Thursday, January 10

Inbetween: Book Review


Kissed by Death #1

Entangled Teen
August 28th 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal

Official Blurb -
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.

Cash was my favorite character. he is so funny and such a rock solid being. I am interested to see how things play out with him.
I found the book rather depressing. The inbetween sounds like a curse. Second chances are meted out like lottery winners instead of based on merit. And the sins that got them banned are pathetic. What sort of a caring God would abandon people for such petty sins? How could God let a shadow/soul cause so much damage to the living? Especially when the living have no means of protection. It is just insane. The God in this book didn't seem remotely loving. As if our entire eternity is judged and determined by one mistake instead of the sum of our choices. Who would want to live forever in this empty eternity?

Speaking of sins that caused banishment, Finn didn't start the war that lead to him killing a couple of people. Sheesh, and then when he breaks a rule he gets sentenced so some pretty harsh cruel torture. It was sick.
There is definitely judgement going on between characters. Maeve is especially prone to bad judgement. She accuses Emma of wasting her life but that wouldn't be the case if she hadn't been scared the slightest thing would kill her. All of which was brought about by Maeve's haunting and murder attempts. How Maeve thought she could actually swap and it would work out to her benefit is beyond me. Hello, as if!

Didn't work out to be as great as I was hoping. It really is more of a 3.5 rating. Still an entertaining read but not especially cheery. Everyone is broken and there doesn't seem to be much prospect for that to change.
Spoiler Section:
Is it really worth it, the bargain Finn made? Now he will have to deal with school, a job, numerous responsibilities, and a short time to be with Emma. On the other hand he is facing an eternity of servitude. I think he got the short stick. Guardian!?! Are you kidding! Where have the guardians been for Emma? Or how about Cash? I suspect that the title of Guardian was made up on the spot by Balthazar. His story sounds as if if goes from fairy tale happy to boring and mundane. I guess there is no accounting for the power of love.

Language: Moderate
Sexual: Mild - Moderate

Moment Divine:
"You can see me," I said, breathless. "Of course I can see you." Emma glanced over my shoulder, but she didn't make a move. "Your face is practically touching my face. It would be kind of hard not to see you."