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Other Side of Forever

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Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal hims ...more
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Published January 23rd 2012 by Crescent Moon Press
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Allie was not a typical teenager, she is a telekinetic but she cannot use her power to get back or stop her mother from being an alcoholic. Without her sensible friends and job at book store her life was miserable. Enter Ethan, charming, caring, helping and dashing handsome but secretive. Their romance took a roller costar ride but there was something out there, someone dangerous and they will do anything to take last breath out of Allie.

I closed my eyes and snuggled deeper into Ethan’s arms, kn
Hot Stuff Book Reviews

This book is the first one of a series but I don't know when the sequel will be in store right now.

I want to thank the author who gave me a free e-copy of her novel for me to read and review.

Being a YA novel with a love-story in center stage, it's getting a little too much cheesy sometimes even if not unexpected. I just don't buy completely the relationship between Ethan and the main character. These two characters together are cute and all but it's maybe
Cindy Smith
Sep 07, 2013 Cindy Smith rated it really liked it
Allie is a teenager from a broken home. Her dad left and her mom fell into the bottle because of it. She has sworn off love. Her best friend since childhood is Jeremy and he knows everything about her...almost. He moves away leaving Allie with only a few friends. She is trying to be just a normal kid getting through a school day. It is a tough job as her emotions cause all kinds of electrical problems, and when her mother takes off with her dog, the race is on.

Ethan shows up at her job one day a
Kristin Scearce
Mar 02, 2013 Kristin Scearce rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the paranormal, paranormal romance, YA
Recommended to Kristin by: Bex 'n' Books
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Allie is that awkward girl in school with only a couple friends, trying to keep her head down and her nose clean and make it through each day without causing a scene. However, there's a secret she's been carrying for years, a secret not even her best friend knows, and that's how she wants it to stay. That is, until a new boy strolls into the shop where she works, and throws all her best-laid plans of staying off love's radar out t
Jan 11, 2013 Regan rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself. When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn ...more
Avery Olive
Mar 14, 2012 Avery Olive rated it really liked it
Forbidden love is always up my alley, but when it’s centered around believable characters--and Allie's real life, relatable problems, I just can’t get enough. Mrs. Eckrich has created an amazing world with an interesting take on abilities. I felt I was right there in the novel with Allie and Ethan and their fight for love. Even better--it's wrapped up with some awesome writing. I can’t wait for the sequel, that’s for sure!
Celesta Thiessen
Aug 05, 2015 Celesta Thiessen rated it really liked it
Tense, Paranormal Romance. I loved the story line, the interactions between the characters, the tension, the action and the way she found her way and came to accept who she was. This story was advertised to me as a clean read, which it was, pretty much. However there a couple instances of what I would consider bad language, in the second half of the story as well as a lot of what I would consider going too far with a guy, which didn't sit that well with me because of my personal views. But aside ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Brownie rated it really liked it
Shelves: powers-gifts
Other Side of Forever was a quick read and although there were many elements of it that I enjoyed, the lack of sufficient character development prevented it from living up to its true potential.

The protagonist, Allie, is telekinetic, fatherless, and has an alcoholic mother. She meets Ethan Bradley and her life is irrevocably changed.

While I deeply enjoyed the otherworldly dimension of immortals and Allie's supernatural gifts, she stroke me a bit immature and whiny at times. I understand Allie h
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I had been curious about this book for awhile so when the author approached me about doing a review I jumped at the chance.

I have to say, this really was a very unique fun read. Not at all what I was expecting.

As a little girl (okay, maybe as an adult too) you always imagine what you would want for a super power if you could choose one and telekinesis was always high on my top 5 powers I would choose. I mean how cool would it be to be able to move things around with your mind? You would never ha
Apr 30, 2013 D. rated it liked it
One thing I loved about this book was the way the Author brought a new concept on Mortals and Immortals.

The heroine of this book Allie is your typical teenager that doubts herself. That all stems from her telekinetic powers. She has not learned how to control them yet. So she is constantly blocking life away so that no one finds out. Plus adding to the fact that her parents abandon her literally. First her father, then her mother and her mother takes the Allie's dog!

Then she meets Ethan Bradle
Carrie Slager
Feb 09, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: Shannon Eckrich sent me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

Well, that wasn’t at all what I expected. And considering I was expecting a typical YA book with a love triangle and a helpless heroine, that’s a good thing!

There was no love triangle. I’m still trying to process this amazing fact. I haven’t encountered a YA book without a love triangle in years, ever since the Twilight craze began. Other Side of Forever also doesn’t end in the way you expect it to either. S
Reading is my Time Out
Apr 24, 2013 Reading is my Time Out rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2012 Jessy rated it really liked it
Meet Allie. She has telekinetic powers and has lived her entire life trying to keep it a secret. That's when Ethan comes in and somehow that changes everything! She falls fast and hard for him. They had a lot of cute moments and Shannon wrote them splendidly. She is definitely really good at cute romance! There were those charming moments when you catch yourself smiling and saying 'Awww'. But they have things being hidden and when those secrets come to the surface it is dangerous for everyone! ...more
Fiona Wilson
Dec 31, 2015 Fiona Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I have read a lot of YA fiction involving teenagers with special powers, aliens, that sort of thing. And I got to a point in this story where I thought this was going to be the same. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that the male figure in this story wasn't an alien after all!

Allie lives with her mother, they have lived alone since her dad left them. On the same day her dad left she began to discover she had a talent. This talent, however, is one she finds difficult to control. She tends t
Nov 01, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
First thing about this review is that real life sort of interrupted me between accepting the read/review for this book and actually getting around to reading it. I say that because by the time I got around to it, I had forgotten what the blurb said and started reading it with a completely clean slate. It means I didn't know about her take on mortals and immortals, which is a prime part of the suspense of the novel and probably made it a much better read. I kept thinking "I swear I didn't have a ...more
Katie O'Sullivan
Feb 03, 2013 Katie O'Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Navigating high school is hard enough, even without having to hide your weird telekinetic powers or the fact that your dad’s m.i.a. and your mom’s an alcoholic who tends to take off and leave you alone…

Meet Allie Anderson. She’s got all these problems and more, including the school bully on her case and that creepy guy from gym class making passes at her, and the fact that her best friend moved away. She’s never told anyone about her unusual abilities to control the power around her (shattering
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
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Allie isn’t your every day average teenager. Since her dad walked out on her and her mum when she was 10 she has been exhibiting telekinetic powers. When she trashes her room her mum refuses to accept she did it with powers so she doesn’t tell anyone else. She spends the next 7 years trying to keep a lid on her emotions so that she can keep others from finding out what she can do. Allie grows up living with a mother who never got over the l
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
I was given a free copy of this book to read and give an honest review.

I give this book 3.5 stars, rounded up. This is a decent book. There isn't anything mind boggling new or the like, but it was a good read. I really liked that there wasn't a huge trope of UF species in it. I find I love UF books with less characters (like Downside Ghosts.)

The book is about a poor girl who looses her family (through abandonment) and has to hide a troublesome talent.

You really have to hand it to poor Allie. Wha
T. Smith
Dec 11, 2012 T. Smith rated it really liked it
This is the debut novel for Eckrich and it did not disappoint. With an engaging storyline and relatable characters this one is a page turner. Equal parts action, intrigue, mystery and romance to keep you reading and leave you wanting more in the end.

Allie Anderson is telekinetic, her father left her and her mother when she was young; sadly her mother became an alcoholic and abandoned her as well. Ethan Bradley is gorgeous and totally into Allie, just his touch seems to have a calming affect on
Tilly Currer (Hardcore Heroines)

I’d like to start by saying thank you Shannon for giving me this book to review. The Other Side Of Forever had a very original premise and if you’re sick of the constant vampire/werewolf books being churned out, I recommend this one. The concept of mortals and immortals was refreshing.
The telekinetic powers attracted me because it was unique; Allie hates her powers and can’t manipulate them easily, she has kept this secret hidden and whenever she gets emotional, her powers get out-of-control. I
Lihini Wijesinghe
Dec 23, 2012 Lihini Wijesinghe rated it it was ok
Allie is a normal girl on the outside, but on the inside she carries a dark secret. she have telekinetic powers. one day she meets Ethan, who turns her whole world upside down. Ethan has powers like hers and some more. but will their love be able to survive when there are people lurking around the bushes to tear it apart?

this book was OK.
It wasn't the worst book i've ever read exactly, but not the best either. i think the story was a bit.. unreal. even for a fantasy book. the book reminded me a
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
Dec 14, 2012 Irayda Moran (Quezada) rated it it was amazing
My two cents
Other side of Forever brings us the readers many things; loss, love courage and strength. Allie is stronger and more powerful than she gives herself credit. She lives with her mom who's always drunk, who up and leaves one day. Allie has several close friends, but none know what her life is like. Jeremy does, but even he doesn't know about her powers. Powers Allie cant control and are some how tied to her emotions. Ethan walks into her life and there's an undeniable connection. She i
Jul 06, 2013 Roberta rated it it was ok
I wish we could give half stars...I would actually rate this book somewhere between it was ok and I liked it. If I remember right this is a debut novel for this author and it shows promise, but I'm fairly picky about my reading. It is a good story line, it's not trite or cliche as happens so often in Young Adult Lit these days, and it's a quick enjoyable read. It just needed something that i just can't put my finger on...I truly feel that as the author goes along it will show up if that makes an ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
The backstories of the characters are interesting and entertaining. The characters themselves are extremely relatable and easy to picture. Allie is telekinetic and grew up with a pretty hard life. Allie’s relationship with Ethan is swoon worthy and fun reading with that little bit of risk and intrigue. As with a great love story it is not always easy and this couple is no exception. They have to fight against the odds and protect their love for one another. The ending was a little too fast for m ...more
Brandy Dorsch
Apr 30, 2013 Brandy Dorsch rated it really liked it
What a new and enriching experience for me! It is not often that a book surprises me and Ethan and Allie did just that. Allie is that kid that is always on the outside looking in. I understand that position better than I would like. Ethan is the typical beautiful new boy and Allie doesn’t want to get involved because of her special condition.
This is not what I would think a “typical” YA book is. There didn’t seem to be as much angst as I normally would expect to see and I LOVED that! This is a
Celsey Seivert
Mar 28, 2013 Celsey Seivert rated it it was amazing
Allie is a teenage girl who has struggled to be normal. She watched her dad and mother abandon her, while she is dealing with all her powers. Allie does not want anyone to know that she can read energy and feel them. Allie does not believe in love she has never really even kissed a boy...until Ethan comes into town. Ethan is not you everyday boy, Allie is drawn to him and they both try and stay away. Just when everything seems to calm down, everything comes crashing down. Will Allie give into th ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Ria rated it really liked it
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Tiffany Riach
Mar 12, 2013 Tiffany Riach rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received an ebook copy of Other Side of Forever to review and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It is a quick and easy read with very likeable characters. Shannon is a great writer and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Dec 16, 2012 Bekka rated it really liked it
It was a good start to a new series....I found it a bit slow, but most first novels are, I think the sequel is where it will really get interesting and I will definitely be on the look out for it : )
Feb 11, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Ms. Eckrich has written an engaging novel with believable characters (even secondary) that the reader can really care about. This reader hopes there is a sequel planned for Other Side of Forever.
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