Review: Between – Landra’s Take

Category: Paranormal Romance

Rating: Yay and Nay 

Lindsay Waters is dead—the no more music, no more fun times with friends or family kinda dead. She’s made aware of her new status by a handsome, young man in a kilt. He’s beautiful, kind, and Scottish. As her guide to heaven, aptly called a Transporter, Aiden MacRae is required to give Lindsay time to accept her grief before going through the pearly gates. This is normal. The attraction between them is anything but. As the pair of opposites becomes closer, through shared memories and interests, the desire to stay together strengthens. The only question that remains—is love strong enough to overcome any barrier? 

Characters! They make a book or they break it. Don’t get me wrong plot is essential, but characters drive the emotional connection you have with a story. Cyndi nails the character aspect, especially with Aiden MacRae. At first, I thought, maybe he’s just eye candy, but as the chapters go on I was exposed to hidden depths; which is ironic since this book is told from a Lindsay’s POV entirely. Secondary characters were also fantastic, well built and easily relatable. The only character I had an issue with was Lindsay, which was entirely personal and only happened one to three times. She just made a few poor thought process decisions, and a couple of times her thoughts didn’t appear realistic. These issues were compensated for by the heartfelt moments, and growth that Lindsay has throughout the story. 

A couple of other things Between has: angst, surprising plot twist, and a good dose of faith. There’s no visual villain, and the conflict aspect was a little low-key until the second half of the book. Even without a true villain, Cyndi puts her main character, Lindsay, through some tough situations. This story is felt on a more internal emotional scale. For readers who’ve experienced the feeling of all-consuming love or loss, then the story may bring a few tears. So, if you’re looking for something emotionally touching then this one will do it. 

Now for the nay, I felt like I was waiting for something to happen this entire book. The opening grabs you—by the seat of the pants grabs you. Yet, when I got to the end of the story I was bereft, like something was missing. The only other thing that bothered me was Aiden’s story, who he was, got delivered in a nice, tight little package. It wasn’t spread across the story, or built up periodically. This is more of a personal thing, but I like it when I get to know characters throughout the course of the book. 

Overall, Cyndi has built a wonderful world of characters that I fell in love with, regardless of my personal issues, and I look forward to her second release Hell Transporter. I want to see what’s in store for Aiden and Lindsay, and I hoping for more conflict in the long run. Additionally, I hope that some of the other characters from the story make repeat appearances. Fans of young adult paranormal books will enjoy Between.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marisol Dunham (@maridunham)
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 21:07:17

    Interesting, thanks for the review.The premise sounds good, but the lack of conflict sounds like not so much fun.

    Reply

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