by Tara Fuller
Genre: Paranormal YA |
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Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: NetGalley
Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.
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.
Reincarnation romances aren’t usually my favorites. I find that they end up skipping over all the good stuff like initial attraction, blossoming affection, and first love. In INBETWEEN, yes, there is a reincarnated romance, but Fuller doesn’t use the past between Finn and Emma/Allison as an excuse to bypass all the fun, early relationship stuff. Nor does the story focus on trying to make Emma remember her previous life. Instead, it’s what motivates Finn to want to get to know the new person who has the soul he loves. He never tries to make her become someone else. They get an entirely new romance full of all those sweet, messy firsts.
As much as I liked Finn and Emma together, I was secretly rooting for Emma’s best friend to end up with her. Cash has a not so pleasant home life situation which has him sneaking into Emma’s bedroom most nights. He’s a a bit of a womanizer, but not with Emma. There was a real sweetness between the two of them that I completely fell for….I’m really hopping that Cash will get the girl–even if it’s not Emma–in the next Kissed By Death book.
The pacing in INBETWEEN is also excellent. The story never drags once and the dialog constantly advances the plot. There are more than a few predictable twists, and the threat to Finn was a lot of bark without the bite. Every time he broke a rule, he was supposed to earn a first class ticket to Hell, but his punishments ended up being pretty mild. Even at the end when Finn broke all the rules for Emma, he ends up getting a reward instead of a reprimand. And while I like HEAs, it was a little too easy in this case. There was also the brief commentary on the military that irked me. Finn was a soldier when he died, and we’re told that he earned a place in hell because of his military duty which involved combat. We aren’t told that he ever unjustly killed anyone or in any way acted without honor. Apparently all soldiers go to hell. It was just a small aside, but it did hurt my enjoyment of the book.
Overall, INBETWEEN was a fun romance with great pacing, the best kind of heartbreak, and a reincarnation plot that didn’t skip over any of the good stuff. I wish the consequences for Finn had been more severe if only to make his love for Emma worth all the more, but it was Emma’s BFF who stole the story for me and I’m already looking forward to reading more about him.
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