Between by Kerry Schafer is unlike any other fantasy book I've encountered. Even though going into this book I believed it would be more of an Urban Fantasy it leans heavily towards Fantasy. The majority of the book either takes place in the Between or in Dreamworld instead of in Wakeworld. So there isn't much for an Urban setting.
Vivian has had a hard life trying to take care of her mother as well as herself. She is a hard working nurse and she always has interesting dreams, but when the things in her dreams start happening when she's awake she knows there is something weird going on. Shrouded in mystery Vivian discovers that she is the last in a line of people charged with guarding the doors in the Between.
While the setting for this novel is remarkable and vivid, Vivian is a hard character to follow. At times her flaws extremely outweigh her better attributes. It can be understandable because she doesn't completely understand what is happening, but she continues to make stupid mistakes.
Kerry Schafer does a great job of describing Surmise and every place Vivian ends up in. She has definitely created a world that is vibrant and alive. I just wish Vivian was more like that.
Anyone who enjoys world building over characterization would enjoy Between but if you are all about the characters it might be better to take a pass.
Vivian Maylor can’t sleep. Maybe it’s because she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved to a new town, or it could be the stress of her new job at the hospital. But perhaps it’s because her dreams have started to bleed through into her waking hours.
All of her life Vivian has rejected her mother’s insane ramblings about Dreamworlds for concrete science and fact, until an emergency room patient ranting about dragons spontaneously combusts before her eyes—forcing Viv to consider the idea that her visions of mythical beasts might be real.
And when a chance encounter leads her to a man she knows only from her dreams, Vivian finds herself falling into a world that seems strange and familiar all at once—a world where the line between dream and reality is hard to determine, and hard to control…