Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Book Review: The Between by LJ Cohen
Exciting adventures in the magical world of the Fae
The Between by LJ Cohen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: January 5, 2012
Publisher: Interrobang Books
Source: Digital Copy From Author For Review
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Seventeen-year-old Lydia is a quiet, studious girl living a perfectly normal life with her pleasant parents and adorable younger siblings until the day a handsome but strange young man begins stalking her at her school. Lydia is at her wits end as to what to do about him when one day, on her school bus, he saves her from a terrifying, black cloud of menacing beings called Darklings. Clive, a Fae of the Bright Court, has dragged Lydia to the Between, a world between the land of Faerie and the mortal world, and nothing will ever be the same again for Lydia, who discovers she is anything but a normal girl.
I enjoyed the author's use of alternating points of view of Clive and Lydia. For those who enjoy stories of the Fae, this will be an exciting journey into the world of King Oberon and Queen Titania of the Bright and Dark Courts respectively. Clive and Lydia are more friends and allies than romantic partners, which is an unusual and interesting treatment of a male/female relationship in young adult (YA) fiction. I enjoyed the psychological journey of these two main protagonists every bit as much as the action and adventure of the plot.
This story is well-written, and the Kindle edition of this book, which is what I read, is excellently edited and formatted.
People who enjoyed Kersten Hamilton's YA series about the Fae, Goblin Wars, will especially appreciate this book.
Fantasy World-Building: 5
Action-Adventure Plot: 4
Friendship Subplot: 5