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review 2016-10-02 03:15
The Girl In Between (Laekan Zea Kemp)

Before I start this review I need to tell you guys that the kindle e-book version of The Girl In Between is free right now through Amazon, click here to get your copy if you haven’t already! So I added this book to my wishlist on Good Reads earlier last year and my boyfriend gave me a Kindle Fire for Christmas, this is where I discovered the magic that is the free book section and happened to find The Girl In Between on the list. I downloaded it and was so eager to start reading that it was the first book I read on my Fire!

The story sucked me in from the first page, it starts in a dream that Bryn is having…a dream she’s had countless times because she has a rare disease called Klein-Levin Syndrome (KLS).

Bryn randomly falls asleep and doesn’t wake up for days, weeks or months. Lately her sleeping spells have been lasting longer each time, her mother and grandmother are worried about her and spend much of their time waiting for her to wake up before pretending that everything is normal and waiting for the next spell.


In the first dream that we share with Bryn, we meet a boy that mysteriously washed up on the shore in Bryn’s dream state, a place that she is suppose to be alone. He doesn’t know his name, anything about his past or why he is in her dream. But Bryn is immediately weary of him, distancing herself before finally deciding that he might be there for a reason and that it’s up to her to find it.


“My hands trembled, afraid to move him, to wake him. Afraid he wouldn’t. Another wave spilled over him, the sand giving way, rocking him. I reached for his shoulder, pushing until he was on his back. He was the color of a hydrangea before it blooms, wilting like one too, every inch of him sunken and bruised.”


The story tilts and changes when Bryn is awake. Her life with her small family and two best friends is so normal compared to the beautiful and dangerous dream state. Her mother works hard together to find a cure while Bryn fights to maintain her independence and freedom, neither of them really know why she has KLS and how to cure it. Bryn definitely hasn’t told her mother what she dreams of or what happens when she sleeps, knowing that it would worry her if she knew.


The dream state is incredible, the way Kemp describes it in the series is so great. At times I can’t even imagine what I’m reading, but I liked the way it is written. Bryn’s dreams are her memories, she lives in a world where all of her childhood memories collide to make one strange mixture of events and places. From the coral reef, to the waves crashing against a field of sun flowers and a farm house set under a bright moon where the seasons are random and everything has meaning to her. It’s the same every time she has a sleeping spell until she returns to the dream and the boy is still there. He and Bryn spend their time together attempting to jog his memory, until they find that his memories and dreams are starting to show up in her dream state.


Bryn is familiar with the dark force in her dreams, they are growing stronger and making appearances in her waking life as she and her new friend find more and more pieces to the puzzle of his existence. When they finally reach the answers they’ve been looking for, reality and dream state collide and Bryn finds herself running to find the boy from her dreams in the real world.


This book was a great read, I especially enjoyed reading a bit of it every night before bed. Like I said earlier, it’s free and you can read it if you have a kindle or the kindle app so give it a chance!

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review 2016-01-01 00:00
The Girl In Between (The Girl In Between Series Book 1)
The Girl In Between (The Girl In Between Series Book 1) - Laekan Zea Kemp Decent book with interesting story/ point of view. Definitely a book for a young adult, but interesting nonetheless.
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review 2014-06-08 23:26
Book Review: Breathing Ghosts by Laekan Zea Kemp
Breathing Ghosts - Laekan Zea Kemp

A copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Breathing Ghosts tells the story of River: a young boy who has lost the love of his life, Nia. Nia always wanted to travel across America, and see weird and crazy things. So River decides to do the road trip he was always to afraid to agree on. But without Nia.

Breathing Ghosts is centred around River and Nia’s relationship, but also River’s journey across America. To be completely honest, I wasn’t that big a fan of River. I thought he was selfish, for numerous reasons - many which involved his two tagalongs on his road trip, Carter and June. The way he treated those two most of the time was at best civil. And the way he viewed his and Nia’s relationship was so vainglorious. He even mentions that he could never give June what she wanted because he could never love anyone as much as Nia.

Okay. I understand how wonderful people can be. And Nia was pretty great. But she wasn’t God. She wasn’t some perfect human being that no one could ever begin to be like. How could River know if he could give June what she wanted (as if he knew what she wanted anyway) if he wasn’t even willing to see her at all? River was so blinded by his obsessive love for Nia that he revered her in a way that was completely unhealthy.

I liked Carter and June more than I liked River. I think these two characters had so much more, well, character, than River. They were stronger; they were more open to possibilities. They were simply more.

River was so self consumed with his own pain that he was refusing to see the world beyond what he had with Nia. He was so self-absorbed in what he was feeling, it was as if no one else could even begin to understand what pain was like. I couldn’t stand this, to be honest. His sense of self importance was almost overbearing. June and Carter both knew what pain felt like (as most people alive do), and River’s almost blatant dismissal of anyone’s pain and hardships except his own was so incredibly egotistical. He was so blind to the world around him, and I felt like shaking him out of his depressed stupor. He needed to open his eyes and realise that life DOES go on; no matter how hard it may be. People die, and you live. It’s hard, but you have to deal with it, otherwise you might as well have died along with them.

I loved the places that the three of them visited, and the truly wacky and crazy things they did, and people they met. Even though they were kind of unrealistic, I didn’t really find myself thinking that. I enjoyed reading of these things, and imagining someone having a road-trip as fantastic as the one River, Carter and June took part in.

The ending of Breathing Ghosts was left extremely open. I, for one, am not a fan of open endings. I don’t like investing my time in learning of and engaging with characters only to have no idea how their life turns out. Does River ever pull himself out of his depressed stupor? Does he realise that he needs to move on, and that maybe his relationship with Nia wasn’t as supreme as he thought it was? I would have liked to know what happened to all the characters in this book. I would have liked some kind of closure to their pain.

© 2014, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity . All rights reserved.

Your Turn: What are your feelings on open endings? Do you want everything to be tied up, or are you okay with making it up for yourself?

Source: delicateeternity.com/2014/06/breathing-ghosts-by-laekan-zea-kemp
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text 2013-10-21 00:57
Breathing Ghosts Giveaway!
Breathing Ghosts - Laekan Zea Kemp

Hey there fellow bibliophiles! Just shouting out a giveaway that's still open :). It has 2 days to go, and only 4 entries. So you've got an awesome chance to win!


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review 2013-10-09 00:00
Breathing Ghosts
Breathing Ghosts - Laekan Zea Kemp Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

When I got asked to read and review this book, not in my wildest dreams did I expect to enjoy this read so much. From the blurb you get to see that this is a story about a boy and a girl, but then girl dies and boy's heart is shattered.

First we get to meet River. A young boy, who grows up in dysfunctional family, having to work to bring some food to his house. His father is abusive one and his mother is scared of leaving him. So they're both stuck. It was all hard to take and you must feel for this boy, but he had that light in his life. He had Nia. A girl that was everything to him, his soul mate and someone who made him forget about all his problems. Until one day she was gone, too. All their dreams about future and ruining away were shattered. Only thing that's left is pain, unbearable pain and a map. A map with their future on it. So he decides to go and chase their dream alone. Soon enough he gets company, but he cannot find Nia. How will he live without her?

As Nia's death occurs at beginning stages of this story my heart broke into little pieces then. You get to experience all River's feelings and you cannot but hope that he will find his safe heaven somewhere. His grief is eating him and he doesn't know how to deal with it. I wanted to hug that boy so hard.

I loved the way this book was written. So beautiful and while many things aren't said, they're simply shown. Only problem, so to say, here I hard with the ending of the story. It's an open ending which I didn't like. I wish I could see a glimpse of hope for River somewhere. But then again this is a story about journey not the end.
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