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August 16, 2012

Review: Inbetween by Tara Fuller!

Inbetween
By Tara Fuller
Paperback, 400 pages
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.


This story for me was yet another book that took me by surprise. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Inbetween and thought for some reason it was a contemporary YA, but I was way off.

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.





30 comments:

  1. I read an excerpt of this and I LOVE it! Finn sounds like such a great guy:)

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  2. He really was and well written too! I think you'll like it.

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  3. This sounds really good. To be honest, I don't believe that I would pick it up based on the cover alone, but if I could get past that and read the blurb, this one would come home with me. Based on your review, I would say that if I got the chance, I would tear this one up. Thanks, D, for another great review!

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    1. Thank you Jaime! I have to say, I am not big on the cover either, but only because there are so many books already out there with this same theme and it's a bit confusing now. LOL So I get where you're coming from lol.

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  4. Sounds like a really good read! I can't wait to read this one. Great review!

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  5. I love YA fiction - the cover wouldn't draw me in but I'm going to check it out after reading your thorough review! Steph scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I was just telling Jaime, I think it's because we've seen this theme so many times already. If you google on Amazon, there are about seven other books with a boy and girl holding hands. lol

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  6. nice review, nice story and lovely cover :)

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  7. Aww, Fin sounds soooo sweet! And the book sounds good too. :D

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  8. I want to read this one a lot! I've heard great things about it

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  9. I have seen this book now a lot on the blogosphere! It sounds really cute ;)

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  10. I think this book sounds a little creepy. I don't think I'd be ok with some guy loving the soul i had instead of me.....I don't know. Sounds iffy. :)

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    1. HAHahahah Katrina, I thought the same thing at first. But you really get to know Finn and Emma as a couple of fall for her. The thing is in the story Emma has some of his old loves memories. I don't want to say to much, but it's not at all what we were thinking LOL.

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    2. Okay, that comment had all types of errors LOL! I meant to say fall for them. lol

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  11. This book sounds very different. A little on the creepy side but interesting enought to keep me turning the pages.

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  12. For some reason this is just very unique to me and I loved the trailer. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    1. The trailer is what made me want to read it. I was already interested, but wasn't sure until I saw the trailer. Loved it!

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  13. Haha I can see why you thought it was a contemporary. The cover kind of looks like it. I think I had the same feeling. It's too bad you couldn't connect with Emma. I hate it when you don't love the main character :/

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  14. This book looks great! Putting it on my TBR list!

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  15. It came across as different, glad that it's good different. Keeping this on my tbr list. :)

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  16. I've read some great things about this book. Thanks for the review. I also thought it was going to be a contemporary, and thought that the font choice was odd. Haha! Should have put more weight on the font.

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  17. Great review! I'll be adding this to my TBR list for sure.

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  18. I've never heard about this book before.Sounds good.Thanks for the review.

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  19. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this book. I don't normally like to read "afterlife" type books, but this one looks intriguing to me.

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  20. Great review! I have seen this book around, but this is the first review I've stopped to read about it and I definitely want to read it now. Thanks!

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  21. I have this book on my to-read list and your review just makes me want it more. It's actually the only review I've read and you make it out to be quite interesting. It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy. Great review!

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  22. Looks like a book to add to my tbr list. Thanks for the review.

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  23. I thought this was a contemporary YA romance too just from looking at the cover. I love those too, but I'm even more excited now that I know it's a paranormal. Thanks for the review!

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  24. I alsO thought this was a contemporary romance. Intriguing that it's paranormal. Glad to hear it's a good book!

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  25. OOOO I jsut got an ebook copy of this book! I'm so excited! Entangled Publishing seems to be doing really well! Jennifer Armentrout, Victoria Scott, Tara Fuller... they all have some buzz behind their names (or is that just me knowing things... lol). So excited to read this book (whenever I get the chance - it's on my Kindle lol). Thanks for the review!

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