Expected publication: August 28th 2012
By Entangled Teen
eARC received via NetGalley
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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.
Inbetween introduces you to Finn and Emma. Finn, to me, was a very broken character. The person he loved most he lost, and being a reaper isn’t exactly his idea of a great job. I really liked how as a reader you could feel his sadness. It isn’t until he gets called to collect a soul in a car crash that he gets a slight of hope. He gets called to a crash site to take the souls of Emma and her Dad. Here is where I got a little confused and found myself re-reading the scene. I didn’t quite understand what was going on and who Emma was, but eventually (about three pages later) it all fell into place. I think it was just all happening a little too fast for me to absorb. However, once I caught on, the story got very interesting. Emma carries the soul of the girl Finn once loved, or rather, is still very much in love with.
I just want to say that it was very sad reading Finn’s thoughts every time it came to Emma. He wanted to protect her and keep her safe, but at the same time he wanted to reveal himself to her and love her. He was so torn between the rules and love and I think Tara Fuller did an excellent job sucking in her readers and making them feel the same way. I wanted to yell “Do it!” and then at one point “No, don’t!”…I was very involved in this story as you can tell.
I loved the emotional side of it, the action side of it, and the romance. What I did not really care for was the main character Emma. She was up and down for me and I just found it very hard to connect with her feelings. It was just a little too easy for her to believe and fall for Finn. This was the only thing I had a hard time with. The story jumps from Finn to Emma throughout the whole book and whenever Emma’s turn came to speak, I just didn’t really care but knew I had to read it to keep up.
Key things that stuck out most to me and helped me enjoy this book:
- The Reapers – Finn and his friends. I loved their friendships with one another and their personalities.
- The world Finn and his friends live in. It was put together really well and very enthralling. This isn’t the first book I’ve read on reapers, but it’s definitely a different take on it and it was refreshing.
- The Romance – even though I wasn’t big on Emma, their romance was very moving. Finn refused to move on. He loved her and no matter what happened, he refused to give up. The writing was great. I really like the way Tara Fuller writes and I am definitely looking forward to reading any of her future books.
- I laughed my butt off. I know for such a serious story, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that Finn’s friends would say. It was definitely a fun read as well as emotional.
Overall, Inbetween was a good read and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to the second book in the series. It’s a good book and I recommend it.
3.5 stars out of 5 stars.