Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1)
by Tara A. Fuller
Published: August 28th 2012
by Entangled Teen
Trade Paperback, 400 pages
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 was why I loved Cash. Why he was the one stable thing in my life while the rest of the world spun out of control around me. He always knew what to say to ease the pressure, make me smile, make me forget why we were fighting in the first place.
I felt lost in the impossible, in the way I was starting to feel about Finn. There was a silent tug-of-war ripping me apart inside. One side telling me to do what was sane, the other pulling me over the edge of reason where nothing made sense.
He had a sad look on his face. Not the kind that showed how he was feeling at that second, but the kind that’s branded there after seeing things that can never be unseen. His light-brown hair was cropped close around his scalp, the longer pieces on top stained gold from the sun. His jaw was strong, classic looking. He looked like he belonged somewhere else, a place where it was normal for boys to look like James Dean and rescue damsels in distress.
I laughed, wondering if there could possibly be someone else like Cash out there. I doubted it. Cash was sarcasm and seduction wrapped up with a gooey artistic center. He didn’t need a T-shirt to get any girl he wanted. All he had to do was look at them. The bad part was that he knew it. *swoon*
And the villain in this story? Wow, now that's something I felt torn about! I sympathized with her, but I also hated her for all the trouble and pain she caused. She created all sorts of twists, turns and tense situations that had me holding my breath and gripping the edges of my seat.
Finn finally turned around to face me, his outline shimmering with a silvery dust. It was like he was wrapped in the Milky Way, cloaked in a translucent blanket of stars.
Finn kissed my wrist, his lips dissolving into a fine mist as they moved slowly down to my palm. My breath caught in my throat and my fingers curled around the shimmery particles.
Seriously, how freaking awesome is that?!
With that being said, I really recommend this book - it's a different and original kind of Paranormal Romance that I'm sure it will appeal to many reads.
“Before you, there was only dark.” He stopped, but his voice was still unsteady when he started again. “You lit up my whole world, like the sun bursting through the clouds on a stormy day. You made me remember what it was like to feel alive. You made me believe I was something more than death. You made me believe in something that I didn’t think existed anymore.” *faints*
*Review copy provided by the publisher Entangled Teen through NetGalley. Thank you!
**Quotes are from the digital ARC and they might be different in the final edition of the book.
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P.S. This book kind of reminded my of the first book in the Otherkin series by Eve Silver. That's an adult series, but the main characters are all reapers (gasp!) and the first book it's also a love story between a reaper and the girl he saved from death years before, even though he shouldn't have. Don't worry, that's where the similarities end. It was a good read, though.
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