The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib
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Publication date: May 5, 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
I chose to read this book because I love young adult fantasies with angels and, of course, it is a debut novel.
Casey blames herself for surviving a tragic boat accident when her best friend, Liddy, died. However, Liddy isn’t dead. She’s in Limbo, the space that exists between the living and the dead. How does Casey know this? Red, the angel who literally fell from “upstairs”. He is here to protect Casey while she goes to Limbo to save Liddy’s soul. You see, Casey is a Limbowalker. She died and came back to life that day and now she can navigate Limbo to help her best friend cross over and sever the link between them. For Casey, Limbo has two rules… leave where you enter and seal the doorway. Because if she doesn’t the dark things, the obsii, the bringers of death, the grim reapers, the shadow monsters will escape.
The plot is intriguing, but I felt the characters could have been more developed. For example, I wanted to know more about Casey’s relationship with Liddy’s parents. I wanted to find out more about Casey’s parents and I wanted to know more about Red’s story. Perhaps there will be a sequel, but I wasn’t sure. I did enjoy the wisecracking Evan who is there to protect Casey. He, Liddy, and Casey have been friends since they were babies and apparently Evan has feelings for Casey that go beyond friendship. Talk about bad timing.
If you like fast-paced and engaging YA fantasies with limbowalkers, lost souls, and archangels, give this book a try.
Thank you to Ms. Hrib for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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