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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tour Stop: Review: Betwixt by Melissa Pearl


Betwixt by Melissa Pearl
Published: November 5, 2012
Source: Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Rating: Squee-worthy

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it's too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

Memorable Quote  

My heart skips a beat as he raises his hand and places it on top of mine.  He hovers above it, making sure not to fall straight through my fingers.  His eyes open, and he gives me a long, steady gaze.

"Want to come home with me?"

- Page 79; E-ARC

My Review 

The best books for me are the ones that are not only memorable, but the ones in which I get to watch the main character grow, which is what happened during Betwixt.  Although it's a relatively short book, I was definitely moved, watching Nicole struggle to not just save her own life, but to realize that she was worth fighting for. 

Author Melissa Pearl fleshes out this story of a mean girl's downfall with touching moments on Nicole's part, and a sweet, endearing romantic side plot between Nicole and DaleOh, Dale. (I do believe I just swooned.)  I love reading about a genuinely good guy in YA fiction, and I feel like there aren't enough of them.  I liked what Dale brought out in Nicole, and vice versa.  Their stories mingled really well together, and I loved that he had things to teach her about herself, yet this isn't a story of a girl's entire world hinging on a guy.  

Betwixt is gripping; I liked that I cared about Nicole, and wanted to see her do and be better.  There's a great deal of emotion in this contemporary read, between Nicole and her parents, and I was moved almost to tears a few times.  I enjoyed the in-depth explorations of grief and healing, and I know that Betwixt is a book that will stay with me for some time!

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About Melissa

I used to be a full time teacher (11-13 year olds) then I became a full time mother. During that time I also found my passion for writing. Over the last ten years I have been studying the craft and putting myself out there.

My first trilogy came out in November, 2011. It has been a wild year swimming in this indie river and I have loved so much of it. I have learned so many amazing things and met so many great people. It has totally solidified the fact I want to be a writer for as long as I possibly can!  

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