Book Spotlight: The Space Between (The Book of Phoenix #1) by Kristie Cook ~ Brittany and Derna's Reviews and Giveaway
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
This review will probably be short and sweet for me, because there was so much going on with the story and I would hate to give anything away! Being a fan already of Kristie's Soul Savers series (If you haven't met Tristan yet, you are missing out!), I was very excited for the opportunity to review The Space Between. While it's obvious that this series has a completely different feel, Kristie's fantastic writing and page-turning action make this book just as exciting as always.
Leni and Jeric are both characters that have endured a lot of hardships in their lives. When they cross paths, they are instantly drawn to each other and share a connection that neither can begin to explain. And, no matter how much they fight it, fate keeps pulling them back together. So what else is left to do, but to explore this connection and dig a little deeper into their pasts? This is when things go from complicated to flat-out crazy for the two of them and the story really gets interesting.
I'm not normally a fan of "flashbacks," but the way this particular aspect was incorporated into this novel had me on the edge of my seat and dying for more. There was an abundance of strong, admirable characters, swoon-worthy romance, and nail-biting action. I'm a huge fan, as I said, of Kristie's writing, and she didn't disappoint one bit with this book. Although you know from the start that these two characters WILL be together, the romance is slow building, which I loved. Fated or not, nothing felt forced, and I'm sure that was difficult to accomplish. I do wish that we would have been able to get a bit more of a back story on these characters, Jeric specifically, but with everything else going on in this story, I can understand why we didn't.
This is a timeless story of fated love with a very unique paranormal twist and I'm hooked. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next book in this series. This author has a way of jam-packing her stories with so many awesome things that she could really take the story anywhere, so of course I'm dying to find out where she decides to take these characters. I've definitely fallen head over heels for them and need more-- like, yesterday. I absolutely recommend this one!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Paranormal books are not usually my first reading choice, but when it was pointed out that I might love this book because one of the main characters was a former cage fighter well it was really a no brainer, I had to read it.
When Jacquelena 'Leni' Drago and Jeremicah 'Jeric' Winters meet they are drawn to each other. They share a connection, a pull that they cannot explain. When fate keeps bringing then together they soon discover that they are each other’s worlds, the person that they need, and rely on the most.
I really enjoyed the storyline; it’s hard to explain without giving too many spoilers, but it’s safe to say a lot happened. It was an interesting read, with a mix of fascinating well-written characters that all grow throughout the book. I loved that the description of them brought them to life in my mind. I was engrossed from the start. The twist and turns, the mystery, the romance, the humour, and the emotional elements meant that I became invested in the story and the characters. I was anxious and curious to know what was going to happen.
I liked Leni and Jeric. I liked the way they were together, their chemistry and the slow building passion they had for each other. Leni was a strong character, but you could see that she had her insecurities, and well Jeric what can I say? He had many of my favourite qualities I would expect in a cage fighter. He was a cocky ladies man at first, but as I started to learn more about him and his story it was hard not to love him.
I liked how the story flipped between the past/the back-story and the present and the way it all connects together in the end. I had many theories but didn’t guess that one. The different points of view meant that it could have become confusing, but it wasn’t, and I like that Kristie Cook did it this way. As it allowed me to understand the story better, connect to the characters, get inside their heads and know their feelings and emotions.
I must admit for me I was expecting more on the cage fighting aspect, but once I knew that’s not what the story was about I just put it to the back of my mind and enjoyed the story for what it was really about; true love, soul mates, fate and destiny. All things that I’m a firm believer in.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Space Between. It was the first book I have read by Kristie, and I was impressed with her writing style, the flow of the story and its originality. I definitely will read more of her work. The ending was not a cliffhanger, but it did leave me wanting more, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in The Book of Phoenix series to see where the story goes next. Kristie has sparked my interested to read more paranormal romance books, and I will be looking to add more to my TBR list.
If you're looking for a good paranormal romance story, then I recommend you one –click The Space Between I wasn’t disappointed, and I don’t think you will be.
“Before last night, I’d never met this guy in my life-how could I ever forget that face?-but in some inexplicable way, I knew him. My soul knew him.”
"One soul, one being. We shared thoughts and feelings and even a body, and although it sounded awkward, I felt as though we lived the most natural, most perfect existence. Like we were beyond human, above the selfish and greedy self-centered ways of this world. We were about us and them. There was no me."
“Her gaze came up and locked onto mine again, and I saw in her eyes what I felt. What she didn’t say. That we’re connected”
“You’re the Coke to my Jack. For eight years, life’s been one bitter bottle of whiskey after another. One burning shot after shot. But then you come along. Life’s still harsh, but you make it sweeter. Easier to swallow.”
“My sole was what mattered now. I did have one. We both did. And they were meant to be one. Our souls were two halves of one whole. I believed this was an absolute certainty”
“I don’t think I can do just a kiss. Not with you”
“His hand came to my face, holding me still. We both panted, breathing each other’s air as something both magnificent, and terrifying exchanged between us.”
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