Monday, August 27, 2012
Review: Inbetween by Tara Fuller
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.
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
I really enjoyed the premise of this novel. I haven't read too many reaper novels and the concept reminded me of the Existence series by Abbi Glines. Although the reaper in this novel didn't have a dark edge like Dank, it was still an enjoyable read centered around a sweet romance.
Each chapter alternates between Finn and Emma's point of views. I like books that do this because I think it's fun to experience a different perspective on the same situation. The characters were all richly drawn, but I just wish there was a little more depth to Finn and Emma. Besides being so in love with each other, I never felt like I really got to know them. However, the secondary characters, including the other reapers and Cash were interesting and complex. I could see their stories surpassing the tale of Emma and Finn.
World building was done exceptionally well. Fuller does an excellent job of helping the reader picture the Inbetween and Hell. It was also easy to sympathize with Finn as he sacrificed so much for Emma's happiness. His reaping scenes were hard to read at times.
As far as the romance, it had all of the characteristics of an epic love story (forbidden romance and insurmountable odds of being together). I thought the couple's scene together were very touching, especially the one where Emma breaks out her dad's old record player. However, I felt like it was too saccharine at times. Maybe it's the cynic in me, but the ending left me with mixed feelings. Not sure if I loved it and wouldn't have minded a twist that I didn't see coming.
Overall, a book that I would definitely recommend. I'll definitely be on the look out for the future books in the series.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled for an advanced copy of this book for review!