Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Betwixt by Melissa Pearl Review + Giveaway!

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Betwixt by Melissa Pearl

Release Date: November 3, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 203
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: eARC from author
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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?

Nicole's boyfriend was getting too frisky so she gets out of the car and starts to walk home, on a dark desolate road. She gets hit by a car and falls into a ditch. No one knows where she is and they think maybe she ran away. Nicole leaves her body in a ghost like state and no one can see or hear her but Dale hears her. The one boy who was nice to her and she called him Scarface. Now it is up to him to figure out what happened to her and where her body lays before it is too late.

Nicole starts off as a typical snooty mean girl. She is popular and hangs outwith all the wrong people. She does it mostly to protect herself from pain. A tragic past that she is trying to escape. Nicole didn't realize just how bad her friends were until she was able to spy on her friends while walking around as a ghost. They are laughing and not even worried about where she is, and her boyfriend, is cheating on her. Her boyfriend that knows she got out of the car, walked home by herself, and is now missing! Yet he wouldn't tell anyone what happened.

Dale has a large scar on his face and is mostly ignored and picked on at school. The scar has a tragic back story so he is able to bond with and understand Nicole like no one else. Even though he gets ridiculed he is a strong character and stands up for himself. Dale argues with Nicole and tells her the truth but also shows her how she is worth more. He has learned his lesson about what is important and helps Nicole learn the same lesson. He works really hard to save Nicole. Although one thing that kind of bothered me was that he wouldn't skip school. If I knew someone was out dying somewhere, I would skip a couple days to search for them. I think the circumstances call for it!

Nicole can't remember what happened before she woke up in her ghost like state so she has to put the pieces together. It isn't really a big mystery as most clues are unfolded quickly. But there is a lot of intense build up and worry. The whole time I'm like please find her already! It was upsetting that everyone wrote her off and just assumed she ran away without looking for her. Her family was very broken and they lacked communication. Dealing with loss, grief, and getting back to where you were before tragedy were big parts of the story. The accident was one that Nicole and her family learned from not to mention she met Dale, someone who truly cares about her.   

"I think that's another reason why I was so annoyed this morning. All the people you choose to hang out with have no idea who you really are. They're spending too much time bringing out the worst in you to discover how awesome you can be."

Dale's there in a second, gently catching me against him. His arm around my waist holds me tightly to his side.
"I want to catch you when you fall." He grins.
I roll my eyes.
"That's the cheesiest thing I've ever heard."

Rating: 4/5



  1. Betwixt sounds like such an intense story. I'm glad you liked it. Nice review!

  2. I think this looks like a great read. Your review has me intrigued!

  3. Great review chick! I really enjoyed this book too. Dale was so sweet!

  4. This sounds pretty good overall! I've heard positive things about this author's work so I'll have to check this out. Great review. :)

  5. Well this does sound like an intense read. I like that there is a lot of angst and it sounds like one with some good solid life lessons. It is also nice to find a good indie gem. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks so much for such a spectacular review. I'm so glad you enjoyed it :) Thanks for being part of this tour. You're awesome :)

  7. Oh, I heard of this one recently! It sounds really good and totally twisty! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much cause that seals the deal, I must read it!

  8. Thanks for participating in the tour! Melissa is a great author to work with. Glad you liked it!

  9. This one sounds so good, right up my alley!

  10. This sounds absolutely amazing! I am very excited to read it, and I really hope everything turns out okay for Nicole! Awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  11. The blurb and the review has my interest piqued. So I'd love to read this book!

  12. I'm glad you liked this one; I recently added it to my Goodreads because I had discovered it from a blog tour invite but I hadn't heard a lot about it. It's sounds awesome! I love the whole out-of-body element, and I always enjoy the stories where the mean girl ends up realizing that the nerdy boy who likes her is actually amazing. I can't wait to pick this one up now, Great review :)


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