Review: The Forever Girl – Sophia’s Journey

This post will include my review of the book The Forever Girl: Sophia’s Journey by Rebecca Hamilton. This is an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance first released January 26th 2012.

The text below is taken from the blurb on the back of the book.

A Cult. A Murder. A Curse.

Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves…

At 22, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, living under religious prejudice, the shadow of her bi-polar mother, and an unsolved murder.

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, a centuries-old shape-shifter who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that can 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

Forever Girl has everything you would expect from a contemprary paranormal novel; Vampires (called Cruor in this book), shape-shifters, witches and some pretty cool world building. The characters were good, the relationships were good, the settings were interesting, and the way that the various immortals were tied to the elements was a nice spin on the more traditional vampire, werewolves, and witches mythology. Put simply there was a lot about this book to like.

I want to say that I am not a fan of the Twilight series AT ALL and there is no escaping that this book shares some similarities with Twilight (the first book anyway). That said the things I hated about Twilight were entirely absent in Sophia’s Journey. Where Bella was pathetic and indecisive, Sophia was strong. Where Edward was ashamed of his heritage, Charles embraced it. As I was reading I found myself wishing that they’d made the movies about this book instead.

I will say, though, that for all its strengths there was one aspect which I simply didn’t understand. The source / motivation / reasoning of the conflict just didn’t feel right to me. The key item which drove the action felt just a little bit contrived.

Now I want to be clear that I really enjoyed Sophia’s Journey and I found that the world where the action takes place was both interesting and well thought out. And once I stopped trying to understand what drove the “bad guys” (and I use this term only to avoid spoilers) to do what they did, I was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the action.

I’m looking forward to seeing where Sophia’s Journey takes her next.


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