22 August 2012

Review + Giveaway: Inbetween by Tara Fuller




Book: Inbetween by Tara Fuller
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 400
Source: Review copy provided for blog tour
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

Inbetween is a surprising albeit regular paranormal romance with a rather refreshing twist -- reapers. While Inbetween does go above and beyond a regular, 3 starred read, it falls a little short under "ASDFGHJKL;" amazing.

Well let's start off with what was absolutely awesome with this book, yes?

WHAT MAKES INBETWEEN SO SPECIAL? 

  • Damn good world building, that is!
    • GAH. Just WOW. Inbetween really threw me in for a loop here. Most paranormal romances don't really wow me with the world building but with the romance. (After all, isn't that the point? It is a paranormal romance.) Well, except for this little book here!
    • What's so surprising about the world building is how in depth it is. The Inbetween itself, how the system works, and everything else obviously showed the work of someone who took the time and effort to come up with something unique and pretty much awesome.
  • The writing is actually GOOD.
    • Okay, I guess it's no surprise now that I expected very little of this book besides some cute/steamy romance to gnaw on for the time being. The writing, although redundant at times with the descriptions, is vivid and just easy on the eyes. I LOOOVED it.
  • EMOTIONS. 
    • There are some pretty heart wrenching scenes in here, I'm not going to lie. I don't know if it was my teenage hormones fluctuating at that very moment or something but I was near TEARS, I tell you. Books hardly make me cry, so that is an accomplishment I tell you!
  •  Romance = A-OKAY!
    • Not the best, but not the worst -- it's just really, really freaking cute. While I would have LOVED some more romance development between Finn and Emma, the back story and the time they spend together is just adorable and very well written. 

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE ME GO RAH

I was going to start my sentence with, "Okay," but that's just really awkward when I think about it since I do it so much. Like the title says, there were little things in this book that just irritated me for a bit.
  • Maeve, my dear, you are so cliche that it hurts my heart. IMMENSELY.
    • Okay, so, not just "for a bit" but Maeve irritated me throughout the entire book. She is the villain after all, but this villain was so two-dimensional she made paper look like a three-dimensional human. Her character is so predictable, it's gut wrenching. (END RANT.)


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    4 lovelies:

    Gianna said...

    Awesome review!


    Thanks for participating.

    Gianna said...

    I keep seeing glowing reviews for this one and I'm completely convinced. I love reaper stories and it sounds like this is at the top of the 'good' list! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Gianna said...

    I definitely agree with you on a lot of your thoughts! It looks like INBETWEEN is a solid 4-star read. I think the characters were all pretty great, but I see where you thought Maeve was cliche, now that I think about it. I really enjoyed Finn & Emma's romance as well! Hehe, FLUCTUATING TEENAGE HORMONES. ;) Oh, Gianna.

    Gianna said...

    Oh, Giannnna, damn. This sounds GOOD!
    "Most paranormal romances don't really wow me with the world building but
    with the romance. (After all, isn't that the point? It is a paranormal romance.) Well, except for this little book here!"


    you know, I've only read an excerpt/chapter samply (in the back of Onyx), but I FEEL this. Even in the short bit I read! I want to read it. SO curious where it's going to go!

    LOVE your review, love! ♥

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