Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Betwixt by Melissa Pearl Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt + Giveaways

Betwixt (Betwixt, #1)Title: Betwixt

Series: Betwixt #1

Melissa Pearl

Published: 5th November 2012

Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review

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?

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My Review

This book was not at all what I expected! Even after seeing all the other wonderful reviews, I still worried this was going to be some silly, high-school-drama type book with the paranormal thing just thrown in to keep it interesting.

Boy was I wrong!

This book was fantastic! I loved everything about it and was especially please with how the ghostly, spirit part was managed. I loved having Nicole shift between her spirit self and her physical body, it was something I hadn't read before and I really enjoyed it! Another thing I really liked as that this book wasn't preachy. It wasn't until about halfway through that I realised this book had a God theme, which isn't a bad thing, but I was really pleased that I wasn't suffocated with religion which is something that really turns me off a book. The religion and belief played a nice part in the book.

The characters were all wonderfully done, I loved Nicole and Dale, and really disliked Nicole's "friends", their bitchiness and uncaring attitudes were very real and while reading I felt very thankful that I'm not part of a group like that! Nicole and Dale were both fantastic, and when I finally understood their pasts, I was amazed by them both! I think I fell in love with Dale on the first line with him, and my love just grew as the book progressed - he's awesome!

This book is about forgiveness and rebirth, as well as many other things and if you haven't read it yet I'd highly recommend it! I gulped this book down in one sitting and I'm so glad I gave it a go!

4.5/5 Whales

Other Books in the Series

Before (Betwixt, #0.5)                                      Beyond (Betwixt Novella #1.5)
                  Before (Betwixt #0.5)                 Beyond (Betwixt #1.5)

Excerpt from Beyond (Betwixt #1.5)


Dale's standing by the passenger door, holding it open for me. I love that he's such a gentleman.

Once I'm in, he closes it softly. I watch him walk around the car, playing with his keys. He still looks a little sad around the edges, but I can tell he's trying to put on a brave face and move past this.

The engine kicks to life and Granite blasts through the car. He makes a dive for the volume control mumbling his apologies. I laugh and tell him not to worry about it.

We head to school in silence, enjoying the rock music. I hum along and Dale soon joins me. We glance at each other and grin.

I love you. The words are right on the end of my tongue and I so nearly blurt them out. This gives me a fright. I stop humming, pressing my lips together and looking out the window.

His hand finds my leg and gently rubs it. "You okay?"

"Yeah." I turn with a smile. "Are you okay?"

He shrugs.

"You'll get in somewhere awesome, Dale. I just know it."

"Yep." He cuts the word short. Man, I wish I could get inside his brain right now. He's usually really good at talking, having spent months in therapy after losing four friends in a car accident.

But about this, he's staying pretty tight lipped, and I'm not sure how much I want to pry out of him.

"Have you...have you told your dad yet?"

His expression gets all hard as he shakes his head. Okay, so not ready to go there. The mere mention of his dad has embedded these deep worry lines into his forehead. My insides squeeze tight.

"How about other schools. Have you heard back from any of them?"

"I applied for Columbia way before the others. I wasn't even going to try for anywhere else, but after big chats with my parents, I decided to pick five other schools...just as case..." His voice sounds small as if the effort to speak is almost too much. "I only sent those applications off a few weeks ago."

"Okay, so I guess you'll hear soon then." I'm trying to sound positive, keep my voice light and upbeat.

His eyebrows bunch together and I feel my heart squeeze.


"I got another rejection letter last night."

"From where?"

"Princeton." He shakes his head with a wry smile. "I knew I was dreaming with that one." He blinks rapidly, and I swear he looks like he might just cry.

This is killing him. He's freaking out that every college out there will send him an, I'm sorry to inform you... letter.

He doesn't deserve that. Do they not realize he's gold?

I love him.

I love him so much I'm actually hurting for him right now. I'm angry on his behalf. I'm gutted on his behalf, and I want to make this better for him.

As Dale lets go of my leg and steers his car into the Big Bear High parking lot, my mother's words run through my head once again.

This isn't about me.

Dale wants to get into a good school. Better yet, he wants the school he picked out with his dad. There's no other option. Dale has to go to Columbia. And damn it, I am going to make that happen for him.

He helps me out of the car and leans down to brush a light kiss over my lips. I grab the back of his head and deepen it, catching him by surprise. Thankfully, his hands curl into my shirt, pulling me close. I press against his firm chest and seriously want to happy sigh at this moment, but my mouth's too busy. My stomach has a little squee-fest instead. The world around us fades to nothing as I send him a silent promise with this one kiss.

The bell ringing across the school finally pulls us apart, and I can tell Dale's grateful for my spontaneity. His smile is soft and sweet as he takes my hand and walks me up the front steps. I relish his pleasure, my insides buzzing with the thought of just how big his smile will be when he gets into Columbia.

All I need to do now, is figure out how I'm going to make that happen.

Author Bio - Melissa Pearl

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 four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”.
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  1. I love any book that has to do with ghosts so this one is right up my alley and it sounds awesomely unique! I love how the character development seems to be great, too - in a lot of paranormal they kind of ignore it to make due for a "better" plot but if I don't care for the characters I usually don't end up liking a book that much. Anyways, glad you liked it, Myra!

    1. I agree, if I can't connect with the characters, then I don't really see the point in reading the book as I don't care what happens to the characters.
      Yes, anyway, this book was fabulous!

  2. Thank you so much for such a brilliant review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Betwixt and it's fantastic to have the book highlighted on your blog today :)

    1. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! :)