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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Seven Weeks to Forever is a young adult romantic paranormal fantasy written by Jennifer Farwell. Cassidy knows that she'll be dying yet again in another seven weeks. She's living in the house in Los Angeles that her parents left her, far from the Boston home she grew up in and the aunt and uncle who took her in as a small child many years before. Cassidy loves music and enjoys going to concerts. A particular pet peeve of hers is when a tall guy blocks her view of the stage like this one is doing. After all, she's rather diminutive in size, and he could easily let her stand in front. After she manages to get herself out of his shadow and the concert has ended, she notices something shiny on the ground. It's a student ID that just happens to belong to Riley, the blocker. Her Life-After handler, Noah, tells her that Riley is her assignment as a Second-Timer on earth and already she's annoyed with him.
Jennifer Farwell's young adult romantic paranormal fantasy, Seven Weeks to Forever, is a powerful and moving sweet romance. The author has fashioned a fascinating mythology about the afterlife that fuels the plot for her story. Cassidy loves the Life-After and is going through the movements as a Second-Timer, almost as if she's serving time, just waiting to be released and to be allowed to return. The reader is privy to her innermost thoughts and feelings as she works so hard to remain disengaged from life. Her unwilling romance with Riley, another damaged soul, is beautifully orchestrated as the two learn to trust and love again. Farwell's writing style is fluid and smooth. Once I began this compelling fantasy, I didn't want to stop until I had finished the story. It's a marvelous tale that should please both adult and young adult readers alike. Seven Weeks to Forever is most highly recommended.