- Review: Forever Man, Forever Woman, Forever Clan
- Series: Forever Clan
- Author: January Bain
- Release Date: Published July 1st 2012 by Champagne Books
- Rating: 4/5
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Running away to Alaska and falling in love with Mike, will Ellie discover her gift of healing in time to save him from a vampire?
What if you had an incurable disease? Maybe you too would think that becoming a vampire was your only choice. What wannabe vampire Winter Kennedy didn’t count on was falling in love with a human after making contact with an ancient vampire of the Pharaoh Clan.The vampire, Christopher St. John, won’t accept that she has changed her mind and whisks her away to his Alaskan mountain top home. Will her true love, Aiden Hightower, be able to rescue her from her final fate?
Sunday Rose’s soul mate is a vampire. If that isn’t difficult enough to deal with, she’s pregnant with a child that prophecy states can either help or destroy the vampire race. And there are those that fear either outcome. If she is to protect her child from those who would exploit the prophecy, she must awaken unknown abilities and call upon her guardian angels to buy the time necessary to get her family to safe harbor.
“I think reading all those vampire romance novels you love so much has addled your brain, Sunday Rose St. Clair. First, it was Grandma Rose and her faeries, and now you and your vampires,” her mother remarked without rancor as she deftly rolled out the piecrust for the fifth pie of the morning. Sunday Rose, in her task of peeling the Macintosh apples lagged behind her mother, earning herself a stern warning glare that plainly told her to hurry it up.
She sighed, “But Ma, to be able to live forever, just imagine!”
Her mother brushed back a wayward strand of still-bright auburn hair that belied her years. She left a streak of flour on her forehead. “You,” she said, “with your Titian hair, your emerald eyes filled with foolish dreams, your books and poetry, are so like Grandma Rose it sometimes frightens me. She was a last-born child, too, you know. And while some say it’s the middle one who tends to be fey, in this family, I think that’s not so.”
Sunday Rose peeled another fragrant apple, sliced into the large tin basin positioned precariously in her lap. “But, Ma,” she said again. “To live forever? Wouldn’t that be something?”
“I think it would be torture. I’ve done enough baking and cleaning and doing for others in this lifetime. I’d not care to continue it indefinitely. Be practical, child.”
Sunday Rose hurried her pace at another warning glance from her mother, but continued to argue. “It’s not a practical matter. It’s about being able to have endless time to live and love and learn and—to just have more.” Yearning filled her voice as she tried to explain how she felt.
“What do you know about love? You’re just a chit of a thing.”
“I know that I’m going to find someone who will love me no matter what–who’ll love me unconditionally.”
And do the sins of the human fall on the vampire?
I’ve considered many ethical and moral questions as I write vampires and humans that are juxtaposition, one on the other. Vampires have obviously discovered the proverbial fountain of youth, but how much of their former human characteristics do they bring to their new lives when they are made by a vampire?
These are the things I have imagined during by alternative worlds I’ve created writing about vampires:
Imagine: having all the time in the world to create medical cures.
Imagine: it being feasible to inoculate all humans against their mortality, a vaccine against death. And for those sci-fi geeks out there without having to create a time machine!
Imagine: never dying.
Imagine: saving loved ones.
Imagine: saving people with special gifts: Those who want to do good in the world.
Imagine: watching history being made.
Imagine: accumulating great wealth.
Those are just some of the things I’ve thought about during the journey of writing the Forever series of books. The best part of writing for me is the realization of how amazing our world truly is. And maybe I just like to twig it a bit to add even more magic! After all, that is the gift of storytelling.
Best, January Bain
Firstly huge plus to January Bain’s vocabulary!! I absolutely LOVE it when I come across words that I don’t know! One of my favorite things about reading, really! And in January’s books there are multiple words that I either had to look up or that I was surprised to see. Absolutely fantastic and really made this reading even better for me.
Secondly, and on a negative note. If you do not like insta love, these may not be for you. In each book of the series there is insta love. Now, don’t get me wrong, this normally doesn’t distress me that much but in these cases it was a bit much. Although the stories were still really good and I enjoyed the vampire aspect of all three, that insta love thing… whew, just kills me sometimes.
Now! With that said!! The characters were really well portrayed. Although there is insta love, I did feel like January helps us get to know the characters in each of these books and the reasons for their motives. And whew! Talk about smoking! There are a few parts where the characters really “get together” and I could feel the heat through my kindle! Love, Love, Love, LOVE how the characters relationships worked AFTER the insta love thing.
I was also surprised as she weaved in a few names that we all know, like Joan of Arc, and although I thought I wouldn’t like this, bit they grew on me and I really enjoyed each of those characters.
And I love a good vamp story, but January weaves a few things into these three books that will leaving you wanting more of them. Each story has it’s own ending but I definitely recommend reading these in order as the characters do show up in the second and third. The endings were also really good, although I would have loved just a bit more with each. It’s not that they were rushed exactly but just that little bit more would have made these perfect!
Love a good vamp romance? Then these are definitely for you!
January Bain, Storyteller, hails from Ashern, Manitoba, Canada. Married to the love of her life, her husband Don, she has combined her love of romance with her interest in vampires to create the FOREVER series of books. She teaches high school Computer and Business courses during the day and writes in every spare moment she possibly can. You can usually find her up at five AM!
If she could be a super character, she has said it would be “super-teach” endowed with the gift of healing like the heroine in her first novel, Forever Man, to help heal broken spirits. She hopes her characters will touch your heart. She loves to be approached about the journey of writing and can be reached at www.januarybain.ca