I have my review of Inbetween, an excerpt from the book, and a giveaway for you! This is your one stop Inbetween stop 😉
Expected Publication Date: August 28, 2012 by Entangled Teen
Age Group: YA
Series: Kissed by Death #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Sophomore Reading challenge, ABC challenge
Since the car crash that took her father’s life two 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 such a nice story. I read it what felt like one quick sitting. It just flew by. It was such a nice love story and the world of the reapers and the inbetween was really cool!
Finn is just adorable. I can’t imagine anyone not liking him. He is just like a cute little puppy. Who doesn’t like puppies? He just seemed so inherently good. I loved seeing him interact with Emma. I am dying to know more about him though. We got to know him a little but it was not nearly enough to satisfy my curiosity. I hope to learn more about him in the next book because I have such a sweet little crush on him.
Emma is pretty awesome too. I really liked her with Finn. Their romance stole the show for me. Emma’s best friend is a guy. But they have the most refreshing relationship ever! Neither one of them like each other! I can’t even tell you how nice that was. To see a guy and a girl grow up together, be best friends and not have any unrequited love going on. It kept the focus of the story on Emma and Finn- just where I wanted it.
This book was not just a sweet love story. There is an angry spirit thrown into the mix and it would totally have freaked me out if I were Emma. Some of the things that happened were crazy!
I loved learning about the Reapers and all the different worlds, but I would have liked to learn even more about the concept of the afterlife. I hope this concept will be further explored in the next book, because I find it fascinating! Inbetween is a really sweet and engaging story. I love Finn and Emma, and this book made me really love reapers. And the set up for book 2 is really great! I can’t wait to read it, judging by this book it is going to be wonderful!
So this is an excerpt that I really liked from Inbetween. It’s one of the first times that Emma actually meets Finn. Enjoy 🙂
“How did you know I was here?” I finally asked. “Are you stalking me or something?” He laughed. It was a nervous, broken harmony of sound that did funny things to my insides. He picked up a twig and scratched something into the dirt between his thighs. “Just good timing, I guess.” I wanted to laugh, but it wasn’t there. I wasn’t sure what was inside me. The only thing I could feel was that prickling cold crawling under my skin. I scratched my arms until they felt raw, wanting it out. “Hey, are you okay?” I looked up and for maybe the first time really saw the boy sitting across from me. He had a sad look on his face. Not the kind that showed how he was feeling at that second, but the kind that’s branded there after seeing things that can never be unseen. His light-brown hair was cropped close around his scalp, the longer pieces on top stained gold from the sun. His jaw was strong, classic looking. He looked like he belonged somewhere else, a place where it was normal for boys to look like James Dean and rescue damsels in distress. He looked like he belonged at this bonfire about as much as I did. I nodded and closed my eyes, trying to puzzle out the weird fluttery sensation that invaded my stomach when I looked at him. “Thank you,” I said. “I…I didn’t say thank you before.” He looked at me for half a second, then back down to the dirt. His lips tipped up into a lopsided smile that looked incredibly underused. “Anytime, Emma.” “How do you know my name?” I hadn’t told him at school. He hadn’t given me the chance. “It’s…it’s complicated.” “Can’t be that complicated. It’s actually a pretty simple question.” I stood up, hoping my shaky legs would support me. My heart started a slow and steady pound. Someone had pushed me. And this guy was the only person around. It was too convenient. I didn’t believe in convenient. I peered into the darkness, hearing only crickets. How far had I wandered from the party? “Look, I have to go,” I said. He looked up at me with those kryptonite eyes, confused. “Where are you—” He clutched his hip and his words choked off into a groan. His face paled. “Hey are you okay?” I reached out and he jerked back from my touch. “I’m…fine. Maybe…you should…find Cash…now.” I realized he was shimmering. Every second that passed, his face twisted with more pain and he grew a little more iridescent. I backed away, and for reasons I couldn’t place right then, grabbed my camera and snapped a picture of him. He glared at me in disbelief. “Wh-why did you do that?” I shrugged, playing nonchalant when really I was terrified. “Why not? I need pictures for the yearbook.” He groaned again and for a split second, he flickered out of existence. “Emma…go.” Hands shaking, I lifted the camera up to look at the display. He wasn’t there. I blinked, hoping the image would change, but it didn’t. He…he wasn’t there. Just an out-of-focus white cylinder of smoke where a cute boy with amazing green eyes should have been standing. An orb. “Please. I don’t want you to see this.” He gripped his knees. I stared at him, everything blank within me, and realized I wasn’t breathing. With a crash, the reality of what was happening fell down around me. I inhaled a deep, shuddering gasp of air and my knees nearly gave out. Something in me said to stay. Something in me said to run. And every inch of me wanted to touch him. To grab hold of him and not let him disappear again. He was my proof. If he disappeared, so did any hope I had of convincing myself I wasn’t crazy. “Go find Cash,” he choked out. “Don’t leave his side. Go home and don’t stop until you get there. Do you hear me?” I nodded dumbly, gripping my camera. A gust of wind rushed between us, and in one blinding flash, he was gone. There wasn’t any denying it. He was…he was… “Oh, God.” I stumbled back, unable to breathe. Fear pulsed through my veins until everything went fuzzy. My head spun with so many thoughts, I couldn’t keep track of them. But the one that stood out from the rest was his voice. Go home and don’t stop until you get there. He sounded afraid. And if he was afraid, then something told me I should be, too. I didn’t think about it anymore. I turned around, refusing to think about the things that lurked in the shadows around me, and ran.
Tara Fuller writes novels; some about grim reapers and some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
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