Betwixt by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review for this blog tour
Book description: Beautiful, wild-chid 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?
My thoughts: Nicole is between life and death. A car swerving hits her and she plummets over the guard rail.
She wakes up the next morning in her bed. The problem is that everyone ignores her. They act as if she isn't there. It doesn't take long to realize that she cannot be seen or heard. The only person who can hear her is Dale, the boy she publicly humiliated.
Together Dale and Nicole work to find her body. This is tricky, because she can't remember where she was and if they wait too long she will die. .
I loved Nicole's journey. At the beginning of the story she is emotionally hard and is a party girl. It's because of her lifestyle she is now in a life and death situation. She begins to see what really matters and what makes a friend. She also gets to see how she is viewed by others. It's pretty eye opening for her.
Dale is amazing. He is good at turning the other cheek. He helps guide Nicole and doesn't give up the search, even though everyone believes she ran away.
There is some language and reference to sexual activity. Melissa writes the scenes tastefully and they are there to prove a point, how a young woman's life situations can lead to destructive behavior.
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About Melissa Pearl: Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, due out in November 2012.
"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."
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