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First Came Forever (The Angelheart Saga) Paperback – 31 Aug 2017
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About the Author
Annie Woods is a pen name for a Swedish author, who has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Admittedly, Erica is pretty much based off of herself. Learn more about the Angelheart Saga trilogy at anniewoodsbooks.com
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This book started off a little slow following a group of girls backpacking but it didn't take long until I was totally hooked!
It's a roller coaster of emotions, a love story full of intense passion! Each chapter leaves you wanting more and it's incredibly hard to put down.
Alongside the main storyline there is also another intense story unravelling, the two stories join up at the end of the book and will carry on into the next instalment of the Angelheart saga!
The book ends with an exhilarating cliffhanger that will leave readers begging Annie Woods to hurry up and release the second book in the series because we NEED to know what happens!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romance novels with lot's of twists and pulse racing excitement
I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this book. It's been sitting on my TBR forever and I'm so happy I'm tackling it now that I'm finally on vacation. I'll try not to spoil anything major I promise.
Jumping into the book, you're first introduced to the main character Erica and her friends who are going on a vacation abroad together but while all Erica's friends want to do is party and sunbathe, she wants to go see the sights and experience the temples of Cambodia. So she ends up venturing out on her own and that's when she meets Sasha. They share this connection right from the start and throughout the first day they get along so great they decide to keep travelling together. Sasha being well traveled shows her around and takes her to some of his favorite places. While they are on their journey they soon fall for each other, and even though it was super fast you can't help but like seeing them together being all cute. But Sasha has been hiding a secret all along, a secret that is a big part of who he is - being a Prince and King to be. This secret will hang over them throughout the entirety of the book, in various ways.
Even knowing his secret and not knowing if she could ever live the royal life and all the duties that come with it, neither Erica or Sasha want to part ways. They take on a long distance/secret relationship heads on, and somehow they manage to move to the same country and see each other from time to time when Sasha has some free time from his charity work.
Starting senior at a new school in a new country without knowing a soul is not easy but Erica soon makes a few friends who became central in her life and are loyal to a fault. She starts on the track team because she loves running and hoping it will help her fit in and make more friends.
Soon Erica's life is spent studying with Danny and Ricky at Danny's house, going running with Tyler, Danny's cousin who lives with him, and escaping to see Sasha whenever she and he can. She's getting her life together and integrating well in the new country and falling deeper in love with Sasha while also getting to know the real Tyler bit by bit.
Things start getting complicated, a distance relationship is not easy. When she's with Sasha everything feels right and is perfect but when they're apart doubt fills her head and seeing Sasha on tv pretending to be someone else with the media makes her question if she really knows him at all.
Soon Erica finds her head and heart divided between Sasha and Tyler. She knows Sasha is the love of her life but she also developed feelings for Tyler. They have something between them that is undeniable. Do Erica and Sasha really have a future? Will she ever be ready to go public and live the life of a royal?
First Came Forever is a story about a teenage life who finds herself living some sort of fairy tale that she never thought possible. Sometimes it feels like she's living a double life, hiding from the world, lying to her friends back in Sweden, spending only stolen moments with Sasha. This double life causes doubts in both their heads and threatens to mess their relationship up. Tyler's feelings are obvious to Sasha and have him beyond jealous whenever Erica mentions him. Sasha's afraid that's he losing Erica to Tyler when he finds out they are going to be together at her prom, so he decides to drive there. Once he gets there he finds them in a compromising position and when it all comes to blows, he ends up driving off mad and it doesn't end well...
This book had me all over the place with all the teen life dramas and the royal life dramas as well. The friendships, the love triangles, the murder plots all had me glued to this book.
Everything came together in the end in a fantastic way in terms of plot, but for my emotions not so much. Things did not end on a positive note and boy am I glad the second book is out so I can jump right on and find out what happens with all the characters, because they all have me invested in their journey. I can't wait to see how everything plays out, how the truths come out, how relationships will end. I'm so excited.
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The Plot: Sweden native, Erica Lindell, is about to start her senior year of high school. So, she and her friends decide to go backpacking through Vietnam as a last hurrah before their final year. While on her trip to see the historical sites, she meets the alluring Sasha Ailes, and begins to fall madly in love with him! They spend enough time together that they begin to plan a future together in the states, a future that feels like a fairy tale. But, Sasha has a secret about his true identity that has finally been discovered by Erica. Can Erica overcome the betrayal so they can live out their fairy tale forever?
I could not have predicted how much I would love this book! When I made it to the end I was speechless! I rarely pick up romance books and only occasionally pick up contemporaries, but this one may have my mind changed on those choices! I could not put this one down and I loved every minute of it! I loved the pacing, the romance, the twists and turns, and the characters! Annie did an incredible job with the writing style, world building, and character development! I cannot believe I have to wait for book two now!
I wish I could go in to detail about the plot and story twists, but I would be giving spoilers away if I did. I will say that I loved how bubbly and dream like the romance was. As I said, I am not usually one for romance, but reading this story just felt like it could be a fantasy of any teenage or young adult girl! It felt nice to live in the illusion. It wasn't a perfect illusion either. Annie wrote in the twists to keep us grounded a little so it didn't feel too over the top. She portrayed the characters and their emotions with such elegance that I always remembered I was reading about high school students, but didn't feel like the story was too young for me.
Erica was one of my favorite characters because she felt like a down to earth high school girl! She was level headed (most of the time), intelligent, open minded, and had a big heart. She wasn't stuck up or in to girly things like makeup and cheer-leading, and I loved how she fell in love with Sasha, but still was mature enough to hold concerns about the relationship and the pacing of it. I also really loved her father, Thomas, as a character and loved their relationship!
Sasha was such a heartthrob. He was the perfect fantasy boyfriend! I loved how loving he was toward Erica and how he wanted so much to change in to a better man because of her. He had a big heart and added so much passion and excitement to the story!
I was so intrigued by Tyler too! He had such a visual transformation throughout the story, and I really enjoyed it. He added a layer of mystery, and humor to the story and had the bad boy appeal!
And, let's not forget Danny (and his AWESOME parents) and Ricky! This pair man, I loved them! They had different personalities and story roles, but both were amazing friends to Erica and both were so necessary for the enjoyment of the book! Danny, especially, was such a kind, caring character and had such a heartbreaking inner struggle to deal with. And Ricky, had a huge struggle to deal that added something so important to the plot! I may have loved these two more than Erica! And Danny's parents were the "cool", understanding parents and I loved them so much!
I felt like I was watching an amazing movie the entire time I was reading this! I can't say which movies I was reminded of though, as that would give spoilers. But, this book had it all. It had love, passion, friendship, heart break, betrayal, humor, surprising plot twists, and a cliff hanger ending! It was a fluffy love story with incredible depth and I highly recommend to all YA readers (above age 16 though due to a few steamy scenes).
Thank you to the author for sending me this free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
The book did contain a few editing mistakes, but those in now way hindered my enjoyment!
and this book is just magnificent.
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The story got me hooked right from the beginning, traveling? backpacking and sightseeing? COUNT ME IN!
Erica, the Heroine, was adorable! you wouldn't help but fall in love with her right away.
Sasha, on the other hand, humm let's say i wasn't a big fan of him! i knew right away that there's something off about him. so to be honest, I'm team Tyler here.
i got this calm, relaxing feeling, whenever i picked this book up. the scenes go so smoothly, the book will take you from a scene to another, from a country to another and you won't have hard time imagining the scene in front of you.
And even though i'm not a big fan of the Third person POV, it didn't bother me in this book.
And there was chapter for every person, even the bad guys. So i loved hearing their thoughts.. it was new to me, I'm used to chapters dedicated for the hero, and the heroine. so that's a plus here
“Why? Do you really need to ask that?” He raised his eyebrow at her. Swiftly, he moved his hand along the railing and covered her hand with his. He looked down at their hands and let his finger slide gently over the back hand. “You happened.”
Have you ever seen those clips when a child opens up a book and magic starts pouring out of it? Yeah, that!
Annie Woods is a new author to me. This is her debut book. But she writes like she has at least 10 published books. This is what appealed to me in starters.
Everything about this story is just about perfect. The plot is mesmerizing and the characters so perfect. Erika was such a down to earth heroine, a great friend and a honorable human being. I know I was supposed to say I liked Sasha (I did, I really did), but my heart belongs to Tyler.
Off course this story has it's twists and turns and I can not wait for them to be revealed to me.
Trusting her insticts she ends up getting to know him better and falling in love with him. But when the secrets are being revealed, Erica doesn't know what to do. These secrets could make her quit her dreams, leave her life behind.
I read this book two months ago and I fell in love with it. I can't believe that this is a debut novel. I seem to always struggle with words, so excuse me if I rumble or if I make no sense whilst writing this review.
I truly loved this story, it was one of the reads that I couldn't put down. I kept reading and devouring it. I honestly fell in love with the description of these places, it made me want to travel so bad! Also, the characters were so interesting! I loved even more the secondary characters and let me tell you right here that I am team Tyler all the way!! I don't know guys, Sasha was okay, but Tyler was the one with the biggest character development and I just couldn't wait for his scenes in this book.
“You’ve changed,” she finally said. “Really changed. “Why? What happened?”
I also loved the twists and turns. I seriously didn't see them coming! Francesca, the cliffhanger near the ending? I just can't!! This book was really lovely and so interesting! The only bummer in this book was probably some of the grammar/ spelling mistakes and that actually amazes me, because it's not a self published book, but it's supposed to be edited by a publishing house.. However, this was my only issue with this book. I can't wait to read the continuation and I strongly recommend it!