Betwixt

Betwixt

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by Tara Bray Smith
     
 

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For three teenagers, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep. Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die.

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For three teenagers, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep. Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die.

At a secret summer rave in the woods, the three teenagers learn of their true, changeling nature and their uncertain, intertwined destinies. Riveting, unflinching, beautiful, Betwixt shows a magic as complex and challenging as any ordinary reality.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy S. Pattee
Rising high school senior Ondine, her best friend Morgan, and Nix, a mysterious runaway new to their town of Portland, Oregon, have always known that they were different; however, neither has revealed the nature of their individual differences to anyone. Ondine, a gifted artist, has a vision that allows her to perceive magic in the air; Morgan, beautiful but heartless, feels a visceral connection to the wild; and Nix, confused and lonely, sees auras around humans that indicate their impending deaths. When the three are invited to attend a secret outdoor party in the wilderness, they discover their true natures: Ondine, Morgan, and Nix are "fay," changelings with fairy blood who live in mortal bodies and who will be called to their spirit homes in one year. They soon discover that other forces have special interest in making sure that the souls of the changelings never return home. Elements of traditional fantasy creep into Smith's contemporary third-person-omniscient narrative, and these references might strike a chord in the mind of the fantasy reader who is likely to recognize, for example, allusions to the character of Morgan La Fay in Morgan. Smith builds the mystery of the central characters' identities slowly, and as they learn the thoughts and actions of other corollary but in-the-know characters, readers are left to put the puzzle together. Fantasy fans familiar with the conventions of the genre will probably prove better at this mystery solving than others and will be among the first drawn to this new novel.
Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Ondine, Nix, and Morgan are about to discover that they are different. Ondine's parents have been transferred across country. They are leaving her alone, in charge of their house. She has been accepted into a wonderful summer art class. She and some friends decide to host a party to remember. Things could not be more perfect; then, she discovers a life-shattering secret. Nix has run away from his home and commenced to using drugs to try to quash his visions; he sees rings of light around people who are about to die. Things fall apart for him as he tries to come to grips with his drug use, a budding relationship, and a seemingly unavoidable tragedy. Morgan is perfect—the perfect student, the perfect sister, the perfect beauty—except for one thing. She has midnight wanderings that leave her afraid of herself and what she may be doing. If only she could remember…. All three kids find their lives intertwined after a summer party in the woods that seems to go terribly wrong. The three find that they have a unique gift. Whether they are ready or not, they must find out how to use their unique gifts to save a friend from a horrible evil. Be aware that this book has egregious language, sexual overtones, and implied excessive drug use.
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up- Morgan, Ondine, and Nix are unaware of the special link they share. Morgan and Ondine-both beautiful, intelligent, and artistically inclined-know they are different from those around them, but don't know why. Nix drifts from place to place and uses "dust" to escape seeing the rings of light forming around people about to die. At an underground concert, the three discover that they are changelings. For Morgan, this knowledge provides answers to her questions about her differences and an exultation of power, while Nix finds answers about his visions and Ondine rejects the information. In the end, the teens form a ring, using their abilities to save a human "pet," Neve, from the clutches of a "cutter" (a fairy bent on destruction) with the outcome leaving the door wide open for a sequel. Except for Nix and Moth, the fairy "teacher" of the three new fairies, the characters are unremarkable, with the majority being vague stereotypes-Bleek, the cutter, is the fairy gone bad; Neve, the helpless girlfriend; K.A., Morgan's brother, the overachiever. For the first half of the book Morgan's and Ondine's characters could be interchangeable. The fact that Ondine is black comes up late in the book and seems irrelevant until the question of her fairy heritage arises. That said, Smith's story is edgy and compelling. Readers will want to find out about Nix's visions and whether or not Morgan will join Bleek or stick with her ring. Language, drug use, and implied sexual acts make Betwixt most appropriate for older teens. Readers of Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" or Bill Willingham's "Fables" graphic-novel series (both DC Comics) will be the audience for this complex, but flawed,debut.-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316022552
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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