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Genre: New Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: January 31, 2020
Trigger Warning: Mentions of alcohol and painkiller use and sex (not directly), suicidal thoughts
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When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. In the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, she finds herself hunted by creatures of hell, monsters she never dreamed could be real. A hidden world, an ancient race, and a secret she discovers by accident give a new meaning to her life but only if she can escape and return to civilization. If she is to survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow him to wipe away any memory of this realm. Knowledge is power, but is it worth dying for?
The first part of a trilogy, Forget Me Not is a New Adult fantasy novel set in a contemporary timeline and follows the misadventures of Rae Davis, a 19-year-old as she discovers a dangerous secret and risks her life to keep it. As she has to grow up and take difficult decisions, Rae’s coming of age story is deep-rooted in the supernatural world.
Forget Me Not would make a thoughtful gift to any fantasy lover, especially someone passionate by magical realism, vampire and shifter books. It puts a new spin on old mythology!
I signed up for the blog tour on a whim, because I haven’t read very many NA/YA books. My experience with the ones I have read has been mixed, with me either loving the book or not being able to finish the book. Forget Me Not falls in the former category.
The story grabbed me from the start and I was fascinated to learn about the Otherworld, with its magical creatures like Lycans, fairies, hellhounds, witches, demons, shapeshifters, and, of course, wolves and vampires. Parts of the book seemed reminiscent of the 2008 movie, Twilight. This did not diminish my enjoyment of the story, but I could not shake off the comparisons.
The first half of the book is devoted to explaining how otherworldly creatures came to exist, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what rules and regulations they are governed by. This information is woven into conversations, so the pace of the story does not flag anywhere.
Rae’s character development is startling. From a fragile, lost, and confused girl with suicidal tendencies, her experiences with the Otherworld help her grow into a more mature and strong woman who knows her mind. The romantic angle is well-handled; even though it is instant love, it is quite believable. The sex scenes are not too graphic, but are steamy enough to convey the passion between the main characters.
The author clears some of the mystery surrounding Rae so that you understand her circumstances, but keeps enough hidden to make you want to reach out for the next book. I’m not a big fantasy reader. However, this book made me forget my surroundings for a good few hours and immerse myself in the magical forests of Alaska.
A big thumbs up from me!
About the Author
Anca Antoci started out as a fanfiction writer and then moved on to write her own story. Thus her debut novel Forget Me Not got published in January 2020. Her fanfiction stories are still available on her blog. Living in Romania, Anca speaks English as a second language. Because she’s a passionate reader, Anca started a blog where she reviews fantasy books called Summon Fantasy. When she’s not reading or writing, Anca loves cooking and watching movies with her daughter while eating nachos.
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