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The Between (Changeling's Choice) Paperback – January 5, 2012
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The Between is a moving tale of heroism and compassion. . . Lydia is a young woman utterly unprepared for the world she's about to enter--but she learns fast. She's a character you'll want to meet again, from a writer you'll want to read again.Take good note: LJ Cohen is a new voice to follow.
--Jeffrey A. Carver, author of The Chaos Chronicles
About the Author
LJ Cohen is the writing persona of Lisa Janice Cohen, poet and novelist. Lisa has completed 8 novels, in several genres, including YA, urban fantasy, fantasy, and speculative fiction. Lisa lives outside of Boston with her family and her dogs and is currently finishing TIME AND TITHE, the sequel to THE BETWEEN. THE BETWEEN is her debut novel.
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Love and powerful magic combine to create a strong hero.
A teenager learns she is Fae when she is pulled into their world. When she finds why, she must decide for herself what to do.
I like the way the heroine is allowed to decide what to do. She is not portrayed as someone weak and indecisive, but as someone who will do what is needed to produce the best results. She does not fall over with each new decision to be made, but does not make perfect decisions every time.
LJ Cohen writes because teens and young adults need books to read. The better those books are, the more they want to read them. This is one of the best. I can honestly say I am thankful for authors like this one, because I really enjoy reading good books.
Do you like fantasy? If you do, combined with Fae and Faerie, this book is for you. Even if you hate Fae, this book might be for you. Like the other books by LJ Cohen, I liked this one and look forward to reading more by this author.
The main character, Lydia, thinks she's an ordinary high school senior facing ordianry challenges--where to go to college, how to get her own car, etc. But it turns out she's a trueborn fae, and she's about to get sucked into the ongoing political power play between Oberon and Titania. Cohen did a fine job of making Lydia sympathetic but not perfect. I really got behind her and her goals of protecting not only herself, but also her family and friends.
It uses some common tropes--portals, the chosen one--but they're used creatively enough that I never got the feeling that this book was a poor imitation of a greater writer's work.
I highly recommend it.
If you like Faerie stories, YA fiction, urbanish fantasy, and young women finding their power, you will love this book. LJ Cohen is one of my new favorite authors, and this is a great introduction to her writing. I encourage you to explore Lydia's world.
Cohen masterfully ties the Fairy and Human worlds together with artists and great thinkers who have passed in and out of both worlds, which makes the reader believe that the two worlds are forever bond by magic and imagination. Thank you LJ for a great adventure, I only hope there will be a volume 2 and 3 that offers the same level of worldly insight and magical mischief, because I want to read more about Lydia and Clive.
NOTE: The book would be a great shared reading selection for parents and teens, but it would also make a great book club selection. It is particularly inspiring to see a young woman play the lead in this epic adventure.
I bought The Between because I've read LJ's(powerful) poetry. It is the story of a young girl happy with invisibility who is forced to face and acknowledge that she has power and abilities and must carry the responsibility for them. Magic is the vehicle the author uses to show unlimited power and the evil done when power is the only goal. I started reading expecting light romance, maybe, or bad guys and good guys, maybe. But as I kept reading, the story became more and more intense, deeper and more intricate, until I found myself completely involved and couldn't stop reading until the book finished. I emerged changed.
The manifestation of power for power's sake is pushed on us every day...I never realized what it was, how destructive it was, until I finished The Between. It was like someone took the blind fold off. It made me take a whole new look at government, especially the current primaries going on. It made me re-assess the cop on the corner and what his actual intentions and boundaries are. And on, and on.
You'll see, when you read The Between. May you never be the same again.
I found Lydia justifiably petulant. After all, you'd be petulant too if you were ripped from the family you knew only to find out an entire world was fighting over you. Then you ally yourself with the "light" only to discover it's one half of a megalomaniac duo. Then you find out that only you can save two worlds at once. Your kid sister is being used as a weapon against you. The guy who is supposed to protect you is being drained dry. Your friendly garden gnome sacrifices his life to save yours.
Ya, Lydia was having a bad day.