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Inbetween

Book rating: 04 Paperback Kissed by Death

By (author) Tara Fuller

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  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 206mm x 23mm | 314g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
  • ISBN 10: 1620610833
  • ISBN 13: 9781620610831
  • Sales rank: 143,303

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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.

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Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about witches. Some about grim reapers. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Fuller grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. When she's not writing, she spends her time chasing kids and pretending to be a real grown up. Fuller no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she hangs her hat in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

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By Sarah Elizabeth 02 Aug 2013 5

(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to YA Buddy Readers' Corner)
17-year-old Emma nearly died when she was 15 and she was involved in an RTA with her father. What she doesn't know is that she was supposed to die though, and that Finn - a reaper, saved her.

Finn has been in love with Emma for 27 years, ever since she died in a previous life and he had to reap her soul. He did something very bad to get Emma to where she is now though, and he's been protecting her constantly for the last two years, from a shadow (evil spirit) called Maeve who wants to kill her, even though it's against the rules.
When Maeve steps up her attacks, Finn steps up his own protection duties, and starts getting in even more trouble with his bosses, he can't let Emma die though, he loves her too much.
Can Finn keep Emma safe? Why does Maeve want to kill her so badly? And is there any hope for Emma and Finns love?


I loved this book! The suspense and romance were just riveting and I really couldn't put this down!

The characters in this book were great. I loved how Finn loved Emma so much that he risked everything for her, and I loved how he watched over her and kept her safe even when it got him in trouble.
I also liked Emma, I loved how she baked for therapy, and how she was always there for her best friend Cash when things were difficult for him at home. I liked how she took her tablets, even when she thought she didn't need them, and tried her best to fight against the things that haunted her.
(I also really want a t-shirt like Cash's that says "I'm only here because my Flux Capacitor is broken")

I really liked the storyline in this book. I know an angel/reaper in love with a human has been done before, but I really liked how the author told the story, and I loved the suspense in this one. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next and I really didn't want to put this down at all!
The romance between Finn and Emma was really sweet, and I really wanted things to work out for them even when it seemed like the odds were stacked against them. I also really liked the little twists in the story, and the ending was really good too! I really want to read about Cash's story in the sequel now!
Overall; Great YA paranormal romance about a reaper in love with a human.
9 out of 10.

By Andrea Thompson 04 Sep 2012 5

**Such a solid 4.5 stars that I'm rounding up to 5stars.**

Inbetween delivers a ethereal, romantic story of enduring love and the unimaginable lengths a boy will go to in order to protect the girl he loves.

First of all...WOW. I reeaalllly enjoyed Inbetween. Author Tara Fuller delivered a beautifully written story that captured my attention and my heart.. From the very first page, I was hooked. The way the story unfolded was smart, with a prologue that takes the reader back in time and sets the story up very nicely. The emotion created within the words forced me to see and know the characters, the emotions that moved across their faces and reflected in their voices. I had no choice but to become emotionally invested in the story.

I loved this world of Reapers and the Afterlife that Fuller created. These Reapers served Heaven, Hell and the Inbetween. These Reapers, complete with Scythes, are hardcore, particularly those who serve Hell. And at this point I have to say that I was sufficiently creeped out by the vision Fuller created of Hell, with it's eternal torment of the damned's worst nightmare. Luckily we don't spend too much time there! The Inbetween is more of a "grey area", a holding area for those whose souls have yet to be determined. And where Finn resides.

And that brings me to the characters of Inbetween. Emma is a human girl who was meant to die, but was given a second chance. A chance given to her by Finn. Finn and Emma have a complicated and romantic history. A history Emma doesn't recall, but has affected her nonetheless. I really liked Emma. She's a true victim of circumstance. She feel as if she's crazy, has been considered unstable for reasons she doesn't understand. And Finn is to blame. I have to get behind a guy who loves his girl so much that he will defy Heaven and Hell to save her. I truly felt sorry for him, to watch the girl he loves, and not be able to be with her. And yet, Finn also upset and disappointed me. I believe in true love, but not at the expense of others, particularly using them to get what you want and take what's theirs. I definitely thought he was selfish at times, but that also made him a character who pulled me further into the story.

Now, I must mention three other characters, two I loved and one I hated. Maeve is a bad, bad soul. She thinks Emma had what should've been hers, and she is hellbent on revenge. Maeve was a great villain because she complicated. She's evil, cruel and does awful things, yet she has a point in her rage. Cash is Emma's best friend and makes every scene substantially more fun. He is so good to Emma, accepts her quirks with a smile and a shoulder. He has his own troubles, yet is always there for Emma. Annnd, Easton. Be still my sarcastic heart. Easton is one of Hell's Reapers and he's good at his job. I loved his dry wit, his up-front demeanor, his willingness to put himself on the line for his friend. I want more of Easton. A whole book of Easton. Someone please tell me Easton will get his own book!

I would have liked the first half of Inbetween to move a little faster. There was a lot time devoted to setting up the characters and their stories. Once the details were set in place, though, Inbetween was so fantastic. I didn't want to put the story down, and it constantly stayed in my thoughts when I was able to set it aside for a bit. The tension consistently rose the further I went and by the end I was reading with one hand on my Kindle and the other on my heart. I was so thoroughly happily with the way the story ended and I can't wait to read the next book!

If you're a fan of stories about love and second chances in the vein of The Catastrophic History of You and Me, then Inbetween will be sure to please.

By Daphne (Winged Reviews) 17 Aug 2012 4

Originally published at Winged Reviews.

I love death. Not so much dying, but the personification of death. He's one of the best characters that crop up in literature, DEATH of the Discworld being a very notable example. So whenever a story has reapers in it, I get overly excited and my expectations probably rise tenfold. Thankfully, Inbetween hasn't let me down.

Inbetween is told from the alternating point of view of Finn and Emma. Finn died as an 18-year old WWII fighter pilot and now works as a reaper, specialising in sending souls to the 'inbetween' where they await a second chance at life. Emma keeps getting into accidents and she's certain she's not crazy. Finn has sworn to protect Emma since he helped her survive a car crash two years ago that killed her father and inadvertently led a vengeful soul to take revenge through her.

This is a sweet love story that spans reincarnations. The plot is interesting and actually takes you to hell and back. The mood of the story shifts seamlessly from light-hearted humour to deep tragedy and I'm not ashamed to say that it made me well up with tears a few times. Tara Fuller's writing is extremely emotive, especially in the way she captures danger and heartache. Despite all of that though, the book stands out most for me because of the wonderful characters.

I sympathised with Emma, misunderstood as she is when she had every reason to be paranoid. She was vulnerable, but she grew stronger in the end, facing her fears and standing up for those she cares about. She was brave in her own way. I also loved best friend Cash, who is cool and dreamy in his own right. I love how he has a bad boy image, but is really a softie and he's arrogant because he can be. They grew up together and genuinely care about each other, which is really sweet. I'm a sucker for great guy-girl best friend relationships.

The rest of the supporting cast is also fantastic. Finn's fellow reapers, Anaya and Easton personify which section they work for (i.e. reaping for Heaven or Hell), but aren't clichés. Their brother-sister relationship with Finn makes them a great, albeit dysfunctional, little family. Maeve, as the villainous soul after Emma, is pitch perfect-creepy, arrogantly mean and deeply bitter. In fact, every character encountered in this book is really well-developed and distinct.

I'm saving the best for last in Finn. I haven't swooned about a YA boy in a long time, but Finn deserves it. For me, it's his unyielding love for Emma that makes him swoon-worthy. There is no wavering, or indecisiveness-he's wholly and completely in love with and committed to her without question. Plus the sacrifices he goes through to keep her safe at his own expense are really touching. It also helps that he's kind, caring, good-looking and loyal. I wish I had my own reaper guardian angel!

The only thing that stopped me giving it full marks is that I wanted Emma to come to love Finn a little bit more in her own time. I understand that she still holds feelings from her reincarnated self, but as a separate person, I wish she got the chance to choose to love him in her own way. They are incredibly sweet together though, and some of their scenes gave me goosebumps-the good kind.

I can't wait for the sequel, and word around is that it will focus on some of the other characters we've come to know and love. Tara, I absolutely can't wait.

Back cover copy

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.