I’m giving The Between five stars, and I rarely do that. I have more complicated reasons that I’ll list below, but the main reason is that I simply enjoyed reading it that much.
The main character, Lydia, thinks she’s an ordinary high school senior facing ordinary challenges–where to go to college, how to get her own car, etc. But it turns out she’s a trueborn fae, and she’s about to get sucked into the ongoing political power play between Oberon and Titania. Cohen did a fine job of making Lydia sympathetic but not perfect. I really got behind her and her goals of protecting not only herself, but also her family and friends.
It uses some common tropes–portals, the chosen one–but they’re used creatively enough that I never got the feeling that this book was a poor imitation of a greater writer’s work.
As a writer myself, I always deeply appreciate works that are compelling enough to let me turn off my inner editor and simply enjoy the story. The Between did that for me. I highly recommend it.