Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (July 29th 2014)
Ebook: 384 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars
When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she’s under the Fellowship’s protection herself, well, “stressed” is an understatement.
Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.
Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can’t have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.
Charlie may be in over her head.
I LOVED Between! For a cover that looks serious, you never expect this book to be hilarious and it was hilarious. One of my favorite scenes from this book is when Seth explains to Charlie about the Loch Ness Monster and why she is not regulated by the mystical realm. Another hilarious scene was when Lulu, Seth’s best friend, explains to Charlie what she learn about how the good looking boys “expect us to stare. They’d be all freaked out if we didn’t” (P92). The majority of these characters are direct and even though Charlie is appalled by their bluntness, the characters are oblivious by her reactions.
All the hilarity aside, this book also had a pretty serious tone. While Charlie learns about the truth that she’s the last of her kind, she still wants her family – Sam and Adele. They played a crucial part in shaping her life, but then is handed with this knowledge that neither of them are her real family. Still, when they are disappeared for the majority of the novel she never stopped thinking that they were her family. She doesn’t want to abandon them. While the Fellowship takes in finding Adele seriously because she’s high ranked in her position, they hardly care about Sam and I like that Charlie still has an attachment to him. Speaking of the Fellowship, I hate that they didn’t care about Charlie like she wasn’t a human being. Like her only purpose there was because of her precious blood. It really sucks because Charlie was a total badass. Even if the Fellowship didn’t care enough to look for Adele and Sam she looks for them on her own, knowing that she’s putting herself in danger. Charlie was a likable character right away. I love her relationship with her mom and Sam.
Speaking of danger, we have Seth who we find out is her protector in this mess. Oh and he’s also the guy that Charlie has feelings for even though he has declared that he wasn’t a jealous boyfriend after we are introduced to Kieran (don’t you just love the name?). The romance wasn’t overwhelming like you get in some fantasy novels. This had just the right amount. The only complaint that I had was that there was NOT enough Seth and Charlie moments. They were so cute and there were times that Seth did act jealous, especially concerning Kieran.
All in all I loved this novel with a capital ‘L’. The magic was interesting and I loved seeing my favorite fairy tale “monsters.” By the end of the novel I still have a lot unanswered questions, even though it seems that a lot of things have wrapped up and especially when it comes to Whealan. I hope there will be a sequel or a novella of sorts, but I’m satisfied with the ending…for now anyways.