Monday, December 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Betwixt by Melissa Pearl Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Betwixt Blog Tour. This tour was organized by AToMR Tours. On my stop I have my review and the tour wide giveaway. There is a linky at the bottom of the post with all the blogs participating in the tour. Be sure to check them out!


  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Source: eARC from the author for review/tour
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Beautiful, wild-child 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

I don't know if I was having a super sensitive day or what, but this book had my emotions pouring out. I would be smiling, then crying, then smiling again. This book was very heartbreaking, but also in the end uplifting. You have this gorgeous, popular girl who dying in the woods, and somehow her ghost or spirit is out of her body trying to find help. The only one who can hear her is someone who she has hurt in the past, but being the awesome person he is, he helps her. The only problem is that she doesn't really remember much so she has no clue where she could be. Time is of the essence to get to her before she dies, or the person who hit her comes back to kill her.

Nicole was a character that took me a while to warm up to. Yeah, I felt bad that she was in the woods dying and no one knew where she was, but it wasn't until we start discovering her past and learning what others really think about her that I began to like her. At first glance she seems like the typical rich popular girl, but really she is a broken girl who puts up a front to protect herself. She doesn't want anyone too close to her. She seems confident and fun, but really she is suffering from guilt that she shouldn't have, depression, and wanting her family to be the way it once was. At first I wondered how her parents could let her get away with all she did. Then I discovered that it was their way of comforting her in a way. Instead of confronting the issues they have, they skirt around it and it leaves her more broken then ever. 

Now we move on to Dale. He has his own secrets that make him quite mysterious, but her is also kind, caring, and very selfless. He is a bit stubborn at times, but I don't blame him. He's not in the popular crowd, and has a scar on his face. He is pretty much the outcast. No one really knows what happened to him, but they all have their stories. He was really nice to Nicole at one point, but she insulted him in front of her friends since it wasn't socially okay to be seen talking to him. When he hears that Nicole is missing and then is able to hear her, he decides to help her because he is a good person. He goes out of his way to try and figure out where her body is and he is there to comfort her. He truly cares about her and it's so wonderfully sweet.

I loved that Nicole was actually alive in the woods and her spirit would leave her body and then come back. She used the time she was in her body to try and remember things and try to figure out where she is so when her spirit leaves again she can tell Dale. Now we move on to the emotional parts. Since no one can see her, and she's not around as far as they know, she learns a lot of things. Her friends are not really as great as they seem, her boyfriend is a douche, and her parents are totally falling apart. I cried a number of times through this book, and even now thinking about it while writing my review I am getting teary eyed.

This book was beautiful and emotional. The characters were well developed and I really cared what happened to them. I was emotionally invested in Nicole and Dale, but also in her parents. I liked that her parents were a big part of this. The parts with her parents were some of the most emotional for me. The suspense of hoping they would find her in time had me so tense and needing to keep going. By the end of this book I felt exhausted from all the feelings I was having, but it also left me with a smile on my face and tears on my cheeks. 





About the Author

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.

Social Media links:
Twitter: @MelissaPearlG

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18 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for such an amazing review! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. The scenes with Nicole's parents were some of my favourites to write :)

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    1. It was my pleasure to be part of the tour! This book was fantastic. I really could feel the urgency to get to her and my heart was breaking right along with hers when she was invisibly watching everything going on around her.

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  2. I'm so glad you liked this. It sounded really good to me. I'll have to check it out sometime. Nice review love!

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    1. It was really good. A bit different than I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it.

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  3. Betwixt sounds like such a great story. I don't know why I didn't sign up for the tour! I love a story that gives such an emotional impact. Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. I have been a super emotional reader lately. More than normal for me. Of course I have also been reading a lot of emotional books too. I really did connect with the characters in this and felt bad for Nicole.

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  4. I remember the reveal for this cover and I wanted to get it really bad but I never did pick it up. It sounds like a story that is right up my alley. I love that it had your emotions all over the place! And I also think I would totally enjoy her seeing the different sides of the people around her, what a great concept!

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    1. It was very sad hearing the things that people thought about her since they didn't think she was around. It was like each thing they said about her made me want to hug her.

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  5. Awesome review! I love a good book that gets my emotions all crazy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have been reading a lot of emotional books lately. I love them!

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  6. I really enjoyed this one too! I read it in one sitting because I was also so tense and nervous and yelling at my book "FIND HER! DAMN IT!" LOL Also what a bunch of douche friends. I wanted to kick them. I really loved Dale. He was different type of love interest that is just my type! Sweet, not popular, or the typical so hot I can't think cliche but a real guy with real problems but also a good heart. I really loved the whole leaving her body and then going back to it angle. The cover is awesome too!

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    1. Yes!! I loved that Dale was more of the misunderstood outcast (who didn't really care) too. He was the sweetest and I loved that Nicole was able to see the real him. It's too bad it took her situation to really see him for who he was, but it was still really great!

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  7. Beautiful review, Amy! I've never heard of this book before, but since you seemed to have really enjoyed it, I'm going to give it a shot. It seems like such a sad story though. :( But sad stories are always well-written. I'm intrigued by what happened to Dale.
    Thanks for the honest review, Amy! :)

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    1. When a book gets me emotional and makes me cry it's a good book. I won't feel emotions like that unless I am truly invested in a story.

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  8. Wow this book sounds like a really good one but sad. :( I love it when a book gets my emotions churning. They always stick with me the longest compared to other books. Fantastic review Amy! I wasn't sure if I would read this one but now I desperately want to read this one asap after reading your review.

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    1. Thanks hon! It's true, books that get your emotions going really do stick with you. I actually just finished another book that totally left me emotionally drained, but I can't stop thinking about it.

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  9. Wow that does sound emotional. Glad you enjoyed. Might have to check it out too.

    Valerie

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  10. Sounds like an emotional ride. I will take a book that can do that for me anytime. It is a sign of a well written novel. I added this to my TBR earlier today. Your review was a pleasure.

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