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Forever Innocent (The Forever Series #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,884 ratings  ·  322 reviews
"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Casey Shay Press (first published September 23rd 2013)
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 56% of the book; Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk

Corabelle and Gavin have a painful past. They were best friends, then lovers, and made plans to go to the same college. All that changed when Corabelle got pregnant and their baby boy Finn (love that name) died. Already vulnerable, Corabelle needed Gavin to be there for her and instead, he hightails it out of the funeral and never returns. Until they see each other in astronomy class 4 years later. Corabelle is a shell of who she onc
5 stars
“Crossing the line isn’t about forgetting the people we love. It’s about not letting our past sorrow steal our future joy.”

Gavin and Corabelle did not have it easy, in fact, what they went through is not something anyone should ever go through, but sadly for them it was their reality and something they had to survive at such a young age. Years after Gavin left Corabelle alone at the funeral parlor; fate has thrown them together once again. Not prepared for the emotion that comes when
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 29, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
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I just was sent a little excerpt from this book and liked the sound of it! Plus, I love second-chance romances so I'm adding it to my list :)

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never r
Advance Reviewer Copy in exchange for honest review. Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

** I would rate this book a 3.8**

Forever Innocent takes you on an emotional journey of heartbreak, loss, fear, love, guilt, hate, sadness, happiness, anger, and resentment.

Corabelle and Gavin were two childhood friends who became lovers then parents. Their perfect love story came to an end when they both experience the tragic loss of their 7 day old baby boy, Finn. The death of Finn greatly impac
Claire Robinson
This is a book that will stay with me for a very long time, and although it ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger I can forgive Deanna Roy for it because, in all honestly I kind of need a break from the exhaustive emotional roller-coaster she put me through in the last 35% of the book.

Corabelle and Gavin grew up together, had a baby together, lost their baby together, then fell apart separately.

I must admit that when I initially started reading Forever Innocent, my first thoughts were that there i
*3.5 stars*

This book has a brilliant blurb and I was expecting BIG things when I opened it up, but it just fell a little flat for me. Yes it had its moments of being deeply emotional but on the whole it really only skimmed the surface of what it could be.
"Our baby dies on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Fast forward 4 years from said prom night, and Corabelle is a shell of her former self. She's lost not only her baby, but the love of her life too. As well as dealing with s
“Crossing the line isn't about forgetting the people we love. It's about not letting our past sorrow steal our future”

This is a beautiful story about two broken people, who have experienced great loss, a loss they have never fully recovered from.

Corabelle is starting fresh. She had her life all planned out in New Mexico, but after a lapse in judgement left her arrested, she was asked to leave her safety bubble and set sights for San Diego. She is broken. She lost her baby days after he was bo
Holy crap. The dreaded cliff strikes again. I really need to start doing my research before reading a book.

This book kept me hooked from page one. I loved the history between Corabelle and Gavin. It added so much depth to the story. It was easy for me to feel the connection between them, and feel how connected they once were.

There was so much sadness and grief I this book. My least favorite thing about the book is the exact same thing that made it so great…the emotion. The author literally had
Cari Sury (Girl+Book Love Blog)
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Whoa. Emotional rollercoaster. Heavy angst. Lots of crying. Really good.

So it took me awhile to be able to process my thoughts! This was one heck of a good book! I was blown away while reading it! (and after!) Corabelle and Gavin’s story was heartbreaking. They lost their son Finn just a few days after he was born. They were young, but I loved how they were so committed to each other and their son. When they suffered that tragic event, they didn’t k
I thought I was going to love this story, but it just didn’t meet my expectations. From the beginning, I couldn’t connect with this book very well. The book just seemed so fickle. I felt like each chapter jumped from one to another. I just didn’t read a smooth transition from any of the chapters that I would normally see.

For most of the story I just couldn’t connect with Gavin and Corabelle. I didn’t like the hero Gavin because he left Corabelle at one of the most traumatic point of their lives
"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

I'll be honest. With a description that started like that, I was expecting Forever Innocent to be much more emo than it was. I was expecting histrionics on a scale only middle schoolers can aspire to. What I walked away with was a deep sense of what losing a baby you didn't expect must do to someone emotionally. Especially when you are just leaving highschool. I know that my high school self would not have coped well with half of

Deanna Roy writes this story about a young couple faced with tragedy and their second chance romance. I really liked the way this story was told. It starts in the present where Corabelle and Gavin are both students at UCSD, their college by the sea. They are both recovering from tragedy and healing in their own ways. For them, its the only way they know how. The story flashes back to the loss and devastation that they faced. I really liked the way it played out. It gave me as the reader the full
T's Book ~ Tanja
I am going to say up front that I have mixed emotions about this book. There was just something missing in Forever Innocent and I just can’t put my finger on it. The writing was good. The story was good. I think my disconnect was with the “here” of the book and not so much the “then” of the book. Does that make sense? Okay, deep breath. I am diving in.

Corabelle and Gavin were together since before they could talk. They grew up together, grew in love together and had a baby together. Their baby l
Nicole Tetrev
Ok as I'm writing this I am approximately 40% into the book and I NEEDED to take a break. Now I need you to understand that I'm no stopping because the book is bad or anything it is marvelous. I ended to stop because it was ripping all this raw emotion from me and I was sitting here crying. I also now this isn't typically how I write my reviews but I feel the need to explain where I am at at this point in the book.

I don't know if it because I'm a mother that this book is hitting me so hard, or
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing this ARC

ok, please bear with me here, coz some of this is probably not gonna make sense, and I'll possibly be contradicting myself a bit.

so here I go with some contradictions, but they all do fit this book. it was light & even funny at points, it was heart warming, heart breaking, & gut wrenching. it was filled with love, hate, friendship, guilt, anger... this book was so filled with feelings & emotions, but written in a way that y
I never knew about these," he said. "They showed up later." I tried to cover them, but he pushed my hands away. "They're beautiful." He began kissing each pale line, hip to stomach and back down again. "It's proof that Finn was once here."

This is such a beautiful book that tore at my heart and made me so sad then gave me hope. The writing of is so well done it flows effortlessly and I found myself flying through this book. I will say straight away that this I is a series and Corabelle and Gavin'
Received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy is such an emotional and heartbreaking read. It kept me absolutely captivated, though at times I had step away for a moment to compose myself I could not put it down.

From the blurb you think the book is going to begin on the night Corabelle and Gavin lost their baby when in fact it starts four years later when they first run into each other. Corabelle has not seen Gavin since he walked out of their son, Finn’s,
Jessica Brandon
Forever Innocent

I give this book 4 stars....

GavThis ARC was given by Casey Shay Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Gavin and Corabelle grew up together and know every little secret about each other , every possible thing that makes the other laugh, and have planned the ultimate dream life "by the sea." They quickly learn that dreams can be shattered and no amount of plans can create a future. As high school seniors, they quickly adjust their lives when Corabelle becomes pregnan
Laura Carson
*I was given an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

Gavin and Corabelle have a past that no one at their new school knows, and if they have anything to say about it things will stay that way. Both of them are looking for a new start at the college they dreamed of attending since they were children. However, after a tragic lost of a child that had signified all their hopes and dreams and going their separate wa
3.5 stars

When I requested this book on NetGalley, I never thought that I will have similar feeling to what Corabelle and Gavin feel. I know it will be an emotional story and potentially will be a tearjerker book but I'm not an easy crier over books I read. So I was kind of think I can read it just fine like any other sad story and quite sure it won’t affect me since I don't have a child and never give a birth.

Apparently I was wrong. I was fine in first half of the story. I loved how vivid Corabe
Sónia Costa
Damn that was BRUTAL!

This was definitely one of those times, I regretted telling and saying I like drama so much, sometimes the amount of pain and heartache authors put into these books make us remember the magnitude of life and make us feel small and fragile.

I bawled like a baby, something I rarely do, but I felt so helpless and hurt and I wasn’t the one living those moments, but I felt every single one of them like it happened to me. This will be a personal review like always, yes I’m a review
Wow, I'm not really sure what words I can come up with to review Forever Innocent that would give this book justice. Forever Innocent is such a heart wrenching and emotional story. I am blessed to be the mother of four healthy children. Getting pregnant initially for me was not easy as a long time sufferer of Endometriosis but I was fortunate enough to not have had any miscarriages and gave birth to healthy children. When I was 6 months pregnant with my fourth child a very close friend gave birt ...more
Nearly close to a 4 stars and not a book for everyone. But could help some people who lost their child.

I'm not a fan of teenager (YA) story because some of them know it all. but the case in this book was about 2 kids pretty closed to 2 YA to finaly 2 NA. They loved and planed a normal life with dreams and hope (pretty ground) but their life turnt with an unplanned pregnancy which was welcome and embraced so they got helped and loved. Anyway, it went sour with their child death which both of them
~I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.~

When I read the synopsis, Forever Innocent sounded like it would be a good book. So, I was really happy and grateful when I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. The book didn't disappoint in the least. It's a story about healing, forgiveness, and second chances.

Corabelle and Gavin suffered a devastating loss when they were both so very young. They were not able to handle the loss and dev
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World Blog :)

"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."

I really enjoyed reading Forever Innocent, it's definitely a story of hope and new beginnings. Deanna Roy does a marvelous job describing the struggles that both Corabelle and Gavin go through while trying to cope with the death of their baby.

Losing their seven-day old baby wasn't easy for them to take, both of them were young when everything happened and right after the fun
Nick ••[Nick's Book Blog]

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Forever Innocent was an emotional and interesting read that had me latched onto the book for some time. However, I do think that there was something missing from the book to make it truly stand out from the rest of NA books that deal with pregnancy.

The characters were all very likeable. However, I felt like I never connected with neither Corabelle nor Gavin. For an emotional story such as Forever Innocent, I felt like it was almost essentia
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The story

Corabelle and Gavin were a perfectly happy eighteen year old couple who were expecting their first baby.But the baby was born with a heart defect that could not be repaired and on prom night,everything would change.Forever...

The characters

Four years later,Corabelle Rotheford is trying to finish college.She needs to attend a couple of classes and then she will be done.Because of her job at a coffee shop she
A story about loss, anger and grief, Forever Innocent gives us a glimpse of what guilt may do to people when they incessantly blame themselves for destroying the possibility of joy in every waking moment of their lives.

While the theme may seem somewhat heavy, the characters are not entirely powerless.

Corabelle may appear quiet and tame but when she opens up, you can tell she loves having a great time bantering and doing silly little things.

Gavin may not seem to have the friendliest personality b
I love Corabelle and Gavin :))
Although I've never experienced the loss of a baby I could still feel all of the emotions of the loss of Finn for Corabelle and Gavin. That was a great aspect of this book having dual pov.
I was able to be inside each of them as they express how the loss affected them. I also liked the story going back and forth in past and present. These two suffered such a great loss at a young age. And there was no doubt that at their young age that these two were deeply in love
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3.5 Stars
ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review
Ask anyone. I’m a sucker for a story with a baby. There’s just something about a relationship that changes when a baby is involved. Corabelle and Gavin learn this the hard way. After losing their baby days after he is born, Gavin splits, leaving Corabelle lost, confused and alone, dealing with their grief single-handedly. Immediately I felt a bond between Corabelle and me. At the same time I was wondering how in the world Gavin could redeem
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