Thursday, March 14, 2013

Betwixt by Melissa Pearl

Betwixt by Melissa Pearl
Release Date: November 5, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

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?  -

This book reminded me of a movie I saw once called The Invisible.  I think it came out two to three years ago, and I absolutely loved the movie.  Although I don't think it was a very well-known or well-publicized movie.  But I did absolutely love it. Then there was Charlie St. Cloud... I adored that movie too.  So the fact that this book was similar was nice... I'm very intrigued by the idea of someone hovering between life and death, and there being one person who can see and/or hear them.  It's an interesting idea.

This author did a really good job with this idea, she made it unique and very suspenseful, so I really enjoyed that aspect.  The main character, Nicole, was not exactly likeable at first, but I think that was the whole point.  Sometimes people have to hit some sort of rock bottom before they realize they need to change themselves.  For Nicole, it's near death.  The events in the book change her, gradually, and it was kind of nice to watch that... watch her realize that she's been letting her friends control her, friends who actually don't care about her at all.  I hated her friends!

Dale is the best piece of this story.  This is a great guy!  I was so intrigued by him, and you just had to love how sweet and caring he was, and how hard he has tried to better himself.  He's an inspiration to Nicole, and part of the reason why she changed. 

You kind of wonder how the author will pull off having a romance when one of the characters is basically unconscious and can only speak to the other person without being seen, but this author managed it... and very well.  A genuine relationship begins to develop here, and it was one of my favorite aspects of the story.

I would definitely recommend the book.  And I would also recommend both movies mentioned above!  Definitely a neat concept.


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