I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Forever & Always by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Ever Triology #1
Published by Self Published on December 20, 2013
Source: the Author
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These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.
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We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe. I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter.
Your literary love,
~ Breathtakingly beautiful. Heartbreaking. Amazingly brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.
Wow! What an emotional read. I cried many times while reading this book, guys. No joking. A lot. I’m going to be honest. I didn’t really know much about this book when I asked to review it. Ms Wilder didn’t give a whole lot away regarding it, but since I’m a big fan of her work I naturally HAD to read it. At first I thought it was going to be strictly young adult, but by the time I reached the 50% mark it was clear that this one was moving into new adult territory. Whether by the time I reach the end of book three it will still be a new adult I guess I’ll have to read to find out.
Forever & Always is a story about life, love, loss, and new beginnings. I found the plot to be quite intriguing and I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next for both of these characters. I felt a strong connection to both of them.
Cade. I loved Cade. So so much. There was just something about him. It’s gut wrenching to read the things he had to endure at such a young age. I felt so bad for him. 🙁
Ever. I loved her too. I don’t think I had quite the connection with her that I did with Cade, but I loved her nonetheless. Personally in some ways I could relate to her situation. Certain aspects of it.
After meeting at an art camp Cade & Ever exchange addresses. They both agree to write each other and so their young relationship begins. Right from the beginning it’s apparent these two are smitten with each other.
One of my favorite things about this story was being able to read the letters they wrote each other. There was something sweet and innocent about them in the beginning and I loved being able to experience how their friendship grew. I liked that they were able to confide in each other and that neither of them judged each other. At first the letters would arrive weekly, but as Cade & Ever grew up the letters came less frequently at different points in their lives.
There came a time when the story took on a little bit of a unrealistic turn though. I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers. I’ll just say their or their actually falling “in love” seemed a bit rushed to me.
Overall, Forever & Always was truly an amazing read. Since this is a trilogy this one naturally ends with a cliffhanger and trust me it’s a big one. Up next is After Ever and I can’t wait to get started reading it.