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August 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara A. Fuller – Review, Excerpt, and G1veaway

Hello fabulous readers!  Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

 Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara A. Fuller

presented by Entangled Publishing!

We’re also got a special excerpt for you all today!
One that is in Finn’s Point Of View.  Yay! 

Be sure to enter the two (2) giveaways found at the end of the post!

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.

Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara A. Fuller
Publish Date:  August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion ** 

Let me just start this review off by saying that I absolutely loved this novel.  It was scary, fast paced, romantic, and packed with the paranormal.  Inbetween is beautifully crafted, fun  and everything that a paranormal novel should be. Now that I have that out of my system, I’ll start this off by saying how excited I was to start reading this novel—it’s one that I’ve wanted to read for a long time and when I began it, I never wanted to stop.

Inbetween begins by introducing us to main characters Finn and Emma, both of whom have a past with each other, with only one of them being aware of that fact.  It started off in a very awesome-sauce way, where we see Finn watch as Emma’s Dad’s soul is reaped and watch him break all the rules to keep Emma from dying.  From the start we are introduced to Maeve, a poltergeist who is psychotic and was supposed to have Emma’s life.  The story does start out in a way that has readers a bit confused, but it’s nothing that could drive you crazy because it’s pretty obvious that you’ll learn more about the mysterious past between the two main characters later on in the novel.

Basically, Inbetween is the story about Grim Reaper, Finn, who finds himself falling for the reincarnation of his once dead girlfriend and your regular human, Emma, who is living a life that shouldn’t be hers.  The two struggle with the fact that Finn is breaking every rule that the Keeper of the Reapers, Balthazar, has created to keep the dead from mixing with the living.  Throughout the story, a psychotic ghost who should be living Emma’s life attempts to kill her and adds in horrific scenes of terror and action that had my heart pounding in my chest.

The relationship between Finn and Emma was one that I found cute and risky because of the fact that rules were constantly being broken and Finn fights to not go corporeal and touch Emma—which would result in him going to Hell as punishment.  Emma as a character, is one that I think many readers could relate to emotionally, over the fact that Emma’s Dad died and her mother is moving on by getting a potential boyfriend.

There were multiple scenes that had me going “awww!” and had me screaming at the book for the main characters to defend themselves/defeat Maeve whenever she would strike.  There is a major twist in the story that I have to admit I did not see coming and only gives readers more reason to hope that Finn can protect Emma from Maeve even more than he already has.

All in all a very fun and romantic read.  Fans of Alyson Noel’s the Immortals series and YA paranormal romances will definitely find themselves falling hard for Inbetween. And lucky for all of us, it’s a series. Can I get a woot, woot?

Excerpt:

 

I couldn’t stay still any longer. I crossed the room until I was standing over her, this girl I loved. She stopped swaying and looked up at me. I reached out my hand. “Dance with me.”

Emma just looked uncertainly at my outstretched fingers and chewed on her lip. “But if you touch me, you’ll…”

“Then we won’t touch. Just dance.”

Emma stood, pulled her hands out of her sleeves, and stared at her feet, looking lost. I stepped closer, so close I could see my shimmer reaching out toward her skin, like metal to a magnet. I never needed to breathe, but now, in this moment, I couldn’t stop my lungs from pumping.

We moved together wordlessly. A step to the right. A smooth glide to the left. My shimmer sparked and hummed with energy the closer she got. I wanted to do like I’d seen Pop do with Mama, tip her back and make her laugh like a girl in love. I didn’t. Instead, I settled for leaning in as close as I could, letting my unnatural breaths coat her neck. She shivered.

“Hey, at least it won’t hurt if I step on your foot,” I said.

Emma chuckled and reached her hands up as if she meant to place them on my shoulders, then stopped herself and dropped them back down to her sides. “I never know what to do with my hands.”

“Well…” I leaned back and adjusted, so that my hand was out waiting. “If we were doing this for real, you’d put your left hand here.” She hesitantly raised her hand and placed it in front of mine so that our palms nearly touched. “And in a very desirable world, my hand would go right…here.” I placed my hand near her waist and she shivered, accidentally arching into my touch. My chest swelled with want and in an instant, my fingers scattered into a thousand iridescent particles, swimming around her like silver smoke. I pulled my hand back, watched my fingers take shape again, and wiggled them at her.

Emma released a pent-up breath and laughed. “Wow.”

I shrugged and kept moving. In the background, Billie crooned and somehow managed to put exactly how I was feeling into words.

“The mere idea of you. The longing here for you. You’ll never know, how slow the moments go, till I’m near to you,” I sang softly into Emma’s hair. Billie sounded way better of course, but the words felt too right in my mouth not to say out loud.

“You’ve done this before,” Emma said. “I can tell.”

About the Author:

 

Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer.  She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas.  Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town.  Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.

Connect with Tara:

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29 Comments

  1. Giselle
    8/24/2012

    Wow this sounds so good! I love Grim Reaper stories and it sounds like it has a great balance or romance and action. I’m also curious about the twist! It’s so rare now that I don’t see them coming a mile away. The consequence of reading so many books haha. Great review, MaryAnn!!
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  2. Shannon
    8/24/2012

    Thanks for the excerpt it sounds like there are some really great characters in this story, the grim reaper is a more unique choice

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  3. Heather Cranmer
    8/24/2012

    Super excited!! I’ve been hearing about this book for awhile, and I so so so want to read it =D x

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  4. Eva
    8/24/2012

    So excited to read it! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!!

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  5. Lexi E.
    8/24/2012

    Super excited to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Ana Death Duarte
    8/24/2012

    I’m super hyper mega excited to read this! Loved the premise, the cover, me needz it! <3
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  7. Jolene A
    8/24/2012

    So excited, sounds like a great read

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  8. whitewolfreads
    8/24/2012

    I’m crazy exited for Inbetween! The concept behind the book seems interesting, can’t wait to read what happens.

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  9. Amethyst
    8/24/2012

    I love grim reapers! Great interview! Love the excerpt and thank you for the giveaway!

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    Amethyst Reply:

    Oops I meant review not interview.

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  10. Deb Pelletier
    8/24/2012

    Thanks for the contest, did FB and Goodreads.

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  11. Great review! This book sounds awesome! I’ll have to check it out!
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  12. DeeDee Griffin
    8/24/2012

    The more I read about it, the more I want to read this!

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  13. Brandi S.
    8/24/2012

    I am so excited to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. Danielle Smiley
    8/24/2012

    You guys totally rock! Thanks for the great giveaway! This sounds like an amazing read and I can’t wait to read it!!!!!

    Danielle
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  15. starryblue
    8/24/2012

    I love reading books with reapers.
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  16. Hwa Sun
    8/25/2012

    Very :)
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  17. Lynn K
    8/25/2012

    Very excited!! The premise is very intriguing :)
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  18. JennH
    8/25/2012

    On a scale of 1-10, I’m sitting on 100!
    :D

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  19. brandileigh2003
    8/25/2012

    Pretty excited to read. I’ve read great reviews.
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  20. brandileigh2003
    8/25/2012

    Thanks for giveaway and exerpt.
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  21. Denise Z
    8/26/2012

    I came across this title a couple of days ago and have been stalking it LOL Definitely looking forward to the read. I am so glad you enjoyed it and this only makes me want to read it more.

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  22. abby
    8/27/2012
  23. wni
    8/31/2012

    I’m super excited to read Inbetween. Hope I win the contest :)

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  24. bn100
    8/31/2012

    Excited for the book

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  25. Zahra
    9/1/2012

    Can’t wait to read this :)

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  26. Lindy Gomez
    9/1/2012

    Thank you to this blog and Tara Fuller for the opportunity to win Inbetween! I want this book so bad! It sounds amazing!!!!!!

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  27. Erika
    9/1/2012

    I really love the trailer and content of the book and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. Kassandra Fuentes
    9/3/2012

    This is actually the first time I saw the trailer of Inbetween! Thanks for the excerpt and trailer :D!

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