Series: The Forever Land Chronicles #1
Published by: Big Dog Books on January 31, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Author
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Charlie Wright is an ordinary seventeen year old, high school girl. Well, if by ordinary you mean she can see demons and she likes to fight…a lot, then Charlie is your girl. Rather than taking a one-way trip to juvenile detention, Charlie chooses to join a mysterious group called The ForeverLand Alliance. And then her life gets really weird.
Charlie is magically transported to an alternate universe. In Semper Terra, no one ages, people fly and mermaids frolic in the translucent blue seas. But it’s not all fun and games. For Charlie is training to become an Annihilator, a select group of Semper Terrans who protect mankind from all of those things that go “bump in the night”.
It’s only when Charlie finds herself stuck in the middle of a prophecy that could bring about the end of the world that she truly begins to understand the deep sacrifices she will have to make.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: Off Chance, If I Return, On the Rocks, Mitigation, Reparation, Affirmation, Make it a Double, Confessions of a Litigation God, Sugar on the Edge, Alex, With a Twist, Garrett, Shaken, Not Stirred, Clash, Grind, Yield, Zack, Wicked Fall, Ryker, Friction, Hawke, Jilted
Forever Young was a great book that had me flipping the pages, wondering what would happen next. I really liked the fantasy world Bennett created. It’s different and refreshing. It’s a bit of magic mixed with action and intrigue. Add in some humor and a decent romance, you’ve got yourself a winner. Charlie is training to become a demon hunter, basically, and I liked Bennett’s spin on the demons, good and bad, and how she incorporated other creatures like the fae and mermaids. We get a good introduction into the world of Semper Terra, and even though there’s also so much more that we’ve yet to discover, I like what I see so far.
I liked that the romance was somewhat slow-building. Charlie is innocent in that department, yes, and the attraction is instant, but the romance itself, is slow-building. Her relationship with Caiden develops at a believable pace and I liked how they were getting to know each other. Sure Charlie has some pretty hilarious thoughts about Caiden, but it added to the charm of the story. Everything is still new and developing and I’m hoping Bennett furthers their understanding and feelings for each other throughout the series. Charlie herself is still a bit immature at times, but she’s also tough and kindhearted and I really loved the parts with Charlie and her friends. She definitely had to deal with a lot growing up, witnessing her parents’ murder and growing up alone.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. The storyline flowed nicely and although I figured some things out, there were definitely a couple things I didn’t see coming. It’s a great start to an interesting YA Fantasy read with fun characters. Bennett once again thrills me with her writing and she definitely has a way with characters that makes me love them all. I can’t wait to see where she takes this series.