31 July 2014

Between ARC Review

by Megan Whitmer

What they say: When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she's under the Fellowship's protection herself, well, "stressed" is an understatement.

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn't know who she can trust. She's dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can't have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.

I received a copy from Spencer Hill Press in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): I featured Between as a previous W.O.W. post because the premise, blurb and cover excited me. I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint! 

Main character Charlie (Charlotte) finds herself being thrown headfirst into a difficult and strange situation and doesn't know who to trust. Charlie has to flee to the Between, where she learns about magic and all things mythological. Even though she's suddenly surrounded by the unknown and magical (a few teenage bratty moments aside), she deals with it all well. She's sweet, fierce, headstrong and desperate for answers. Charlie can be rash but it was easy to understand why she reacts at times but I kept hoping we'd get more answers.

I found Seth intriguing and didn't always know what to make of him. He's both endearing and infuriating, but handles everything well. I appreciated his loyalty, although he could have been a bit more open. In a strange kinda way he reminded me a bit of Dimitri from Vampire Academy.

The concept of the in Between was clever and the world building was really imaginative. Sometimes fantasy books can be heavy with descriptions but in this case it worked well and added to the story.

There are a large number of characters, which was a little confusing at times. The secondary characters were good and I wanted to see more of certain ones and less of others. I enjoyed the twist and turns and am looking forward to the next instalment.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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