Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review: The Between by L. J. Cohen

High school senior Lydia Hawthorne is less than grateful when Oberon has her snatched from the Mortal world and she finds out she's actually Fae. And not just any Fae, but a trueborn with enough inherent magic to tip the balance between the warring Bright and Shadow courts.

But that's their game and she doesn't want to play by their rules. Together with Clive Barrow, a Bright Court Fae with embarrassing family ties to the Mortal world, Lydia fights to regain her old life. Oberon and Titania get far more than they bargain for when Lydia fuels her magic with the very Human power of love and loss, challenging the essential nature of Faerie itself.

This was such a pleasant surprise of a book for me! I really don't read much faerie fiction, and wasn't sure what to expect. I ended up loving it . . . well, actually, I loved it from the beginning.

First of all, the story is just amazing. It has so many intricacies that make the world and characters very rich. The world of Faerie is filled with intrigue and power struggles. I would say it has 'Good' and 'Evil', but when it comes to the Fae I'm just not sure there is a 'Good'. There are those that have the capacity for it. Aileen and Aeon are examples of characters like that.

Lydia is a great female lead. She lives a normal-ish life in the Mortal world, totally unaware of anything different. She just wants to stay away from the creeper following her at school. No matter how much she goes out of her way to avoid Clive, he always ends up knowing where she is. Is it weird that I think hot guys stalking girls is ok, but if they're not good looking it's just creepy? :-) Moving on! It turns out that Clive ISN'T just some random Creeper, and he lets her in on the fact that the Mortal world isn't all that's out there.

Clive and Lydia have a complicated and tangled relationship, mainly because of Clive's past and his obligations in Faerie. I liked seeing how Lydia had such an impact on Clive throughout the course of the novel. She was like a tornado or hurricane, changing the landscape of Faerie (and the Fae) by the sheer force of her actions and morals. Also, on some female level, I just really like reading about strong and, in this case, powerful women.

The Between is a great new YA find for me! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the second book in this series.

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Publication Date: January 13, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Thanks to the author, L. J. Cohen, for my review copy!

1 comment:

Alison Can Read said...

This sounds good. I haven't read a fae book for awhile. The plot doesn't sound super original, but it sounds like it was done well and that's the most important thing.