High school senior, Lydia Hawthorne, is less than grateful when Oberon has her snatched from the mortal world and she finds out she's actually Fae. And not just any Fae, but a trueborn with enough inherent magic to tip the balance between Oberon and Titania's warring Bright and Shadow courts.
But that's their game and she doesn't want to play by their rules. Together with Clive Barrow, a Bright Court Fae with embarrassing family ties to the mortal world, Lydia fights to regain her old life, fueling her magic with the very human power of love and loss, challenging the essential nature of Faerie itself.
I bought this book quite a while ago with a portion of an Amazon gift card that I'd earned. I was looking to support indie authors with it, so when I put the call out for book suggestions, Lisa sent me a link to the book. It sounded interesting, so I picked it up.
Between that time and now, she also brought out Derelict, which I scooped up, read, and loved [my review of Derelict]. After enjoying that story tremendously, I had high expectations for The Between.
And it was an okay story. To be honest, I almost put it down part way through chapter 1. Everything felt too familiar. The character in the story made several references to The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, aiding in the overly familiar themes. Young girl has an immortal, sullen stalker... Angel from Buffy, anyone? It also had a bit of a Matrix vibe.
And I would have put it down if the end of the chapter hadn't caught my attention. What was going on with the iron key fob? So I continued reading, got to the end of chapter 2, and so on and so forth, eventually getting more invested in the story. There were some great elements in it, but that sense of familiarity never really went away, either.
I found the ending sort of confusing. In a faerie world where pretty much anything goes, I didn't understand what Lydia did, how she did it, or what the long-term ramifications were. It didn't feel closed to me - like there was a chapter missing between the last two.
It was an entertaining read, for the most part, so I still give it 3/5 stars, despite the things I didn't like. But I think I'll give the sequel a pass since I'm not really invested in this book, and wait for the sequel to Derelict (which I'm super excited about!).