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Forever Fifteen (Lucia Alberti)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  613 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Lucy Albert is not your ordinary maladjusted suburban adolescent. Born into the era of the Black Plague in medieval Italy, Lucy is chosen as a mate by the sinister vampire Sebastianus against her will. Struggling to survive in a modern world she cannot identify with, Lucy isn't looking for attention.

Welcome to Forever Fifteen, where a lonely girl seeks refuge in a world aw
Paperback, 291 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Amy (amyb2332)
After seeing someone on the Nest say they were reading this book, I discovered that this book is a free podcast on Itunes! So I downloaded it and I'm now listening to it on my nightly walk with the dog!

I really tried to like this book but I just didn't like it. My first problem is the narrating. Now this is a podiobook so I tried not to compare the narration too much to a normal audiobook but I couldn't help it! The narration was just not good in my opinion. The narrators voices for other chara
Jan 23, 2013 Toni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lucy, a vampire over 600 years old, turned when she was fifteen. Six hundred years later she still acts like a teenager. Really?
I read the Kindle version of this book. Oh, the formatting errors, the missing words, the mixed up sentences.
This was just not one of the better books I've read for many reasons.
Shemp DeYoung
Aug 01, 2008 Shemp DeYoung rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any fan of horror, vampires, but it's not for kids.
This book is available as a free audio download on iTunes.

When I got my first iPod, I was sort of surfing around iTunes trying to figure out just what was available to me. I was subscribing to podcasts, checking out music, and then I stumbled upon a page that was full of free content.

When I read the blurb for Forever Fifteen, I thought it sounded interesting. That turned out to be a huge understatement.

As I recall, Kimberly Steele did not have a publisher yet, so she was reading and posting this
Mar 26, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vampire story lovers, fantasy lovers, and romance lovers
I am "reading" the podiobook on my way to and from school (an hour drive each way). I just finished it today and I have to say I was pleasently surprised at the ending. I really enjoyed the book. I felt that there was some gratuitous sex scenes. However, I felt really invested in Lucy (Lucia) and even thoughshe was the "bad" girl (but not really) I still felt for her plight.
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
I downloaded this as a free audiobook in Itunes. I loved this book. Vampire, Horror, Gore and Romance, it was just brilliant. I never picked the ending! I always usually pick the ending of books, they are usually so predictable, this one however was not. Just fantastic.
Jun 08, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because it had an intriguing plot. But the plot itself is not enough to save this book from the lack of character dimension or the jumpiness of the writing itself.

Let's focus on the positive first:

As I said before, the plot was unique. The main girl was married off to a rich and well respected man, and then the Bubonic Plague struck. During the Plague, she meets her first 'love' and ends up being turned by him, which sets off the vampire plot. In the book this story is to
Jul 29, 2012 94931355 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forever Fifteen is an emotional thrill ride through the dark annals of Lucy Alberti's long and interesting life. She is a vampire that forever looks fifteen. The premise, reminiscent of such characters as Anne Rice's Claudia, was enough to draw me in from the start. Glimpses of Lucy's past in a grim, plague-ridden Italy provide stark backdrop to this modern day high school drama. Our heroine's struggles as her past begins to catch up with her will put you on the edge of your seat, waiting for mo ...more
Christine Gaskins
Jan 03, 2012 Christine Gaskins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
this was amazing and addictive. I had to carry my headphones to work so I get lost with Lucy. waiting with anticipation for the sequel.
Sep 08, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My N.V.T. Friends
Recommended to Jeffrey by:
Shelves: podiobook
Loved the book. Very dark. Very very dark, and that's in a good way. I love this novel.
Aug 13, 2008 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereading
A very excellent vampire book it doesn't follow the usual form and It kept me up reading it. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves vampire books.
Chrysty uchiha
May 02, 2010 Chrysty uchiha rated it really liked it
Melissa Levine
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karen gootee-tindle

the book was a excellent read i can't wait to read the second had a very interesting story line
Mar 21, 2013 Moyomoyo rated it it was ok
I got this book free from Kindle. Therefore I READ it, not listened to it.
Good thing this was a short read. If it were longer, I wouldn't have finished it.
I didn't expect to much from it. I just needed a mini getaway.
So here's the gist. . .

It had good aspects and bad aspects.
The good. It's an original take on vampires far from the Twilight trend, however, they aren't mindless monsters trying to satisfy their thirst for blood at every waking moment. I like the take on the main characters past and
Jan 17, 2009 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: vampires, free-books
Forever Fifteen is the novel with which I attribute my new found joy of reading. It is also the only novel I have so far read which I have wanted to read a second time.

The book is about a 600+ year old vampire called Lucy (Lucia to be precise) who was abducted and turned during the 14th century, at the age of 15. Forever frozen with the face & body of a fifteen year old, Forever Fifteen. The book is primarily set during the 1980's, but has frequent flash backs into Lucy's past as a human and
Aug 18, 2009 Shade rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Blood and Chocolate
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May 01, 2010 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ♥Xeni♥ by: internet
I read (if you can call it that) Forever Fifteen as an audiobook over a year ago. I couldn't stop listening to it since! Whenever I want to hear about a wonderfully mature, yet confused girl (well, actually, vampire) I just turn to Lucy and work with her through her life.

There are a few scenes were I think it could have been written better. And a few characters are definitely lacking depth, but its all acceptable, seeing as how this wasn't supposed to be a novel of epic proportions.

This is a v
Abby Goldsmith
I read this book perhaps ten years ago as a podcast. The details have faded from my mind, but I still remember the awesome premise, and enjoying the heck out of it. It subverts the YA vampire trope. All too often, we see powerful, ancient, super-hot, sparkly vampire males falling in love with emo high school girls. No one ever talks about the creepy old man factor. No one questions why a powerful immortal would fall hopelessly in love with a teenager whose life experience is limited to high scho ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Forever Fifteen is the story of a vampire named Lucy who is living with a foster family. She meets a boy that for the first time in a very long time that she thinks she loves. Lucy is willing to pursue a relationship with him even though she doesn't know if she will be able to keep her relationship with him. Lucy has to deal with bullying and problems with people in her school while trying to hide her true self.

I think the message of this story is that the ones you love will be there for you alw
Anjie Kendall
Jan 30, 2013 Anjie Kendall rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This one is more like 2.5. I really wanted to like it, because the story itself was good. The writing, however, felt so stiff and formal. The way Lucy spoke was just outrageous, she'd been blending in with teenagers since at least the 60's, she should have known the phrases they used, how to blend in better. To me, she stuck out and called attention to herself that a vampire probably wouldn't have wanted.

On that same thought, I'm having a problem with the trend to send teenaged immortals, who ar
Apr 13, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
Not very well written, at all. It took me forever to finish it, because I kept getting bored. The author, as so many new authors do, tried to use WAY too many "big" words, or words inappropriate to the topic to make the book seem more polished. All it did was frustrate me and make me want to know why a supposed 15 year old used such flowery/old-fashioned phrasing. I realize the main character was very old, but she would have picked up the nuances of any language after a while. Not only that, but ...more
Tobyann Aparisi
Apr 20, 2013 Tobyann Aparisi rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much! The characters were very well defined! The story was lovely and sad, heartwarming and yet with that touch of mystery or thrill. I liked it because even though she is young (body wise) she is not a regular teenager just fighting with her friends and trying to be popular or fit in or whatever. She still remains true to herself. Knowing there is more to come I cannot wait to read the next book. It is sad, she did not mature to 25 as is with some other legends read. I gu ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Bianca rated it it was amazing
An adult romance horror novel of a fifteen year old vampire named Lucy that has existed for hundred of years. We follow her through highschool and her memories of life earlier and the complication that follow being hundred of years old in a teenagers body, being a blood-sucking vampire, and general high-school problems that only get worse. A good read, not for children. The sex scenes are gratuitous, Lucy's character deep and interesting, her past even more so, her highschool life isn't atypical ...more
Nov 17, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-audio
I really enjoyed listening to the book. I loved Lucy's comments throughout the story, Steele captured the personality of the vampire perfectly. Steele has created a wonderful set of charectors, and I look forward to reading (or listening) to more of her books.

Lucy felt very real in her actions which is not something that normally happens in most novels these days. To find a realistic (and non jazzed up) version of the past was very refreshing. I liked that Steele did not shy away from vividly d
Cary Morton
Jan 07, 2013 Cary Morton rated it really liked it
Though the writing of this story was very stiff and clinical for the most part, i felt the style was appropriate for the telling of it. This isn't your typical vampire story, and the author is unapologetic about it. Rather than the typical teen romance stories full of longing and drama, this takes what I'd consider a more realistic approach to the classic vampire story. The main character, Lucia, is an unwilling teen vampire with a practical outlook on eternity and her situation. You won't find ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Radar696 rated it really liked it
I found this as a free multi-chapter audio novel on the internet when it was first offered.
I think it must have been in 2005 when I believe it was first written.

I've seen where many are really hung up on some of the short comings of the book, both some of the writing style and character development but for me I have always been able to overlook these things if the story can hold my attention and this one did.

The rest is really up to the reader/listener, you have to make up your own mind as to wh
Sep 29, 2008 fred rated it it was amazing
What an interesting experience reading/listening to this book. It was about a girl vampire who became one during th e black death in the 1400's. It has, as most vampire books do, its own version of what a vampire does, is ruled by, and can be killed - which by the way I love (the ability to make rules of living etc). Another odd thing is that this book is only available for free via podcast, or over the internet from its website. Why on earth write the book if you can't sell it? Also, the book h ...more
Cathy Durand-kerns
Jun 26, 2013 Cathy Durand-kerns rated it liked it
Good storyline. Likable characters. A bit choppy in places and a new proof reader is a must! With that said, my primary for knocking off stars is the heroine is 15. Adult situations with a 15 year old ( dead or not) doesn't sit well especially when most of the MEN are literally more than twice her age. I understand that when she was turned it was the norm for her age and younger. I also know that 15 and younger are active today. Would have definitely finished the series with an older character.
Oct 07, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Emily by: free ebook on Amazon
Quite a different take on the vampire phenomenon. Though Lucy, the main character, is forever fifteen, this book is not for ya (in my opinion). At times it was sexually graphic, and there was some moderate to severe violence.

The book itself was very detailed and drawn out until the end...where it ended too abruptly. The ending was too rushed. To maintain flow, the ending should have been more detailed and lengthier.

However, I enjoyed the read. I would definitely read more from this author.
Crys Harris
Jan 02, 2013 Crys Harris rated it really liked it
This is surprisingly dark and odd, but I enjoyed it a great deal. Normally, I don't care for flashbacks, but the Black Death sequences were vital to the story. One of the strange things about the main character is that, despite her great many years, she remains unworldly. This is definitely creative license by the author and not believable, but I loved Lucy for her ingenuousness.

The ending is kind of sappy but I wouldn't have been satisfied with it any other way. A 37 year old man with a 15 yea
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