28 August 2012

(ARC) YA Book Review: Inbetween by Tara Fuller

Release Date: 28 August 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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Goodreads description:
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.
My Thoughts...
Inbetween, for me, was a real "feel good" read.  It pulled me in to its world with the complex web of reapers and souls and humans and had me totally engrossed in its storyline.  Each character pulled at my heartstrings in some little way and gave me the much sough-after connection that I'm always looking for.  This romantic pleasure read that is a fun weekend read to make you smile.

Finn and Emma's romance is so sweet.  I loved watching Finn as he tries to rekindle his relationship with Emma, who is actually the reincarnation of Allison, a soul he previously reaped and fell in love with (bit NO-NO there).  His protective nature sometimes seems a little stalkerish but as I got to see more of what Maeve was doing to poor, unsuspecting Emma, well, I thought his constant presence was probably quite warranted and necessary!

Beyond the romance, I like how Ms. Fuller establishes the different "types" of reapers.  There isn't a single type of reaper--each level of the afterlife has its own sets that are sent to reap those who "belong" to them.  I felt like this was really unique and interesting to learn about.  I do wish that possibly we had gotten to know more of the backstory of the main reapers in the story (Finn, Easton, and Anaya), but overall, Easton and Anaya were really great characters to get to know, even the little parts we did see.  I hope maybe we get to see their stories in the future because I think that they probably have really interesting stories to share.

In terms of side characters, Easton and Anaya were fun, but Cash, Emma's best friend and neighbor, was my absolute favorite. I loved him and pretty much every moment that we got to spend with him.  He, in my opinion, walked a line between typical teenage boy and girl's best friend.  He's totally there for Emma when she needs him...except when he's off being a hormonal teenage boy, you know?  The side character that I would have liked to see more developed? Emma's mom.  She makes these random, brief appearances, but I never felt like I had much to go on in terms of liking or disliking her.  She was just a passing presence.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend this one to fans of sweet romance and forbidden love. It avoids the almost expected love triangle scenario and wraps up nicely without an upsetting cliffhanger.  Ms. Fuller's writing is enjoyable and she's definitely an author that I'll look for more from in the future.


Adriana C said...

Great review! I also enjoy this book.
Adriana @ Reading Fictional

Danny Bookworm said...

Yes, I'm totally a fan of sweet romance and forbidden love!!! Totally going to read this one ;-))

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