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.
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.