So, I was a bit slack with this one, given that it was around from my days on Authonomy, BUT, I’ve finally gotten round to reading The Forever Girl by the multi-talented, mind-blowingly-always-busy Rebecca Hamilton. And here’s what I thought:
The Forever Girl
by Rebecca Hamilton
A Cult. A Murder. A Curse.
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.
The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
So, what did I think?
I don’t usually read fantasy or paranormal books – simply because I don’t know where to start, there are so many. I started reading this way, way back in 2011, before it was even published I think, but I’ve only just got round to reading the published version properly. I’m a bit annoyed with myself that I waited so long.
What I loved about this, was that it wasn’t angsty. Sure, there’s tension between Sophia and Charles from the outset, but it’s NOT a Bella/Edward style romance. Sophia isn’t a sap, she’s assertive, she’s smart. She’s real. And as for Charles? Swoon.
I liked the different aspects to this – the wicca in particular. It’s the first time I’ve read a book with a Wiccan element that was close to the truth of what the practice, religion, whatever you want to call it, is. It took me back to my teens anyway. I must admit, I did start to worry when vampires and the like were introduced, but luckily, it wasn’t overpowering.
I can totally see why this has been optioned for film, and I really hope it goes that far. It would be awesome to see it translated to the big screen.
Five stars and highly recommended.