by Tara Fuller
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: E-ARC, Netgalley/Publisher
Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.
It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.
My Thoughts: Finn is in love with Emma, head over heals in love with Emma. There is just one problem, Finn is dead. In fact, Finn is a reaper. He is assigned not to Heaven or Hell, but to the Inbetween. That place where souls go until it can be determined where they will end up. Some are consumed and turned into shadows of darkness, and some are given a second chance and are sent back to be reborn.
It's been 15 years since he saw her, since he'd seen Allison, but he immediately knew it was her. He knew that he'd found her, and now, she was Emma. Here's where things get tricky, Finn is dead, but Emma is very much alive, and unfortunately he's led Maeve, who is a very evil soul, right to her. Maeve is out for revenge, and her target at Emma.
It is now 2 years later, and Finn has spent every free moment he has watching over Emma, protecting her, longing for her, wanting nothing more than to talk to her and touch her, but there are rules. He has already broken the rules in the past and has been warned not to break them again, because this time, he would face Hell. Emma is having dreams, dreams about Finn. Strange things are happening and she thinks she is losing her mind. As Maeve's threats and actions begin to escalate, Finn must decide whether to break the rules again, and if he does, what will the consequences be not only for him, but for Emma.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great. Of course I loved Emma and Finn, but I loved the other characters to. Chase is Emma's best friend, and he's really hot. He lives next door, sneaks in and out of her window, and sleeps in her bed, just like when they were 6 years old. They have the whole Dawson's Creek thing going on. Easton and Anaya are Finn's "friends." Easton is a reaper for Hell and Anaya takes souls to heaven. Maeve is still caught inbetween and is on the verge of turning into one of the dark shadows. Finn's situation kind of reminded me of that old song "Stuck in the Middle With You." Finn has Easton and Hell on the left of him and Anaya and Heaven on the right, and he's just sort of stuck in the middle dealing with Maeve.
The plot and pace of the story is interesting and keeps your attention. It is told from both Finn's and Emma's point of view. Books about reapers are not typically my thing, but this book is totally not what you would expect. I couldn't help but fall in love with Finn, he is so swoon-worthy, and his cohorts are pretty cool to. I loved the interaction between them. Inbetween has the perfect balance of romance, humor, and intensity. The ending of this book is really great. I can't say more than that without spoiling it for you, other than to say that it ends really well, and I am looking forward to the next book in the Kissed by Death series. If you enjoy paranormal romance, then this is one book you will definitely want to check out.