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First Came Forever

(The Angelheart Saga #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  90 reviews
First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.

Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica Lindell's life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can't help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairytale love story that will set her lif
Paperback, 322 pages
Published August 31st 2017 by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers
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First love. A promise of forever. A lie that changes everything.
Backpacking with her high school friends, Erica Lindell's life takes a thrilling new turn. Meeting the fascinating Sasha Ailes, she can't help but fall completely and irrevocably in love with him. When he feels the same way about her, Erica finds herself drawn into a fairytale love story that will set her life on a new
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I want to thank Annie Woods for providing me with an ARC of First Came Forever in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. All opinions and views expressed are my own.

Synopsis: Erica and her 3 closest friends are off on a summer vacation celebrating turning 18 and being legal. When Erica’s friends want to party hardy, Erica feels out of step with them. Erica has set up the vacation so that they will backpack over beautiful countries and enjoy sightseeing.

At their current loc
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So this book was a total roller coaster.

It took me a while to really get into the story. The beginning was a little boring but once Erica got to United States the story got so much more interesting.

This book has a love triangle which I typically don’t like but in this it worked well. Usually I find love triangles to be unnecessary but the one in this book actually made sense and felt real and natural.

I loved the s
Sophie's Reading Corner
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: athletes, bad-boys
*4.5 lovely stars*

Erica is on vacations with her friends and instead of partying all the time, all she wants is to explore the place, visit the ruins and on her quest to explore the history of the place, she meets Sasha. A very handsome, yet mysterious guy with secrets.

Trusting her insticts she ends up getting to know him better and falling in love with him. But when the secrets are being revealed, Erica doesn't know what to do. These secrets could make her quit her dreams, leave her life behin
Darque  Dreamer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
First Came Forever is an enchanting, addictive love story! It's one of those fantasy, dream like romances that you can't get out of your head! Prepare yourself for a page turner full of intriguing drama, passion, and surprising twists!

The Plot: Sweden native, Erica Lindell, is about to start her senior year of high school. So, she and her friends decide to go backpacking through Vietnam as a last hurrah before their final year. While on her trip to see the historical sites, she meets the allurin
Brina (Brina and the Books)
4 Stars

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Read full review here: Brina and the Books

Writing this review is going to be so difficult because I don't want to give anything away. What I can tell you is that I liked the initial story of this novel. It's not original or even unique but I'm pretty sure it's something every girl has dreamed about at least once in her life and why not experience it through a book. ;)
Erica and Sasha's relationship was unique and wild, bu
Tea With Rose's Tomes
I really enjoyed First Came Forever, like a cat likes catnip, it was addictive and couldn't put it down!

First off the cons:

The only con about this book is that I was left stunned & shocked. Now, desperately need the second book. So, the con is me being impatient, going to have to wait for the second!(:


I loved the settings of the backpacking adventure in the beginning. It was vivid and just plain beautiful. Honestly, wanted to be Erica Lindell through & through so I could see through her eye
- m
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun contemporary to read.

After reading the blurb, I thought this would be something like an urban fantasy since there were royalties involved. However, as I dove into the book, it turned out to be more contemporary, which was super cool.

The beginning was a bit fast-paced, as I thought how they met was a bit abrupt and cliché. However, as the book progressed, it slowed down a bit and I became more absorbed into it when Erica got to her new school. I mean, who doesn't like reading
Lisa (littlemeadowreads)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some books make you foolishly happy. They click so well with your personality and taste that you regret reading it this late in your life. First came forever by Annie Woods was such a book for me. It is an instant favourite and I am forever grateful to Annie for sending me a copy. Otherwise I might have never read it. If you love secret romance, dramatic plots twists, intrigues and heartbreak, what are you doing? Stop reading this review and get yourself a copy!

If you view the story from a
Nada Hosny
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“The more I got to know you, the more amazing you were. And the more I wanted you to like me, to see the real me and not the cold, selfish, shallow guy I let the others see. I thought I was broken till you came along. You bring out the best of me, you make me want to be the best me I can.”
Erica, started her first adventure, backpacking with her besties. she didn't know what was missing from her life, until she met Sasha. Falling completely in love with him was pretty easy for her. but
Samidha; समिधा
*NOTE: A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for the copy. All opinions are my own.*

Review :

3.5/4 stars

I have come cross some views saying that First Came Forever was a very clichéd romance, however that did not stop this book from being one interesting narrative. We follow Erica, a young girl, who goes on a vacation with her friends. She however is very different from her friends, she doesn’t like to party and would rather site-see an old
Vidhya Thakkar
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

First came forever is a story of Erica and Sasha who falls in love. As the time proceeds, what will happen next? Is this love forever? or is it lust?

It's a complete movie style story. It's the book that made me cry.  Firstly, I am obsessed with the cover and the title of the book. It's attractive. The plot of the story is super amazing. It's a page-turner story with lots of twists. The narration of the story was intriguing. Loved how the author described e
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
*This book was given to me for free by the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book is so much more than it seems at first glance. It looks like it is hurt a cliche romance story with royalty but Oh No! There's betrayal, assassins, scandals, love triangles (yes, plural!) and so much more. The story isn't even that focused on Sasha and Erica as it is on Erica's life. And there's side plots that happen simultaneously as when they collide it's just BAM!

I will say nothing in
Danielle Steenrod
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS!! This book utterly blew me away and left me in a state of shock. The feels. Wow. I’m having a hard time coming up with coherent thoughts. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will notice that I haven’t reviewed any contemporary romance novels. Well, that’s because I usually stay far away from this genre. I’ve read too many cringe-worthy insta-love stories that have really turned me off of this genre. Annie e-mailed me asking if I would be willing to read and r ...more
Jackie Nolan
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It took me a little while to get into it at first, but that also could have been because I read this book during the stressful ending of my semester at school. Once I got into the story, I was hooked. You could feel the suspense building throughout the story and gives you an “edge of your seat” kind of vibe which always makes for an interesting read. I love when the tension builds in a book and you’re waiting to see what will happen next. I did not see the twi ...more
Book Hunt With Us
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before anything, we’d like to thank Annie Woods for gladly sending in a copy of her eBook "First Came Forever", first book in ‘The Angelheart Saga’! 😍We enjoyed reading and reviewing each chapter of this book. The intensity of the plot that only got thicker towards the end had me staring at my tab for hours! I also respect this work for representing and respecting the #LGBTQ community and their everyday problems in this series.💪💕

Erica Lendell, an 18-year-old girl, decides to go on a small trip,
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an absolute must-read. This book left me giggling like a teenager, and made me want to pick up the second book right away. I felt silly in love with the whole story, and I felt insanely good about it.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
TRASH! Not even good that’s just awful trash. Like sorry but it ain’t 2003 anymore
Irma *Irma The Book Whisperer*
Erika watched him pensively. “You've changed,” she finaly said. “Really changed. “Why? What happened?”
“Why? Do you really need to ask that?” He raised his eyebrow at her. Swiftly, he moved his hand along the railing and covered her hand with his. He looked down at their hands and let his finger slide gently over the back hand. “You happened.”

Have you ever seen those clips when a child opens up a book and magic starts pouring out of it? Yeah, that!
Annie Woods is a new author to me. This is her d
Joey Paul
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I picked up this book and thought it sounded amazing, something I could really enjoy and it was so much more than that! It was well-paced and just all out amazing! I found myself losing time as I sat down to read just one more chapter. Erica was so well written and the love story makes you feel like you're actually reading a grown up relationship. There was always love, and consent which is a huge issue. The only bit I didn't like was the end because it left me wanting more and I don't know ...more
Noha Nader
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Its a book you would want to read in summer with a cup of coffee or iced coffe there are a few cliche part but they are kinda add something to the book plus the book is teenager/kids book and that reminded me of the old adorable fanfic I used to read and miss reading.

Erica is such a sweet girl she is sassy not afraid to be herself and she doesnt know what her value is (which is like a lot of teenage girls) i could relate to her in so many ways.

Sasha is so romantic is the kind of guy that might
Issah Camille Garcia
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually rated this 4.5 stars. I fell in love with this book right away because of the amazing and well-written settings. Annie Woods' descriptions are vivid and easy to imagine. I always want to travel outside the country alone and I love the idea of finding the person you'll fell in love with while exploring a beautiful place.

im not a huge fan of love triangles especially when it isnt obvious who the characters would end up to. I dont want to be upset when my ship does not sail! Im Team Tyle
Jennifer Leigh
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First Came Forever by Annie Woods is a wonderful story about love, lust, and friendship. I enjoy the characters and each of their unique personalities. I also love the relationships that Erica has with the various characters. I found that the book was very hard to put down. There are so many good things about this book but would spoil it if I told you. I highly recommend reading this book!
To see my full review
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 4,3 / 5 stars

I'm so glad I finally got around to reading this book. It's been sitting on my TBR forever and I'm so happy I'm tackling it now that I'm finally on vacation. I'll try not to spoil anything major I promise.

Jumping into the book, you're first introduced to the main character Erica and her friends who are going on a vacation abroad together but while all Erica's friends want to do is party and sunbathe, she wants to go see the sights and experience the temples of Cambodia. So s
My Next BookBf
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

First Came Forever by Annie Woods is a great read for all the YA lovers that can handle some insta love, some cliche moments, with a little bit of drama, and some suspense. So this is me being super honest the first chapters didn't capture my attention at all and I thought that I was going to DNF but I'm glad I kept on reading. Don't get me wrong I enjoy it but it was too cheesy for my liking. But once you get passed the vacation with Sasha everything starts getting so much better. Soo guys
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I rate this book 4.5/5.

I humbly thank Annie Woods the author of this wonderful book for sending me this review copy.

The book is about a girl named Erica who meets a boy named Alexandre aka Sasha. Initially, Erica is absolutely ignorant of Sasha’s mysterious background. But when she does, her life takes an unexpected turn.

Now, I am gonna go step by step in order to make myself elaborate enough.

Plot : The plot of the story is quite fascinating with a very lucid narration. It was quite unique. The
Claudia Elisa (The Bookish Sisters)
Oh boy this book… how can I even… I have so many mixed feelings about it. I liked it, I really did,, it took me a really long time to finish it, I will admit the biggest reason behind it is the fact that I’ve been drowning in school work but at the same time I wasn’t dying to pick it up every time. I thought about the book my reaction was “okay, I have to finish it” and then I remembered Tyler and was like “omg yeesss I have to keep reading” but when I picked up the book I went back to the “okay ...more
Candice Willman
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gifted this book from the author for an honest review. I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it but I’m glad I finally did. Trying to remain spoiler free but that ending. Wow. The last half of the book was so intense. I love the characters. I seriously love Tyler and it’s hard not to want him happy too. I hope to see more of him. But man Sasha and Erica. So many questions and answers needed. I’m excited for the next book. That ending. My heart is still racing. Thank you for gifting me thi ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this one a few years ago and I loved it!! I'm rereading the second book now ❤️ ...more
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
My Review : I was sent this beautiful review copy by the author herself to put forward my honest and unbiased opinion.

First and foremost, I adored this book. A perfect mixture of teen drama, romance, humor and royal politics(yep).

Annie Woods follows the life of Erica Lindell, a teenager who comes to US along with her father to pursue her studies. But before going to US, she goes backpacking with her friends to Cambodia and meets Sarah, the love of her life and then the drama unfolds.

I loved how
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Annie Woods is a Swedish author who writes romantic YA books in English. She is the author of the Angelheart Saga series (First Came Forever, Forever Disguised and Beyond Forever) following 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever.

Visit her website to find out more and connect with her on social media. She loves to hear back from her readers a

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The Angelheart Saga (3 books)
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