Other Side of Foreverby Shannon Eckrich
Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself.
When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.
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Ending seemed a little rushed, but still a great read!! Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Allie is that awkward girl in school with only a couple friends, trying to keep her head down and her nose clean and make it through each day without causing a scene. However, there's a secret she's been carrying for years, a secret not even her best friend knows, and that's how she wants it to stay. That is, until a new boy strolls into the shop where she works, and throws all her best-laid plans of staying off love's radar out the window. I rather enjoyed this book right from the start, as I remember being one of those awkward high school kids. Although, it was never to the extent of Allie, as she has to hold her emotions in check due to her secret. Not too easy when you're being harassed by two older bullies just for accidentally pushing one down the stairs. But while the two girls are trashing the store where she works, Allie loses it, and now what does she do? They know there's something up with her, but not exactly what, and then this hot new guy shows up, and her day just keeps getting better. Although many people would love the gorgeous new kid to take a shine to them, Allie's the complete opposite, and it gnaws at her that she feels an electric attraction to him whenever he's around. The main characters really grabbed my attention, as Allie and Ethan are both hiding something, and I couldn't wait to get to the part where they finally opened up about their secrets. Ethan's is a little beyond what Allie could have imagined, but their bond is great, and he helps her cope with everything in her life. My only issue is I felt the ending was rushed. It was a great story, don't get me wrong, but about 3/4 through, I was under the impression it would continue into a second book because of the issue with Ethan (I don't want to give too much away). However, only a couple of chapters later, it gets resolved in one of those "happened in the background" type ways, and it just didn't seem to flow with the pace of the story. I would love a continuation, to see how the characters cope with what happens in the end, but if that's the case, then I wish the last couple chapters of this one had been stretched into a sequel. Still, a very good read, and I'd recommend it to fans of the paranormal, paranormal romance, and YA. 4 stars
The backstories of the characters are interesting and entertaining. The characters themselves are extremely relatable and easy to picture. Allie is telekinetic and grew up with a pretty hard life. Allie’s relationship with Ethan is swoon worthy and fun reading with that little bit of risk and intrigue. As with a great love story it is not always easy and this couple is no exception. They have to fight against the odds and protect their love for one another. The ending was a little too fast for me but for the most part I felt the writing was well done. Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Meet Allie. She has telekinetic powers and has lived her entire life trying to keep it a secret. That's when Ethan comes in and somehow that changes everything! She falls fast and hard for him. They had a lot of cute moments and Shannon wrote them splendidly. She is definitely really good at cute romance! There were those charming moments when you catch yourself smiling and saying 'Awww'. But they have things being hidden and when those secrets come to the surface it is dangerous for everyone! This is a couple that has to go fight for what they have no matter how many odds are against them! They must bring forth their inner powers to learn to defend themselves and those they love. There were other background characters that we are introduced to and seem to take on big parts at the end of the story, but I think for them to take such a main part we needed to hear more about them. Jeremy her best friend seems like a really likeable guy and I wish we had more of him so that we could ''see'' why he's determined to fight so hard on Allie's side. Same with Kiera. She was in the back part of the story and showed up a few times throughout and I want to know so much more about her! Every character is someone I know we can stand behind! Shannon wrote them to appeal to the readers, now we just need be given the chance to relate to them. We do grasp on to Allie and Ethan and make a strong connection there with them and it's wonderful to have the feeling of becoming a united front with them and their friends to battle the ''evil'' against them!! I give this book my thumbs up!
First thing about this review is that real life sort of interrupted me between accepting the read/review for this book and actually getting around to reading it. I say that because by the time I got around to it, I had forgotten what the blurb said and started reading it with a completely clean slate. It means I didn't know about her take on mortals and immortals, which is a prime part of the suspense of the novel and probably made it a much better read. I kept thinking "I swear I didn't have a vampire book on my list, and things aren't quite right for vamps anyway..." At the same time, the mystery had me intrigued and it was a genuinely different twist on the idea. The building and the pacing in the beginning of the novel are very good. I seemed to blink and be 20% in. The author does a good job of keeping you in the dark (provided you've forgotten the blurb), and not telling you until the last minute. The concept as a whole has great potential. It's different, I love me some immortals, and it's a bit unexpected, especially in a time where the market is flooded with vampire/werewolf paranormal books. That being said, there were a couple of things that really irked me about this book, and the more I read, the worse they got. The prime one is an issue of dialogue. Of all the problems I have with books, that usually isn't one of them, but in this book it definitely was. It was awkward in places, dialogue tags that didn't seem to match with what I was "hearing" the characters say (you know, someone says something sarcastically except the answer isn't actually a sarcastic one?), and progressing to some dialogue that was just painfully out of place. Things that made me stop and re-read and assure myself that, yes, that was actually in quotes, she did actually just say that. There are mini-info dumps in dialogue with language that no modern day teenager would use (at least, none that I've ever known). I realize that I'm a bit more of a critical reader than most, but I shared the first example that really tripped me up with a friend and was asked if it was a historical novel; the language is that out of context. It isn't everywhere, but once it begins, it rather continues, making what had been an effortless read a lot more stilted and unnatural for me. The second is the action sequence at the end of the book. Having been through a few lately whose action sequences were their strengths, this one was definitely a weakness, up to and including the trite villain monologue (again in that weird not quite right language). There wasn't a rush for it, no drive to see from one moment to the next, a lot of fuzzy, in-and-out pacing (it's deliberate, but very awkward), it just didn't read very smoothly and didn't drag me to the finish line. The characters are more-or-less just kind of there. I never got very strong mental images of most of them. I think the potential for this idea and these characters is there, I'm just not entirely sure that it's been fully realized yet. However, if you're looking for a contemporary paranormal read and are over vamps and werewolves, based on strength of concept alone, you should definitely give Other Side of Forever a try. I'd pick up another book from this world, just to see where she goes with it.
Forbidden love is always up my alley, but when it’s centered around believable characters--and Allie's real life, relatable problems, I just can’t get enough. Mrs. Eckrich has created an amazing world with an interesting take on abilities. I felt I was right there in the novel with Allie and Ethan and their fight for love. Even better--it's wrapped up with some awesome writing. I can’t wait for the sequel, that’s for sure!