Book Review: Somewhere In Between by Katie Li

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 5/5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and publisher Kung Fu Girl Books for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Two friends find a portal to another dimension and use this “in-between place” to avoid the stress of their everyday lives. What they don’t realize is that every time they enter, they alter reality.

Just by reading this blurb stirred the remotest childhood fantasy that I once had. One that we’ve lost as we grew up, one that brought back the very happiness of reading a book and to get lost in it.

Somewhere In Between is one of the books which I would savour every word and every emotion penned by the author. Not to mention the strange story that kept me pondering what the author had tried to express.

Magnolia, the female main character in the book is a growing up teen with issues.

She doesn’t want her mother to worry, so she has to leave the house.

She has a mother who tried to communicate her love to Magnolia and deep down I can read between the lines that Magnolia too wanted to love her mom in return but adolescence behaviour got the better of her and she hid her feelings instead. Sigh… the  loving push-pull between Magnolia and her mom, fleshed out so well by the author.

Reading this book is somewhat dreamlike, the words alternate between reality and all that was not. It was an out of the world experience. Here are some of my favourite lines.

These summer days stretch out longer and longer, sunlight bleeding into the night. They say good-bye in orange twilight. The trees and buildings around them are hazy silhouettes.

Sun glittered in the leaves, but there were spots where the foliage was starting to turn gold and red.

The sky was deep blue with round white clouds that almost looked fake. They were too flat, like they had been painted onto the sky.

A daily movement described in detail, simply beautiful, I could picture this moment unfold slowly and gracefully…

Her mom folding laundry and drinking something cold, the ice cubes softly clacking against each other and the side of her big plastic cup as she takes another sip.

Sharing the imaginative world with the characters, I was unexpectedly pulled into a bizarre turn nearing the end of the book. My heart was pounding as I read hastily eager to find out what happened. Reaching the end was like waves that rose and fell, lapping on the shores spreading into bubbles of froth.

If you like an unusual adventure with vivid imaginative scenery then this is definitely the book for you! I’m very much looking forward to more books from Katie Li 😀

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