- Date published: 26th January 2012
- Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing
- Format: Ebook, 350 pages
- Series: Forever Girl, Book 1
- ASIN: B00729GQ0A
- Categories: Other Paranormal, New Adult
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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.
I love stories about witches! And this one doesn’t only have witches, but other paranormal aspects as well, including shape shifters and vampires. I really liked the story and the relationships between the characters, and hope to continue reading the series!
Sophia is a really interesting character – she grabbed my attention from the very first page. As a 22-year-old narrator she’s a lot more accessible, at least for me, than many sixteen year old protagonists and I liked her ‘voice’. I think she handled all the changes in her life admirably and kept her head when other people would have acted irrationally. While Sophia’s attraction to Charles is a too strong and fast for my liking, it’s still enjoyable to read a character who acknowledges the impossibilities of starting a relationship with a supernatural being and is honest about it.
The world that Hamilton has created is intriguing, with its elemental beings and their varying powers. I think that the idea of the Universe was too vague: I still have no idea who/what they are, but otherwise the paranormal aspect of the book is well realised. The ways in which Wiccan beliefs are portrayed is also refreshing – I really liked that Sophia is quite normal -she comments on how her community expects someone who practises Wicca to look ‘Goth’ or ‘Emo’, and how it’s silly. I think the cover contradicts this statement, however, because the model is wearing clothes that Sophia would never wear, and it looks distinctly ‘witchy’, even though I gather one of the purposes of the book is to debunk that stereotype.
The Forever Girl is an exciting read with really cool mythology, and I really wish I’d read it sooner! I’ll be looking out for more books in this series. I recommend this book for those looking for a New Adult paranormal read – guaranteed you won’t regret it!