Title: Somewhere In Between
Author: Katie Li
Genre: NA/urban fantasy
Date Read: 02/01/2016 – 03/01/2016
(Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes)
The synopsis of this book sounded really intriguing and the cover really caught my eye, so I decided I wanted to give it a go. Unfortunately, it came across more as a bunch of under-developed ideas than a cohesive novel.
Somewhere In Between tells the story of Rom and Magnolia, two misfit teenagers/young adults who discover a portal to another reality. This reality changes every time they visit, but they keep going back; it’s a special place that the two of them can share without any interference from others. When they are reunited after college, they return to the In Between Place, but have to face their pasts and other demons while they’re there.
The main issue I had with the book was the time jumps. One second the characters are in their junior or senior year, the next it’s after college, then it’s back to school. In one chapter. With no indication that the time jump has happened; you just have to figure that out from the fact that someone is being referred to as dead or alive, and things like that.
It was also completely unclear what was real and what wasn’t. I got that the characters’ visits to the In Between Place were altering reality outside of it (at least, I think that’s what was happening), but it went beyond “ambiguous” and into “confusing and unclear” territory. Added to never knowing what time period I was in, I had very little idea of the characters’ original time line or how it was being changed. Apart from these supposed changes, the In Between Place seemed pretty insignificant to the overall plot.
It is worth mentioning that the book is very short (146 pages). I think with some fleshing out of the characters and the world-building, this could have been really entertaining and engaging, but as it is, I feel it went to print too early.