on Feb. 25, 2013 :
I did not want to stop reading this story. After the least interruption, I was back reading it again. I loved this story. I don't write reviews for just any book. For me to read a story, it must first of all be decently written; not perfectly, just decently. Then it has to have characters I want to stick with. After that, if the author wove the tale about those characters in an engaging manner, I'll finish reading. But to leave a review, I have to at least see something done with a story that isn't typical, such as an unexpected take on a theme, or a twist that left my mouth dropping open, or basically just awesome writing that really engaged me in the lives of the characters--writing that made me want to read an old theme like it was new again. The best writers can take the oldest idea and make you feel like you're walking the path for the first time.
This story has all of that. If I could give it a six star review, I would.
Underneath the fantasy story of a girl who is dragged into the world of the fae unwillingly, you discover a deeper story of soullessness, of lost compassion, of love abandoned as something useless. This is a story of what happens when you lose your spiritual roots, when you decide status is more important than what is right. It's about the selfish decisions and lack of empathy that leads to warfare. It's about the outsider looking at the powers in control of her life and deciding it's just not right.
I really, really loved this book. Fantasy can entertain, but it an also explore really tough themes in the most brilliant, illuminating manner, and this one does that. Very much hoping for more from this author.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2012 :
The Between is a story of Lydia Hawthorne, a girl who discovers that she is a faerie. Lydia is sought as an asset by both sides in a stalemated war that only she can end.
I really enjoyed this one. It has a good story with many threads of plot woven together, though there were a couple I wasn’t sure how they tied off.
The ending felt to me like a bit of a downer. The good guys triumphed, but the cost of victory seemed so high.
One thing that I found slightly distracting throughout is that one of the characters is called Clive Barrow (and is often referred to by his full name). Every time I saw it I thought of Clyde Barrow, as in Bonnie and Clyde. A connection I’m not sure the author intended.
Overall this was the best self-published novel I’ve read so far, and better than some traditionally published novels. It was well written, well paced, and the characters, their decisions and motivations felt very believable.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)