Review: The Space Between Heartbeats by Melissa Pearl 

  
Reviewer: E

I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is about a girl called Nicole, who goes to a party and wakes up in the middle of the forest, badly injured, with no memory of the night before. As she is then dying, she has an out-of-body experience and floats everywhere like a ghost. I thought that part was a little weird. No one can see her except for one person, and they go on a hunt to find her body before she dies. The plot was good, but a little overdone, and some dynamics were just not necessary to move the story forward. 

The characters are somewhat 2D. Nicole’s friends: mean; Nicole: simultaneously mean and Mary Sue; Dale: nice yet Gary Stu. However, the character relationships were strong- you know, “bringing out the best qualities in each other”. Nicole developed a lot as a character. 

The writing in this book was interesting to read. I sort of glided through the pages. It was a soft and comforting kind of book. Some of the technical issues bugged my inner editor, such as starting sentences with “And” or not using proper grammar or something. Oh, the horror! Also, I don’t know if this was just me, but the ebook was formatted really weirdly, making it harder to read. Oh well 🙂 

All in all, this was a good book recommended to fans of romance and magical realism. 4/5 stars!

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