***STARRED REVIEW review of Betwixt in Publishers Weekly***

October 4, 2007 - 4 Responses

Smith’s YA debut (following the memoir West of Then) is an intensely atmospheric, angst-ridden paranormal thriller revolving around three Portland, Ore., teenagers. During a surreal, drug-filled summer, the three must come to terms with an incredible revelation: they’re all supernatural entities known as changelings. The futures of artistic Ondine Mason, troubled Alaskan runaway Nix Saint-Michael and beautiful, ambitious Morgan D’Amici become irrevocably intertwined during a secret rave in the woods around Mt. Hood. They think they’ve come to a party, but a terrifying arcane ritual called the Ring of Fire reveals their true natures as well as their critical roles in a looming and potentially deadly other-worldy conflict. Powered by sharp characterizations and an almost dreamlike narrative, this amalgam of fantasy, horror and romance – first in a projected series – will strongly appeal to paranormal fantasy enthusiasts, particularly fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, which, coincidentally, also takes place in the wilds of the Northwest. Discerning readers will appreciate Smith’s subtle use of symbolism and imagery throughout.


Sara, 17

May 23, 2007 - One Response

Betwixt is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The characters are rich and the story is captivating; I couldn’t get enough. It is not often that one comes across an author that writes an unforgettable, enchanting book, luckily Tara Bray Smith is one of those authors. Readers will devour Betwixt!! I am now a devoted fan and cannot wait for another book!

Safia, 15

May 23, 2007 - 2 Responses

Betwixt is one of those intriguing novels that will have you flipping pages for hours. Three teenagers, Ondine, Morgan, and Nix, have always known they were different from others. When they get together at a summer solstice party, they’re about to discover exactly how different they are from the rest of the humans.

This was an awesome novel from cover to cover! With such an amazing plot, I would definitely recommend Betwixt!

Livia, 14

May 23, 2007 - Leave a Response

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith is an amazing book that is set in a realistic modern day world in which mysterious things keep occurring. In the beginning of the book, the main characters are introduced, and they appear to have nothing in common, besides living in the same town in Oregon. As the story continues, it is revealed that they are all woven together in an intricate web and need to depend on each other to survive. When I first started reading, I was a little confused by all the complex characters and what was happening to them, but as I kept reading, I was drawn into the storyline, and I could not put it down. Definitely recommended to any fantasy/science fiction lovers.

Kate, 16

May 23, 2007 - 3 Responses

Did you ever believe that you had a superpower? There are usually times in a person’s life that they are convinced that they are a super-person, that they are different. The only real distinction between the rest of us and Morgan, Nix, and Ondine is that they are actually different, in fact they are an entirely different species. Morgan, Nix, and Ondine, are part of a race called Fay. Fay, or fairies, can be dark creatures, prone to dark deeds. In a secret rave deep in the woods each of these teenage children discover their true origins and each reacts with relief, ecstasy, and terror, respectively. The dark overtone of this novel does not detract from its ability to draw a reader into its web and keep her there. Although Betwixt is somewhat confusing, the charm of the novel keeps you intrigued until you reach the curious but satisfying last page.

Joanna, 17

May 23, 2007 - Leave a Response

Betwixt was an awesome book! I thought it was very strange and “out there” at times, but that’s what I loved about it. It was unlike anything I had ever read before. Also, it was very visual. I liked that the author painted pictures with words and I felt like I was there. If there is a sequel in the making, I am definitely going to read it!

Hannah, 18

May 23, 2007 - One Response

Much to my surprise and delight a few pages into Betwixt I realized that the Portland they were located in was the very one I’ve grown up visiting almost every month! So that automatically perked up my interest. Not only was it in my home state, but I knew exactly where the places in the book were. They even mentioned driving through my hometown where I live now! So I was even more eager to read this book after finding that out.

It was an easy read, something that sucked me in and kept a hold on me until I finished it, but also a very good read. The characters were very well developed and believable. It was even creepy enough in parts to give me the chills. I am always looking for books that can do that, I read plenty of horror and I hardly ever get that effect. Maybe it was due in part to being placed in my own backyard, but I think it was mostly how mystical and yet realistic the writing was.

I hope that there will be a sequel to Betwixt. And a sequel to that one too! I would recommend it to anyone, male or female, teen or older. Definitely not meant for some younger readers, but perfect for my age of 18. I think that Betwixt will make a lot of fans, I myself, am already hooked.

Chelsea, 15

May 23, 2007 - One Response

Betwixt is not the sort of book that I’m usually attracted to; I don’t usually like anything that falls into the ‘science fiction’ category. But this book was different. The characters were real people, and acted how real people would have in situations that most people would never find themselves in. The book pulled me in with twists that I definitely did not see coming. I was kept constantly curious about what was going to happen next. It was a good read, and the plot did not get overblown into some unbelievable adventure, which I really liked. Although I was hesitant at first to read it, I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed it.

Bailey, 15

May 23, 2007 - Leave a Response

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you can get past the language and mild sexuality, then you will find a story unlike any you’ve ever read before. Dark, sensual, and all around beautiful, Betwixt gives a whole new meaning to the word “faerie”. Despite the plot being occasionally hard to follow, any fantasy lover will appreciate this unique book.

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January 3, 2007 - 3 Responses