Review: The Space Between by Kristie Cook

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The Space Between
by Kristie Cook
Series: The Book of Phoenix #1
Publication date: April 5th 2013
Category: New Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Ebook provided by author
in exchange for an honest review.

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When Life Falls to Pieces, Answers Lie in the Space Between

Leni Drago can’t make a smart decision on her own, according to her mother anyway–the few times she’s tried resulted in disaster. When her uncle sends her on a dance tour in Italy to find her real self, she returns to an empty home and any evidence of his existence wiped out. Then things get even stranger, like the mysterious appearances of Jeric Winters–inked, pierced and a hit-’em-and-quit-’em type. He’s one decision that should be easy for Leni. Or is he?

Jeric doesn’t do girlfriends. Unless they’re someone else’s. He left the fighting cage and modeling for a reason, and girls who want more than a night of fun are distractions he doesn’t need. Especially when they come with as much baggage as Leni carries. But he can’t shake the gut feeling that he needs to know her. All of her.

To discover the truth behind their connection and their ties to a journal from 1989, they must face painful secrets from their pasts. And they must do so quickly because their own existences are falling to pieces.

Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.” This first part of The Book of Phoenix takes you on a heart-wrenching ride as you discover the answers that lie in The Space Between.

My Thoughts

The Space Between is quite an interesting tale with its various points-of-view and strong connection between the present (2012) and the past (1989). It all begins with Leni, who I would say is our main character since we hear the most from her. She is finishing off her last dance recital with a tour company in Italy, one her Uncle Theo got her hooked up with. Her last night there she locks eyes with a stranger at the bar where they are celebrating. Leni feels inexplicably drawn to this man, but doesn’t get the chance to speak with him before she departs. On the train the next morning, Leni can’t get in contact with her Uncle, which worries her because he’s an old man. Once she arrives back home she figures out why he couldn’t be reached — there is no Uncle Theo. In fact, her entire life before she left for Italy is gone. She finds an odd book that she can’t open… and then runs into Jeric, the stranger she was drawn to in Italy. They learn that they are in the same situation and must get through this together, for reasons completely unknown to either of them. Once they get the mysterious book opened, the wild rumpus begins!

It took me longer than I would have liked to get into the story, but once the mystery kicked into high gear I was a happy girl. The idea of going home and finding your life has been erased would be totally messed up! I couldn’t wait to figure out what was going on, and the alternating POVs and time changes really kept me on the edge of my seat. The past and present were woven together flawlessly, which is a huge selling point for me. While paranormal romance isn’t my go-to genre, this is more along the lines of a love story blended into a mystery with a paranormal twist. I really enjoyed this well-written tale and look forward to reading the The Space Beyond. If you haven’t started this series yet, you’re in for a real treat — the second book JUST came out so you can read both without having to wait!

I recommend The Space Between to all fans of paranormal romance and mystery!

The Space Beyond – book 2

About the Author

kristie cook

Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at

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