Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Space Between by Kristie Cook - Review and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!


What better way to spend your Sunday, than to post about the author you adore. This is what I am doing today!!! I am participating in The Space Between blog tour. The Space Between is written by a wonderful person and author - Kristie Cook!

I just arrived back from London, where I had a chance to spend few days together with Kristie and her fantastic crew!

My stop includes a review of The Space Between, some information about the book and the author, and giveaways!

There is a history between me and The Space Between. Today I can tell you that I have read this book more than once. First time as a beta reader already few months ago and later also the edited and final version. I loved both reading experiences!!! I have worked with Kristie previously and I have read all her published books: Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power, Genesis and now the first book in The Book of Phoenix. It's awesome writing all the way through from the very first book until the latest release!

Here it is!



Author: Kristie Cook
Title: The Space Between
Series: Book 1 in The Book of Phoenix
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions
Published: April 5, 2013
Pages: 368 in Paperback version
Genre: Adult: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary:

 When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between
After a month-long dance tour through Italy, 20-year-old Leni Drago returns to Georgia to care for her great-uncle, only to find him gone, the home they shared empty and any evidence he ever existed wiped out. All that’s left is a journal she can’t open.

Jeric Winters has been searching for a piece of his past for over a year, only to reach a dead-end in Georgia. When an urgent and magnetic pull draws him out of his hotel room, he comes face-to-face with the beautiful dancer who’s been haunting his dreams day and night.
Jeric’s one to stay away froma bad-boy, hit-it-and-quit-it typebut Leni cant escape the fervent feelings between them. As their own existences begin to crumble around them and shadowy forms that are more monsters than men attack, they realize theres more to the connection between them than physical fascination.

To solve the riddle their lives have become, they must embark on a journey that requires them to face their pasts and release their true souls. And they must do it fastdark ones from another world are closing in, intent on killing them. Permanently.

**Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

My review:

Warning: May include slight spoilers! (This is for you, Kristie! :) )

There are not enough words in English (and in Estonian which is my mother tong) to describe how much I loved this book. Kristie has done it again and written an awesome, magical and mesmerizing story! The plot is fantastic and the way she has waved it together is absolutely brilliant. Since I have read all her other books, I thought it might be difficult for her to surprise me, but she did it. Her storytelling skills are fabulous and I also found new things in her writing style.

There is lots of humor in The Space Between and I giggled and laughed out loud many times while reading the book and this is the side of Kristie's writing which I have not seen that strongly before - the book is in the same time funny and also thrilling! Besides that I was awed how good Kristie is at writing a mystery book, she grabs your attention from the very beginning and increases the tension and builds it step by step until your curiosity can't hold it anymore!

Wonderfully written story that you will never ever forget!

Plot:

The story begins with introducing you to Leni - a dancer, who is finally living her secret dream: she is dancing in a troupe in Italy. When on her way home to US, she meets a guy - Jeric - in the airport. It is a brief meeting, but it leaves behind so many unanswered questions. Why is there such a strong pull between them? Why is it so difficult for them to go separate ways?

Time shows, that Leni and Jeric meet again. In the meantime, Leni has arrived home to her great-uncle, and strange things start to happen. Leni's uncle has vanished and nobody seems to remember anything about her uncle and what's even worse - nobody seems to remember Leni either. The only item she finds, is a journal. Journal, which brings Leni and Jeric back together again and leads them to a journey which is beyond dangerous.

Their world changes when they finally find a way to open the journal. It takes them from Now to Then... and they meet with Jacey and Micah.

This is where I stop, because I'm afraid I will give away too much with my excitement! You need to read The Space Between yourself to find out what's going to happen.

I loved how the author changes between the point of views between the characters, there are a clear and distinct differences of voices of Leni, Jeric, Micah and Jacey. I also loved the two storylines Now and Then. Then takes you back to 80s which was fun to read because the author is doing an excellent work with describing the 80s with all its weird and funky lifestyle.

The most amazing part of the book is when the author decides to bring Now and Then together and I have to admit, that as much as I guessed, I never saw that coming!

Characters:

I am sure that you have already understood my fondness to the story. Have patience with me, because I LOVED the characters!  That is exactly what makes Kristie a great author - she puts as much effort to the plot as to the characters, you feel that she has given a lot of herself to balance between keeping the plot captivating and characters alive. She brings the characters alive, they are colorful, vivid, they have their flaws, but at the end of the day, you will love them! You will feel their happiness, their pain, their excitement, their horror - they are written with emotions and that makes this book one of the best I've ever read!

You will meet two set of main characters. Jeric and Leni and Jacey and Micah.

My favorite was Jeric. Jeric is a kind of man who many woman will love and probably hate for the same reason - he always gets what he wants and he goes for it. He uses the willing ones without any regrets and trust me, there are many of them who'd like to get just a piece of him! He is gorgeous, hot and a model. He has it all, except love. He never had a need or urge to change, because he hasn't have the right person to do it for. Until Leni comes to his life.

What I found the most attractive about Leni, was her courage. She was willing to take risks to get to the bottom of her faith and that is an admirable characteristic in a human in my opinion. Even when she is scared and scarred, she still raises and continues to live for what's dear to her.

Micah is a man any woman would be able to rely on. He is rock solid and stable and I loved that about him. Jacey is just adorable girl whom you will find easy to relate to and love!

They all have one thing is common - they have lost a lot in their lives and have quite big crosses to carry and they all struggle for one thine - the future!

Generally:

The Space Between is going to my 2013 favorite list. It is hands down the best book I have read this year, and I have read many good books this year already. The story is magical and it will haunt you long after you have finished it. It was amazingly written! I highly recommend it!


5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Thanks goes to Kristie for providing me with the review copy!

PRAISE FROM OTHER READERS:

"This is a completely new twist on the idea of a timeless love story with a paranormal twist unlike any other. The connection between the two characters is bone deep and resonates beautifully. I will never forget this novel." ~ Heather McCorkle, Author of the fantasy Channeler series

"Kristie has done it again! Her Soul Savers series is my favorite by far and yet The Space Between is easily the best book she’s ever written! It's dangerous, suspenseful, and smokin’ hot." ~ Marissa, Comfortably Read Book Reviews

"The Space Between is an amazing story of life, love and fates. Author Kristie Cook has you hanging on the edge of every page. This book stays in your head well after the last page." ~ Mindy, Forbidden Reviews


"A completely unique story with a paranormal twist . . . the perfect blend of romance and mystery with a phenomenal plot that will keep you guessing." ~ Jessica, Confessions of a Bookaholic

"I loved this book! The characters, the romance, the plot, the originality! It had everything to make it an amazing book!" ~ Kendall, Book Crazy


 

About Kristie Cook:
 
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 200,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com


The Book of Phoenix Website: http://www.TheBookofPhoenix.com

Soul Savers Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com





Where to buy The Space Between:

amazon
amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
iTunes
Kobo






There are actually two giveaways! And yes, you can enter for both giveaways!

Giveaway #1

Leave a comment below the post and you can win a $5 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble – whichever the winner prefers.
To enter, kindly leave a comment and I will pick the winner randomly. Don't forget to leave your email, so I can contact the winner!


Giveaway #2

 

Kristie will be hosting a major giveaway on her site at the end of the tour for a $200 gift card or a swag bag full of goodies! To enter, fill the RC below!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for coming by!
Happy reading!

 

12 comments:

  1. Oh Inga you naild it . Love your review
    Xxx jessie

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  2. Thanks for the great review! It says a lot that you love it enough to read it more than 1 time. It does sound like a good story :)
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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  3. Thanks for the great review that is awesome I am so glad I found on this blog tour that you love this book. I love it too.

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  4. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. WOW!! Such an amazing review. Very helpful thank you.

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  6. Than you for the awesome review and for giving us the op to win this gift. The swag basket sounds absolutely amazing and so much fun. Books.....such a Joy and an escape far far away.........thank you for giving me a few minutes to do exactly that in reading your review.

    Awesome things all around on your page <3

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  7. Oh The Space Between sounds fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  8. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    mayabe23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I forgot to leave my email for this....
    Sorry about that.

    melissaiorio42@gmail .com

    Thank you! :)

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  10. Thank you, Inga, for the awesome review! I LOOOOOVE it! It was great to meet you in London, too!

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  11. Thanks for sharing, I will have to add this to my to be read list

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  12. This book sounds amazing! And it's nice that it's such a fun reading. Now I can't wait to read this book!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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