Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 2:26 PM
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Title: The Girl In Between
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Series: None

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
The Girl in between was the first book I read by Laekan Zea Kemp but it surely won't be the last.

This book tells the story of Bryn, a seventeen year old girl who sufferes from a desease called Klein-Levin Syndrome. KLS makes her sleep for long periods. It may be a week or a month. The time varies based on the patients. KLS mostly affects teenagers and wears off as they get older. But not in Bryn's case. Bryn is deteriorating and pretty fast. Her symptoms are getting worse and as if everything wasn't already bad, Bryn has started dreaming. Usually patients with KLS can't dream. They just sleep.

Bryn has her own place where she goes when she sleeps. At that place she usually sees her memories, until him. A boy she's never seen before, gets trapped at the same place with Bryn. But opposed to Bryn , Roman can't get away from there. Every time Bryn sleeps, she ends up there but after a while she wakes up in the real world. Roman can't wake up. He's trapped but they both know that since he exists in he dreams, then he must exist in the real world as well. So the journey begins. Bryn tries to collect every clue available in order to find him, before it's too late. But is she really prepared to face the truth about Roman???

This book was mind blowing. I loved the story although the flow was pretty slow. What I also loved was the way the author chose to present us the story. The suspese was killing me. I was so anxious to meet the "boy's" identity. Both Bryn and Roman were so braive and strong. Bryn may be sick but that doesn't mean she has no life. She tries to finish high school and has dreams of going to university. She tries to be social, despite the fact that her desease is killing all of her progress but she never gives up. She always tries.

What I also loved, was the secondary characters. Dani, Bryn's cousin, was an intriguing character who helped Bryn any way she could, Felix, Bryn's friend was an amazing character and a briliant man, who also proved to be a loyal friend as well. Drew, Bryn's ex-broyfriend, I really hated. He was one of those boys who always screw up and always believe the should be forgiven. Yeah, he's not going to be winning any boyfriend of the year award any time soon. Bry was so much better off him. Roman was seriously a better man for her.

Despite everything though, I have to warn you that the Girl in Between is a cliffhanger. Nothing major but one that will keep you at the edge of your seat until you read the sequel.

I'm looking forward to reading more of their story!!!

Totally recommended!!

*ARC Provided by author inexchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

“Can I show you something?” she asked.
I wasn’t sure if I should follow her or even if I could but I didn’t want her to let go of me. I didn’t want her to disappear again and leave me there alone, still lost. So I nodded.
We swam to the end of the dock and she untied the small rowboat. She climbed in first, reaching for the oars and holding it steady as I sat down across from her. I watched the house recede. My eyes trailed back to the road, still waiting for someone to come down it. They didn’t.
“Where are we going?” I asked.
“Not far.”
I searched the horizon but it was empty. No land. No boats. It felt like we were headed straight for the skyline, about to fall off into nothing. The waves grew choppy and I wanted to take the oars from her but I didn’t know where we were going and for some reason I liked listening to the slow rhythm of her breathing as she fought the waves.
The boat finally grinded to a stop and when I looked over the edge the water was so clear I could see tiny creatures bedding in the sand, their thin shadows eclipsed by the girl as she climbed onto the sandbar.
“I went to the Bahamas once when I was thirteen,” she said. “The water was so blue. I strapped on a snorkel and spent the entire week just walking from sandbar to sandbar, face underwater watching the fish swim by.”
I followed her out of the boat and a school of bright yellow fish cut between us, scales glinting.
“This?” I said.
She smiled and walked around to the other side of the boat. The water was a dark grey, my legs tangled in a mess of rust colored seaweed. I could barely see my feet, their shadows disappearing beneath swirls of mud.
“This is the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston. I tagged along on one of my mom’s work trips. It was just a few weeks after Hurricane Ike.”
I stared at the muddled outline where the two oceans converged—one light, one dark. I waited for them to mix, for that invisible seam to break free but it didn’t.
We waded farther out into the clear water, another school of fish bumping against my calf, bright red coral twisting near my ankles. It was startling.
“I used to come here,” she said. “When I first got sick I would stand here and it wouldn’t feel like purgatory anymore. They’re memories.” She faced the beach. “My memories.” Then she looked at me. “I don’t know why you’re here or if you’re—”
“Real?” I asked.
She nodded and I wasn’t so sure anymore either.
“But you don’t have to be afraid,” she said. “It doesn’t have to feel like purgatory.”
I watched the sunlight reflecting off the ocean and dancing against her skin. Her eyes were lighter in the sun; green churning to a soft sea foam like the waves crashing near our feet. And standing there in that invisible seam between two oceans, two worlds, she was just as startling.
The tide swirled in her gaze and I watched it shimmer there, glinting from a soft grey to jade and then I said, “It doesn’t.”
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7 comments:

  1. I've never been able to remember any whole dream, always some part of it like falling off a cliff, got bitten by a snake or losing a tooth and blood is everywhere.

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  2. Dreams I usually remember are nightmares and the one I have the most is my room covered in big spiders, Yikes!

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  3. I rarely remember my dreams, but if I do, it's usually because something really amazing or bad happened. Sometimes, I remember snippets of dreams too.

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  4. yes, almost all day I remember my crazy dreams!
    thanks!

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  5. I like the cover 'cause it reminds me a bit of the Lorax.

    My dreams usually stay with me for about 2 minutes after I wake up and then I forget most of it unless I force myself to remember.

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  6. I usually don't remember my dreams, but if I do, I only remember short fragments. Thanks for the giveaway!

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