Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF FOREVER, by Shannon Eckrich

Book Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF FOREVER by Shannon Eckrich

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pub Date: January 2012

Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself.

When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.

Navigating high school is hard enough, even without having to hide your weird telekinetic powers or the fact that your dad’s m.i.a. and your mom’s an alcoholic who tends to take off and leave you alone…

Meet Allie Anderson. She’s got all these problems and more, including the school bully on her case and that creepy guy from gym class making passes at her, and the fact that her best friend moved away. She’s never told anyone about her unusual abilities to control the power around her (shattering lightbulbs, making things turn off or on) and she has no idea how to control it. As her life roller-coasters out of control, so do her powers.

Until she meets Ethan Bradley.

Ethan has the ability to calm her emotions and soothe her telekinesis in a way no one else has ever done before. Allie is drawn to him, but tries to deny the attraction – after all, her life has shown her that to care about something is to lose it. Ethan challenges this, and she reluctantly begins to open her heart… and then she finds out he’s not even really human.

The scenes of them falling in love are so sweet and well written. The conflict between the mortals and immortals is interesting and compelling – my only complaint would be that the stakes aren’t high enough. Ms. Eckrich does do an excellent job showing the emotional traumas that are high school and teen love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would love to read more about Allie and Ethan!


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