Author: Tara Fuller
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Kissed by Death (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1620610833 (Entangled Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-1620610831 (Entangled Teen)
Reviewed by: Michelle
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.
Quick & Dirty: A reaper falls in love, causing a ripple of events that throw the balance of the underworld.
Opening Sentence: “Tell me again.”
Tara Fuller’s Inbetween brings a different spin on paranormal. Death and reapers are mixed within a contemporary world. Inbetween has elements of forbidden love, and brings forth heavy paranormal details. I haven’t read a story based on reapers in a while, so it was refreshing to see this was on my list to read!
Emma has not had an easy life. Three years ago, she survived a crash, but lost her father. Since then, her days have been filled with haunted images, coincidental accidents, and hallucinations. Emma was sent away to return her sanity, but lately she is scared that it could all be happening again. Finn is a reaper. He continues his afterlife in between Heaven and Hell. The souls are kept in between these places, awaiting their placements with a chance to return to the living. Finn has made mistakes, mistakes that he will never atone to. Finn’s choices have affected Emma’s life. Now Emma’s life is in danger and Finn has to protect her, at whatever cost.
It was a little difficult for me to connect to the characters and the story. Inbetween has a deceivingly simple plot. In the general theme, Inbetween is about forbidden love. Fuller added paranormal elements and created her own world of reapers, death bringers, and gate keepers. But there was a lot going on, enough so that I couldn’t fully appreciate the story.
Emma is a troubled girl, feeling she has hallucinations real enough to endanger her life. Despite being a teenager, she had even more problems than normal. I couldn’t understand where she was coming from, at least not completely. I understood the dilemmas of going insane, but atop everything going on, it didn’t seem realistic. Maybe there was a lot of detail, too much which prevented me from fully making that bond with her.
Finn wasn’t my perfect guy, but he was someone to adore. He did the wrong thing for the right reasons. It wasn’t instant love, but he warmed up eventually. He was dependable and a constant to the insanity of their reality. He followed his heart, even if it wasn’t always the right thing to do. As the details revealed themselves, I understood him more and it was nice in the end.
The pacing of Inbetween was a little slow, only due to the amount of information and detail being told. There was a culture of the afterlife, the history of Emma, and the story of Finn. It felt like so many components trying to compete for attention rather than complimenting each other to make the perfect story. The dual point of view was nice, which I normally do not prefer. I think it added to the story and revealed all the right tidbits of information at the right time.
Inbetween is a unique love story of love and life. Some of my preferences may have prevented me from completely loving this story, but I don’t think that will happen to you. You’ll come for the different paranormal story of reapers and death and stay for the love between two people who were never meant to be.
That wouldn’t happen to this kid. He’d move on. He’d be saved for something better. Once I swallowed the lie, I took him by the arm and stepped into the twilight that swirled in front of us. I needed to get this over with. This kid, his words, they started fires inside me I didn’t know how to put out.
I was so damn tired of burning.
“Hey man,” he said, panicked. “You didn’t answer me. Where are we going? Heaven? Hell?”
I didn’t know what to say. So I just said, “Somewhere in between.”
Kissed By Death Series:
2. Blurred (July 2, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of Inbetween. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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