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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Forever Girl - Rebecca Hamilton Review/Guest Post/Giveaway - Dark Mind Book Tours




Format: Ebook provided by tour for review

Synopsis
Sophia Parsons’ family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves... 

Solving the mystery of an ancestor’s hanging might silence the clashing whispers in Sophia's mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first. 

As Sophia unknowingly crosses the line into an elemental world full of vampire-like creatures, shapeshifters, and supernatural grim reapers, she meets Charles, a man who becomes both lover and ally. 

But can she trust him? 

It’s not until someone nearly kills Sophia that she realizes the only way to unveil the source of her family's curse: abandon her faith or abandon her humanity. If she wants to survive, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom

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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.  I’ll include it below.  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!  So enter to win it, or go buy it.  You won’t regret it. 
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With all of that said, Rebecca Hamilton has also picked out a fancast of the movie for us all to see!  When I saw this was her guest post, I couldn't have been more excited (since I have fancast a few of my own favorite books, here on Fictional Candy!).  Let me just say - her cast is awesome!!  I'd definitely go see this in the theatre!

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A movie casting for my book? Hmm… that would be fun. I played this game with my husband once (who refuses to read my book) and he said he’d definitely see the movie, as would every other guy on the planet, based on my female cast.

First I want to say, if the cover model for my book can act, I’d totally cast her as Sophia. But, barring that, I think either Amy Smart or Elizabeth Harnois could pull off the role.
As for Charles, do you think we could convince Jensen Ackles to grow his hair a little longer? You know, just because you can never have enough Jensen Ackles. Even his “Supernatural” co-star, Jared Padalecki, would work nicely. Otherwise, I think Ben Barnes shows some potential.

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Megan Fox, if they would stop trying to make her look taller than she is, would work well for Ivory, and a long-haired Morena Baccarin would make for a lovely Paloma. For Lauren, say hello to Hayley Kiyoko.
For Marcus, maybe we can work something out with Ryan Gosling… and Mrs. Franklin can be played by Jane Fonda (sorry, Jane!), with Annette Benning as Sophia’s mom.  Since I’m going All Star with this cast (what can I say, I dream big?) I’d love to see Kate Beckinsale play Thalia. Finally, Amanda Seyfried would get my vote for Queen Callista.
So who wants to see the movie?


But wait!!!  The fun doesn't end there!

We have a giveaway for you!!

The giveaway is International (woohoo!!!) for an ebook copy of The Forever Girl!  And BONUS - if you live in the US (sorry international friends!) you will get a scented candle too!!  That is so awesome!!  So fill out the rafflecopter and enter for your chance!

Contest will run from today March 12, until March 16, 2012.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply to winning notification, or a new winner will be chosen.  



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