Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/review-between-by-cyndi-tefft/
Truth be told, this was the first review request I’d ever had. And it would make sense that it would come from a self-published author, considering that self-published novels tend to get a smaller audience. I’m never sure what to expect of self-published novels; at least with published novels, I know that at least a pretty important group of people actually liked that book. But with self-published novels, all I know is that the author liked it. I generally don’t know the opinions of any other people.
Between was different from what I normally expect of paranormal romances. There was an unfinished feel to it that lacked the cleanliness left behind by brutal editors. In fact, this book almost gave me the feeling that I was reading fanfiction.
A huge part of books is plot. Plot is almost everything. It’s what happens in the book. And I felt as though Between was a little lacking in that area. I felt like the beginning was too fast-paced for me: as soon as I opened the book, suddenly Lindsey, the protagonist, gets into a car accident that kills her. Then, after she meets Aiden, her love interest, they immediately have this connection. And all that time, I was just thinking that they needed to stomp on the brakes and actually develop a love for each other.
I do think, though, that the plot became more interesting to me as the story winded on. I was getting bored with all this romance talk in the beginning, but then there was a turning point that stopped me from giving this book one star. I got to see Lindsey’s relationship with her parents and her friends more. I got to see how Lindsey copes with loss and hurt and anger. I got to see something more realistic. And I love that.
I felt completely overwhelmed by the description in this book. If you ask me, novels are all about action, not description. Description is good, yes, when not used too much. But this book was just chock-full of it.
The setting of this book takes place in both modern and medieval times. And considering the amount of description Cyndi Tefft added into her novel, I feel as if she did an amazing job with setting. Modern United States and then Ireland and France in the 1700s felt completely natural to me. I could easily believe living in those times. (On a side note though, something passed through my mind while I was reading a sort-of flashback for Lindsey. Were iPods really out – and popular – when Lindsey was fourteen? After all, she’s a college student now.)
And lastly, the characters. When I was only about halfway through the book, I thought that Lindsey was a flat, one-sided character. She was only concerned about Aiden, Aiden, Aiden; and I felt like gagging at times. But then the turning point changed my mind; Lindsey became something more realistic. She became more of a person and not just a book character to me. She became stronger. Braver.
Aiden was a more interesting character, I believe. (Which is not a good sign. When the female protagonist is less interesting to me than the love interest, my mind screams of Twilight, which is pretty much my lowest standards.) Aiden seemed to be well-rounded; he was caring and loving for his family and regretful for his past. I loved him ten times more than I liked Lindsey, though he still ranks pretty low on my hottest love interest list. Though I do admit that I wouldn’t be able to resist that accent.
All in all, Between was a very interesting read for me. Though I wasn’t completely satisfied with how fast-paced and sometimes clichéd it was in the beginning, gradually I warmed up to the book and enjoyed it thoroughly.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)