Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton

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Come, the Dark

Come, the Dark (Forever Girl #2)
Rebecca Hamilton
Published: 1st January, 2013
TeZLA Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
From: Xpresso Book Tours

Summary:

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

What I liked: I liked seeing this paranormal version of why the Salem Witch Trials happened, and I do think I detected some references to The Crucible in regards to the names of characters and I really did like that story. It was a refreshing and different type of twist about the ordeal that I hadn’t seen before and it made for an interesting story. Our main character, Cordovae, is a carefully crafted character who we see grow as she spends time with William and Tess, characters (and situations) who ultimately influence the way she grows from the beginning when she first meets them, to even just halfway through the book. I know by the halfway mark Cordovae definitely showed that she had grown since the beginning of the book, because she was thrust into a similar situation that she had earlier in the book but she reacted completely different this time! The story itself was rich and enjoyable to me, and I came to like the different characters even though you could tell how different each of them were based on their experiences. Through it all though, I love how Anna was still who Cordovae concerned herself with and wanted to return to. Despite what Cordovae was subjected to for Anna to be born, I think the fact that she was still willing to love her daughter no matter what and return to her so they could get away was an especially poignant part of the book.

What I didn’t like: I wasn’t sure why the word medieval was tossed in to describe clothing in this book. It’s out of context, seeing as the medieval era had already ended, and the word itself only has context in European history. While others did have a “medieval” era, they’re generally referred to with a different name that reflects what was happening during that time. So I felt that was a little jolting because it snapped me out of the book in those moments when it wasn’t used right.

Overall Review: Despite the dark beginnings of this story, don’t let it deter you from reading it. Its a well written and entertaining novel that has minimal world building shown, but there is plenty for the reader to enjoy. The best part is that even though this is the third book in the series, it stands alone because it follows another girl. After reading such a thrilling story that kept my attention, I’ve even purchased the novella for the series (because apparently I already own The Forever Girl!) I can’t wait to start on both of those books this summer.

Recommend?: I do indeed! This was a good book that I really enjoyed. I look forward to reading the other books!

Goodreads: 4.3/5 Amazon: 4.8/5

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My Rating: 3.8/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.7
Idea: 3.9
Story: 3.9
Characters: 3.8

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The Forever Girl

The Forever Girl (Forever Girl #1)
Rebecca Hamilton
Published: 26th January, 2012
Immortal Ink Publishing
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

A Cult. A Murder. A Curse. Sophia’s family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves…

At 22, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, living under the shadow of her bi-polar mother, religious prejudice, and a cold murder. Sophia can imagine lots of ways her life could be better, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. 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, a centuries-old shape-shifter that Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that can 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.

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Her Sweetest Downfall

Her Sweetest Downfall (Forever Girl #1.5)
Rebecca Hamilton
Published: 19th July, 2012
Immortal Ink Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

Ophelia’s been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart.

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About the Author

Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

To learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, please visit the website below.
http://www.autisticadvocacy.org

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5 responses to “Come, the Dark by Rebecca Hamilton

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  2. Thank you so much for such a lovely and thoughtful review! I so appreciate that you took the time to read and I’m glad you enjoyed it ❤

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  3. Thanks for being on the tour! 🙂 This sounds like a fun read and I love it that so many series now you can read them as stand-alones – I have terrible memory so I always feel so lost when I read a sequel a year later and stuff is mentioned that I’m supposed to know about haha.

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    • You’re welcome! It’s not often that I read a series like this, but I’m glad their out there! I personally never have a problem with reading the books so far apart since I usually have a good grasp on a book’s prequel and what happened in it.

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