Betwixt

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Beautiful, wild-chid Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can ...

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Overview

Beautiful, wild-chid Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it's too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479165919
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, due out in November 2012.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

http://melissapearl.blogspot.com/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Melissa Pearl's Betwixt is an intensely emotional ride. This is

    Melissa Pearl's Betwixt is an intensely emotional ride. This is a book that will stay on my shelves to be read over and over again.
    I loved Nicole, in both her darkness and her joy. And Dale? Oh my...Dale was poor Nicole's saving grace through and through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    After reading a number of Melissa Pearl's other books, I couldn'

    After reading a number of Melissa Pearl's other books, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one and when I did, boy was it amazing! I just couldn't put it down. It was totally gripping and grabbed me from the very first page. In fact I spent the rest of the time reading from the edge of my seat, willing things to happen. This heartwarming tale of bad girl Nicole's desperate bid to stay alive will get to you, seriously it will. I couldn't get it out of my head, even after I'd finished reading it. I'd love to read more about Nicole and Dale. Any chance of a sequel, Melissa?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Melissa Pearl is truly proving herself to be a wonderful young a

    Melissa Pearl is truly proving herself to be a wonderful young adult writer.  Having recently read Black Blood, and working my way through Pure Blood, I wondered what her other stories would be like.  And they are not the same.

    Betwixt is really a story about forgiveness.  Forgiving yourself and forgiving others.  Sometimes it isn’t easy to do.  

    Nicole is one of the popular girls, but she has a secret, something tragic happened to her sister, and she witnessed it.  It is something that she hides within her heart, the guilt that knowing it could have been different.  Her parents, also grieving, have given Nicole space to express her grief.  Instead they have driven themselves apart as a family.  I love Nicole.  She is quintessentially the popular girl, shallow, simple and in it for everything she can get, yet she doesn't get enough.

    Dale also has a hidden secret, but he has at least forgiven himself, but he can’t forgive Nicole for what she did to him, branding him the way that she did.  But when her spirit starts to haunt him, he has no choice but to listen to her.  I love Dale, I love his simple down to earth nature, his faith, his wisdom.  I wish more teenage boys were like Dale!

    But Dale and Nicole don’t have much time.  Nicole is lying in a forest somewhere, badly injured, and men are out to finish off the job.  Dale has to find her, but where does he start, the area is too big.  

    As they work together, they discover that their histories aren’t too far different and that they need to learn to forgive to move on.  No one has sinned bigger than another, but sometimes it feels that something is too big to cope with.

    The characters are lovely, and even though Nicole is in spirit, you so want Nicole and Dale to get it together, but can they?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

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    Betwixt is the first book in the Betwixt series by Melissa Pearl

    Betwixt is the first book in the Betwixt series by Melissa Pearl. The main characters, Nicole and Dale, are two people who've had a lot happen in their young lives. Their friendship was one of necessity on her part, but I loved watching it grow. They were both on the wild side before something traumatic happened to them. Dale was already getting his life together before helping Nicole. She wasn't very nice to him before her accident, but I think he knew where she was coming from and related her more and more as he got to know her. In a similar way, I liked both of them more and more as I learned more about them. They both had spunk. The story offered romance, humor, and some definite suspense. This was a wonderful story about starting over and moving on.
    Betwixt by Melissa Pearl was provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

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    I¿m fond of contemporary young adult fiction (except the kind th

    I’m fond of contemporary young adult fiction (except the kind that dwells endlessly on angst and hormones) and of paranormal fiction and Betwixt fills the bill nicely for both. The author doesn’t make the mistake of dragging out the beginning, instead getting right to the core crisis and letting the reader get to know the characters as the story unfolds. I liked that a lot because it created a strong sense of suspense right away and I had a natural sympathy for this girl rather than learning to dislike her and then having to drum up a little bit of empathy.

    Disliking Nicole is certainly easy early on as she shows herself to be one of the mean girls who counts popularity above everything else and who apparently cares about exactly nothing and yet…

    As Nicole begins to panic when she realizes she’s, to all intents and purposes, a ghost, it’s impossible not to begin to care about this lost girl. That’s especially true when her invisibility allows her to see the truth about her “friends” and the damage she’s been doing to herself. Her fear of never being found and the small kernel of hope that begins to grow when she discovers that Dale can hear her bring the strong emotions that a story like this really needs. When intended murder is thrown into the mix, the suspense becomes even more intense.

    I spotted the hit and run driver almost the moment he appears but that was okay as it didn’t lessen my interest in what would be the final outcome. That outcome was a little too forgiving in my opinion but acceptable and I still wanted to read the two companion novellas to spend more time with Nicole and Dale.


    Overview

    The Betwixt Series is almost a primer on how parents can fail no matter which road they take. In Nicole’s case, her mom and dad were far too lenient, letting her make so many wrong choices because they thought she needed to find her own way to cope with grief. Dale’s parents took the opposite approach and their constant rules and regulations drove him to an existence with no real point other than rebellion. Both teens are wanderers in life with no confidence in themselves or belief in anything. This, of course, is the focus of much Christian fiction and Melissa Pearl handles it very well without being heavyhanded.

    The series also exemplifies the idea that we must hit rock bottom before we can truly heal from our own misguided and self-destructive behavior. Certainly Nicole and Dale are both on the verge of death when they begin to understand what really matters and, in doing so, reach a point at which each just might have a chance to survive with grace.

    Finally, it’s a tale of two teens whose lives intertwine and how that ripples out to their families and to the wider community. It’s a tale very well-told and I’ll be reading more by Melissa Pearl.

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

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    To say this was one of my favorite all time reads would be the u

    To say this was one of my favorite all time reads would be the understatement of the year! I LOVED IT! I cannot think of any other story that has ever tugged at my heart or emotionally captured me as much as this one. There is not one negative thing I can say or think about this book. One word, PERFECTION!

    Melissa Pearl is on of the most gifted writers I have ever come across! I read Before prior to reading Betwixt and I would recommend others to do the same. You don't really have to, but it makes Betwixt that much better to know Dale's back story.

    This is a story for both young and old to relate to and find as captivating as I did. If I could gift every reader one I would, that is how passionate it made me.

    So we start of by meeting Nicole who is walking home after being left alone at night by her boyfriend. On her way she gets hit by a car and falls down a hill, then mysteriously wakes up in her bed already dressed and running late for school.

    Nicole soon realizes she is on the brink of death and has no idea where her body is. Dale is the only one who can hear her and is trying to help her figure out where her body is before it is too late, but she soon learns that the one that hit her is also looking; but he is not wanting to save her....

    This story is so much more than that. It is about finding forgiveness in yourself, and being happy within. It is so beautifully written and nothing seems rushed. I felt like I was watching her eyes open from within and it was beautiful. I found myself crying at times and laughing at times. It truly was beautiful. Everyone of us has something that we do not like about ourselves, or regret something we did just like Nicole did. This story is for us all!

    Thank you Melissa!

    Rating: 5 HUGE stars


    ***An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review***

    Cheers,

    Erika¿

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

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    Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange fo

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    I really enjoyed this book (so much so that I finished it within 36 hours)! I was really drawn to the characters, especially Nicole and her relationships with her friends. It reminded me of high school and all the cliques that you see, as well as the gossip, backstabbing, and bullying that goes on. The further I got into the story, the more I was hoping Nicole would see her "friends" for who they truly were, considering they hardly batted an eye when she was determined to be missing.

    Aside from Nicole, Dale is the other main character, as he's trying to help Nicole by finding her before it's too late. The whole time, he's attempting to get it through to her friends that something's happened to her, and yet nobody cares. All they do is harass Dale and treat him like crap for caring about somebody "outside his league". Typical high school.

    Once I started reading "Betwixt" I didn't want to put it down (darn sleep/work!). It's such an interesting plot, and the longer I read it, the more I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what happened. There's certainly a wide range of emotions involved, and it really sucks you in. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who remembers what high school was like (whether you were a member of the popular crowd or not), and for those who like a little paranormal twist to their reading. Enjoy!! =)

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    'Betwixt' is a really heartfelt and fascinating young adult nove

    'Betwixt' is a really heartfelt and fascinating young adult novel. It follows popular party girl Nicole Tepper as her world is literally ripped apart when she is hit by a car and left for dead alongside the road. She wakes to find that she is able to wander around in a spirit form, but nobody can hear her or see her. That is, nobody except for Dale Finnegan - the guy at school she just happened to brand with a terrible nickname and who now hates her. Finding herself desperate, Nicole convinces Dale to help her find her body before it's too late. Will Dale be able to save Nicole? Will the person who hit her come back to finish the job before she's found?

    I don't normally read contemporary YA fiction, but I'm glad that I read this one. There are so many great qualities to this book that it's hard to pinpoint them all. The characters were all very realistic and easy to identify with - especially the main character Nicole. She is very complex and has a lot of issues to deal with and a past that haunts her. We see significant character growth in her as the story progresses. There are several important themes dealt with in the book such as family, friendship, faith, guilt, forgiveness, love, and redemption. There was a small bit of religious material in the story, but I thought that it fit in perfectly with the plot and it didn't come across as overwhelming. The writing was very well done and the plot flowed effortlessly. I literally couldn't put the book down because I was so anxious to see how things would turn out. I don't usually have visceral reactions to books, but this one made me very emotional in several spots. I found myself smiling at scenes as they unfolded and I also had tears in my eyes during several other parts. I know a book has touched me deeply when I actually physically react to the story. There are serious issues dealt with throughout the entirety of the book, which I think only adds depth to the storyline and leaves readers with things to think about after they've finished the book. Overall, I found this to be a wonderfully heartwarming and honest contemporary novel with some supernatural aspects. It's a book that readers of all ages and genre preferences will be able to enjoy and appreciate.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

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    My favorite part of this book was the mystery element. It was th

    My favorite part of this book was the mystery element. It was the, who did it and what's going to happen-that made it an incredible journey. My second favorite part of the book is Dale. I'm pretty sure I love him, nope I'm positive.

    So, Melissa Pearl is just brilliant. She weaves these fantastical tales from her very vivid imagination and her books are those that trap me and keep me up late into the night. Her Time Spirit Trilogy was awesome and Betwixt was even better. It's a book that I was dying to read through and finish but dreading the end because I hated for it to be over. I can't wait for more by Melissa!

    The first thing I did when I started reading this book was look up the meaning to Betwixt, I was curious. According to the glorious dictionary I learned that Betwixt means Between. Fitting and makes sense. The premise drew me into this book well that paired with the fact that Melissa wrote it; and I'm very excited to share what I thought about it.

    After a family tragedy Nicole's parents, trying to cope, have given her freedom to grieve in her way and in doing so have pretty much ignored her for the past few years. Suffering from an immense amount of guilt, Nicole loses herself and her way with the wrong crowd and begins making bad choices. Nicole has become this queen B and is really not a nice girl. She's immature and out of control; and her friends could care less that something has happened to her when she disappears (which isn't as much her fault, but it's her fault they're friends in the first place). Thinking she has just run away, everyone begins living life as normal hoping she'll come home soon (and some hoping she doesn't). When Dale finds out that-that isn't the case he's the one by her side risking everything he's worked hard for, for a girl who before everything was one of the meanest people to him.

    Since no one else knows she's there, Dale can only hear and not see her, Nicole grows a lot in this time. She learns how much she's hurt her parents, she reflects on the decisions she's made and it is a very important time for her development (I mean, it is most of the book). As she uncovers the events that led up to her ghostly experience, learns Dale's past, and begins to fall in love, her life takes a new lead. Life I said, hard to put down and I never wanted it to end. The entire story is very well done and thought through. It's original and heartbreaking, soul searching and raw emotions behind a beautiful cover. It's one I recommend to contemporary romance fans that may not be paranormal fans, this one may change your mind.

    Throughout the book Melissa Pearl had my emotions on overdrive. She uses these complex issues and isn't afraid to make her readers feel real pain and joy with the characters. I loved this book and the relationship between Dale and Nicole was built up perfectly, not too fast and not too slow. It is first and foremost a love story. A paranormal and out of this world love story, and it works. Overall an excellent read, one can easily get lost in.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    What a wonderful book! I haven't read anything by Melissa Pearl

    What a wonderful book! I haven't read anything by Melissa Pearl before, and I really really liked her writing. She creates wonderful, colorful characters and a very unique story.

    Nicole is a popular, mean girl - a character authors usually put opposite the heroine, but Melissa Pearl puts her center stage and makes you understand and sympathize with her in every way imaginable. Something happened to Nicole to make her this way, and slowly you realize that the person she seems to be at first is just a facade to hide from her demons.
    And Dale is a wonderful character, a loner, reformed bad boy with a troublesome past and scars to remind him of it every day.
    Together they are quite a pair, complete opposites at first, but kindred spirits when the masks fall down. They have shared history that should be hard to get over but they both prove to be better than that.

    The story has just a touch of paranormal to it, Nicole is hovering between life and death and Dale is the person to help her before the time runs out. You laugh at the things they get themselves into, and you cry because parts of it are really heartbreaking - her parents' marriage, her horrible friends, the way she realizes nobody cares, and what Dale went through was horrible. The suspense towards the end is great, you can feel the race against time and dread that he may not be able to save her after all.

    I must say I didn't expect to like it so much, but I am so glad I read it and definitely recommend it to everyone.

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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Even though

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Even though the story concept has been done before, the characters were very strong, likeable, and they stuck to their ideals - all the things I love to see in a story. The romance was just the right amount of sweet. It's not very often that I read stories that evoke real emotion from me, so that's really saying something. I can't wait to see what the next series will be like!

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Review: 4 out of 5 stars Meaning of Betwixt (between), neither

    Review: 4 out of 5 stars

    Meaning of Betwixt (between), neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position

    Betwixt by Melissa Pearl was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

    16 year-old Nicole Tepper seems to be on a downward spiral, partying too much, drinking and mixing with the wrong crowd until one fateful night she is hit by a car and left for dead. Upon waking the next morning she realizes she is lurking between life and death, her body is where it remains in a forest and her spirit able to wander but the only person able to hear her is Dale Finnigan, a boy who Nicole publicly humiliated for her own popularity purposes.

    Nicole was a difficult character to like initially, she was self-absorbed, insensitive and unfeeling; she treated herself and those around her with no respect at all and her sharp-tongue was plain nasty. Ms. Pearl wrote her in such a way that you actually feel sorry rather than remain disengaged from her which I thought was well done. Her families loss was the reason behind her behavior but her new lifestyle was causing her self-destruction, I think her having Dale help her was the best thing for her, he was good to her and didn’t put up with her rubbish.

    I think Dale and his wonderful personality actually made this book for me, he was an absolute sweetheart with a secret past of his own, he went through his own personal nightmare but came through it with a better outlook on life and really changed his ways; which as the story progressed seemed to rub off on Nicole.

    I really enjoyed Ms Pearl’s writing and the engrossing story she has written, the plot was not only about Dale and Nicole trying to locate where her body was but also whether there was someone who had deliberately hit her, left her for dead and was out to finish the job; the mystery surrounding what had happened was really entertaining and kept me riveted.

    What had me stumped though was the lack of punishment given to the person who had committed the crime, I was mortified and wanted more; it was too easy a resolution for them.

    I enjoyed each of the characters interactions, and with Nicole being invisible she was able to find out what her friends (who were extremely superficial) and others really thought of her which would have devastated anyone; it also bought home how her actions & her families loss were affecting their lives together; I appreciated this aspect and the fact they realized things needed to change.

    All in all, I really enjoyed Betwixt and the wonderful story Ms Pearl has written. I will definitely read more books written by this author.

    Thank-you to Melissa Pearl for providing me with a copy of Betwixt.

    For every copy of Betwixt sold, Melissa Pearl is going to donate $1 towards charity - Love146. The more copies sold the more money that can be passed onto this wonderful organization.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Betwixt is another fantastic novel by Melissa Pearl. I think Mel

    Betwixt is another fantastic novel by Melissa Pearl. I think Melissa Pearl has tackled this sub-genre marvelously. In Betwixt, Nicole was on the receiving end of a hit and run and is thrown down the hill from the impact of the car. When she wakes up she finds out that no one can hear or see her, except for Dale. Dale, the neighbor who she always liked as a friend but couldn't really hang out with because she is at the top of the social ladder and being associated with him is like social suicide. Therefore Nicole has to battle between having someone hear her and find her and basically her body surviving the crash and her immobility in the middle of nowhere.
    This novel was so refreshing. I loved how Melissa Pearl kept this novel as realistically as possible for such a plot. The ending wasn't absurd or out of no where and the mystery of who hit her was actually really well thought out and written. At the beginning I did not like Nicole. She was a typical mean girl who lived by the book of bullies. I did not pity her or care much for her. She was spoilt, careless, an airhead, mean, and just downright infuriating. She thought the whole world loved her but got a reality check when she heard what people were saying about her behind her back. The only person who I liked from the beginning was Dale. Dale is the guy who has always tried to be nice to her but was rewarded the nickname scarface when her friends caught her chatting with him and *gasp* actually enjoying herself.
    However bit by bit Nicole finally sees herself for who she truly was and that caused her to re-evaluate her whole life. I love it when characters develop and you actually see it happening and believing in it because a character you hated at the beginning of the story ends up being your favorite towards the end. I really enjoy Melissa Pearl's novels. Every single one that I have read I delved into its world with its characters and plot. Betwixt was no exception. Melissa Pearl is a gifted storyteller and I urge all YA readers to check out Betwixt or any of her other novels!

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