Review for Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Tammara Webber

Between The Lines by Tammara Webber

TITLE: Between The Lines
SERIES: Between The Lines #1
AUTHOR: Tammara Webber
PUBLICATION DATE: April 29, 2011
PUBLISHER: Independent
PAGES: 384 pages
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 4 stars

After reading Easy, I was excited to get my hands on anything else by Tammara Webber and Between The Lines didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t quite as good as Easy, but it was still wonderful.

Emma Pierce gets her big acting break when she wins the lead role in a new modern-day adaption of Pride & Prejudice film costarring Hollywood’s current it boy, Ried Alexander. Ried, is a player, who now has his sights set on Emma. Then there is Graham Douglas, an indie actor who takes any decent acting gig, as long as it pays and who is falling for Emma despite his best efforts and the fact that Ried is obviously staking claim. Who will Emma choose? Oh, and let’s not forget Ried’s ex, Brooke who is Graham’s bestie and nabs the role of Caroline Bingley. Tension, Party of 4?

I didn’t even read the synopsis of this before I started it. I just ordered a copy online and jumped straight in. After about 40 or so pages, I did go back and read the synopsis and thought “Fuck, it’s a love triangle, what the hell have I gotten myself into?” The love triangle got on my nerves a lot less than I thought it would mostly because I didn’t like Ried at all. The story is told via Emma’s and Ried’s alternating perspectives and the more of Ried I read, the more I disliked him. Ried is that guy that every girl drools over, with his all American good looks and bad boy imagine, the one that we know is a womanizer but we secretly fantasize about being the one who can change that. All I can say is, good luck ladies. I don’t think this dick is ever going to change his ways. But Graham, on the other hand, I loved. Hot as hell, mysterious, friendly, caring, protective….mmmmmmhmmmmmm….The friendship between him and Emma is easy and their first kiss is the stuff of fantasy…then he goes out of town, she kisses Ried and it all goes to hell. See this face? It’s not a happy gnome face!

Let me calm down before I spoil everything. This novel is love triangle-y, but it ends perfectly with the people I wanted it to. The secrets that popped out later in the novel took me completely by surprise. I didn’t see any of them coming. The writing is perfect and easy to read. All I can really say is that I can’t wait to read book 2 and can I please get a chapter or two from Graham’s perspective?

Review for Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

TITLE: Between The Lines
AUTHOR: Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster
PAGES: 352
FORMAT: Ebook / Hardback
SOURCE: PulseIt / Won from Literary Exploration
RATING: 4 stars

I’ll be honest, when I first saw this book on the shelves of my local bookstore, it didn’t catch my attention at all. The cover was cute but I don’t much care for Jodi Picolt’s work. I’m not trashing her or anything, her novels just never interest me. But then I saw a few reviews praising it and I finally did read the summery and desperately wanted to get my hands on it. I ended up winning a copy and when it arrived, I became even more excited about it because this book as random illustrations throughout the entire story. Some of them are full page, colored pictures and some are just black and white drawings in the margins, but I loved them.

Anyway, enough gushing about how gorgeous the book is, let’s get to the story, shall we? This book follows Prince Oliver in his endeavor to remove himself from his story. Oliver is the main character in a childhood fairytale called Between The Lines. He is sick to death of playing his part over and over and over again, every time someone opens the book, he is dragged to his proper place and forced to recite his lines to the readers subconscious. He has been trying for years to get the reader’s attention to tell them that he needs help escaping this world. But no one ever hears him, until Delilah. Delilah is a fifteen year old girl who becomes obsessed with the story. She can’t seem to stop reading it over and over. So when a small change occurs in the illustration of the last scene, she notices instantly. Delilah initially thinks she’s lost her damn mind when a fictional character starts talking to her. She soon realizes that Oliver is in fact very real. Thus begins their journey to remove Oliver from his story.

I found this book highly amusing. Some of the characters where laugh out loud funny, like the overly self conscious pony and the pirate who was secretly an orthodontist. I was also very amused by all the drawings in the margins. I’ve read several reviews complaining that this novel was just too much fluff to take, but I happen to like good fluff every now and then so I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did get a little irritated at Delilah for getting so wrapped up in Oliver that she ignores her best friend, but then you really think about it. She’s fifteen and what is more exciting to a fifteen year old than first love? Add to that the complication of being in love with a fictional character who may or may not be talking to you making you quite probably insane and it is understandable why she has withdrawn herself from human activity.

This book reminded me quite a bit of the Theatre Illuminata series by Lisa Mantchev, except with novels instead of plays. So if you are looking for something similar to that (but maybe not quite as high on the reading level), then this is your book. All in all, it is funny and well written and has a great ending. Really, with a fairy tale book, what more can you ask for?