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Monday, May 4, 2020

Book Review: The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib

The Dark In-Between
by Elizabeth Hrib
Published by: Swoon Reads
May 5th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Action-packed and emotionally powerful like big- and small-screen hits such as The Sixth Sense and Supernatural, The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib is sure to stay with you long after the lights go out.

Something lurks in the shadows between life and death.

A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pulled from the water, Casey is rushed to the hospital and miraculously revived. But her sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.

Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend’s screams. Casey thinks she’s losing it… until she watches a boy fall from the sky.

Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy’s trapped soul to something worse than death.

Debut novel for a promising author of YA fantasy. Hrib has put together a great story of a relatable young romance that includes some supernatural and anxiety-inducing components

Refreshing read; perfect for the targeted age group. A 16-year-old and her best friend were in a boating accident which left her friend dead and her with a “near-death” experience and all the things that go with it. “Dying” together formed a soul bond that has to be broken for Casey’s friend to move on from her wandering around in Limbo.

Casey is struggling to deal with the new normal without her friend. Enter a “fallen” angel sent to guide her and hopefully earn back his wings. Casey must travel to Limbo to find her friend and send her on her way. Oh, and of course there is another best friend, a really understanding, loyal guy who is trying to convince Casey that he will be there for her, no matter what. (Nice Guy!)

The romance seemed on point and the supernatural aspect the right amount of spooky to introduce YA’s to the fantasy genre.

All in all, I see bright things for this author’s future.

Getting 4 sheep!

Jeanie G

About the Author:
Elizabeth Hrib was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied nursing at Western University. She now calls the East Coast home, where she works as a nurse in Halifax. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found at the piano, planning her next Netflix binge, or attempting to keep her small, windowsill garden alive.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a well written and compelling story! Great review! :)