Whether it is a contemporary romance or a Young Adult paranormal, Sawyer Bennett writes beautiful, character-centric, stories. Forever Young is a prime example. Charlie is an orphan. She is labeled by many as a trouble-maker because she gets into fights. Yet, when she fights, it is always about protecting the underdog, vulnerable and weak. At her heart, she is always trying to stick up for what is right. In this universe, she is misunderstood. She is given a opportunity to enter an alternate reality in which people are trained to fight evil in the other world. Here, Charlie finally finds a place to belong, grow, and experience success.
At it's center, this book is about being misunderstood and finally finding a place to belong. It is also about fighting for the right to stay in that place. If you've ever felt a sense of alienation, of being misunderstood, you can relate to this story. We also get to be a part as Charlie gets to experience affection and love. I appreciate the restraint in which Ms. Bennett writes the attraction between Charlie and Caiden. Ms Bennett connects us through strong emotions, not just physical contact. There is the perfect amount of attraction for a Young Adult book and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it for YA fans and younger teenage readers.
IN A NUTSHELL: This is book one, so there is a lot of world building. It is a great set up for the series and I look forward to seeing how Charlie grows and evolves. I'm in!
Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.