Book Tour + Review: Betwixt

December 12, 2013 Blog Tour, giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 4

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Tour + Review: BetwixtBetwixt by Melissa Pearl
on November 5th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

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Before  by Melissa Pearl
(Betwixt #0.5)
Publication date: September 17th, 2013

Synopsis:

Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free… Until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back.

In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as“scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING: This book is intended for mature teens due to coarse language and mature content.

 
Beyond  by Melissa Pearl
(Betwixt #1.5)
Publication date: October 20th 2013
Synopsis:

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?

Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.

But, when Dale is rejected from Columbia University in NYC, due to a police record that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.

There’s more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.

WARNING: This book is intended for mature teens due to coarse language and mature content.

 

My Review

Before was my favorite of the three, although I wish I hadn’t read it first. Betwixt would have been more mysterious if I didn’t have all the background information beforehand. It was, by far, the most mature of the series, in that there is a fair amount of sex, alcohol and criminal behavior. It is Dale’s past, leading up to Betwixt, and it takes the reader a great length of the way to understanding him.

Both Before and Beyond are both short reads, easily finished within the day, and worth it to complete the story. Beyond, though my least favorite of the three, really does trim all those loose threads still hanging from Betwixt. You really can’t have the WHOLE picture without it. MUST read!

Betwixt is the bulk of the overall story, as the full length novel. It is from Nicole’s POV, though she isn’t really the most likable of characters. Lets just say that at the beginning, she has a lot of room to grow! Luckily, Dale is so great he’s able to balance out the cast. Throughout the book, there is a lot of lessons to be learned for teens. The moral of the story was staring me in the face the entire time, but I still really enjoyed the story. There is also a certain religious aspect to the plot, but it wasn’t overpowering. It’s more a case of right vs wrong, instead of Heaven vs Hell. It has the kind of message that parents could easily support, but be hip enough for kids to enjoy. While there is sex, alcohol use and criminal behavior, this series is easily Mom approved.

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According to the back of the book and Melissa Pearl’s site, $1 for every purchase of Betwixt goes to Love146 which is a charity working towards ending child trafficking and exploitation. This is an amazing reason to buy the book, even if a great story isn’t reason enough for you.

While reading Before, this song was constantly running through my head. For all the kids and teens who wish they could more easily talk to their parents, I dedicate this song.

 

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”.
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Lindsay

One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • Melissa Pearl

    Thank you so much for such an awesome review…and that song! So cool 😀

    • Lindsay Galloway

      My pleasure! 😀

  • I love the sounds of this and that song will now be in my head all day, watch! haha. I love it though and it makes me want to read the book even more – see it’s like a subliminal message! >.<

    • Lindsay Galloway

      That song was stuck in my head for DAYS! Glad I could spread the addiction around 😛