Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Space Beyond by Kristie Cook - Review and Excerpt!

Happy Wednesday!

Time to post a review of a wonderful book from a very good author!

I am participating at the blog tour of The Space Beyond by Kristie Cook. The Space Beyond is the second book in The Books of Phoenix Series. Besides the review you will also see the expert from the book. Enjoy!

Title: The Space Beyond
Author: Kristie Cook
Series: The Book of Phoenix
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions
Publishing date: 19th of May 2014
Pages: 291 pages in PDF ARC
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review


As members of the Phoenix, Jeric and Leni are thrust into their new lives, expected to lead Earth’s Guardians. But Leni struggles with trusting her own soul, and Jeric is more concerned about keeping Leni safe than meeting others’ demands. When Darkness swarms Lake Haven, they embark on their first mission with little preparation and no idea which soul the Dark hunts.

Born and raised in Lake Haven, Bex hopes to escape her small-town life, ideally in the arms of her soul mate. She knows he exists, and her heart aches with the need to find him. When her long-lost mama calls to announce she's knockin' on death's door, Bex reluctantly makes the trip to see the uncaring bitch (bless her heart), only to be knocked off her feet by the sexy and charming Dr. Mason Hayes. Is he really The One?

Leni’s soul felt an instant connection to Bex, but if Bex found her soul mate, she isn’t their mission. So who is, and why does Leni instinctively feel drawn to her? Can Leni even trust her intuition? And will Jeric step up and lead when the time comes orcontinue to hold them back?

If they don't learn to trust themselves and each other quickly, Darkness will claim them all…along with the rest of Earth’s souls.

My review:

Kristie has done it again! I have loved all her published books and she keeps surprising me. Whenever I think I've seen it all, she truly takes the story to the next level.
When the first book in The Book of Phoeniz series, The Space Between, came out, I was excited and I really waited for this one,for The Space Beyond. It's well-written, heart-wrenching, thrilling, captivating and has great developed characters.


The Space Beyond takes off from where the first book ended.
Jeric and Leni have still lot to learn about what it means to be the Guardians and there are so many unanswered questions. The Book doesn't give any obvious answers to them and neither do their guides. It comes out, that Leni and Jeric are to lead the Guardians and the Phoenix, but Leni is insecure and Jeric doesn't really want to lead others. He just wants to be with Leni and make her happy.

When Leni and Jeric go back to the place they have once visited, Lake Haven, they meet with Bex, Ty and Dr. Mason Hayes. Leni has doubts if Bex is the one the Guardians are supposed to protect, but there are signs which refer to that. What is even more complicated is the process of finding out who is her other half, her Twin Flame.

What I loved about the book:

I loved the beginning of the story, the way the author refers back to the first book to fresh up the readers memory.

I loved the serious topics Kristie handels with care. There are emotional parts in this books which are very hard to read. It's not because of the writing, but it's because it deals with domestic abuse.

I loved how the author doesn't give everything away right from the beginning, so I kept guessing about the Twin Flames and generally, about how the story will end. I love surprises and that the plot wasn't obvious. It was well composed. And trust me, there's lot of that!

I think different point of views from different characters were well-written. Every POV was recognizable and had its own voice.

I enjoyed the writing style, the descriptions of the places, feelings, emotions and people were very good. The author made you feel pain, love, anger.. it was again the true art of writing which Kristie seems capable of delivering every single time she writes something. She is one of the authors whose writing I call art! She doesn't just tell you, she shoes you!

I loved the ending of the book. I did not see that coming! Kristie masters the art of cliffhangers, so be warned!

I loved the characters!


Bex was my favorite! Her point of view (there are several of them) was the most significant of them and most fun to read. Bex is a girl you will love. She didn't have much of a childhood and she had to learn from very early years, how to take care of her sister, so she was hard working fun having woman. Work hard, party hard! When taking care  of her younger sister and having three jobs to manage everything, she had forgotten about herself. She needed to love and to be loved,she was desperate for it and that made her making some mistakes, especially with men. I loved seeing her grow, becoming more self aware and getting higher self esteem.

I loved that Jeric had his hearing back and that he was slightly confused by all the emotions created by the sounds around him. I enjoyed, that Jeric didn't like the idea of leading somebody. It's very him, wanting to protect Leni more than anything.

Brock and Asia. You meet them very briefly in the first book, but here in the second book, they have an important role to play. I kept wondering about Asia's and Brock's relationship because it wasn't the typical Twin Flame love. The author left quite few questions open for the reader to guess. Asia was fierce, stubborn and easily lovable. I can't give much away about Asia and Brock without giving away spoilers, but trust me when I'm saying, that there are scenes in the book where you want to applaud for Asia!

You will meet two interesting male characters in the book and both of them had an interest in Bex. Tyson is a local guy, coming back from the military. He is hoping to win back Bex's heart. Mason wants to take Bex with a storm and he is quite convincing.


Reading The Space Beyond is an exciting ride to take! The author captured you from the first chapter and keeps you literally in her hands until you have turned the last page of the book! I can't wait to read the last and third book of the series! I highly recommend it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars!

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

And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is a small excerpt, from Bex's point of view. Enjoy!



From Bex, in The Space Beyond:

Ty stared at me for a long moment as multiple emotions passed through his expressive eyes. Then he pulled his cap down further over his forehead, threw some money on the table, and strode out the door. I stood there for a moment, trying to pull myself together. Hopefully, that was the end of the suck for the day. I’d had enough, and I needed it all to follow him out that door. But if it did, it blew right back in with the next person to walk through. Sissy.

“Ty Daniels?” she asked as she looked over her shoulder at the old, beat-up, black Ford truck leaving the parking lot. She turned back to me with her dark brows raised over big blue eyes that were just like mine. Her raven hair was pulled back in a clip, and she wore little makeup, revealing the purple half-moons under her eyes. I couldn’t believe she was out in public like this—that wasn’t the Sissy I knew. She looked as exhausted as I felt. She may have been younger than me, but she’d always had an old soul, and right now, no way did she look only nineteen years old.

“Yeah, he’s back home, but don’t worry. I sent him packin’, at least from me. You look like hell.” My sisterly way of trying to change the subject.

She didn’t take my eggin’, though. “He’s probably the best thing for ya, sis. You probably shouldn’t let him go a second time.”

My eyes narrowed at her as she stepped to the table nearest the door and hesitantly sat down. She’d seen the hot mess I’d been when Ty left. She’d claimed to hate him as much as I had.

She looked up at me and rolled her eyes at my expression. “Oh, come on, sis. Settlin’ down with Ty is a lot better than you runnin’ around and gettin’ it on with a different guy every month. Aren’t you tired of that yet?”

My nostrils flared as I blew out an angry breath before yanking out the seat in front of her and dropping into it hard. I crossed my arms on the table and leaned toward her.

“I do not get it on with a different guy every month! Quit makin’ me sound like a two-bit whore!”

She only stared at me with her brow raised again.

“Four guys, Sissy. I’ve been with four guys since Ty left me three years ago.”

She still stared silently. I squirmed and leaned back.

“Okay, maybe it was five. That’s still a long shot from one a month.”

“And is that countin’ the carnie from Atlanta?”

“I didn’t get it on with him! We made out a little, but that’s all. He kissed like a fish attacking a worm on a hook.” I shuddered at the memory.

“Still another man. And what about the surfer from Daytona? The cowboy whose truck broke down on the way to the PBR finals? Oh, and let’s not forget Punk Roberts.”

I sighed. If she counted them, her list could go on, but I’d actually slept with Punk. I really thought he’d been The One. He’d graduated as Michael Roberts several years before me and went off to become a nearly famous rock star. No doubt he would be there one of these days. He’d come home for a break for a couple of months, and we’d hit it off right away. I’d never told Sissy because she would have talked me out of it immediately, but I’d been ready to pack my bags and hit the road with him, glad to say goodbye to this Podunk town forever. Until I found out he’d succumbed to the typical rocker lifestyle on the road, fueled by drugs that hyped him up and more that forced him to sleep. I’d had enough of that bullshit in my twenty years at the time. I wasn’t about to go there with him.

Sissy fell silent, and when I looked up at her, sadness filled her eyes. She reached out for my hands and took them into hers.

“I’m sorry, Be—Bex.” That was the first time she’d called me that, so she must have meant it. “I didn’t come here to pick on you. I’m just worried about you, is all. And I know you hate Ty for what he did to you, but maybe you can find it in your heart to love him again.”

The problem was I’d never stopped loving him. But only as a friend. He’d been the rock in my life, but now I couldn’t count on him anymore. Maybe that was it—I couldn’t trust him. And if there’s no trust, there’s no relationship.

“So you knew he was comin’ back home and you didn’t tell me?” I asked, bitterness filling my voice. I yanked my hands away from her. “Left Mama’s side and came all the way here to convince me to take him back? Did he put you up to this?”

Sissy pressed her hand to her chest and shook her head. “I had no idea he was back, I pinky swear. I just saw him and thought he’d be good for you. He’s always been a good friend to us, and we kinda need that right now.” She folded her hands on the table and dropped her gaze as she picked at her fingernails. “But no, there’s somethin’ else. Did you get my message this mornin’?”

“Yeah, Liz’beth told me. I was goin’ to call you back before I went to my other job.”

Sissy’s face lifted, looking even more exhausted than she had before, and I felt bad for my jab at her. Sorta bad. I thought she sometimes forgot who was working her ass off to support us and pay for at least some of Mama’s medical bills. Someone had to do it after all, and sometimes she became quite the martyr, never letting me forget who does the caretaking of Mama.

“You need to see her,” Sissy said, her voice soft and quivery.

“I’ve got no need to.”

“Beth …” She sighed. “Bex … she only has a few more weeks. Maybe a month or two, but the doctors reckon it’ll be shorter.”


About the author: 

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she 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

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  1. Eek! Thank you so much, Inga! I'm flailing around with this amazing review. Yay! :)

    1. You are very welcome, Kristie! :) Yay for you!