Thursday, 11 October 2012

Review: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

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Title: The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey
Author: Rebecca Hamilton
Released: 26th January 2012
Genre: Paranormal romance
My Rating:  ★★★★ (4 out of 5)


Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.
One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.
Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

My Review:

I’ll admit that when I heard this novel involved vampires, shifters and witches I had some preconceptions. But after reading the entire thing twice I can tell you that it is nothing like I expected. If you have any preconceived ideas about this book because of its supernatural elements, forget them. Rebecca Hamilton has created a world unlike any other I have read. She has made these clichéd beings something much more complex and enjoyable to read.

The plot is intricately designed with the correct balance between description, back story and just plain ol’ story. Everything that happens comes together at the end and the reader discovers that there’s a reason for all of the character’s misfortunes.

The only parts that grated on me were when the protagonist, Sophia, continues to pester Charles about his existence. If there’s one thing I hate it’s a female character who thinks she can rule her boyfriend’s life. (Small spoiler there...)

The characters developed well throughout the story. Confidence grows and trust is built but also you see how the events take their toll on old friendships as well. Hamilton has made sure her characters are three dimensional which only makes it seem more real.

Just when you think you’ve got it figured, boom; another juicy piece of information is revealed. If you want something fresh after reading about the paranormal, you must read this book.


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