TITLE: FIRST CAME FOREVER
AUTHOR: ANNIE WOODS
PUBLISHER: VANGUARD PRESS
GENRE: YA FICTION
IF I COULD REVIEW IT IN A SINGLE LINE: CAPTIVATING AND ADDICTIVE, A PAGE TURNER THAT’LL HAVE YOU RAPT TILL THE END.
Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairy tale love story that will set her life on a new direction. But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever? First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about friendship and first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. A deeply romantic read, full of characters who will stay with you for a long time.
THE ACTUAL REVIEW:
Meeting Erica was the best part of this book. She is unlike her party harty friends who prefers the company of stony indoors of a castle and rock fields like most of us here. So while on a vacation with her friends, wondering about brings her to Sasha, they are immediately drawn to each other and start travelling together. The mysterious Sasha doesn’t give away a lot about himself but Erica later on finds out he is The Andonian Prince. A turn of events has them shift to a new place, new school, new people. From a little young adult fiction spice to jealousy to a pure fantasy, there is something in it for everyone.
I usually shy away from YA fiction because I find them a little immature for my tastes. Annie Woods proved me wrong. As this was her debut novel before taking it on I had felt a new author would be careful in her writing and would shy away from the lettering that makes a book old and crisp. Annie did justice to every part of the book, the characters, the story line, the genre. She didn’t let any part drag on unnecessarily. She even built a strong woman character which is something very rare in today’s generation where several writers portray a guilible woman. The lead is a strong woman comfortable in her ways not deterred by peer pressure.
Sasha and Erica are lovable and yet have a difficult relationship which helps us connect, which is what makes it real.
P. S. there is another equally important character there called Tyler but if I give all the details now, would you go and read the book?
WHAT I LOVED MOST: Every book that has you feeling like you are watching a movie is bound to have something incredible about it. Do you know she has included a chapter for every character? Even the bad guys? Have you ever wondered what the antagonists rationalizes behind his actions?
“You’ve changed,” she finally said. “Really changed. “Why? What happened?”
Writing and Presentation: 3/5 (This is purely because of the many grammatical and spelling mistakes I found in the book which came as a surprise as this is not a self published book)
Disclaimer: I was sent this book by the author ANNIE WOODS for an honest review. The review is absolutely my own and hasn’t been influenced by anyone.
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