Date Published: August 30th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Provided by author for honest review
Description: Sixteen-year-old Heather Lucas is the freak girl who got hit by lightning, and she has a scar on her palm to prove it. Since then, everything has gotten weird. Her mother left them, which makes no sense. Her Dad thinks she's a liar, because she won't explain why she keeps running away.The thing is, she can't explain it. She just disappears and then reappears miles away, with the scar on her palm tingling. In between, she drifts in a sparkling blue void outside of time and space, where indistinct forms of people float by, lost in the blue. Is she going crazy? Odd things are even happening at school. Why would the new boy, Alex, be interested in her? He shows her a paper he's written about a place called Alanar. The make-believe city from Mom's old bedtime stories? What does he know about her mother? Heather is determined to find out, especially after she sees the scar on his palm, identical to her own.
The Blue Between is a pretty quick YA sci-fi that is pretty entertaining but left me wanting a bit more. I liked the premise – girl gets hit by lightning and all of a sudden starts disappearing and appearing in strange places, getting accused of being a runaway. Under hypnosis she realizes she’s entering through a blue portal like thing to travel to a different place, and isn’t really running away at all. She learns she is a descendant of a line of unique Travelers and has a very special ability no one else has, except for her Mother. She then uses her new found abilities to rescue her loved ones and other people who are being kept prisoner in the blue. I did really enjoy that Heather is a strong female character who refuses to give up and wants to help as many people as she could. However, I felt like I didn’t get to know the characters very well and still don’t know what to make of Alex. Ok let’s talk about Alex – he shows up and tries to I guess determine if Heather is a Traveler and knows about this place called Alanar. But then he seems so shocked to see her scar from where lightning hit her and acts like he didn’t know she was hit. Why else would he be talking to her about Alanar if he didn’t already know she got hit by lightning and can Travel? That scene felt a bit out of place for me. I haven’t decided if Alex is supposed to be a love interest or not. We do get some jealous feelings from Heather and she does call him her boyfriend to avoid suspicion at school, but other than that, there wasn’t really much romance between them. I also haven’t decided what to make of the doctor (aka her shrink, because apparently psychiatrists are ok with calling themselves that in this book). First he makes Heather think she’s crazy until he finally can accept and believe what he saw her do. Other than Heather learning her abilities, the doctor was the only supporting character that I felt got some character development in this book. I definitely wish we got more background on some of these characters and had a chance to see some of their growth. Overall I give this a solid 3 stars – good book, could have been better, but I did like it.