Ethan rushed out of the trees and raced over. He kneeled down beside me, his expression matching the feeling that throbbed through my leg. "Are you okay, Allie?" he asked. His breathing remained steady, even though I knew he had been running through the woods. How weird. But I was in too much agony and too confused about what happened only minutes ago to ask him about it.
"My ankle," I said.
He lifted his gaze from my face to stare at my hands. He pushed my hands away and replaced them with his. The warmth zipping through my ankle began to numb the pain.
"Where did you come from?" I asked, watching his hands in disbelief.
"I live on the other side of the woods," he answered, shooting me a sideways glance before focusing back on my injury.
"How convenient for me that Ethan Bradley lives on the other side of the woods." The memory of our argument the night before flashed back into my mind.
"Apparently it's very convenient." He pressed his lips together. "If not, you would be stuck out here in the middle of nowhere without a way to get home."
The heat from his hands intensified, and I was no longer able to speak. A tingling sensation snaked its way into my ankle and slithered up my body. His energy completely relaxed me. And then, all traces of pain were gone. It was if I had never been injured at all.
"How...how did you do that?"
He looked over at me, his dark eyes drowning in hesitation. I thought he was going to tell me the truth this time, but I was wrong.
Other Side of Forever was an amazingly quick read that contained just enough YA and paranormal to make it a good read. I love that the author took on a subject like teen love and immortals, but added a twist to it!
Allie, the heroine of the book, has a power that she has kept hidden since she was 10 years old. She isn't sure if it is a gift or a curse. She views it as a curse because she didn't gain this power until her dad left her and her mother. Her mother is a drunk and has preached the fact that love is for fools to Allie since losing her father. Allie decided early on that if she closed herself off to people and didn't let them in, she would never fall in love, therefor never getting hurt. She has her friends, yes...but they aren't close enough for her to tell her secret to. Allie's mom is notorious for taking off and abandoning her for weeks at a time, so in Allie's mind everyone leaves... another reason not to let anyone near her heart.
Enter Ethan... oh Ethan.... he is from Asteria and his people do not take well to falling in love with a mortal. The higher ups in his Asterian society have made it their business to forbid Ethan and Allie to fall in love and make sure they are separated at all costs. Ethan is a hero of all heroes. He saves Allie from disaster after disaster and even balances her wonky powers while she learns to control them. He is the perfect boyfriend... minus the fact that his Asterian family want her dead!
I give Other Side of Forever 3.8 stars on the knock my socks off scale!! I loved how the story flowed, the characters were endearing, and the basis of the book grabbed my attention from page 1! This is a phenomenal YA book and a must read for YA lovers!! I can't wait to see what Shannon Eckrich has in store for us in her next installment of this hopeful series!! **hint hint**
About The Author:
Born and raised in Delaware, Shannon Eckrich lives with her husband, two children, and chocolate lab, Chewy, along with her newest addition, Taylor, a spunky little kitty who loves to terrorize her while she’s writing. Shannon’s second love is the paranormal. Ghosts, angels, vampires, aliens, immortals, it doesn't matter, she’s obsessed with it all, which is why she’s compelled to write stories in the paranormal genre.
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