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Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes Series Book 1) by [Lewis, Martine]
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  • File Size: 2762 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BMJ Chanapi Press (March 22, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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I've been hearing good things about this book for quite some time now and so I was really looking forward to reading it. I guess it could be classified as NA Romance with a touch of paranormal which isn't really my thing. I usually tend to shy away from NA books but I could honestly say I'm glad to have read this one. It's not like the other NAs that I used to read.

I can say I like all of the characters, the annoying ones included. I like Lily's strength which is why I was sort of disturbed and a tad disappointed in the way she handled the story's conflict with regards to Malakai. I like Sandra for being such a good friend to Lily. I like how Malakai stood his ground on things. I like Wes, even if he's annoying because he makes me curious. I think underneath all that annoying things he did that there's a bigger thing he's trying to hide and maybe trying to escape from. But among all of them, it's actually David I like the most. Partly because somehow I can relate to his situation the most and also because he's such a great brother and friend.

The story was very interesting. It has caught my interest that I was able to finish reading it through text-to-speech which is the only way for me to be able to read at that time. I have tried reading text-to-speech before but I never quite finish a book through listening through and this is the first time.

I have a few questions regarding Lily's condition which I'm hopeful to get answered through the next book when based on how this one ended.

This more like a story of love, friendships, and family which for me is always a plus on a story. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book which I think comes out a couple of days before my birthday. Which means, I won't likely to forget about it.
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I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is easy to read and, for the most part, the story flow quickly and keeps the action moving. The characters are well-written and entertaining, the plot is laced with romance, suspense and an air of mystery that keeps you guessing as to what is really going on.
Lily's romance with Malakai is endearing- a football star following his heart and going after the girl in the marching band, despite his crowd's rejection of the idea. As a former marching band member, reading about football games and marching competitions tugged at the strings of my heart.
While, as an adult, it seems like their dependence on each other and reluctance to talk things out when things go wrong seems a little inflated, I fully remember being 17-18 years old and feeling like a boyfriend was the center of my universe and having doubts I was too scared to voice....In other words, this whole romance is totally believable to me and swept me into it completely.
The paranormal aspect was well written- I could feel what Lily felt as I read it. I was very intrigued by mean girl Zoe. It was pretty obvious to me that something out of the norm was going on with her and I was disappointed that that wasn't explored. I am hoping that it will be delved into in book 2 of this series- which I can't wait to read!
The ending was left open and left me begging for more. Great job. I recommend!
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The first book in the Gray Eyes Series is told in dual point of view (POV) via Malakai Thomas, the star wide receiver and Lily Morgan, a clarinet player in the high school band. Oh and she's an empath. Their world literally collides and breaking the social circles between the jocks and the band geeks.

While the dialogue is less than I would expect or have read in other books, the reader gets all of the characters thoughts and feeling through their non-verbals. I didn't need any additional dialogue to satisfy me.

The story was a bit predictable for the teen love plot line, but the gray eyes plot really took me by surprise and I ended up liking the story better. Pacing was a bit slow and repetitive for me, but overall
the flow is well done, the characters (even the secondary characters) are well developed, and I think the football/band dynamics were right on target.
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Once again I came across a gem. I read this one in seven hours (would have been less if I didn’t have to do real life duties!) and absolutely loved it.

This is a YA romance/paranormal about Lily, a young empath who faces high school drama on a daily basis as well as deals with her own problems at home. Her loving father had died and left their family home in her name. That didn’t sit well with her adoptive mother at fact, her mother absolutely hates her. Having to deal with all those negative emotions everyday as a normal person is hard enough, let alone braving it all as an empath who lost her ability to shield herself against everyone else’s feelings.

Thankfully, Lily has great friends in Sandra and David who were like her rock and anchor during her times of need. I wish I had a friend like Sandra...everyone needs a Sandra in their lives!

Then we meet Malakai, the quarterback who fell in love with our geeky clarinettist.
I have almost forgotten about the paranormal aspect of the story as I was swept away by the numerous turmoil thrown at the young couple. Events and drama kept coming one after the other which seemed intent on tearing the young lovers apart until I just wanted to shout “Stop it! Leave them be!” to the author.

The pacing of the story kept me glued to my ebook reader. The suspense kept me constantly on the edge hoping Lily and Malakai would survive yet another obstacle in their way, only to find myself hanging on for dear life after a very short reprieve. Yet there were also tender moments that warmed my heart and brought a smile or two to my lips.

Then just when I thought the story was finished with a beautiful happily ever after, the author reminded me that this was just the first book of a potentially intriguing paranormal series! WELL! I will definitely watch out for the next book in the series.
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