Author: Sawyer Bennett
Release date: 1/31/13
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Age Group: YA/New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
She’s a loner, she likes to fight and, oh yeah...she has the ability to see the demons that lay beneath the faces of ordinary humans. It’s a gift Charlie Wright inherited the night her parents were brutally murdered when she was fourteen years old.
Now in her last year of high school, Charlie just can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble. 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 really gets weird.
Charlie finds herself magically transported to an alternate universe. In Semper Terra, no one ages, people fly, and one stunningly gorgeous, immortal man manages to capture Charlie’s heart and awaken the adult woman she is becoming.
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.
This book was such a different read from what I’m used to reading by Sawyer Bennett, but it certainly didn’t disappoint. Think Vampire Academy meets The Mortal Instruments. That’s right… sounds amazing already doesn’t it!
I will admit, I’m always a little hesitant to read books in different genres by the same author. I know how that sounds, but I think you have to be a really amazing author to be successful in more than one genre. Well, Ms. Bennett is clearly amazing! I absolutely adored her OFF series, but Forever Young was a breather from the sexual intensity of the OFF series. Forever Young is more of a YA, with some lustful musings of course (hello, teenager!), and I expect the sexual aspect to probably intensify as the series progresses. The romance aspect of this book is more on the sweet and sensitive side with a young heroine just discovering herself in so many ways and a considerate, mostly level-headed, gentleman type love interest.
Like many of Bennett’s characters, Charlie comes from a pretty screwed up background. She witnessed a brutal crime at a young age, and her life has been shaped by her experience. The ForeverLand Alliance provides her with an opportunity that her past has shaped her for. Unfortunately for Charlie, there are some pretty bad things that come along with the good.
Bennett did a wonderful job creating the world that Forever Young takes place in. The history of Semper Terra is detailed enough for the reader to be satisfied while leaving just enough to the imagination. The Academy is intriguing and the high school type drama that comes with such an adult type of training balances out very well. The characters are well developed with plenty of room to grow throughout the series.
I loved this book, and I am very much looking forward to more. More ForeverLand, more Charlie, and certainly more Caiden (that would be the gentlemanly hottie of the book). If you’ve loved Sawyer Bennett’s other books, but are hesitant to pick up Forever Young because of the genre change, I strongly recommend it. I mean, come on, has she ever let readers down before? You won’t be sorry, and you just might find a new book boyfriend in Caiden.
USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
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