A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Rebecca Hamilton for allowing me to read and review the second book in her Forever Girl series: Come, The Dark.
Come, The Dark is the second novel in a series but works as a stand alone novel as all the supernatural aspects are explained again so readers starting with this book should have no problems following the story.
Rose has dealt with her father’s abuse and her mother’s cowardice all her life. Finally it culminates in her pregnancy with her father’s child. She knows that she must escape her family to save her life and the life of her unborn baby. After the baby is born, she manages to escape, however she didn’t plan on escaping into the past. Now she needs to survive in the body of another Forever Girl, Abigail, from Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Rose -living as Abigail- stumbles onto a world of the supernatural. She learns that she could embrace her destiny as one of the reincarnated Forever Girls. Once she becomes a part of that world, she must be extra careful of her powers as the community is already starting to seek out witches.
Rose started off as a character I had intense pity for, since she was the victim of her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s neglect. But through the pregnancy and birth, I grew to respect this character’s strength and need to protect her baby. Then her father steals her newborn baby to “protect his reputation”. She is pulled into the past by William and Tess to learn about the supernatural and her destiny. When she arrives in the past, Rose manages to hold her own in Salem and keeps her wits about her while protecting her secret. Quickly she learns to adapt and remember her history. Also how to be careful, from cloaking her new supernatural abilities, to keeping the birthmark on her wrist hidden. Rose became obsessed with trying to get back to her time to find her baby.
William was a strong, intelligent and interesting character. He was easy to understand as he delves into secrets of his past early on, leading to a greater understanding of his personality. I enjoyed his banter with his friend Tess as they introduced Rose into this world. The romantic tension between William and Rose was very well done. Their story was star-crossed since they were from two different timelines. But both needed a little romance in their lives.
At times this book moved very slowly as the reader was mostly in Rose’s head. She was understandably obsessed with getting back to her baby, however that obsession came on a bit too strong and too often.
Rating: 3/5 stars.
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(Forever Girl #2)
Publication date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.
Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.
The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse
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