About the Book:
Title: First Came Forever
Author: Annie Woods
Publisher: Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
Publication Date: August 31st, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.
Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica Lindell’s life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can’t help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairytale love story that will set her life on a new direction. But Sasha has kept his true identity a secret. Finding out who he really is, Erica must overcome the betrayal and make the hardest choice of her life. Can she give up her own dreams to live in his world, or leave and lose him forever?
First Came Forever is an enchanting, heart-wrenching story about finding true love and the devastating consequences it can lead to. What price is too high to pay, even for love?
My Thoughts: (Non-Spoiler)
First of all, I would like to thank Annie Woods for giving me a copy even though I did not win a giveaway. I am overwhelmed and honored to do this review.
First Came Forever is such a lovely contemporary to read. If you are looking for a love story which makes you want to fall in love, you should definitely grab this book!
At first, I honestly thought it was just a basic love story and all that cliche, but I was wrong. The story had so many things to offer. It had its funny moments, drama, and of course, twists that would keep you on the edge. Also, there were some sexy parts which were all written delicately. The story mainly focused on how Erica, the main character, dealt and handled her relationship despite problems and issues she had encountered as the story went. Moreover, I like how the story had little political/royalty moments which affect the whole story. Lastly, the cliffhanger ending just killed me! I cannot believe I have to wait more time to know what will happen next.
Also, the imagery was so vivid that I could clearly see the thing or the place being described in the book. Also, it greatly gave strong emotional effects on all my senses while I read the story that even the scene where Erica was cooking bruschetta made me hungry. Of course, I wanted to travel to all the places mentioned in the book. However, in some parts of the story, the transitions of the scenes are not so smooth that it made me confused a little. Although, this is just a minor issue for me, and it did not affect how much I enjoy the story.
All the characters are terrific. I love the diversity of the characters. Each of their personality, as well as flaw, made them likable. Erica is so relatable. She is an introvert, smart, but a competitive athlete. Just like her, I’d rather be boring in the eyes of other people than forcing myself to do things I do not really like or enjoy. Sasha is the epitome of the perfect boyfriend. He’s understanding and respects Erica in every possible way. Tyler is actually a sweet, humorous guy who hides his true self with “your-typical-jock facade.” His sarcastic remarks added to the humor of the story. Lastly, Danny and Ricky are both amazing friends. They are both kind, loyal and have a genuine care for Erica.
I highly recommend this book to all who love to read YA and love stories. First Came Forever depicts love, friendship, humor, and trust in a beautiful way. I will give this book 4.5/5 stars.