Series: The Between #1
Published by Ace on January 29, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.
All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.
And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…
Between was a very unique story. Vivian Maylor can’t sleep because when she does, bad things happen. Strange things. Like her dreams coming true. And yeah, I’m sure we’ve all had those kinds of dreams where they seem to come true eventually, that’s not the kind of dreams Vivian is having. Her dreams are horror filled with dragons attacking people. Vivian has had to treat some of those people in her emergency room, so she knows that sleep is not her friend.
But a chance encounter has her walking right into a man she knows in her dreams, Zee, and soon after that she’s stuck in a dream world that she can’t control, trying to find her mother who is not only trapped as well, but knows more than Vivian believed she did.
This book was difficult to read. It dealt with rape scenes in dreams casually, which was a real problem for me. I can understand that it happened in her dreams, but that kind of dream is usually a nightmare, and it’s treated as a simple bad dream almost in the way that Vivian reacts to it. Which, let’s face it, wasn’t really believable at all. But there are only two scenes, and they’re mostly short.
Things were often scattered and unpredictable in the dream world, which I really liked and thought it worked well and suited the aspect of dreams. There was even a giant penguin which was funny but still made as much sense as dreams normally do. There were bits of romance between Zee and Vivian that I enjoyed, but for me that wasn’t the main point of the story either.
Overall, I thought this was an okay book,
I don’t think I’ll bother reading the sequel, though.
Kerry Schafer was kind enough to respond to this review, and has assured me that the rape will be dealt with in the next book. Knowing that the rape will be dealt with (as opposed to being glossed over) is great news, and I look forward to book 2!