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Between [Mass Market Paperback]

Kerry Schafer
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (29 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042526114X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425261149
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,463,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars First of a series. 19 Mar 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Vivian Maylor has just broke up with her boyfriend, Jared Michaelson, and moved to a new town to work at Krebston Memorial Hospital. Her mother, Isobel, is mentally unstable and is under special care. Vivian is finally on her own, living in a small apartment and just trying to have a quiet, uncomplicated life. Vivian is unable to sleep and wonders if it is due to the stress in her life or if her mother's insane rants about Dreamworlds is making her feel a little paranoid. But when an emergency room patient begins sputtering about dragons and then spontaneously combusts before her eyes, Vivian cannot help but begin to wonder if Isobel may be on to something.

Things get even stranger when she meets Zee Arbogast, a bookstore owner, who gives her a book about Dreamworlds. Vivian soon learns that the book had been left with Zee ten years prior for him to deliver when Vivian finally walked into the store. Confused and a bit scared, Vivian begins to accept the fact that she is the last of the Dreamshifters, someone who is able to walk through all three worlds: Wakeworld, Dreamworld, and Between. With no one to teach her, Vivian is doing her best to learn what is needed to do her duty. But a witch, Johenna, has stolen the dreamspheres and is using them for evil as she seeks the key to Forever.

*** THREE STARS! In the movie Hook, starring Julia Roberts and Robin Williams, Tinkerbelle tells Peter Pan that she will be waiting in that bit of space where he is not really awake and not really asleep (Between). In Schafer's story, Between has no cute fairy. It is where dragons lurk. It is a dangerous place and to be avoided whenever possible.

The story does not start off in the middle of anything. It starts off slowly; however, it begins to pick up the pace after a couple of pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Between 30 Jan 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*Copy gifted for an honest review

THE BETWEEN is a brand new Urban Fantasy series unlike anything I've read before, & one I will be returning to as soon as I can...

Between is the debut novel of this new series about dream shifter, Vivian, who was kept in the dark about her origins and her past and who has trouble reconciling things because she's a doctor and puts her stock in science and what she can see, not myth and magic. The problem is that she DOES see these things, and after awhile, she can't deny that something is going on and she needs to get to the bottom of it.

The other world that Vivian is a part of and unwittingly thrown back into is a magical, mystical place full of dragons, knights, and yes, even an evil queen, and things don't always go as planned or end up 'happily ever after'. That was one thing that I really loved about the book - it was surprising, and wonderfully unique, and while a lot of debut books can be a bit overwhelming with setting up the characters, the world, the backstory, etc, Between seemed just right to me. :)

The ending was great! It left me wanting the next installment, but didn't make me want to scream and throw things because I needed more immediately to feel like I got closure. There is a lot to be done to make things right, a lot of riddles still to be solved, additional character development to be had, etc, so I can't wait to see what book #2 has in store when I finally get my hands on it. Bottom line is that Kerry has a winner here and I couldn't put it down.

Random side note: If you follow my site or me on Facebook, you know that I'm a HUGE Edgar Allan Poe fan (I even named my black cat Poe Rayvn). There is a penguin in this book that Vivian names Poe and he is the cutest thing ever! :)

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Between 4 Skulls and definitely recommends it to Urban Fantasy readers looking for something new and fun.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons, dreams, penguins, need I say more? 29 Jan 2013
By J.C. de Graaff - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Definitely one of the most interesting fantasy books I have read in a long while--in a very good way.
As someone who loves readying fantasy I know the genre pretty well and I have never come across something quite like this. The story was compelling, surprising, rather horrifying and positively gruesome at times and lots of fun to read.

Dragons, dreams, princes, evil Queens, magic, warriors--Between has it all. The story stars with our heroin, Vivian who is working a shift at the E.R. when a teenage boy is brought in with severe burn wounds that Vivian immediately recognizes as having come from a dragon. Here is where the pretty disgusting bit starts (for the faint hearted, do not worry. Between isn't a gory book. It just has it's moments. They fit the story well and it's just a book. You'll probably be OK haha :p)--but disguisting because the boy's skin just melts away.
Normally I wouldn't think twice about these kind of moments but they were written so vividly--as was the entire book--that I couldn't help but see everything that happened to Vivian very clearly and realistically in my mind. I love it when a book just grabs you right out of your seat and drags you into a world of wonder, and this is definitely that kind of book.

There was one character in the book that I, when I first read about him, viewed as weird and negative (because it stood out and didn't seem to fit) but he very soon melted my heart and I started to love the little guy: Poe, a penguin--yep you heard me. Penguin. The cutest, smartest, bravest little penguin I have ever read about (although to be fair I haven't read that many books with penguins in them. Still.)
Another character, Zee, I couldn't resist: a painter and bookshop owner by day and a warrior in his dreams at night.

Did I also mention that this book is filled with dragons? Not the cute be-my-best-friend-and-we-will-ride-the-skies-together kind of dragon that you find in a lot of books these days, but old-fashioned really nasty I'll-bite-your-head-off-and-toast-you-for-dinner kind of dragons.
Other than that I have to say that I really like the humour, eventually had to laugh real hard about the fact that Vivian seems to spend about 20% of the book completely naked and found the whole Wakeworld / Dreamworld / Between was very interesting and I loved reading all about it and how Vivian handles the fact that these worlds exists and that she can movie between them.

In short a book that I would definitely recommend, especially if you are interested in dreams, penguins or just want something different for a change.

- Noortje
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Run AWAY! 15 Mar 2013
By Ami Alger - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback

Seriously, all the trigger warnings in all of the world here, folks. Sexual assault, self harm, bad books, all of it.

If you were looking for what the cover promises: happy, charming paranormal romance--now complete with Dragons! Then just RUN AWAY. There is a small amount of incredibly ham-fisted romance, yes, and the Dreamshifting is definitely paranormal, but there is very little happy, absolutely no charming, and a severe lack of likability on the part of every single character.

If you were looking for Urban Fantasy, or any action at all occurring in a non-fantasy environment, RUN AWAY. The only plot element that happens in the real world is our quasi-hero killing a dragon by shooting it in the eyeball with his super impressive ability with tiny handguns. In front of half a police force. Which we then ignore completely. Because, whatever, cops are cool with dragons, right? Nearly the entire plot takes place in a quasi-medieval England dreamspace, where I guess the stakes are sort of real? Don't know. Don't care. Because the plot is just ludicrous. No less then 5 WTF moment in the back half alone.

But wow, what it is is dark. I didn't really notice how much casual death and destruction was missing from my usual reading until this bad boy came along. We killed dragons, and bats, and people, and mosquitoes, and bears, and more people, oh my! Like it was nothing. Just, yep, I don't like that chair, let's kill it.
Our protagonist, an ER Doctor--this is important to remember for later--has a crazy mother, and jealous ex-boyfriend and a grandpa who has the ability to walk through other peoples' dreams. What she lacks is: common sense, the ability to connect basic and blaringly loud dots, rational thinking, and, my favorite, decision making skills. Yes friends, an ER Doctor who cannot act fast in critical situations. Who always needs the hero, or a penguin, to show up and jolt her into action because she freezes, despite her awesome superpowers. Also, apparently dream rape is a thing that we are going to do now. Because this is the second time I've seen it this year, and it was an annoying bit player in several PNRs last year as well. Say no to dream rape people.

Oh, but I almost forgot the cutting. The one good thing about this book? The self-harm is gender neutral. All of the icky, semi-justified squick moments of self cutting are not limited to the ladies. Everybody gets a spin.

Save your $$.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. A must-read for fantasy fans. 29 Jan 2013
By Susan Spann - Published on
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Kerry Schafer's BETWEEN offers a new and exciting take on fantasy fiction, with an intricate plot and rapid pacing that keeps the pages turning from start to finish. From the moment a teenager shows up in a small-town E.R. with dragon-inflicted burns to the exciting (and literally world-shattering) final scenes, BETWEEN combines humor, action, and an unusual take on fantasy themes.

One issue I've had with a lot of modern fantasy is the tendency to re-work traditional themes in expected ways. Kerry Schafer breaks that mold, which makes BETWEEN both unusual and a compelling read. Her characters are complex and three-dimensional, and the romantic elements balance well with the action (A note: I prefer a read that's heavy on action and lighter-handed with romance).

My favorite character has to be Poe, the protagonist's penguin totem/sidekick. He's a real penguin (no talking animals here) and, for me, he stole the show. Dragons and penguins? What's not to love!

The book also offers a welcome touch of ironic humor. By way of example, one of my absolute favorite lines: "She was going to die in the Between, naked, carrying a penguin."

It's hard for me to find a fantasy novel I'm willing to give even four stars, let alone 5, but this one belongs in that category. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy, dragons, or penguins.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like living in a dream... 29 Jan 2013
By Collie Lover - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The title of this book refers to the space between waking and dreaming, that odd, so-like-life, and yet not, space in consciousness. The beauty of the book lies in how you move mentally with the heroine between the different states. I found myself feeling physically floaty and formless while reading, I was so caught up in the world. The book has a haunting quality, even as it takes you on a fantastical adventure, involving mythical worlds, dragons, love, loss, and the hidden landscapes of the mind. If you like your urban fantasy heavy on the fantasy and a little lighter on the urban/romance, you will especially enjoy this book. It shares a similarity to Seanan McGuire's books in this way. When you finish it, you'll have a hard time returning to reality. That's about the best compliment I can give a book.
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