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Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes Series Book 1) by [Lewis, Martine]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2762 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
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  • Publisher: BMJ Chanapi Press (22 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BLUIWWK
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I was fascinated from the start with Lily Morgan and her special abilities. She can feel what everyone else is feeling, but she has developed, what she calls, a shield, that can block out the overwhelming and unwelcome sensations of the people that are all around her. She was doing well at school and coping with her gift until the day, Malakai Thomas, collides with her in the hall, and she falls and bangs her head. And suddenly her defence against her gift is no longer working. With her emotions in turmoil, this isn't the right time for her to fall head-over-heels in love with a football star, who until the day he knocked her over, had not noticed she was alive.

Malakai Thomas is one of the golden boys of the school. He is good-looking and popular. He the one others envy. He is the one all the girls swoon over. But he is not interested in cheerleaders or such. Ever since he first laid eyes on her, he has been drawn to the petite, pretty musician, who has the most beautiful eyes he has ever seen.

I loved this book. So much happens, it is not just about first love; it is a deep and an incredibly emotional read. I honestly, could not put this book down when I started to read it. The plot is so full of surprises that each page kept me guessing. I loved the characterisation of Lily and Malakai, the chemistry between the two was so believable and beautifully written. It really was a pleasure to read.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

So do yourself a favour and check this book out. You won't be disappointed. I Highly Recommend.
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I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is easy to read and, for the most part, the story flow quickly and keeps the action moving. The characters are well-written and entertaining, the plot is laced with romance, suspense and an air of mystery that keeps you guessing as to what is really going on.
Lily's romance with Malakai is endearing- a football star following his heart and going after the girl in the marching band, despite his crowd's rejection of the idea. As a former marching band member, reading about football games and marching competitions tugged at the strings of my heart.
While, as an adult, it seems like their dependence on each other and reluctance to talk things out when things go wrong seems a little inflated, I fully remember being 17-18 years old and feeling like a boyfriend was the center of my universe and having doubts I was too scared to voice....In other words, this whole romance is totally believable to me and swept me into it completely.
The paranormal aspect was well written- I could feel what Lily felt as I read it. I was very intrigued by mean girl Zoe. It was pretty obvious to me that something out of the norm was going on with her and I was disappointed that that wasn't explored. I am hoping that it will be delved into in book 2 of this series- which I can't wait to read!
The ending was left open and left me begging for more. Great job. I recommend!
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This was a hard one for me to rate. First off, I want to say I absolutely loved Martine Lewis' easy writing style. It is perfect for the YA audience this novel is aimed at and I would love to read more from this author. Unfortunately, there were a couple of things within the novel that annoyed me so much I just couldn't give this one five stars. The two main characters refused to talk to each other to sort out their problems, preferring instead to make huge assumptions about what the other might be feeling. I found this extremely frustrating to read. The other thing that annoyed me was Malakai constantly referring to Lily as "his" girl, who needed his protection - I'm not a feminist, but the idea that Lily couldn't get by without Malakai also annoyed me.

That said, these were plot issues that this reader didn't enjoy and even so, I'm giving this one four stars. Because the writing style was so good, I would imagine many readers will be able to look past these small issues and absolutely love this book. I would recommend this author to all lovers of young adult fiction.
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Great for anyone who wants a drama teeenage romance story. This one is not a pure love story though, there is a slight paranormal angle to the storyline making it a definite must read for YA readers. The characters were well thought out and the author did a really good job of keeping you page turning.

Highly recommended read!
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HASH(0x90778480) out of 5 stars This is a gem! 3 May 2016
By Twisted Book Curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again I came across a gem. I read this one in seven hours (would have been less if I didn’t have to do real life duties!) and absolutely loved it.

This is a YA romance/paranormal about Lily, a young empath who faces high school drama on a daily basis as well as deals with her own problems at home. Her loving father had died and left their family home in her name. That didn’t sit well with her adoptive mother at all...in fact, her mother absolutely hates her. Having to deal with all those negative emotions everyday as a normal person is hard enough, let alone braving it all as an empath who lost her ability to shield herself against everyone else’s feelings.

Thankfully, Lily has great friends in Sandra and David who were like her rock and anchor during her times of need. I wish I had a friend like Sandra...everyone needs a Sandra in their lives!

Then we meet Malakai, the quarterback who fell in love with our geeky clarinettist.
I have almost forgotten about the paranormal aspect of the story as I was swept away by the numerous turmoil thrown at the young couple. Events and drama kept coming one after the other which seemed intent on tearing the young lovers apart until I just wanted to shout “Stop it! Leave them be!” to the author.

The pacing of the story kept me glued to my ebook reader. The suspense kept me constantly on the edge hoping Lily and Malakai would survive yet another obstacle in their way, only to find myself hanging on for dear life after a very short reprieve. Yet there were also tender moments that warmed my heart and brought a smile or two to my lips.

Then just when I thought the story was finished with a beautiful happily ever after, the author reminded me that this was just the first book of a potentially intriguing paranormal series! WELL! I will definitely watch out for the next book in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9096ea30) out of 5 stars I loved it every page I turned too 31 Mar. 2016
By UIBB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW!!!! When I started to read Crossing the Barrier. I couldn't put down the book at all. I laughed, cried, and was on my seat throughout the whole book.
This is first book that I read by Martine Lewis. I loved it every page I turned too. I love how much strength that Lily has in her. I love how much Malakai wants to protect Lily from everything she has to deal with. If you love books like this then it's the book for you. I would recommend this book to everyone to read. <3 <3

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HASH(0x8ff79174) out of 5 stars Teenage Love story gem! 16 Jun. 2016
By Nightwolf - Published on Amazon.com
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It has been a very long time since i read any YA books. But i very much enjoyed Crossing the Barrier. It had a twist of paranormal to it which kept my attention and just enough real life elements that you could easily relate to the struggles the two main characters face in every day school life be it band geek or quarterback.

I found the book very easy to read, it was like reading teen angst love story with a paranormal twist mixed with a soap opera where sometimes you just wanted to shout at the characters LOL

Lily has a deep innate strength inside her, given she had been living with empathy her whole life and still lives life. It is a burden she bares. When Malaki runs into her putting her into the hospital causing her barrier to go on the fritz she gets to see that he has had a crush on her for a long time.

Malakai is not your typical jock he is shy, quiet and a bit reserved, could never bring himself to speak to Lily, until he put her in the hospital. When they finally do get together they find they have so much in common. From that spark and connection the story unfolds and their bond grows.

Now i am by no means a feminist, no burning of bras or anything. But i just found the shift in Lily from independent, sheltered and sad yes, but strong inside to needing to be around Malakai every second a bit jarring. Also I get his need to protect her, he wants to shield her from her pain, maybe it's sweet, i just felt it was almost smothering. Plus the pair of them need to learn to communicate and stop assuming things, hence the soap opera.

I liked Lily's friend Sandra, everyone should have a friend like that in school. Made me a bit wistful for an old friend of mine i lost contact with a long time ago from my school days.

Over all this was a wonderful book for the directed age group. A drama high teenage love story. Mixed with tender moments that made you smile and miss those first time events in your life. I highly recommend giving this a read.
HASH(0x8ff79210) out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one! 9 Jun. 2016
By Shy Unique - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been hearing good things about this book for quite some time now and so I was really looking forward to reading it. I guess it could be classified as NA Romance with a touch of paranormal which isn't really my thing. I usually tend to shy away from NA books but I could honestly say I'm glad to have read this one. It's not like the other NAs that I used to read.

I can say I like all of the characters, the annoying ones included. I like Lily's strength which is why I was sort of disturbed and a tad disappointed in the way she handled the story's conflict with regards to Malakai. I like Sandra for being such a good friend to Lily. I like how Malakai stood his ground on things. I like Wes, even if he's annoying because he makes me curious. I think underneath all that annoying things he did that there's a bigger thing he's trying to hide and maybe trying to escape from. But among all of them, it's actually David I like the most. Partly because somehow I can relate to his situation the most and also because he's such a great brother and friend.

The story was very interesting. It has caught my interest that I was able to finish reading it through text-to-speech which is the only way for me to be able to read at that time. I have tried reading text-to-speech before but I never quite finish a book through listening through and this is the first time.

I have a few questions regarding Lily's condition which I'm hopeful to get answered through the next book when based on how this one ended.

This more like a story of love, friendships, and family which for me is always a plus on a story. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book which I think comes out a couple of days before my birthday. Which means, I won't likely to forget about it.
HASH(0x918399e4) out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and check out this book!! 30 Jun. 2016
By Mary Anne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was fascinated from the start with Lily Morgan and her special abilities. She can feel what everyone else is feeling, but she has developed, what she calls, a shield, that can block out the overwhelming and unwelcome sensations of the people that are all around her. She was doing well at school and coping with her gift until the day, Malakai Thomas, collides with her in the hall, and she falls and bangs her head. And suddenly her defence against her gift is no longer working. With her emotions in turmoil, this isn't the right time for her to fall head-over-heels in love with a football star, who until the day he knocked her over, had not noticed she was alive.

Malakai Thomas is one of the golden boys of the school. He is good-looking and popular. He the one others envy. He is the one all the girls swoon over. But he is not interested in cheerleaders or such. Ever since he first laid eyes on her, he has been drawn to the petite, pretty musician, who has the most beautiful eyes he has ever seen.

I loved this book. So much happens, it is not just about first love; it is a deep and an incredibly emotional read. I honestly, could not put this book down when I started to read it. The plot is so full of surprises that each page kept me guessing. I loved the characterization of Lily and Malakai, the chemistry between the two was so believable and beautifully written. It really was a pleasure to read.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

So do yourself a favor and check this book out. You won't be disappointed. I Highly Recommend!
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