Saturday, 23 March 2013

Review of Between by Jessica Baker

If you haven't encountered Jessica Baker (or @makesmeworse12 on Twitter) then, as an Aiden's Angel, you should definitely find her. Apart from being a newly assigned Vice President of the AA Club she's also one of my favourite fans to hang out with when it comes to gushing about Aiden MacRae.
That said, we are NINE days away from the Even In Darkness release which means we are heading into full on fan girl territory. On Monday April 1st be sure to use #EvenInDarkness to tweet your reactions and spread the Scottish love. If you haven't pre-ordered your copy you can find there here (prices vary depending on location) and it's still not too late to enter to win a free copy of Even In Darkness here
I'm forgoing next Saturday's post in favour of a big party post on the Monday and then we'll be back to the usual posts that Saturday. Speaking of which, if you guys have reviews of any of the books (Even In Darkness, included starting in April) then please pass them along because I'd love to share them with everyone. 
I think that's it for housekeeping, here's a glowing review of Between to get you in the mood:
Yes, all you nice people, I HAVE FINALLY READ BETWEEN!!! And it was just as amazing as I imagined it would be. Ah, I love when that happens. I seriously devoured this book. (Yeah, devoured, like Kreag's blog: I Devour Books.) This book made me so happy and even surprised me a little. When it was over, though, I was grinning like a fool. :)

What I expected from this book was not what I got, but that was really not a bad thing. As I first started reading Between, it seemed to be going in the direction of just being one big love story. I have no problem with that since I am a huge softy, as you have probably noticed. But then other things happened and this book became more than just a story about a grim reaper falling in love with a dead girl. I loved every moment of reading this book.

Let me quickly rundown the characters for you so that is out of the way: Lindsey. I can't really think of anything bad to say about her, but I didn't exactly LOVE her. If she were to be a read person that I knew in real life, I would DEFINITELY be friends with her. She has a kind soul and that makes her my kind of person. I think I'd have to know her somewhat better to decide whether or not I LOVE her, though. Maybe when I get and read Hell Transporter, yes? And we have Aiden MacRae. OH, AIDEN. I am 100% Aiden's Angel. He is the guy the word "SWOON" was invented for. And with good reason. He is caring and kind and did I mention TOTALLY GORGEOUS? Well, he is. I have so much love for that dude. Oh, and he has a Scottish accent! How can that not win?

Now, I have decided not to comment on "romance" anymore. I have decided instead to comment on sweetness. Because that is what I truly love in books, people, and everything else -- sweetness. (YES, like the Jimmy Eat World song; I love that song!) This book? Is positively teeming with sweetness. From all directions. Lindsey is a sweet girl and Aiden, well . . . Aiden is just . . . I believe I have already made my thoughts clear on him.

I must concede one little thing, though. The speed at which Aiden and Lindsey fall in love was very fast. That made it seem a wee bit forced and fake for a small portion of the book. As the story unfolded, though, their love grows to shine true 100% and raises not a single doubt of authenticity in my head now. Plus, once you consider the circumstances at which they fell in love -- more particularly Aiden's little premonition from a certain angel -- their speedy emotions make perfect sense. None of this mattered all that much to me since I was taken by Aiden's swoon-worthy-ness, but I did notice and felt it important to say.

What was so great about this book? Well, it was, urm, SWEET. It contains Aiden MacRae, so how can it not be, right? But aside from that, I loved that this book surprised me. I mean, the book was totally going in one direction (NO, not 1D -- I'm not really a fan, though I hold nothing against them) and then BOOM! Something changed and I was left with my jaw hanging open. So of course I had to read read read and find out what was going on and if the ending would please me after all. We'll get to the ending soon, though.

First, I have to go back to my jaw. Hanging open. When you read this book, you should understand the exact moment I'm talking about here. It changed everything I was expecting from the story. This big shift did not really discourage me which was good. It added more of a plot to the story and captured my attention just when things were starting to get somewhat reptitive, more or less.

Now for the ending. The ending left me a zillion percent content. Well, for the most part. I honestly and truly CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on the sequel, Hell Transporter, as soon as I possibly can. But as far as the ending of a first book goes, it didn't really leave me hanging on any certain event or moment that particularly left me wanting and insane while waiting for the next book. There is certainly a huge opening for the sequel, though, and I am most eager to read it. I think most would be after the end of Between because even though I am not left screaming my head off in frustration (and it is SO GOOD to end a book in peace, by the way -- FINALLY, right?!?!) I am deeply curious as to where Aiden and Lindsey's story will go.

All in all, this book made me so happy and I just KNEW this book would be great. So I feel kind of smug because I totally called it. Cyndi has written a wonderful story that was sweet and interesting and even surprising. A story which now leaves me wondering what could possibly be in store for these kind characters.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet, quick book to read that involves a completely swoon-worthy male lead. Ohhhh, Aiden.

Thank y'all for reading my review, and thank you to Cyndi for having the Aiden's Angels contest! I truly appreciate this book.

Stay safe until next post, Friends!


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