by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Ever Trilogy #1
Published by Jasinda Wilder Release date : December 16th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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,
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I have heard many great things about Jasinda Wilder’s books. Quite a few of my friends love her books, so I was quite excited to start this one. From what I have gathered, most of her books are of full of angst and she can pack an emotional punch to the gut. Forever & Always, while full of angst, didn’t really pack the punch that I thought it would.
I wasn’t sure exactly what this book was about before heading in. The synopsis doesn’t really give any details, whats so ever. Basically, Ever and Cade meet at camp at 14. Over the course of 5 years, they write to each other and grow close as the years go on. We get both POV in the story, seeing how their life changes and how they deal over the course of this time. And then they meet up again.
This is a very slow book. This is very much a character driven novel and I love that we get the POV of both Ever and Cade. It was interesting, seeing the two grow and get close over 5 years. They share personal things with each other, and come to lean on each other through their letters. This part of the book, I loved. Honestly, I loved the book until they met back up.
The biggest turn off for me was it felt like they were both two different people after meeting back up. I can’t really put my finger on it exactly, but I just didn’t care for them as a couple. That, and the book went from 0-60 once they met back up. We get all these details about their life, slowly over the course of the novel, then BAM.
The book ends on a big cliffhanger. My heart just broke for Cade. I probably shouldn’t have read a few reviews for book 2 but I did and I still haven’t decided if I will read the rest of the books in the trilogy.
Overall – I did like it. I love Jasinda’s writing. She has a way with her words that just sucks you in. I may not continue with this series, but I will definitely be checking out her other novels.