Finding Magical Mystery with "The Forever Girl": YA/NA Paranormal Review and Giveaway
Melinda T. Falgoust
What would you do if you could live forever?
As the novel "The Forever Girl" by Rebecca Hamilton opens, that's the last question on Sophia Parsons mind. In fact, the only thing on the 22-year old waitress' mind is the buzzing...the incessant, distracting, tinnitus-my-backside buzzing. It's driving her positively insane. Of course, if you ask Mrs. Franklin, the town church lady, or most of the Belle Meadow residents, many of them think she's already there. I suppose that's what happens when people have a nasty habit of dying around you under mysterious circumstances.
In fact, it's the mystery of "The Forever Girl" (Immortal Ink Publishing, 2012) that sucks the reader into this YA/NA paranormal from page one and the fresh interpretation of the vampire legend that keeps fans of the genre turning pages.
But, Ms. Hamilton does not limit herself to vampires. Indeed, she finds a seamless way to weave a large chunk of the supernatural lexicon into Sophia's tale - including witches, elementals, and other "things that go bump in the night". Avid readers of the genre will appreciate the pointed use of each supernatural denizen and that do not appear as simple window dressing.
When the novel opens in present day Colorado, Sophia wants nothing more than to just make it through her shift at "JA-K'S DINE-".As the story progresses, Sophia begins to think that the Jack's Diner sign isn't the only thing with a few bulbs loose. When her best friend Ivory invites her to a secret underground club, the buzzing that's been reverberating in her brain is replaced with something even more troublesome - voices. And you won't believe what they're trying to tell her.
"Fight. Whatever you do, fight." The particular words of warning do not come from inside Sophia's head, but from Charles Liette, the could-be Hollister model come bodyguard that steps in to help Sophia after a violent attack outside "Club Flesh". But sometimes, as Sophia soon discovers, it's not the monster under your bed that can scare you the most - sometimes losing you heart to another is the most frightening thing of all.
The novel is filled with Wiccan lore and even touches on the events of the Salem witch trials. Ms. Hamilton weaves her own kind of magic with clever metaphor and rich, descriptive language that firmly grounds the reader in the story and helps them connect with each character. All in all, "The Forever Girl" is a delightfully magical mix of mystery and monsters. You can connect with Rebecca Hamilton on Twitter, on her Goodreads page, or on her website. "The Forever Girl" can be purchased at Amazon. (Reader Warning: There is a modicum of language in the book.)
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