It’s time for another day of the Book Blogger Fair!
If you missed our first featured author, Jody A. Kessler, go check it out HERE.
Today’s featured author is
The Forever Girl (Forever Girl #1)
Her Sweetest Downfall (Forever Girl #1.5)
**I was given a copy of this book from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
"Whatever you do, fight."
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.
The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampire fiction, ghost stories, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
Loved. Loved. Loved This Book!
This is not your typical paranormal teen romance book. Does it have an angst-ridden romance? Yes. Teenage girl trying to find her place in the world? Yes. Vampires? Well, sort of. Ok, it’s sounding like a typical paranormal teen romance book, but I promise you – this one is different. Better. Just check out this opening line -
“My mom died during an exorcism on my eighteenth birthday. On that same day, an ever-present static moved into my head like a squatter I couldn’t evict.”
Sophia hears a constant chattering in her head, all of the time. It plagues her existence. However despite the fact that she has this infliction, which she has never told anyone about, she otherwise portray’s a normal eighteen-year-old. Even without knowing about the infliction, the people of her little po-dunk town are fearful of her. Everywhere she goes, death seems to follow. The town’s people blame her for the deaths and the fact that she is a practicing Wicca, makes them coin her a “witch”. It is so bad, even the local authorities seek her out whenever something goes wrong in town.
There’s a symbol spray-painted on a barn: Sophia did it
Someone’s child gets a deathly illness: Sophia did it
Someone died tragically: Sophia did it
Sophia doesn’t let it bother her. It’s almost as if she feels sorry for the town people’s stupidity. They need something to explain the unexplainable and Sophia becomes an easy scapegoat. Sure, it bugged her, but she didn’t let it show.
Although this book is coined a paranormal fantasy, I think it borders on paranormal horror/thriller. Shortly after performing a simple cleansing ritual – another attempt at ridding herself of the static – strange things begin to happen. Sophia sees cloaked figures walking slowly down her street, or standing across the street simply staring at her house. This ghostly/paranormal activity escalates throughout the book with increasing severity.
It is rather difficult to catch a reader off guard, unlike movies where you can quickly cut to a particularly scary clip and make the viewer jump, books require the reader to get through an entire sentence or paragraph to fully “see” the scary clip. I cannot remember a book ever making me jump, but this one did.
I found myself reading so quickly that the scenes where being laid out in my mind better than if I were watching a movie. The story moved from one scene to the next without any unnecessary pauses or what I like to refer to as “filler” text.
Ok, I said there were vampires in this book – sort of. This book takes a divine organic approach to vampires and all things magical. It sounds a lot like the creationist theory of existence actually. However, instead of God creating man, the Universe did. And it was going well, until man became corrupt with greed which led to violence and hate. In order to clean up their mess, the universe took the bodies of “pure” individuals after they died and made them into Cruor, Earth Elementals, meant to protect the human race and eradicate the bad.
Unfortunately, the Cruor cherished their immortality and looked only for ways to prolong their new lives. They learned that by feasting on the blood of their prey they could steal it’s life force and maintain their own immortality. From this mankind formulate the stories of Vampires. To combat this new threat to mankind, the Universe created several other Elementals:
- Ankou - Air elementals who function like grim reapers.
- Chibold - Fire elementals who appear as small children. “Fire-starters”. Believed to be extinct.
- Strigoi - Water elementals who can shape-shift into animal forms. They also possess the ability to read auras, designed to hunt out the corrupt Cruor.
- Witches – Spirit elementals, they were humans chosen by the Universe to receive great powers.
I really like the twist on traditional vampire legends, taking it back to something that is more organic and less super-natural.
There is an angst-ridden relationship in here. I know, I know! Some people get really upset by these otherwise pointless relationships between the human and the paranormal character. But I have a guilty secret – I freakin’ love it! Hey – don’t judge!
Boiled down into it’s most basic form, these relationships are just a story of forbidden love. Romeo and Juliet were in the same situation and everyone loves that story. So instead of Romeo being of the House of Montague, let’s say he’s of the House of Dracula. Just as taboo, just as off-limits.
Sophia meets Charles, a Strigoi who is sworn to protect mankind from the corrupt Cruor. He is reluctant to allow his feelings for Sophia because he knows only too well the fate of deal-breeds, those who cross the special lines to form relationships. Sophia is not all to keen on a relationship with this stranger either, she knows he is different but unable to get any information as to what makes him so. Of course, as she begins to learn about his world and her place in it, their relationship begins to grow.
“I want to be with you. To not resist the urges you create,” he murmured against my neck, “but more than anything, I am compelled to protect you. Compelled beyond reason, perhaps, but I know I must.”
Thrilling battle scenes, a MC that finds true powers through the knowledge of her heritage, a angst-ridden, a forbidden love story, creepy ghostly activity and divine organic paranormal legends. This book was so jam-packed with different pieces of the paranormal genre that if you like anything about the genre, I challenge you to read this book and not find something you like. but hey, maybe you’ll be like me and LOVE EVERYTHING.
If you like the forbidden love stories like I do, I strongly suggest picking up this book and giving it a go. You will not regret it.
Alright, fess up, what’s your guilty pleasure in books?
Do you secretly love the forbidden love stories like I do?