston from Alaska, and Charlotte remembers a locked door and finds a key in her mother's things. What follows is an adventure neither of them expected.

At first, I wasn't sure what I expected. I felt that the beginning was a little slow and fear that oth
Cecilia Robert
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beckoning Light is written in two POVs, Charlotte and her brother, Kevin.

Charlotte is a normal teenage girl, or so she thinks until things start happening, spurning the story forward sailing the reader through the world of Energo, a world completely different than our own, where Charlotte discovers things about her, and the nature of who and her brother are.

Kevin, first enters energo in seearch of his sister, accompanied by his uncle Monty and his best friend, Liam. - Liam's loyalty is astoundi
Cami Hensley
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal

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 the
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Carrie Gulledge
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't understand how this book got such good ratings. Normally, I can at least finish the book, but at less than 30%, I stopped because I could seriously feel brain cells dying the further in I got. The writing was juvenile; nothing flowed and the sentence structure was choppy. By 30%, I should have felt SOMETHING for the characters and instead, I just felt annoyed that they were still breathing. Charlotte's interaction with the other characters wasn't that of someone who was shy - just someon ...more
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Alyssa Rose Ivy is the bestselling author of more than forty novels with over one million books sold worldwide. She loves to weave stories with romance and humor, and she is best known for writing about college boys with wings. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Although raised in the New York area, she ...more

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The Afterglow Trilogy (3 books)
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