***I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***
‘Always and Forever’ is book 1 in the Secrets Of Shadow Hill series and it would be best if you read it before reading ‘The Prophecy’ as it will help you know who is who and what is what 😀
I read ‘Always and Forever’ right before I read ‘The Prophecy’ and although I thought it was an okay book, I wanted to see if ‘The Prophecy’ was any better.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d liked to have. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad books, I just couldn’t get drawn into the action that was taking place. Nor could I connect with the characters, although I did like watching them develop.
What I liked:
The Love Triangle – Although this started in Book 1, and seemed to have been resolved (well, as resolved as a love triangle can be), in ‘The Prophecy’ circumstances arise bringing old feelings back to the fore and it does add a bit of spice.
The idea behind the story – Ok, so there’s other stories out there that are based on a prophecy, but I can’t say I’ve ever read one that has a couple of characters that may or may not be part of that prophecy. Usually it’s x & y must marry, mate etc etc for a prophecy to come to life, or it’s a prophecy where a certain individual is born and only they can save or destroy the world depending on what path they choose to take. So the twist in this prophecy is quite a neat one and works well.
What I didn’t like:
Character Connection – I didn’t feel any connection or empathy with any of the characters, as I said above. Although I did feel sympathy for Erin towards the end of the book.
Writing Style: It just didn’t draw me into the story, felt like it didn’t flow properly, but everybody likes different writing styles, so don’t let my opinion put you off.
Who would I recommend this to?
YA and Fantasy/Paranormal readers aged 14+, although there is some mild violence.
Would I read the rest of the series?
I think I more than likely would, if only to see how the whole Love Triangle finally gets resolved.
Based on my likes/dislikes, I’m going to rate ‘The Prophecy’ at 3.5 Shamrocks. Maybe the next instalment will grab me and drag me into Shadow Hill.