52Under2: The Between by L. J. Cohen

The book I am reviewing this week for 52Under2 is The Between by LJ Cohen. It is about 72300 words long it is available on Smashwords for $2.99.

Congratulations to LJ Cohen on the release of her novel.

The Between is a story of Lydia Hawthorne, a girl who discovers that she is a faerie. Lydia is sought as an asset by both sides in a stalemated war that only she can end.

I really enjoyed this one. It has a good story with many threads of plot woven together, though there were a couple I wasn’t sure how they tied off.

The ending felt to me like a bit of a downer. The good guys triumphed, but the cost of victory seemed so high.

One thing that I found slightly distracting throughout is that one of the characters is called Clive Barrow (and is often referred to by his full name). Every time I saw it I thought of Clyde Barrow, as in Bonnie and Clyde. A connection I’m not sure the author intended.

Overall this was the best self-published novel I’ve read so far, and better than some traditionally published novels. It was well written, well paced, and the characters, their decisions and motivations felt very believable.

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