Between by Dora Hilburn is a super sweet YA paranormal romance

Between by Dora Hilburn is a super sweet YA paranormal romance

To quote the, um, yeah, to quote Taylor Swift, “Boys only want love if it’s torture,” and sometimes I think readers do as well.  Books where people fall for ghosts have obvious limitations and few real choices for a happily ever after.  Why do I read them?  I just can’t help myself.  Between is one I picked because the cynic in me can’t seem to kill the romantic.  And you know what?  I liked it.  It made me happy. Tween and Teen readers who like their paranormal romances sweet and innocent will as well.

When seventeen year old Anna moves into the house she inherited, she plans to restore it and sell it to fund her college education. Her plan goes sideways when she encounters a ghost, a WW 1 soldier who grew up in the house, and develops an intense interest in him. Things become more confusing when she is befriended by a local who wants to help her restore her house and an attraction sparks between them. This was a sweet paranormal romance appropriate for all ages, but would be most enjoyed by middle school and high school readers. While not scary, there was adequate suspense and a creepy threat to the protagonist. There were holes — some things were resolved in a way that felt too pat, and there was insta-love which might annoy more discerning readers.  The premise clearly states there WILL be a love triangle, so steer clear if you hate those.  However,  the ending was satisfying, and it wasn’t inappropriate in any way — seriously light sensuality.  

 I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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