Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: The Space In Between by Jen Minkman

Synopsis-

When Moira helps out her sister and brother in a Wiccan ritual on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be swept away to a mystical wilderness. Sitting within the stones of the ancient circle of Penmaenmawr, Wales, she's convinced it's an illusion. But the dark-haired, handsome man with amnesia that Moira meets during her trance cannot be blinked away like a dream.

Hayko, the mysterious stranger, won’t let go. After returning home from her stone circle adventure, Moira is beckoned back night after night to the outlandish dreamland by an invisible force. But the hardest part isn't having to fight the terrifying creatures of these nightmares--it's realizing she’s falling for a guy without a past who isn’t real.

What if you really can fall in love with the man of your dreams?


Book Links-

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

My Review-

Disclaimer: I was offered a free copy from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Moira suffers from ADHD and is taking meds to help control it, but the meds are affecting her ability to tap into her creativity. She loves art, and loves painting. Moira's boyfriend is very controlling and is clearly not helping her.

As halloween approaches Moira's sister wants Moira and her brother's help to perform a wiccan ritual to enable them to speak with their grandparents again.  During the ritual the 3 siblings all find themselves in the same dream in which Moira meets Hayko. Hayko appears to be stuck in this 'inbetween' land with no memories. moira's gut instinct is to help Hayko.

By helping Hayko Moira is on course to see all the things that she has been blind to for so long. Will Moira lose herself or can she come through this trial stronger and in more control of her life??

I really have enjoyed sharing Moira's journey. I have loved watching her grow and develop with each and every page. Moira is oblivious to how much her boyfriend influences her decisions and her life. But upon meeting Hayko things begin to change. Hayko appears to Moira when the wiccan ritual is performed. He is trapped between worlds and with no memories, the question is why?

Each night Moira and Hayko get closer to each other and they stand together to face and try to defeat the powerful forces in this in between world. By day Moira is fighting her own personal demons too. It is only when Hayko shows her that she can do more and deserves more that Moira realises just how much she has been held back and begins to change things for the better.

The plot is really good, it feels a tad slow at the very beginning but that doesn't last long, and I was definitely hooked. Jen Minkman has created a set of characters and 2 worlds within this book that are extremely well thought out and very realistic. I had no problems imagining myself alongside Moira and Hayko. Each of the character's plays a role and has an impact upon the overall story. Jen Minkman's writing is once again fantastic, its full of heart felt emotion. It has the ability to make you sit back and actually take a look at your own life too.

The Space In Between is an emotional romance full of dreams, fantasies, angels, demons and witches. It has the power to induce a philosophical throught or two along the way and made me question a few things in my life too.

4.5* I loved this book and look forward to my next encounter with Jen Minkman.

About The Author-

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack. 

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).'

Places To Find Jen-

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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