Between Dreams by Cynthia Austin
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publication date: April 28, 2015
Format: I received a e-copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Sidney Sinclair was living the dream of any eighteen year-old girl…
A handsome rock star boyfriend, a closet full of designer clothes, a limousine service at her beck and call, and a mansion in the hills of Los Angeles.
Even with all that glamour and excitement at her fingertips, she still feels as if she’s been missing something in her life so she decides to leave.
While trying her best to put her dysfunctional romantic relationship aside and tend to her beloved Granny, Sidney unexpectedly stumbles upon an intriguing emerald pendant boxed away in her grandmother’s closet.
Soon she learns it once belonged to her long-lost mother who committed suicide when she was just a baby. Suddenly feeling emotionally connected to the woman who had birthed her, Sidney begins to wear the necklace.
This sends her on a whirlwind journey that alternates between fantasy and reality…
Almost immediately, she starts having dreams linked to the mysterious pendant. As danger begins to seep into her life, Sidney refuses to remove the necklace and instead documents each dream to help her further understand them. However, she soon begins to wonder if they are dreams meant to bond her to a mother whom she never knew?
Or a subconscious warning that threatens her very life?
Sidney sounded like she had the perfect life, a life that other 18 year olds envied, and probably would do anything for. But instead, Sidney decides that there is something missing from her life and so she gets up and leaves everything behind.
When I first started the book, I was a little scared. The synopsis reminded me of Closer Home by Kerry Anne King. Even though I ended up liking that book, there was still something about it that made me hesitate a little when starting this one.
I was really sad to see that Sidney had decided to give up what she wanted to do after high school (or at least place those plans on hold) and go with her boyfriend when he got a recording record. I love to see female characters take charge and follow their dreams, no matter what they have to sacrifice.
As soon as chapter 2 started, we get the run down of Sidney’s family. Her grandmother took care of her because her mother committed suicide when she was very young. Now when her grandmother gets sick, Sidney knows that she must immediately go to her. Her grandmother basically raised her, after her father couldn’t stand the pressure of being a single parent.
When Sidney is cleaning out her grandmother’s closet, she suddenly finds a box filled with memories of her mother, as well as an emerald pendant that belonged to her mother and naturally begins wearing it with her at all times.
The first signs of the paranormal activity happens about a third of a ways into the book, at the supermarket where she’s working at.
I don’t like Ray, her boyfriend. One day he’s super caring about Sidney, the next he is a total doofus and self absorbed. I’m not quite sure what his full intentions were going to lead to but overall, he was a total flake that personally, I don’t think that Sidney should’ve given her life up for.
The twists in the book were all shocking. I really don’t want to spoil any of those for you guys, (or what would be the fun of reading the book yourself be?) so I will refrain from talking about them.
This book is a lot more emotionally draining than the summary let on. I was not expecting that level of emotional connection with the book. The summary made it seem like Sidney was pampered and had anything that she wanted but in reality, she really didn’t have that much. So if you’re on the fence about reading the book, I say that you really should read it. Especially for those who like a book with a little mystery and suspense without all the haunted horror, this book is going to be perfect for you.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (rounds up to 4/5 stars). I enjoyed it more than I originally thought that I would. I’m a sucker for a story with deep family connection issues and always end up loving it.
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