Day 59: The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
Before I get into the review if you haven’t already I’d appreciate it if you would read the summary above. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Done? Alright, thank you. Now after reading that how much romance would you expect in this book, lets go with percentages since they are easy. 10%? 25%? 35%? Well when I went into this I thought maybe 10-15%, 20% tops and only because of the beginning of the third paragraph. Boy was I wrong!
If you know me or my blogging/reading tendencies then you’d know I HATE DNF’ing (Did Not Finish) a book. I can’t stand it. I feel like I have to give the book enough of a chance to win me over and that maybe just a bit farther in there will be qualities that I can at least add up to a star or two (or in my case a frodo or two). However, when you add up enough problems eventually they become insurmountable. That’s what happened with The Forever Girl. Why?
Again, if you follow my blog or twitter you’d know the only thing I can’t take more than not finishing a book is insta-love. I detest that “I just met you and already am acting like a love-struck fool and never get over it” way of writing a romance. It’s a cop out, plain and simple, making the characters instantly attracted to each other just rules out actually having to get them to bond or grow together or even as individuals first. Plus it’s cheesy and usually quite shallow, not a good combo if you ask me. So when I saw that The Forever Girl used that kind of romance I was already grating my teeth trying to get through it. However, there were some semi-interesting plot developments going on so I figured I’d give it a shot anyway. The problem was that after I survived through a bit over 50% of the book I had spent ~35% of it dealing with this shallow lovey-dovey excuse for a romance. I’d had enough.
You’d think that would be the worst of it and you’d be right, but that doesn’t mean it was the only flaw, I might have been able to endure that if the writing was superb, the plot intriguing or the characters enticing. The main character, Sophia makes me want to slam my head into a wall. She’s all over Charles immediately and it never stops. Oh sure she “fights off” her physical attraction for a while, but that’s really all the book tells you, no details, and then BOOM she’s fawning over him some more physically and mentally. She’s dependent on the guy in a disturbing way and she’s not the brightest girl either. Simple things tend to confuse her and while I’d like to say she has redeeming qualities to make up for this, really…she just doesn’t. Ugh.
The only halfway-decent part of the book as I briefly touched on two paragraphs ago was the plot. The whole elements and witches and animal transformations was pretty cool. The immortality thing was a letdown just in its further erasing of any need to go into depth. Unfortunately, even this was filled with irritants such as the jotting down of notes by Sophia when we had just finished reading about whatever she was writing in her book. I’m sorry, but an instant recap is so beyond not necessary. It may have helped the authors word count, but it didn’t enrich the story. As the romance kicked up a bazillion notches in intensity the rest of the plot dwindled in meaning or intrigue.
I know this review is harsh, despite my best attempts at keeping it in a civil tone, but that’s the way I saw it. There have to be a bunch of reasons for me to DNF a book, and as you can tell this book was full of them. I wish it were otherwise, I wanted to enjoy it, especially after a kick-ass first sentence, but it was not to be. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone really because if you like that insta-love+romantic driven combination in a supposed fantasy book we really aren’t going to see eye to eye anyhow. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 60!