The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl Series, Volume One)

The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl Series, Volume One)

by Rebecca Hamilton




At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985081829
Publisher: Immortal Ink Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Forever Girl Series , #1
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl Series, Volume One) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Tanychy More than 1 year ago
It's simple if you like vampires, paranormal creatures (as much as I do) you'll love this book to. You'll be surprised with a whole new level of difference between vampires. Before I started reading paranormal books I thought okay vampires are vampires and that's it, but with some books (like this one) you see that there is completely new structure of paranormal world. It's impressive to me, I mean you have to be imaginative to accomplish that. I especially liked the whole elements story (air, water, earth, fire and spirit). When it comes to the story you'll meet young girl Sophia. She is 22, luckily not 16-year-old high school girl. I really liked that, because it's easier to connect with her. I like her character because she knows what she wants, although later in book she hesitates about some things but after everything you can't blame her. On the other side we have our guy Charles, he is you know THE guy! You'll enjoy in some parts of the book (if you know what I mean). :) Anyway, after meeting him she will find the answers on a lot of questions. One more thing that I really liked is connection with past, present and with two different kinds, but all fits in its place. I must say that I really enjoyed in this book, it's so readable. I found myself so tired that I couldn't even look but I kept reading. You have a lot of action in this book and you can't wait to see what happens next. I recommend this book to all of you who like paranormal creatures, trust me you'll enjoy it. Also, I can't wait to read the next book.
panda1594 More than 1 year ago
This was a debut novel? I couldn't tell. I couldn't put the book down. It was a bit slow for me at the beginning, but still couldn't put it down. Unfortunately it was a fast read for me and I was done with it in two days- which means more waiting time for the next one :( Guess I'll just have to read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the imagery that Rebecca used to describe Sophia's world. I love an author who doesn't just tell the story but they paint the picture as well. She did a fantastic job of letting us see through Sophia's eyes. I can't wait for the next installment, this is definitely an author to follow!
TomWinshipTW More than 1 year ago
In her debut novel, Rebecca Hamilton displays a sophistication and style far beyond that of many seasoned authors. Her tale keeps the twists and turns coming, all the while deftly exposing the intricacies and layers of Sophia's new world. It has many of the ingredients that genre fans demand--the innocent and powerful female, the dark and mysterious male, forbidden love, and truths-within-truths interwoven with half-lies and deceptions, among them--yet, instead of feeling formulaic or contrived, it's crisp and energetic. The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey is a truly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book with a well developed character. It was such a great read that I finished it the first day.
Lexvegaskid More than 1 year ago
This was a marvelous read. I quickly came absorbed into the plat and quickly identified with the characters especially Sophia. In college I studied Religious Studies and History, and thus, connected with Sophia right away. Rebecca does a thorough job in disspelling the myths associated with the Wiccan religion and through Sophia shows that Wiccans are everyday people like you and me and not 'witches" wearing all black carrying around their broomsticks. Even though the book is intended for Young Adults anybody of any age would enjoy this book. The characters are complex yet very easy to relate to and the plot is suspensful and will keep you full of anticipation. Despite the book's many themes such as Religion, finding one's self (such as Sophia), and contemporary social issues this book is easy to read and you will not want to put it down. I cannot wait for the second book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It bugs me this book is described as "occult." I understand that the term doesn't mean what most of the world assumes, but I believe that label might scare off potential readers due to the negative connotations that have been assigned to the "occult." The Forever Girl is really more of a Twilightesque book about a young woman finding herself, and the Wiccan religion aspect is really just a symbol the things that separate us from our peers. It could be religion, fashion, or physical ability. Of course, the writing style of The Forever Girl is of much higher quality than Twilight, and the little hints and mysteries within the novel grab a reader's attention and invite them back for further installments.
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
It’s Sophia’s voice that hooked me, almost from page one. There is something about the way she tells her own story that felt open and honest and just likeable. Which is not to say Sophia herself is always open, honest or easy to be around in regards to the other characters – just that despite whatever turmoil she’s going through, her first-person narration stays true to herself. She never feels like an “unreliable narrator.” But strong first-person narration does not a great book make. Sophia’s voice hooked me, but the plot kept me. Rebecca Hamilton takes two tropes of the urban fantasy genre, blends them together and creates something exciting and original. The first trope is the “misunderstood Wiccan outsider in a small community with a secret to hide.” It’s a stereotype, isn’t it? But where some authors would hang a few generic and poorly-researched “wiccan” symbols on the character and move on, Hamilton clearly spent time building Sophia’s world-view and making it as much a part of her as any real Wiccan’s religion would be to them. In other words, it doesn’t feel like a trope or a handy stereotype; it feels like a natural part of an intriguing character’s life. The second trope is the “we’re not vampires/werewolves, but the vampire/werewolf myths were based on us” trope that has become increasingly handy for authors who want a recognizable supernatural threat but who want to be able to change the rules. Octavia E. Butler used this to great effect in “Fledgling,” and Hamilton does it just as effectively here. In the Cruor and Strigoi, Hamilton takes what most of us (Hamilton included, I’d assume) love about vampires and shape-shifters and then twists it for her world’s needs, adding some original thought in along the way; her races are not different for differences’ sake, but different because it’s what her story & world need them to be. The fact that she mentions the Cruor were the basic of vampires myths exactly once, and then never brings it up again, is another perfect touch: we’ve gotten the point, it doesn’t need to be bashed over our heads. What we learn of Cruor culture feels more authentic because we’re not constantly being reminded that they’re “vampires.” And the Cruor-Strigoi-Ankou-etc culture is something I eargerly await learning more about in future books. Another thing I enjoy about Hamilton’s writing: the book is detailed without being full of details. It’s another effective use of Sophia’s voice; she shares details of what she smells, what she tastes, what she and others are wearing, because these are the things that matter to her, but she leaves out details of architecture, history, weather, because to her they are less important. This means we’re not bogged down with “filler” events in the narrative. Months go by between chapters (the book essentially jumps from Halloween to Christmas at one point, with one short paragraph explaining the leap) and that’s okay because it keeps the book moving and keeps our heroine from sounding like she’s completely lost in morose self-pity. (Instrospective, Sophia is; maudlin, she’s not.) Obviously, as I’ve given the book 5 stars, I really don’t have anything to complain about. I will say this: I wish the relationship between Sophia and her friends Ivory and Lauren had been developed a little stronger in the opening chapters to give later events even greater weight. This is the one thing in the book where I felt Sophia’s voice went slightly awry; if these are her best friends, I’d have liked to see more indication of that earlier on. But it’s a minor quibble in a book that otherwise kept me up late to finish it. The last quarter of the book is a bit of a mad dash and I loved every moment of it.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
I became quickly absorbed by The Forever Girl, a paranormal love story which starts with the main character Sophia battling the world because she is 'different'. A simple night out changes her life forever when she discovers that no-one and nothing is what it seems. Drawing us into the world of vampires, elementals and other, darker forces Rebecca writes an amazingly spellbinding story.
ReviewerMar More than 1 year ago
WOW. I was astonished by the fact that this was a debut novel. It seemed as if Rebecca Hamilton has been writing wonderful novels for years, getting better and better. But this was her first novel, and it is so good! First of all, the plot was amazing. It seems impossible to put vampires, shapeshifters and witches in a good book, but Rebecca nailed it! There were lots of twists that kept the story very interesting. I couldn't put down the book and went on reading until 1AM, actually... The story was interesting from the first word till the very last! The pace of this book was terrific! You just seemed to flow through the book, with lots of things happening all the time. No way you can call this book slow or boring! The abundance of events that were included in this book did not make the book difficult or confusing to read, and that is the best part of it, I think. I don't like it when there are so many things happening that you have to browse back all the time. The characters in this book were great. They felt like real people, or at least as far as you could call them people :) My favourite character was Ivory. I can't really talk about her without spoiling, so I won't, but she really intrigued me! And of course I loved Red, the little bird :D A vampire. A shapeshifter. A witch. Could it be more awesome? Anyone who loves to read YA fantasy / paranormal romance will love this book! Quite simply said one of the best debut novels I have ever read! I can't wait to read The Forever Girl #2! rating: 5 stars!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Forever Girl is an amazing debut novel by Rebecca Hamilton - it left me wanting more, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series! The characters were all fantastic and I instantly had a connection with the main character, a young woman named Sophia who is trying to find her place in a world of the supernatural that she gets thrown into. The supernatural universe and the history is so complex and real and I loved Ms. Hamilton's unique take on the subject of vampires that is so common at the moment. The amount of research that the author has put into this book to write a believeable, entertaining and thrilling story is immediately apparent - and the story grabs you right from the first page. I haven't read a book so quickly in a long time - I just didn't want to put it down! If you're a fan of paranormal fantasy/romance, you'll DEFINITELY want to pick up The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey book one - I promise you won't be disappointed (well, except for when you reach the end and wish there was more of the story to read!).
authorchristierich More than 1 year ago
Reading Forever Girl was an absolute pleasure. Sophia was relatable, and I felt her pain and experienced her journey right along with her. Rebecca Hamilton captured my interest from the first page of Sophia's story. Her beautiful writing swept me into the story, making me feel as if I were standing right next to Sophia. If you are looking for a new twist on vampires and shifters, look no further. Hamilton's mythology is unique and intriguing. This is a must read for paranormal fantasy readers. It even has a healthy dose of romance, which I always love. Rebecca Hamilton has a made forever fan of me.
LisaMichelle0 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I had just finished reading the Hunger Games Trilogy and I wanted to start something new and different but that I could get just as excited about. This was the recommendation that my friend came up with. I wasn't sure because I've never used Amazon to buy anything before, but my friend gifted it to me and I read it in the Kindle Cloud Reader. (Nice, by the way!) I also don't usually leave reviews but my friend said I should because the author published the book herself and so relies on people leaving reviews, so I'm going to try to leave on below. My review: This story has a little bit of everything, but in short there is basically one creature for every element (air fire water earth spirit) and then there are some other things too, like spirits/ghosts and humans with supernatural abilities. The way the story ties everything together is really neat. I absolutely loved Sophia, the main character! It's really her against the world. There's a Christian-cult in her town that ultimately takes things too far. Her mom is even part of it, and their relationship really tugged at my heart. And I like that Sophia is tough without being cold. She still has emotions and it translated well to me, which made the story more real, which sucked me in even more because Sophia is such a very real character I feel like she really exists out there somewhere. From the time I picked this up I kept reading until it was done and that doesn't always happen with me. There's always something. The mystery surrounding Mr Petrenko's death (Sophia is a suspect), the tension between Sophia and Mrs. Franklin as the increasingly threatening notes are sent to Sophia's house. The hissing in her head. The ancestor she had who was hanged during the witch trials and the body disappeared and no one knows where the body disappeared to. The ritual Sophia does and then she sees ghosts and she sees cloaked figures outside her window with glowing eyes. There's also a random animal carnage scene in the woods, and this is just the beginning of the book! Then she goes to the club and she meets Charles who I am dying to meet myself! They're both conflicted about their relationship and struggle to deal with how they want to deal with that for a long while. Charles comes around first but I think that's just because he ran out of secrets to worry about protecting first. Also around the time they meet is when the supernatural stuff kicks up a lot, so now there are all kinds of creatures in the mix, and they want Sophia, all for different reasons, none of them good. Charles is trying to protect her while still leaving her to be independent since she's strong enough to take care of herself. Sometimes I think Sophia is better equipped than he is where that is concerned, which made both characters more original to me. And also as their relationship is budding and Sophia is still trying to find answers about her ancestor, Sophia is starting to see this spirit that is following her around. Definitely like something from one of those Paranormal Activity movies. Creepy, intriguing. And all of this (I hope I didn't spoil anything) is really just in the first half of the book. Once you hit the big twist, it's like a boulder is knocked loose and it starts tumbling down the mountain and destroying everything in its path. That is my review. I hope it helps the author because she deserves to do well. I will keep her in mentally on my favorites shelf. I think I might buy a print copy just so I can stick it in there for real.
JacquieMT More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I couldn’t put this down for the life of me. Ms. Hamilton had me hooked in the first chapter of this book. I truly hope I don’t give anything away about her story. This story starts with a girl named Sophia who studies the Wiccan religion and has a friend named Ivory that accepts it with her. Sophia’s mother is a God fearing woman that really believes that Sophia is tampering in a world that can only cause problems. Sophia has inherited her grandfather’s home after he passes. She finds something that gives her the impression that her great grandmother was a witch. She goes out one night with Ivory and meets the most handsome man named Charles. She is so drawn to him, she doesn’t realize the danger that surrounds her. He takes her to safety and becomes her protector. Charles is an elemental and is fighting the feelings he has for her so that she isn’t drawn into the danger of his world but life has other plans for that. Sophia learns there is more to life than just humans and that she has a power she never knew she had. There is so much danger around her she is going to have to learn how to use these gifts for the good of the world. Is there a possibility that things can actually work for Sophia and Charles? Will she give up her life that she knows to be a part of Charles’ life? Who can she trust? Again, this was a wonderful story and so easy to recommend to readers. I want more from Ms. Hamilton and look forward to reading more of her stories.
JennaKLindsey More than 1 year ago
I hesitate to say Twilight as I know some people frown at that, but I mean that in the best way possible. This book is the start of what twilight could have been, if it'd been better written and the vampires didn't sparkle and it was written for adults instead of teenagers. And if the male lead didn't want to eat the female lead. Okay, so maybe it's not that much like Twilight. Also the story is completely different. It's more about witches, there's more world building and creatures, the plot line is more complex and less hyper-focused on the romance (though the romance is still pretty epic, if you ask me). In many ways, the way this was written reminded me of Anne Rice. Maybe Rebecca Hamilton is her younger twin! I read this book in one sitting, instantly engrossed from page one. It's a quick and fast paced read. I didn't get to bed until five in the morning and thankfully I'm on spring break so between today and tomorrow I can make up for the lost sleep. The interior of this book was just as gorgeous as the cover too!
trish. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I sat down and read this book in a couple hours, and other than there being a little to much time wasted on the main character and her BF at the beginning of the book, the story keeps you fairly entertained until the end (best story is the Ivory's past). Some parts where the Author wrote a scary scene I would actually shiver! She can definitely write horror scenes! I will definitely by book two when it comes out (hopefully soon!!).
isabelischenko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hamilton creates an underworld that is both thrilling and enticing in `The Forever Girl¿. She successfully interweaves myth and legend with reality in a refreshing take on the realm of the supernatural. The characters are quite delightful and remain consistent throughout the novel. Sophia is engaging and easy to relate to, as we all feel on the outer at some point. While she is no shrinking violet, she has a softness to her and a realism as she discovers there is more to her life than she ever imagined. Similarly, I found the environmental consciousness of Charles especially entertaining and original.While the market has been saturated with books of this genre, Hamilton presents a world that seems darker and more mythical than I have read so far. However, this seems to make her work more believable as the `elementals¿ seem to form a more complete legend than vampires and shapshifters alone.
Shaiha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really had to sit and ponder about how to rate this book. Or perhaps more correctly what I felt when I finished it. There were a lot of points to consider, mostly good one.Ms. Hamilton does have a gift with characters and dialogue. I could so totally relate with Sophia and her insecurities. And Charles is almost too good to be true so I would have taken as long as Sophia did to trust him. Oh and don't get me started about her mother. What a piece of work.I loved almost all of the book. I did find a couple content errors but they were small ones that didn't really pull me out of the story. What I didn't like was the ending. It felt as though it was just tacked on so that what was a really good single book could be stretched out into a series. And I am still not sure what I think about that.This book is worth reading. Just be prepared for that sudden right turn.I recommend this book to lovers of horror and paranormal romance. I rate it a 3.5.**I received this book at no charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Angelscryhavoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Title: The Forever GirlAuthor: Rebecca HamiltonPublished By: Immortal Ink PublishingGenre: Paranormal RomanceRecommended Age: +16Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 4 RavensI kind of puttered around this book for a while torn between my thoughts to read it and the chance to actually settle down to do so. Sometimes life just gets a little hectic and we all have to take a moment and relax. Once I got the chance to I was pleased with the selection I chose to enjoy my time and it didn¿t make me regret settling down. It was definitely a different turn of events but a book I feel that most will enjoy when they get the chance to read it. The author took something of the normal and make it into an all new section with a chance to see it from her own angle. Typically average wiccan, at least that¿s what Sophie thinks of herself. Nothing special nothing dangerous and certainly nothing evil. She works at a diner struggling to keep her grandfathers house that¿s been left to her since his death. With a very Christian woman hell bent on making her life hell as well as getting her hands on Sophia¿s house. It¿s bad enough that she¿s already got her hands on Sophia¿s mom and made her practically turn against her own daughter. Sophia just wants to find a way to shed off her worries and the distress that¿s around her and rid herself of the whole town and it¿s past on her and her ancestor¿s. To top it all off she feels her self cursed as the constant buzzing in her mind has done nothing but grow louder over the last few days. Her number one thing most of all she just wants to find a way to cure what she¿s come to call her curse. This leads her on an adventure and life changing events where she finds that sometimes friends, Enemies and family can surprise you no matter which way you turn, some let you down some support you and others have no ones best interest in mind but their own. Pick it up and check it out for yourself.
DeeDee10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was an okay book. When I read the books blurb I was very interested and couldn't wait to read it. I won't say that I was disappointed, but I guess I was expecting to feel more while I read the book. The authors writing was fine and the plot was very good. I think that I will put this book aside for now and pick it up again later this year. I would still recommend this book to others and I would advise you to give the book a try.
JacquieTalento on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow!! I couldn¿t put this down for the life of me. Ms. Hamilton had me hooked in the first chapter of this book. I truly hope I don¿t give anything away about her story.This story starts with a girl named Sophia who studies the Wiccan religion and has a friend named Ivory that accepts it with her. Sophia¿s mother is a God fearing woman that really believes that Sophia is tampering in a world that can only cause problems. Sophia has inherited her grandfather¿s home after he passes. She finds something that gives her the impression that her great grandmother was a witch. She goes out one night with Ivory and meets the most handsome man named Charles. She is so drawn to him, she doesn¿t realize the danger that surrounds her. He takes her to safety and becomes her protector. Charles is an elemental and is fighting the feelings he has for her so that she isn¿t drawn into the danger of his world but life has other plans for that. Sophia learns there is more to life than just humans and that she has a power she never knew she had. There is so much danger around her she is going to have to learn how to use these gifts for the good of the world. Is there a possibility that things can actually work for Sophia and Charles? Will she give up her life that she knows to be a part of Charles¿ life? Who can she trust? Again, this was a wonderful story and so easy to recommend to readers. I want more from Ms. Hamilton and look forward to reading more of her stories.
-Mimi- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to think of this book when I first started reading it. As I got farther into the book, I could NOT put it down. This is one of the rare books that actually provides a history of the main character without leaving you to wonder. I don't like to give away details of a book but I will say I was surprised at some of the turns that it took with the characters, especially Ivory. The writer had me engrossed by the end to the point I even gasped a couple times as I read. It was different than the normal "vampire/werewolf/fantasy" books that are so popular which is what I liked most.I can't wait to see what direction the author takes the sequel!!
FictionalCandy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an interesting story! This story took what we normally think of vampires and weres and flipped it on its back, bringing a few new and refreshing twists to the paranormal world. Now we have the Cruor, which are a bit like vampires, and the Strigoi, which are a bit like weres, but so much more. Think shapeshifter¿with the ability to shift into¿.nah, read it for yourself! Sophia Parsons is a 22 year old Wiccan who just inherited a house from her grandfather. She¿s only got a couple friends, due to some horrible things that have happened that have basically made her an outcast in the small town where she¿s lived her whole life. She also is hearing voices in her head, which would drive the sanest of people crazy ¿ ya know? By the way, let me mention here ¿ you definitely need to watch the trailer for this. Its definitely one of the best trailers I¿ve seen! ¿He¿s just a man. A strange, ancient man ¿ but still a man.¿ Ok, back to the book. Sophia¿s friend, Ivory, takes her out for a night and she meets Charles. Oh, he¿s charming and handsome and all that jazz. Definitely, that goes without saying. But man oh man, this guy really was irritating me for a bit. He was definitely one of those guys who says one thing, does another, and then doubles back on both and makes you wonder if you are coming or going. You don¿t know how he truly feels, you just know how you do and you hope he feels the same. Yeah, that¿s him. But never fear, there are reasons for his behavior and its not that he is just some guy who likes to play mind games with the women who are interested in him. And once you get to know him a bit better and he gets more comfortable, well, there is a wealth of heart within this man and you know you don¿t want to let him go. Um, I mean Sophia, Sophia doesn¿t want to let him go¿.ahem. This story can definitely teach us that things are not always what they seem. Those you trust are undeserving, yet have their reasons. Those you aren¿t sure about can be the greatest ally. These are some of the issues Sophia is running into. One thing I really love about Sophia is that although in the beginning you get the feeling she is more mature than her 22 years, you really get to see her grow as a person within these pages. The girl is dealing with a lot ¿ including a mother who has taken up with the town evangelist and really isn¿t the mother she should be. Seriously, this woman had me on fire with some of the that came out of her mouth! Argh! This story is full of secrets, and apparently everyone has got them! It¿s a really terrific read and Rebecca Hamilton has really done a great job of streaming everything together. You definitely get some eerie and scary moments, a look at the past and a hope for the future, and even a couple ¿oh no she didn¿t!!¿ moments haha! I think readers will definitely enjoy this fresh take on the paranormal world, and eat up the book as fast as they can! The characters are very dynamic and fleshed out, and you really get a history of the character, not just some two dimensional vision of them, you actually get to see them. And when you start getting the answers to your questions, the book really takes off and you get a rollercoaster ride of events!
bella55075 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book brought the past into the present. I loved that Sophia is such a strong woman character. Sophia also has a vulnerable side that just adds to the roundness of her character. I also liked that this book did not jump right into sex. Usually I flip ahead of the sex scenes in books but with this one I didn't need to. I look forward to the next in the series.
Nikka321 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm still not sure what to rate this book, or how I feel about it over all. I finished this almost a week ago, and I'm still scratching my head over it. I'm not sure if it was how it was intended, but this book read like a youth novel to me, which kind of put me off. YA books are not really my forte, as I prefer my books to have a little more oomph, if you know what I mean. That being said, I did enjoy the book, but I don't know who I would recommend it to. I found that while some parts were written well, with exquisite detail, other parts seemed mashed together and thrown in as an after thought. The cover of the book drives me insane (though that girl is gorgeous!), as the main character is not a goth at all, and it only applies to one scene toward the end of the book. I find the more I think about this book, the more I flip flop back and forth over what I liked, and disliked. I did enjoy the different spin of the vampires and shifters, but leaving it as the 'universe' as being responsible for creating them felt like a cop-out because there was no further explanation of it. I'll give this 3 stars because it has the potential to be something better, and I do think that people that are into Young Adult novels would enjoy it (there is 1 sex scene! sorely lacking, but good enough). I don't think I'll be reading the follow ups to this book.