{Review} The Space In Between by Jen Minkman

October 10, 2014 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★½

{Review} The Space In Between by Jen MinkmanThe Space In Between by Jen Minkman
Pages: 300
Published by Dutch Venture Publishing on September 5, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author

When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she's convinced it's an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.

Hayko, the mysterious stranger, won’t let go. After returning home from her stone circle adventure, Moira is beckoned back night after night to the outlandish dreamland by an invisible force. But the hardest part isn't having to fight the terrifying creatures of these nightmares--it's realizing she’s falling for a guy without a past who isn’t real.

What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams?

YA Review My Thoughts

The Space Inbetween is an imaginative story with very vivid scenery. It didn’t work out for me like I’d hoped it would but there were things that I really enjoyed about the story. I liked the setting and descriptive writing that the author used when painting the dream landscapes. I thought the book was different and creative. However, I found myself putting it down and picking it back up again multiple different times. No matter when I decided to read it, it never really held all of my interest. The beginning was especially hard for me to get through. The book did pick up, but it wasn’t really every enough for love it. I liked the book enough but walked away feeling kind of meh.

I  liked the main character, Moira. I thought she was independent and not afraid to stick to her guns. I also really liked the relationship between her and her siblings. My favorite aspect of the book was how they were all involved in the ritual and linked through the dreams. I thought that was really interesting, especially when they would take on more of the observer roles. It was cool. As you can tell, there were aspects of the book that worked for me and that I enjoyed. I also really liked when Moira finally kicked her no good ex to the curb. I thought that was a tipping point for me, but then I thought about why she was with him in the first place. I mean, he was a huge jerk!

Other than that though, the story just seemed a little strange for me. It did keep me guessing, but I never really loved any of the characters. I liked Moira, but that was the strongest feeling I developed for anyone in the book. The romance was ok. I think that sums up how I felt on the whole, actually. It was ok, but not great. With that being said, I can see this book working for people that are looking for something imaginative and different with a touch of magic and a dream realm where you have to expect the unexpected. If that sounds like your kind of read, give The Space Inbetween a try. I have heard awesome things about Jen Minkman’s books, so if you have any other reccomendations of which one of her books I might enjoy more, please let me know. I would love to give her another try.


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Don’t just take my word for it though:
Check out these reviews from readers that Loved The Space In Between:

 Whimsical Nature gave it 4.5 stars

Tome Tender gave it 5 stars!


About Jen Minkman

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

‘I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad’s typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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