Always and Forever
by S P Cervantes
Secrets of Shadow Hill Series
Center One Publishing
Published November 13, 2012
Young Adult Fantasy
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. Twins, Ava and Hannah, live in New Jersey when they find out they are wizard and pulled into a supernatural war. The story is told from Ava and Dalton’s points of view.
I have a love/hate relationship with this novel. I loved one of the characters, liked the writing, and hated the formatting and grammatical errors. I had to finish this novel just to know what happened and will be reading the sequels.
I think this series could have some potential if readers are able to get past the glaring grammatical and formatting errors. I read this book on a Kindle and checked on a desktop Kindle app. Every other page and at the bottom of every 5 or so pages, there was a white screen as if maybe some graphics were being inserted. This made reading very annoying and hard to finish as the blank pages were a continual interruption. There were also very obvious grammar snafus that made me second guess whether I was reading the word right. “Wed” for “We’d” and a few others (I stopped pointing them out) threw a wrench in what could have been a smooth read.
I like the storyline in that the twins discover their family heritage as wizards and their individual powers. Dalton was the only character that I really liked as he was caring and mature for his age. Ana kept referring to herself as the responsible one but just came off as very immature with a massive amount of temper tantrums being thrown around. I really wanted her to suck it up and move on.
I would have loved to get to know Hannah and Aiden. They were not developed nearly enough, if at all. Hannah was all but ignored because her sister was the strongest and the prettiest. That confused me since it’s mentioned that she is equally strong and pretty just with a different set of powers. It’s a wonder Hannah hasn’t had a homicidal range directed at her twin.
The novel had too much of a Twilight/Harry Potter taken to the next level vibe. Everything was perfect and they were perfect soul mates and everyone survived with hardly any actual conflict. The book would be fine as a stand along, so I am looking forward to seeing how this series progresses.