Welcome to the first stop of Forever! I'm so happy that Kismet let me be part of this tour! Karen Ann Hopkins brings a trilogy of twists, drama and forbidden romance.
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: January 24, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
*An ARC was provided for the blog tour.*
Ever since I finished Belonging, you wouldn't believe how disappointed I was when I found out that the release of the last book was in January. Luckily, I was accepted into the blog tour and received an ARC of Forever. Even though I had to wait six months it read it, the wait for Forever was worth it.
The character development in this novel was completely outstanding. Especially with Noah. To be quite honest, I wasn't much a fan of Noah in the first two books, but Hopkins managed to convince me that he was actually a good guy after all. From being selfish and controlling, Noah finally turns into a man that acknowledges Rose wants and needs.
"I've been selfish and controlling, Rose, and I'm going to change. Life is too short to keep making dumb mistakes. I'm ready to marry you and start our family. It doesn't matter which world we live in as long as we're together. I know that now."
When I first read this, I was literally beaming. Character development is so important to me. I don't care if the characters may not be so likable in the beginning as long as your character redeems himself/herself in the end. They can be rude. evil or mean. None of it will matter to me if they go past their mistake and learn from it. Noah finally realizes his mistakes and actually owns up to it by converting into English. He goes through some bumps down the road, but eventually comes through with the help of his family and Rose's. I'm glad to say that Noah has now made it into my favourite book boyfriends list.
Narrated in Rose's, Noah's and Sam's POV, I was not expecting Noah's younger sister, Sarah to be added in as well. Normally, multiple point-of-views would bother me, but this I didn't mind at all. In fact, I loved that Hopkins included her. Her romance with Micah was just as refreshing as Noah's and Rose's were. Just like Noah's and Rose's relationship, they couldn't be together. Noah dumped Micah's sister, Constance, causing her father to hate Noah and his family. In fact, Constance's father goes far beyond by making sure that Noah and Rose don't get their happily ever after.
Another character I enjoyed was Rose's younger brother, Justin. He was so clever and smart that I really wished that he had his own POV in Forever. If the author made a spin-off series with Justin, I would definitely pre-order it.
"Glancing sideways at Justin, I said, "I'm going to be keeping an eye on you."
He laughed and turned away, taking two steps at a time.
Pausing in stride, he looked back and smirked. "I don't think you'll be able to keep with me...but we'll see."
I could seriously go on and on about all the characters of the book, but I think I'll just let you go ahead and read it for yourself. Hopkins provide a great of cast of characters that it's difficult to pick a favourite.
After reading my fair share of series, endings can be a hit or miss. Last year, I've encountered so many series where I enjoyed the beginning, but hated the ending. I understand the difficulty it can be for the author to finish off a trilogy with an ending that is satisfying to the readers. With Forever, I didn't feel any disappointment whatsoever. She wraps up the story fairly well. In fact, the last line in the book was my favourite part. Not only that, but Hopkins will definitely surprise you. She throws an unexpected twist that will leave you shocked and totally overwhelmed. I don't want to get into too much detail, but Noah and Rose will finally get their happy ending that we all waited for.
With a a tremendous amount of character growth and a clever plot twist, the characters of the Temptation series will stay with you forever.
Other Books in the Series:
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Tour Schedule:Monday, January 20th - Absorbing the Content - Review
Tuesday, January 21st - Sassy Book Lover - Review
Wednesday, January 22nd - Mangamania Cafe - Character Interview
Thursday, January 23rd - Ramblings From This Chick - Guest Post
Friday, January 24th - Andi's Young Adult Books - Author Interview
Monday, January 27th - Literary Me - Author Interview
Tuesday, January 28th - Crossroad Reviews - Review
Wednesday, January 29th - Books I View - Review
Thursday, January 30th - Actin' Up with Books - Review
Friday, January 31st - Books Complete Me - Review
Monday, February 3rd - No Bent Spines - Character Interview
Tuesday, February 4th - Paranormal Opinion - Review
Wednesday, February 5th - Bittersweet Enchantment - Review
Thursday, February 6th - Curling Up With a Good Book - Author Interview
Friday, February 7th - Behind A Million Pages - Review
Monday, February 10th - The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - Guest Post
Tuesday, February 11th - Jenuine Cupcakes - Review
Wednesday, February 12th - Jeanz Book Read N' Review - Review
Thursday, February 13th - Deal Sharing Aunt - Guest Post
Friday, February 14th - Lost Time Reading - Review
Monday, February 17th - Into The Hall of Books - Review
Tuesday, February 18th - Swoony Boys Podcasts - Review
Wednesday, February 19th - My Favorite Things - Guest Post
Thursday, February 20th - Reading Lark - Review
Friday, February 21st - Tien's Blurb - Author Interview
Monday, February 24th - Kimberly Faye Reads - Guest Post
Tuesday, February 25th - Book Whales - Guest Post
Wednesday, February 26th - A Bookish Escape - Review
Thursday, February 27th - That Girl Reads - Review
Friday, February 28th - Books Marks The Spot - Author Interview
We have lots of exciting prizes, so make sure to follow the tour for more chances to win every day! Up for grabs is both a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a $50 Amazon Gift Card, plus copies of the following Harlequin TEEN titles: Heartbeat, The Queen’s Choice, White Hot Kiss, Anything to Have You, Secret Diamond Sister and Grim. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.