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“Wow! I had to leave a review. Ms. Hamilton really hit it out of the park with the paranormal fantasy world she created. I was hooked right from the start with my sympathy for the main character, Sophia. She is a bit dark and very misunderstood, but I really liked her. I found myself turning...”see full review » see other reviews »
“THE FOREVER GIRL by Rebecca Hamilton (@inkmuse)... Book full of easily imaginable scenes and was not able to stop myself from reading it even though my exams are going on... :)
What a fantabulous novel with new and amazing creatures/characters, most importantly with a superb plot/story.
Starting was seemed a bit slow but slowly from mid chap-2 where Sophia performs her 'ritual for positive energy' the story gets you. And after few chapters it proves to be a page turner.
CHARACTERS- the characters and the bond that they carried was nice. I liked the friendship between Adrian and Charles, how Adrian was with Charles when he needed him the most on a life threatening mission.
Sophia's weak bond with her problematic and god fearing mother and her hate bond with her neighbor Mrs. Franklin- a paranoid who nearly killed Sophia.
Sophia's little world around her two friends- Ivory whom she considered best friend is the one with biggest secret. And as for Lauren, well she is the only one who adds some normalcy to her abnormal life.
Love bond between Sophia and Charles, which starts with Sophia's distrust towards her new -attractively handsome- love interest...
You'll love them... :)
STORY- Is about a 'simple' girl who is on a mission to find a better job and get rid of the voices in her head. Her life was already difficult with a problematic mother and a psycho neighbor Mrs. Franklin, but more life threatening difficulties awaits her.
Hoping to meet Adrian who she thought can help her to get rid of the voices, went to Club Flesh with Ivory. This single vist to a 'dancing' club was her biggest mistake. Even though she found her Love Charles there, a new world with dangerous creatures found her, turning her world upside down increasing her life's difficulty level.
As the story proceeds curtain of unidentified dark world and truth about her friends, ancestors and the voices starts to unveil in front of her.
How will she react to the facts? Will she be able to accept the new found powers and dark world? Or will she run away from it? How will she face the dark forces which are after her life?
Sophia's journey is interesting to follow consisting all the romance, drama, suspense... and much more. It's not only Vampires and shape-shifters but also witches (it's first time that I got to read about witches in a novel). It's a world Rebecca created consisting of five elementals- air, water, earth (Vampires), fire and spirit (witches)
WRITING- the flow the story is lyrical and descriptive. Rebecca wrote it so nicely that it felt as it I was a part of Sophia's journey, like everything happened in front of my eyes. I could imagine most of the scenes.
I liked it a lot. Proof I was so much engrossed in reading it that I skipped my full night sleep to finish it. It was like a 'Super Glue' which kept my eyes and my whole attention fasten to the events in the book till I read the last word. Even after closing it my heart is still struck around Sophia's world asking to know more about her... how she handles her newly found powers, her life with Charles and with the two little guests in a new place away from world around them? And some questions revolving around the Queen?
I would recommend Forever Girl who loves to read paranormal, supernatural fantasy filled with romance & suspense and History. Yes, it contains a part of history surrounding the 1690's Salem Witch Trials. Don't worry you won't find even a bit of it off track in fact it takes the story towards the 'Real' part... :)
Thanks Rebecca for this wonderful new world. :)
“I give this book SIX stars!!! I won this book in a giveaway back in May 2012, but not having a kindle or a computer or anything I was just recently able to read it. I tell you what this book is amazing. I still think about it. I can't wait for the next on to come out!!! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!!!!! :-)”Sweetcat6913 wrote this review Friday, May 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recent college graduate Sophia lives in the house past down through her family and works at the local diner in her small town. Sophia is basically the town scapegoat for the weird, her mother's unexplained death, a local business owner's death, and any destruction of property using witchcraft looking markings. Oh yeah, Sophia is a Wiccan so the rumors and whispers behind her back that she's a witch isn't really inaccurate. Sophia's Wiccan religion has her performing positive energy spells, and contacting her ancestors for guidance nothing hardcore no dark magic whatsoever. So when Sophia meets Charles and finds herself in his world she realizes that there are darker things in this world than she could ever imagine, and she finds it difficult to accept. But can she deny what she sees with her own eyes?
Sophia performs a positive energy spell to once and for all rid herself of the constant buzzing in her head and unknowingly sets her destiny in motion and starts coming in contact with people that she wishes she never met. I really liked Sophia's voice, she had a dry sense of humor that doesn't translate as funny to some people. Sophia was a flawed heroine which made her real in my book, she had a tendency to strike out at those closest to her, the ones who didn't judge her but would not stand up for herself with the naysayers. I really didn't like that she did that and found myself yelling at her (or the book, lol). Sophia always wanted to know everything, nothing wrong with that unless the same could be expected in return. Sophia stood firm on being taught at a young age to ask a lot of questions but never offer anything up; was she raised by the mob? It was frustrating to see her suffer when it was clear that there were now people in her life that she could trust that would understand and might be able to help her with the witchy demons she's dealing with.
Charles was an enigma to Sophia which caused her to not want to have anything to with him. I would say that Sophia was an enigma to him as well since he could sense there was something different about her but she wouldn't share. To be fair, Sophia was also in the dark about her true nature. Charles didn't share with Sophia immediately but he did eventually and Sophia was always asking questions so there was no way he could keep things from her for too long. Charles had the patience of a saint and allowed Sophia the space to come to him when she felt ready and I loved him for that, but also knew that it hurt him to feel that Sophia didn't trust him. Charles was a sweetheart and supposedly the full package of hunk.
The meat of the story was, Sophia believed the constant buzzing in her head was a curse traveled down from her ancestors and when she found a document of an ancestor who was hung for being a witch, she started on a journey to break said curse. Trust me when I say that there was a turn of events in Sophia's search to free herself from her curse. Everything that happened after was a surprise and an adventurous ride with Sophia and Charles. One of the biggest surprise twists in the story was from Ivory, one of Sophia's best friends. Talk about obsession, Ivory was stuck in a grief that spans longer than anyone can imagine and it created an obsession that rivals any I've read about or saw on the small or big screen. This story had a dark and action adventure feel to it and a lot of twists and surprises, it even offered a look back in the past, about two hundred plus or minus years which offered some interesting background on the story building.
This story was pretty amazing and the character building was great, there were many more characters, with flaws and all. I should mention that Forever Girl had the most sweet and possibly full circle ending of any book I've read. I was dreading the ending as I always do when I read a book with a lot of intensity as this book had, or any other book for that matter. Was happy to not be left with that destroyed feeling I get from a heart wrenching cliffhanger. I didn't give the title much thought until I found out what it meant and that was exactly the info Sophia was looking for and didn't know it. ”
“The Forever Girl is the first in a new series by author Rebecca Hamilton and I absolutely loved it. Sophia is a tremendous heroine, easily loved within moments of beginning her story. She is an outcast in a teeny town, shunned because of how others perceive her. To make matters worse, she is virtually alone in the world, making her a character that you just want to hug and make everything all better for her. All of the characters were wonderfully developed, many of them throwing me for a loop as time went on. I loved that even the less central characters had their own distinct personalities and stories. That made for a fantastically fun read.
I loved the twists and turns that the plot took, keeping me turning the pages. Just as soon as I thought I had things reasoned out, something would happen to change everything. The story went back and forth in time periodically, but it did so seamlessly, strengthening rather than muddying the story. One of my favorite parts of the book was the dedication to accuracy and detail to Sophia's Wiccan ways. This can be lacking in witchy fiction and can be disappointing if you know better. So I truly appreciated that aspect.
I truly cannot wait for the next book in this series!”
“"Faith, Sophia. Life isn't always going to give you the answers to the questions you're asking. Sometimes you have to make do with the answers you get."
Witches, vampires... you'll find them here in Rebecca Hamilton's novel "The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey". When I started this book, I didn't know exactly what to expect. I didn't read any reviews prior to my reading and I was incredibly surprised by what it has to offer. Rebecca Hamilton is a talented writer. She knows how to draw her readers to her book, and she knows how to craft a story with depth.
If I was scared of anything, it was for him, not of him--scared of the pain he had to endure with every shift. And if I cared about that, I had to admit I cared about him. Somehow, some way, he was working his way into my heart.
The book tells a story about a girl who is being treated differently just because she practice Wiccan. Trying to live a normal life isn't even an option when she's hearing voices and seeing things she couldn't understand. Not until she cast a spell that seemed to have gone wrong and met a mysterious, gorgeous man she can't help falling in love with. Complications, risks and consequences... Sophia has no choice but to deal with them now, for real.
Amidst all the things that happened to Sophia, she remained strong. I think that's why I've grown to like her. She's witty, independent, and strong-willed. I easily connected with her and it felt like I've known her. Sophia has the qualities of a good protagonist and that made me appreciate this book even more. And I know, too, that everyone loves a gorgeous, hot male leading character. What can I say? Charles is definitely one type of a guy. He's funny and snarky and interesting to read about. It's been a while also since I've heard a vampire who can actually transform into animals. It used to fascinate me when I was little but as I grow up and read different versions of vampires and other-wordly creatures, this one ability of vampires were slowly forgotten or let's just say that vampires in books were created differently by different authors--they evolved. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I find it fascinating to read something like that again.
"You're not so interesting that I came to watch you sleep, darlin'."
Seriously, this book surprised me in many ways. The plot, the setting, the characters, the writing itself. It was eerie and dark, touching and romantic at the same time. The mysteries surrounding Sophia will keep you engrossed in the book. The twist and the revelation are something to look forward to. The time it was revealed, the way the story suddenly took a spin... It was beautiful. It was really good.
It's a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing set of characters, beautifully written and surprisingly good. It will definitely appeal to those who love mysteries and paranormal story that has a bit of scare factor. Don't miss Sophia's Journey... it's worth the read.
"I'm not going to turn away from the only person I've ever trusted to accept me. Not for anything. You belong to me. If for a moment, then for eternity."”
“ A very good and fascinating read I would say. And am so thankful to Becca for sending me a copy of the book. Once I started it, I never felt like putting it down.The book takes you to an entirely different world.And I really loved the way how each creature is linked to an element. The chapter 'Ivory's Memories' so beautifully written, took me to an entirely different world.I could feel the character's pain and won't deny shedding a few tears (yeah, yeah ! call me crazy).
I feel like Sophia's mother is just a misunderstood character with lots of agony of her own, would have loved to read more about her father though.I liked the character Adrian, not much of the talking type,he is more like this loner you find in every group of friends who is not given much importance and taken as a weirdo, but then again he is also the storehouse of knowledge and all the so called ‘friends’ go to him in need for advice or help… and he is more than happy to do so.
The book has lots of symbolism, and it’s hard to come across such books these days that has elements of symbols,supernatural, something more like a fairy-tale, morals, etc all in one book, and I very much liked the whole myth on 'The Forever Girl', its just like that of the 'old souls' as we call them.
Aww, I don't want to add spoilers.... It is indeed a very wonderful read and am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series that follows. Becca is definitely one the new writers in town to look out for.
( Note : Even though I got the book by the author herself,the views are my own )”
Sophia follows the Wiccan ways and was outed to the town by her bi-polar Mother. It doesn't help that her Mother belongs to a church with religious fanatics who are out to get her. On top of that, Sophia witnesses a horrible murder a while ago who many in the town believed she had something to do with. Oh yea, and she also hears voices...
I was told that this book has a Twilight feel and I do have to say that in the beginning, I could see that. Sophia is a bit awkward and Charles is drawn to her but doesn't want to be. He's brutally honest but can't stay away from her. He drinks blood but only from animals.
But then the story takes a left turn and becomes so much more....so so much more. In fact, maybe way too much more. There's the blood drinkers and dual breeds, witches, ghosts or spirits, reincarnations, shape shifters, elementals, telekinetics and telepaths and that's not all. I really enjoyed the story but there was just so much! Maybe I just really wanted more Charles and Sophia...at least we do get a bit of romance.
The whole story with what's happening with the dual breeds and the elementals (I know it's a bit confusing but it would take way too long to explain it all in this review) and The Council is really intriguing. I felt horrible with what happened with Charles but can't wait to meet the other elementals. I just hope that we continue to have more Sophia and Charles.
♥ “I’ve stopped protecting my heart from you,” he said. “I’ve stopped fighting the way I feel, stopped fighting the natural draw I feel toward you. Now you need to do the same.”
“Wow! I had to leave a review. Ms. Hamilton really hit it out of the park with the paranormal fantasy world she created. I was hooked right from the start with my sympathy for the main character, Sophia. She is a bit dark and very misunderstood, but I really liked her. I found myself turning the pages wondering if she’d ever be vindicated or if she’d ever get the validation she truly deserved.
I also really loved the world that the author built. This isn’t just another vampire book. No sparkles here. There is a healthy dose of paranormal warfare though. Frightening and unnatural characters are introduced throughout and each has its own unique purpose. Some are there to support Sophia and some have aligned with the evils powers that be. The reader is propelled to turn those pages to find out who is who. It’s all very unpredictable. Fun to try and figure out.
Another aspect that I enjoyed was that Sophia is Wiccan. This seems to be a fresh concept in this genre. And let’s not be confused with Wicca and witchcraft. Oh, there are spells and creepy ceremonies, but make no mistake, this isn’t for kids. This is epic level supernatural battle. I heard this is a series and I am so excited for the next edition. Kudos to Ms. Hamilton for creating a unique and captivating world.
“In her debut novel, Rebecca Hamilton displays a sophistication and style far beyond that of many seasoned authors. Her tale keeps the twists and turns coming, all the while deftly exposing the intricacies and layers of Sophia's new world. It has many of the ingredients that genre fans demand--the innocent and powerful female, the dark and mysterious male, forbidden love, and truths-within-truths interwoven with half-lies and deceptions, among them--yet, instead of feeling formulaic or contrived, it's crisp and energetic. The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey is a truly enjoyable read. ”Thomas Winship wrote this review Sunday, May 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ I liked it a lot, though I never thought I would. I had committed to reading it, but I wasn't sure that it was for me. Urban paranormal romance? I had tried everything in this genre before. Charlaine Harris. Stephanie Meyers. It was all kind of trash to me. Poorly written drivel. So, with "The Forever Girl" I just didn't think I was going to enjoy it. However, as it turns out, I was happily proven wrong by "The Forever Girl" by Rebecca Hamilton.
So let me break down why I liked "The Forever Girl"
-Characters: Rebecca Hamilton understands her character deeply. This is the thing that will make it or break it for me with an author. Books are about people or at least quasi-people with human motivations. Ms. Hamilton gets the motivation just right. Many people completely blow first-person characterization. Not Ms. Hamilton. She has chosen the right character through which to tell this story. She seems to know her main character, Sofia, inside and out. The chemistry between Sofia and Charles is fantastic and they seem to be real. This is the main thing I look for in novels. If I don't care about anybody, I will put it down quick. I wanted them to get together and that is a hard thing for me to admit. I'm a guy! Most women would think that Charles is hot. Sorry ladies, but Sophia has go it goin' on!
-The History: I really get bored with flashbacks. Stories should be going forward and if they flashback too much, I am completely out of the story. It takes a deliberate author to make sure that I do not get bored by the history they try to portray. Ms. Hamilton has this completely under control, like she knew I was going to be bored if she wasn't careful. Her history in this book is so interesting, I couldn't put it down. Her story has a very detailed and captivating "why" as to the reason that everything in the story is occurring and I cared about it. In the end, that's all that matters. I cared about it.
-The Creatures: No one has to agree with me (and I would prefer that people didn't always agree with me), but the vampire genre, at least the vampire books that everyone keeps churning out, have become exhausting and boring. I tire of them. It was one of the reasons that I wasn't sure about "The Forever Girl." I was wrong again, because Ms. Hamilton has given the paranormal/romance/fantasy a shot in the arm...one that it desperately needed. The creatures in this novel are not your typical vampires and werewolves. There is a pretty deep mythology surrounding them. I was amazed.
-The Theme: One of the themes that found its way into this novel was that of acceptance and the evils of too much moral righteousness. There is nothing wrong with morality. However, there is something wrong with morality used as a baseball bat to club the life out of people. This book addresses this and I have to commend the writer on this theme.
This book was a joy to read! As a guy, I don't believe that I enjoyed it this much. It was wholly believable to me, though it was a paranormal fantasy. Would I reccommend this book? Without any reservation, I would tell anyone ( of the rated R type of mentality, because there are some scenes that are only for those people. this is definitely not Young Adult fiction or for those squeamish of a sex scene) to download this book or pick up the hard copy from Amazon. It is so good, you will read it one sitting. I kid you not!