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  1. karen karen says:

    so when i am cleaning house i like to have some sort of police procedural on in the background i don't know why i just find them soothing the shape of the narrative tends to be consistent and they usually have enough action seuences for me to pace my laundry folding and book restacking in a productive waythere is a definite preference hierarchy to the shows i will watch law and order excluding criminal intent is the preferred choice ncis and criminal minds are lower and as i have only recently discovered them 'cuz my dad likes them there are a ton i haven't seen which is nice they are nowhere near as good as law and order but they will do sometimes they have good guest actors and some original plotlines criminal intent comes somewhere down after them i hate the music for the show and i hate how every episode ends the same way in desperate times i will watch without a trace or csi but i kind of hate them but the house has to get cleaned right? and it's all background noise anywaybut the point is and there is a point i can remember the plots of most of the law and orders i have seen the other shows just kind of form this hazy memory of something i experienced once to pass the time and that's how i feel about this book i guess i mean looking at the ratings on here people are over the moon about it and it has good things going for it but at the end of the day it was a diversion and nothing a YA mystery novel with ambition than some but not a favoriteit is similar in a lot of ways to before i fall dead girl only realizes after she is dead what a horrible bitch she was when she was alive but instead of getting to go back and try to change certain things ghost liz and the ghost of a boy from her school who also recently died can only observe what happens after her death and slip back and view random episodes from their pasts to try to figure out the mysteries of their deathsas a mystery novel it is enjoyable even though it is predictable the pacing is fast and it is a true page turneri read this in two giant gulps and it was never boring even when it was clear what the big reveal was going to bethere is something satisfying about it like chugging orange juice on a really hot daybut the characters i couldn't stand any of them to be fair they were well drawn and every character flaw was shown to have its origin in some presumably forgivable backstory explanation i am this way because this person made me this way and she was like that because she was going through this and that and the person who was upsetting her was only doing it because blah etc etc etc so kudos for exhaustive psychological paddingbut at the end of the day ugh i may need to use the spoiler button and this is a real spoiler not like some people who use them successfully to be cute this is going to be a spoiler filled rantview spoiler because seriously she KILLED SOMEONE and her first impulse is to hide the crime because hey what's another person's life compared to the pretty girl's freedom? and yes she gets sucked into some weird sexual blackmail gig and her anorexia worsens and she runs herself into illness and then she gets murdered so it's not as though her actions don't have conseuences and it's not like she doesn't feel guilty about what she has done but i really still can't feel any sympathy i know it is a noveland i know it is just meant to be entertaining or instructive don't let popularity control your life and make you into a mega bitch for starters etc but again she killlled someone and she was a hair pulling rich bitch who acted snotty before and after she died and why?? because mommy died when she was nine? and planted the seeds of shallowness and self absorption in her? and daddy wasn't around much?? i mean at some point you gotta be realistic nine years is a long time to not be able to find any positive role models adult or otherwise and if richie is this anomaly in the crowd someone who was a drug dealing saint who loved this snotty girl but was still able to talk civilly to the common man surely some of it would have rubbed off on her or he would have lost patience with her behavior right? it is just frustrating to be asked to sympathize with some drunk spoiled hit and run bitch who has just puked all over her friends rug and calmly walked out the door without a backwards glance to run over some kid on a bike who is apparently also a noble saint because he just forgives her because he realizes she is sad ugh and i don't care how much of a workaholic you are if your first wife died from anorexia and your daughter starts getting really skinny really fast surely an alarm goes off in your head??? surely?? how does no one say girl you are getting too skinny eat a sandwich people notice but given her mom's history does no one think it would be productive to intervene? i mean maybe after she passes out from hunger and gets a concussion?? no?? no one?? i know i am barking at the realism content of a teen mystery novel but in the aftermath of reading it i become frustrated but i did like it when i was reading it don't get me wrong hide spoiler


  2. Carolina Carolina says:

    It's really hard for me to be swept away by a book in the same way I used to be swept away as a kid Maybe it's a writer thing I don't know I mean I have this ridiculous internal editor that never shuts up But something happened as I was reading BETWEEN I noticed it had a release date of August 2 so I picked it up and there I stood reading this afternoon beside my kitchen island my Coke Zero forgotten and my peanut butter sandwich staling and before I knew it my legs were cramping and I was fifty pages in I moved to the sofa and I kept reading I noticed that my heart rate had accelerated and I was reading faster and faster and seriously I felt like I was having some sort of panic attack Liz Richie Alex I knew them Within an hour I knew them I rooted for them I was horrified by them I cringed and laughed and my heart thumped thumped thumped for themSee the book's description on the back of the ARC did not reveal nearly as much as the summary on Goodreads so when I got to the end of chapter one I gasped out loud I was stunned And the world Warman created criminy it's like real and insane and real real real What an authentic voice You know like Lauren Oliver except her own We see this world of high school drama that is genuine without being totes OMG FML like whatever So yeah Just real And so are the bullies It forces you to see the ugliness and the meanness that exists in our schools and it keeps your eyes fixed And sometimes that hurts And the grown ups? The real life drama of adult life? It seeps in so authentically meshed so perfectly with the complicated lives of these teenagers from every walk of life No caricatures or stock characters just real and complex and multi facetedHave I said real yet?It sucks you into this world that is ours but there's a strong supernatural current that you must navigate as you move through thisour world But the way it's told the way the story unfolds I bought it I never once uestioned it There were all these pieces to the puzzle of this book which is a gorgeous love story with a supernatural element and a mystery and everything came together so brilliantly There's also some serious darkness to this book issues that affect so many of our teens and they're dealt with in a non preachy realistic relevant way But the most amazing thing? Warman was able to make me weep for a character that at one point repulsed me Talk about incredible characterization and unbelievable craftmanship I was so moved Swept away Breathless BETWEEN is truly unforgettable a beautiful cautionary story that defies expectations forces us to confront our darkest realities and reminds us just how fragile and precious and hard life really is


  3. Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach says:

    Great book I spent a good part of my day immersed in this story It reminded me of Remember Me by Christopher Pike which was my favorite when I was a tween I figured out the mysteries pretty early on but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book It's fairly long 450 pages but a uick read Definitely worth picking up


  4. Melissa (i swim for oceans) Melissa (i swim for oceans) says:

    Liz was perfect in life She had the looks the friends and the money to buy popularity and keep it Beneath the surface though Liz was than just a pretty face Born to a mother plagued by anorexia Liz learned from an early age that eating euals control and when her life spun out of control she controlled her eating habits On the morning of her 18th birthday Liz wakes up to see her body floating in the water but she has no recollection of what's happened As she wanders the between she meets a fellow classmate Alex and together they begin to unravel the mysteries of their deaths But Liz was wasting away in life biding her time to the inevitable conclusion of her lifewhat was destroying her?Between is one of those books that you probably see at the bookstore but pass over for the big name book you've been coveting for a while It's daunting in size and frankly despite the gorgeous cover Between doesn't necessarily pop from looks alone It's unfortunate though because Between is a breathtaking and haunting story about love truth and the ability to live with oneself at all costs Jessica Warman is no stranger to issue driven books With Between she's crafted a story that chronicles a teenage girl's life spinning out of control as we the reader are helpless but to watch as her life falls to pieces Gripping and emotional Between captures your attention from page one through the tragic and troubling conclusionFrom page one Between is well written We're given a snobby conceited MC that we somehow have to relate to and feel for but we're challenged throughout Despite the fact that we want to feel for Liz we want to know why she has become the way she is as well Her story is a downward spiral of darkness that spins and twists throughout leading us into a darker maze of lies and lack of control which is compounded upon by the great supporting cast of secondary characters including Alex Richie Josie and Caroline The dynamic of Liz's relationships in life directly impacts Liz's relationship with Alex in death which is a strength in Between showing us character growth and potential The writing of Between is also well executed At times rich and descriptive we're painted a picture of a girl that's lost in her own life and death At other times Between is sparse and puritan giving us nothing but the clean essential facts The two writing styles play off one another to provide depth and intrigue I will say that the anorexia story although extremely well done in Between was difficult to read The emotions that anorexics feel and the painstaking details about control and lack thereof are difficult to read and hard to swallow As one who is and will always be in recovery from an eating disorder Between can be triggering and painful That said while it's painful to read it was executed well and provides a shadowed layer to an already riveting novelBetween was a beautiful book that crosses genres giving us the best of contemporary love and ghost stories in one fast paced read The adult themes of drugs and eating disorders should however be known when approaching this book I give it a 45 out of 5 and I highly recommend it to fans of YA and adult books especially those who enjoy mysteries contemporary fiction and ghost storiesI received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This in no way affected my opinion or review of this book


  5. Jessica Saylor Jessica Saylor says:

    Wow Was this an amazing book When I read the synopsis I thought it was going to be a typical YA book but I was completely floored by how amazing this book was It has everything a YA book needs and mystery romance strong characters a hole less plot and meaningMy only complaint of this book was there was one part where it was a little boring Right after you get over the shock of what is happening and right before the mystery starts unraveling And even then it isn't THAT boring it is just the dullest part of an amazing book It was maybe 30 50 pagesI am speechless about this book I cried at several different times I cracked up at others I really felt what Liz was feeling It was an emotional journey and it was an in depth one The characters were SO amazing in this book They were all so realistic and I fell in love with all of them There was not a single character I felt didn't belong in the storyAnd the plot oh the plot Right from the beginning it takes a turn I never saw coming And from that point on besides the small lapse you are reading these pages with an intense desire to figure out the mystery You are just as eager as Liz to discover the answers and getting to piece everything together was a lot of fun But while it is all fun and emotional and stuff there is real meaning behind this story I don't want to say what in case of spoiling but there is actually a point to everything and I think that is something a lot of books lackPretty much go buy this book and devour it immediately This is now one of my favorite books and you are really missing out if you don't read it soonFIRST LINE It's a little after two amRATING BREAKDOWN Plot 2020Characters 2020Writing 1920Creativity 2020Ending 1010The 'It' Factor 101099100 A


  6. Pinky Pinky says:

    I am so confused with what I felt with this book I mean sometimes I think it is really interesting but other times I hate it so much I was going through this weird repetitive cycle where I kept changing my mind on how I felt But I know one thing for sure and that is the fact that this book did not help my HUGE READING SLUMP As you all know or whoever reads my reviews know I've been on a huge reading slump And I thought that this book would help me get outta that reading slump But let's just say that it did not help one bit and I wish it did When I was going to read this book I didn't know anything about this book I just dived into the book because the summary didn't do a very good job of explaining what the book is about But after reading the book I understand why the author wrote the summary that way If she explained the summary detailed there would've been spoilers So I am going to do the same thing and not explain much about the book Elizabeth Valchar was on her private boat called Elizabeth with a group of her friends They were all celebrating Liz's eighteenth birthday with no parents around everyone was on drugs and partying I know you must be thinking that this is horrible parenting Anyway Liz wakes up to an annoying thump noise and she discovered something that is going to change her life forever Liz has to figure out how to get out of a huge mess and find out what happened the day of her birthday Honestly the things that bothered me about this book is the fact that the writing wasn't that great It bothered me so much and maybe it was because I wasn't used to it I wasn't really warmed up to the book until the very end and I was upset that I didn't like it sooner One of the things that surprised me was the plot because it was so good The only part that I believe would've made this book so much better is the writing Another thing I really did not enjoy was the characters I hated all of them I know I sound a little REALLY evil when I say that but that's the truth I hated the main character Liz because of her attitude and she was such a snob Even if she learned from her mistakes she should have known that she was doing so many things that were wrong If I HAD to pick one character I liked from this book I would definitely pick Alex He was the only person who had a proper brain and knew what he was talking about Liz was of the whining rich girl who gets whatever she wants whenever she wants She was perfect and that was why she was the target for all the negative things that happened to her I HATED JOSIE SO MUCH I KNEW SHE WAS EVIL FROM THE BEGINNING It felt like Josie was fake the entire time and I knew from the beginning that there was something fishy about her Richie was an okay character but I didn't like him that much Nicole is another character I hated from the beginning and UGH I liked Liz's dad but I felt he should've tried harder to be a better father VINCE I HATE YOU SO MUCH I HATE YOU UGHHHHH I never knew I had this much hate in me until I read this book I was always cranky after I finished a few pages of the book because of how it made me feel It gave me this really negative vibe and I don't know why I kept reading but it was always there with me and i had nothing else to do I mean if there is a book and you are bored I bet you would read it even if it's the worst possible book choice ever And that's what I did I finished the book because I had nothing better to do with my life That sounds so sad The ending was reasonable but I knew all the things that were going to happen The only surprise in this book was the first two chapters in this book I didn't see that coming Anyway if you want something that is different I would recommend this to you But at the same time I don't recommend this to you Just saying If you see this book I recommend you avoid it but it's your choice


  7. Rola Rola says:

    25 stars first reviewed on wwwxoreadsblogspotcaOh no not again WHY does this always happen to me? i swear the bookstore is going to have a fit if i return another novel Im sorry but this novel was not good at all the concept is good but i just didnt like the story i spent WAY to much time skim reading asking my self when i'd finally finish the only reason i kept reading was because i kinda wanted to know what happened But this was a bad mystery unfortunatlyFirst of the characters I hated them all I seriously did not like a single one of them they are NOTHING like highschool kids i swear I'm in highschool yeah sure there are some kids like the ones described but i feel like the author put to much of the cliche characteristics in her novel instead of actually looking at what high school kids are like now days The popular kids in my school do not all do drugs they arent all bitches that dont get a job ride the bus actually all of them have jobs they dont all have sex most of them are virgins and they arent all prissy rich kids that are mean to everyone that isnt in there group that is SO stereotypical something we used to see in cartoons long ago C'mon we know that highschool isnt always like this The fact that Alex just comes to Liz when he see's her dead and starts talking to her like he's the god of dead people or something is totally irrelevent He HATED her She also did another thing to him which i will not say for the sake of a spoiler free review but for all i know he should have drowned her ghost its extremely unbelievable that he just went along with her this whole time Also its even unbelievable that someone who is also your bestfriend your stepsister would do anything to harm you im not gonna say WHAT again for the sake of a spoiler free review but its just not believable someone who you have known your whole life and is practically your sister wouldnt do something that bad like it was nothing Also at the end when Richie finds out who killed Liz he just acts all calm sure he gets pissed but dude you just found out who killed the love of your life why didnt you SMASH their face? again too unbelievable and cliche Also it was boring most of the way through travelling through Liz's life Its soooooooooooo unebelievable clichePopular girl ueen of Popular starves herself to be skinny has a group of girlfriends that are envious of her and try to be like her shes dating the hottest guy in school they do drugs the perfect popular girl has issues in her home that no one would have guessed and its the reason she's a bitch etc etc sigh i really wanted to like this i really hope The girl in the steele corset is better its what im starting next


  8. Fred Fred says:

    This is an intense book that elicits deep emotions of the heartache kind It's a story of redemption in the afterlife of a seemingly superficial rich girl Liz who wakes up during the night of her 18th birthday to find her now lifeless body floating in the water near her family's boat where she'd been partying with her friends and step sister She's not alone in this weird between state though there's another dead boy from her school Alex who seems to be some sort of guide for her although he clearly is not fond of her or her friends Liz's uest to find out what happened to her and to Alex is a wide ranging exploration of their two lives how they came to be the way they were in life and now in death and just what happened to bring them together This is a mix of social drama mystery romance a little but very touching her boyfriend Richie is an interesting non pigeonholeable character and family issues It moves between the past and the present as Liz and Alex attempt to put together the jigsaw pieces of the past to understand and move past what happened to them Liz is a great character dimensional and real and her story is such a sad one that your heart really does ache for her while still being somewhat repelled by her mean and reckless actions in the past The supporting characters become real enough that you care about them too This is a long book and it's very immersive I found myself compelled to keep going even or especially after the uestions began to be clear to everyone but those caught up in them Another element I like was the way the author worked in references to literary works which foreshadowed illuminated or ironically commented on the action Even though this is a sad book it's not depressing or grim and ultimately it's uplifting and very satisfying Although I really loved Before I Fall and there are obvious similarities this has a very different feel much narrative y and dense with details and subplots Both are great and on my all time best list but they don't cancel or compete with each other


  9. Liz Ford Liz Ford says:

    Between is a riveting novel about a young girl who wakes up to find her own body dead in the water beside her family's boat No she is not alive but she can still see and go everywhere she would be able to go while she was alive With her in this mysterious journey is a boy who passed away in her town a year earlier named Alex Elizabeth and Alex traveled with two different crowds in high school so before this they never spoke Neither of them enjoyed the other's presence towards the beginning but after a while of knowing it was just the two of them that could talk and see each other they formed a friendship Together they tried to discover what happened to each other meaning who killed them Of course there is some drama what would a story be without it? This novel keeps you guessing with every chapter you read making you never want to put it down I would highly recommend this book


  10. Rebekah Rebekah says:

    Depressing well written liked the mystery Hated the book creepy and sad at the same time


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