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Growing up, Bryn's nightmares and the debilitating sleep episodes that came with them were what made her weak. But now that she's learned how to manipulate the dreams, they're what make her strong. Strength she'll need now that the shadows have finally trapped her in a nightmare too dark and deep for Roman to reach. But his nightmares are just as dangerously real. Roman's Growing up, Bryn's nightmares and the debilitating sleep episodes that came with them were what made her weak. But now that she's learned how to manipulate the dreams, they're what make her strong. Strength she'll need now that the shadows have finally trapped her in a nightmare too dark and deep for Roman to reach. But his nightmares are just as dangerously real. Roman's past has come back to haunt him, and miles away from Bryn, their both forced to fight for their lives. Alone. But they're not the only ones whose fate hangs in the balance. As the countdown to Bryn's eighteenth birthday continues, a strange epidemic sweeps the globe, and children are falling into comas at an alarming rate. When Bryn finally comes face to face with the monster controlling the shadows, it's clear that she isn't the first Dreamer he's captured, and unless she can find a way to wake back into her body and stop him from wreaking havoc in the real world, she won't be the last.


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Growing up, Bryn's nightmares and the debilitating sleep episodes that came with them were what made her weak. But now that she's learned how to manipulate the dreams, they're what make her strong. Strength she'll need now that the shadows have finally trapped her in a nightmare too dark and deep for Roman to reach. But his nightmares are just as dangerously real. Roman's Growing up, Bryn's nightmares and the debilitating sleep episodes that came with them were what made her weak. But now that she's learned how to manipulate the dreams, they're what make her strong. Strength she'll need now that the shadows have finally trapped her in a nightmare too dark and deep for Roman to reach. But his nightmares are just as dangerously real. Roman's past has come back to haunt him, and miles away from Bryn, their both forced to fight for their lives. Alone. But they're not the only ones whose fate hangs in the balance. As the countdown to Bryn's eighteenth birthday continues, a strange epidemic sweeps the globe, and children are falling into comas at an alarming rate. When Bryn finally comes face to face with the monster controlling the shadows, it's clear that she isn't the first Dreamer he's captured, and unless she can find a way to wake back into her body and stop him from wreaking havoc in the real world, she won't be the last.

30 review for The Children of the Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

    3 Stars Review: If you’re considering starting this series, you might want to check out my review of Book 1 since it covers certain things that I’m not going to repeat in this review. I actually ended up liking this book more the second time I read it. Somehow it seemed less confusing, and I think appreciated the non-paranormal aspects more. See, Roman was just a really well-written character. He had so much depth and was constantly struggling with this inner darkness—and not the paranormal kind. He 3 Stars Review: If you’re considering starting this series, you might want to check out my review of Book 1 since it covers certain things that I’m not going to repeat in this review. I actually ended up liking this book more the second time I read it. Somehow it seemed less confusing, and I think appreciated the non-paranormal aspects more. See, Roman was just a really well-written character. He had so much depth and was constantly struggling with this inner darkness—and not the paranormal kind. He went through this major character arc in Book 2… or so I thought. Because this time he seemed to regress. I don’t mean that as a negative thing about the book though, it was a purposeful part of his character’s journey. And that was what made him so interesting to read about, that struggle between being that not-so-great person he used to be and sometimes still was and the good person he wanted to be. His relationship with his father was complicated and screwed up too because of how Roman kept acting, but, at the same time, it was also touching and a little bit heart-breaking. So I loved the chapters about Roman. Bryn’s chapters, however, I didn’t love. The problem with this book, the reason for the lower rating, is that a lot of the paranormal stuff was inconsistent and unexplained and seemed random. And that’s just a pet peeve of mine, when the magic or paranormal stuff in books starts going haywire and changing from scene to scene with seemingly no set of rules about how it works and what’s possible. I understood generally what was going on, just not why or how it was possible. I also didn’t like how the scope got even bigger and how, because of that, Bryn became less human and didn’t seem to care much about Roman anymore. I just felt distanced from her. Maybe I should be praising her for keeping her priorities straight rather than fawning over a boy while the world was at stake, but I just don’t find it realistic when characters become too removed from personal things and emotions. That being said, after reading Book 4, I realized she was written that way on purpose and it was part of her arc, so I’m not sure how to feel about it now. Another thing to mention, the first time I read it, I found the writing really flowery and had a hard time understanding it, but for some reason I didn’t have that problem at all this time. Lastly, I was bothered by the memory altering that happened in this book. I don’t like the idea of changing anyone’s memories at all. Even changing something small ranges anywhere from morally questionable to morally reprehensible, but I can excuse a small change in certain situations. But the extent to which memories were changed in this book made me uncomfortable, even though it was done with good intent. So I was frustrated by the constantly changing paranormal stuff and the impersonal vibe I got from Bryn since those are particular pet peeves of mine, but this book was not poorly written, and Roman still had interesting character development. *I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 2nd read.* Reread Ratings: 2.5 Stars (1st Read – 2015) 3 Stars (2nd Read – 2016) Recommended For: Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Laekan Zea Kemp's The Girl in Between Series. Anyone who likes dark paranormal fantasy and character development and doesn't mind changing paranormal aspects and an open-for-interpretation ending. Anyone who wants to read an amazingly realistic portrayal of chronic illness (in Books 1 and 2). Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ciera

    I don't even know what happened in the last half of this book because it was so confusing. I skimmed through some of the last chapters because I couldn't figure out what was going on anyway. There's supposed to be a 4th book? WHY!? I don't even know what happened in the last half of this book because it was so confusing. I skimmed through some of the last chapters because I couldn't figure out what was going on anyway. There's supposed to be a 4th book? WHY!?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Megha

    Not as good as books 1 & 2. Too many twists and painfully slow to read. Also, again a cliffhanger. God, I miss the days the authors would complete a story in one book :(

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I didn't like book #3. Not a bit. Everything is so confusing and messed up. It mostly consists of Bryn, and many others, being in and out of their bodies, wading through one dream nightmare to the next. Since it's a dream world nothing really makes sense, or is cohesive. And then I couldn't remember who was in their body or out of their body, and sometimes real people where interacting with the dream bodies, or the real bodies. Or real people interacting with shadows that seemed dreamlike. It wa I didn't like book #3. Not a bit. Everything is so confusing and messed up. It mostly consists of Bryn, and many others, being in and out of their bodies, wading through one dream nightmare to the next. Since it's a dream world nothing really makes sense, or is cohesive. And then I couldn't remember who was in their body or out of their body, and sometimes real people where interacting with the dream bodies, or the real bodies. Or real people interacting with shadows that seemed dreamlike. It was frustrating. And Roman, I don't like Roman. Every time I attempted to like him, he was always doing something violent, or at least making terrible decisions. Even Bryn the one who is supposed to like him, seems to struggle with overcoming some of his baser shortcomings. And these stupid shadows don't make sense. Everyone is always killing them, but their doesn't seem to be any rules about how they work. And the Rogues who are supposed to somehow protect their Dreamers, never end up protecting anyone. They show up, ash some shadows, and everything bad till happens, people are still kidnapped or infested....like, what is the point of them really? This was all just a crazy ball of nightmares, held together with confusion, persistent vines, and Chinese food.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Wilson

    What was this book? I loved book one. Book two wasn't bad, but I still don't know what the heck this book was. What I understood of the book? Not bad. Everything else? No words. I remember putting this book down at least six or so times, and going, "What did I just read? What is even happening? Am I in a dream right now?" As much as I wanted to like this book, I think my first wish was to just understand what was happening( and it wasn't granted). I was asked how this book ended by someone, and What was this book? I loved book one. Book two wasn't bad, but I still don't know what the heck this book was. What I understood of the book? Not bad. Everything else? No words. I remember putting this book down at least six or so times, and going, "What did I just read? What is even happening? Am I in a dream right now?" As much as I wanted to like this book, I think my first wish was to just understand what was happening( and it wasn't granted). I was asked how this book ended by someone, and I really didn't have an answer. I think I'm done with the series, because I don't think my mind can handle being more confused(I already feel like I'm stuck in a tornado of Confusion that's stuck in a dark endless maze of Questions). Overall I'm glad I came across The Girl In Between series, but I'm bowing out at this point because I don't think I can handle book four. Good luck y'all.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    These need to be movies

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sabetha

    OMG! I don't really have words for this book. I will say that all 4 of these books should be read together as once. They aren't separate books. This book filled in a lot of the back story that the previous book laid the ground work for, and really gave depth to all of the main characters. I found myself at the brink of tears a few times throughout the story. Can't wait to read the conclusion tonight. My only complaint with this book is there are a few places where the author reminds us of charac OMG! I don't really have words for this book. I will say that all 4 of these books should be read together as once. They aren't separate books. This book filled in a lot of the back story that the previous book laid the ground work for, and really gave depth to all of the main characters. I found myself at the brink of tears a few times throughout the story. Can't wait to read the conclusion tonight. My only complaint with this book is there are a few places where the author reminds us of characters traits and it feels out of place maybe because i've reading them back to back to back. But they way they are laid out it doesn't feel right to through in a don't forget in the first book we let you know this character can do this because of this blah blah. Also, they never address finances. It pulled me out of the story with all the traveling these people do, and the fact that they live in Austin. Maybe it's just me that was wondering where all the money comes for many of the characters but it pulled me out of the story a few times. (Also I live in Austin so that might add to it LOL!) finally just wanted to note that the covers with the moon rising are beautiful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alison Wheatley

    Not sure what I think of it. It seemed to drag along a lot. Also a lot of things that didn't add up with the other books, such as Roman getting bus to Bryns and later saying he should get back before his dad noticed he was missing... In the first book it was a 10 hour drive for Bryn to get to Roman, so that 20 hours there and back plus going the hospital and everything else he does, must be over 24 hours, I'm sure his dad would have noticed he was missing by then. It did pick up at the end and w Not sure what I think of it. It seemed to drag along a lot. Also a lot of things that didn't add up with the other books, such as Roman getting bus to Bryns and later saying he should get back before his dad noticed he was missing... In the first book it was a 10 hour drive for Bryn to get to Roman, so that 20 hours there and back plus going the hospital and everything else he does, must be over 24 hours, I'm sure his dad would have noticed he was missing by then. It did pick up at the end and we began to find out why the dreamers existed, but still found it very hard to keep up with with a lot of characters to understand

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina Weston

    Disappointed This series was great up until the end. I had problems staying engaged and struggled to read the last third of the book and was disappointed at the end. I really enjoyed book 1 & 2 and had the same expectations for book three. I am not sure I will even bother reading book 4.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Evans

    This book was darker than the first two and we get introduced to the evil Anso. Roman is once more going through his own battles and struggling with his inner demons and Bryn is trapped in Anso's nightmare reality where she believes Roman is trying to destroy her. There are some very emotional scenes in this book and once again the author does a great job of capturing your attention and bringing you into the story. You feel as if you are part of it. Bryn really comes into her own towards the end This book was darker than the first two and we get introduced to the evil Anso. Roman is once more going through his own battles and struggling with his inner demons and Bryn is trapped in Anso's nightmare reality where she believes Roman is trying to destroy her. There are some very emotional scenes in this book and once again the author does a great job of capturing your attention and bringing you into the story. You feel as if you are part of it. Bryn really comes into her own towards the end of this book and I am dying to see how it all plays out in the final book. I have a feeling this is one of the series that is going to leave me with a severe book hangover. I loved all the characters and everything is coming together and becoming clearer as we get to book 4.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marcie LaBelle

    I don't really know why I rated this 2 stars. The first book was great, the second was good too, but this was so convoluted and new people kept popping up every where, after the first half of the book I read parts of chapters and then skipped to the end. I think it had the potential to be good but got very muddied with details and Roman going back and forth to be with Bryn. I just couldn't deal with it anymore. I don't really know why I rated this 2 stars. The first book was great, the second was good too, but this was so convoluted and new people kept popping up every where, after the first half of the book I read parts of chapters and then skipped to the end. I think it had the potential to be good but got very muddied with details and Roman going back and forth to be with Bryn. I just couldn't deal with it anymore.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bren Finn

    Unsatisfying . For the ending of a trilogy you look for ends tied up, explanations given, resolutions. This book just didn't work for me. Too many new characters, too much that was diff e rent in tone from the first two books. After investing in the romance between Bryn and Roman and their family connections, I wanted something better than this. Unsatisfying . For the ending of a trilogy you look for ends tied up, explanations given, resolutions. This book just didn't work for me. Too many new characters, too much that was diff e rent in tone from the first two books. After investing in the romance between Bryn and Roman and their family connections, I wanted something better than this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mitsu

    Sigh. Kept at it, then realised there was another book to trawl through after this one. Kind of lost track of when they were dreaming and when they weren't. Finally get the back story on the where the dreamers come from. Totally confused by multiple POVs. Sigh. Kept at it, then realised there was another book to trawl through after this one. Kind of lost track of when they were dreaming and when they weren't. Finally get the back story on the where the dreamers come from. Totally confused by multiple POVs.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Fast reading I just couldn't put this down. I'm looking forward to book 4. Wondering what happens to Bryn and Roman in the dreams.... Fast reading I just couldn't put this down. I'm looking forward to book 4. Wondering what happens to Bryn and Roman in the dreams....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Hutchinson

    What a refreshingly unique series. Can't wait to read the next book! What a refreshingly unique series. Can't wait to read the next book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Dobias

    The Children Of The Moon (The Girl In Between : Series Book 3)by Laekan Zea Kemp This novel continues from the end of the second novel and this review contains my review of all three novels. ------- I can't claim to be a great fan of some series that include certain elements and this one could easily fall into that category. On the other hand I have to admit that the cover intrigued me; though it did almost put me off, because I rarely read horror fiction and this had that feel to it. As usual I re The Children Of The Moon (The Girl In Between : Series Book 3)by Laekan Zea Kemp This novel continues from the end of the second novel and this review contains my review of all three novels. ------- I can't claim to be a great fan of some series that include certain elements and this one could easily fall into that category. On the other hand I have to admit that the cover intrigued me; though it did almost put me off, because I rarely read horror fiction and this had that feel to it. As usual I read the sample, which was quite adequate this time and I recommend that anyone taking an interest in this series read the sample. For this reader the sample nailed it for me because of the good crisp writing style and the excellent character development. I've read a few paranormal fictions and this one might fall within that category as well as horror and the first book definitely has less elements of horror, though as the series progresses it seems to dip further and further into a dark sense that's tainted with horrific elements. In reading the sample I think that the thing to keep in mind is that the writing style and pace remain the same, which means that if you get easily hooked by the first book then you'll most likely enjoy the first three books and like the rest of us you'll be impatiently waiting for the Forth and possibly final book of the series. Still I must add the warning that this goes on my growing list of books that I love and hate at the same time and that is mostly tied with the Cliff-hanger-ish-ness of the endings. With that in mind my suggestion for anyone hooked by the sample would be to buy the three as though they were one very long book. Since there is little value in buying the bundled version, which is the same price as all three books separately, I'd go with the three separate because that dispels some of the reality that as one piece they are a huge and perhaps epic volume. As separate novels it at least fosters the illusion of reasonable size. Because book one and two are clearly cliffhangers I have a hard time resolving them down to individual pieces. Honestly speaking the third novel also is cliff-ish in nature, but it has a specific unique flavor to it that would allow it to exist as an ending that allows the reader a wide range of personal thought about the whole. To get to the story about Bryn:In the first book; The Girl In Between; I have to admit that I had some reservations about the main character making use of a debilitating disease such as KLS, Klein-Levin Syndrome, as a main plot point although it does bring to mind Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark in, which she has a main character who suffers autism and that was handled quite well. Both books tend to be about how the main character fights just for some small bit of normality in their life. The main difference might be that in this story it becomes clear that there might be something more going on with the main character and that it might not be KLS at all. The story starts during one of Bryn's episodes where she sleeps for long periods of time. As it opens she's in her dream world alone as usual, but this time something, someone washes onto the beach and into her dream. A boy who has nearly drown ;and she brings him back to the brink of life just before she returns to her real life. This is the beginning of the most unusual part of book one with the mystery boy in her dreams who has no name or memories and for all intent and purpose could easily just be one more figment of her strange dreams. The dreams themselves are something that falls just outside the lines of the usual symptoms of the syndrome, but there is no mistaking that Bryn often falls to sleep for periods longer than a few days and is likely suffering something that has symptoms similar to KLS. Book one is mostly the story of Bryn and her family as they struggle to create a normal life for Bryn. Bryn is a teen in her final year of high school and is hoping to go to college. But with the episodes still occurring and the possibility that they could be with her well into her thirties, things are looking bleak. All she wants is to be normal and to lessen the burden on her family. It is not until late into book one that the boy in the dreams and the nature of the dreams begin to become a catalyst driving the story toward the darker and more horrific elements to show up in the next book. Still without the horror there is something compelling about the authors handling of the story that drove this reader on through to the end. And though the ending is not quite complete I felt compelled to continue with reading into book two. Book one is a good, well written, YA fantasy that addresses some of the issues of the debilitating disease and how it affects not just the patient but the whole family that surround her. It's also a novel that this reader had to pay particular attention to the many details because it was too easy to lose the way and have to check back to unravel some of my own confusion. Though I managed to finish all three novels in one and a half days of reading over the weekend, it may take most readers a bit longer than that; but as I mentioned, if you're hooked by the sample then the rest of the writing should keep you hooked right through to the end of the third book. In book two the story begins to dip deeply into world building as Bryn and Roman come to terms with the struggles in their own lives while uncovering the truth about the illness that has for so long mimiced KLS. This novel also begins delving into the darker side of what might be described as a Paranormal Horror as Bryn's struggle moves from trying to be normal to trying to survive. Though Bryn and Roman have some natural bond formed between them, their lives and pasts are creating a gulf that leaves them to fight their battles separately. Bryn has a possibility of help from a duo of doctors who are researching, not just the KLS but something quite similar to what she has experienced. One of the doctors lost his daughter to something similar and has promised not to let that happen to Bryn, but in this story we will find that there are many players with their own agenda and Bryn will soon find out she has few people she can trust. The writing remains solid in this novel that should pique the interest of those who love paranormal and the elements of the horrific. But even for those who find the genre out of their sphere of interest the writing is compelling enough to draw any reader into the story. So much so that even with the second cliffhanger ending I had to continue on to see where Laekan Zea Kemp was taking all of this. I started the third book with a bit of reluctance, not knowing how many more books there might be. At the time I didn't realize the author has made at least one statement suggesting things will be wrapped up in the forth book. With that in mind my usual caution to those who dislike the never-ending stories that some series have carried on into can be tempered in that this one might have satisfactory conclusion in the next volume. For me as a reader this, the third book, though not quite a full wrap did end on a note that made it a good place to pause; because the ending, though ambiguous in nature, was quite close to endings I’ve seen in other similar books and leaves enough satisfaction and room for the reader to thoughtfully fill in their own notions about how things will end for Bryn. Still it will be interesting to find out what happens next. The third novel does a fair job of wrapping the Paranormal, sort of romance and sort of horror into something that should leave the reader anticipating the final outcome while remaining somewhat satisfied with the continuing growth of the main characters up to this point. J.L. Dobias

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rayne

    Not as good as 1 & 2. Things seemed to regress and not move forward. The last part of the book was very confusing - I couldn’t work out who Bryn or Roman were or why certain things were happening. I totally lost the world budding and characterisation just blurred. Just not feeling it to continue to Book 4 which is a shame.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Haleigh Collins

    It was expected, but book 3 lost its steam and slowed down a bit. It also started getting a bit weirder, but I will finish this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ms Natalie B

    This book filled in a lot of the back story of the main characters, giving understanding to where, how and why. I liked the cliffhanger ending. On to book 4 to complete.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    Starting #4........

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carina

    I loved the first book of this series (The Girl In Between), it was new and exciting, the dreaming world both scary and fantastic as the slow downward spiral of Bryn’s condition was linked to myths, ancient folklore and terrible dark secrets and powers. However the dark tones of the series become just that more vivid and intense in the second (The Boy In Her Dreams), and now has reached a mind boggling peak in this third installment. When I read this book it feels a bit like the aching emptiness I loved the first book of this series (The Girl In Between), it was new and exciting, the dreaming world both scary and fantastic as the slow downward spiral of Bryn’s condition was linked to myths, ancient folklore and terrible dark secrets and powers. However the dark tones of the series become just that more vivid and intense in the second (The Boy In Her Dreams), and now has reached a mind boggling peak in this third installment. When I read this book it feels a bit like the aching emptiness you feel right after you have had an intense cry, the kind that has been bottled for months and just won’t delay its release or intensity until you’re physically out of tears. Don’t get me wrong, the story is good and interesting, it’s just so incredibly dark and depressing that I am left feeling twice as heavy finishing a chapter as when I started. Bryn has been in her... (view spoiler)[nightmare for most of the book, Roman is basically like the human torch out of fantastic 4 blazing and blowing stuff up because he is frustrated, and all the while more children are falling into coma’s, joining Bryn in facing their worst nightmares. Everybody is affected, friendships broken, new alliances being made by random dreamers popping up left right and centre, searching and hunting for the elusive shadow that started it all. Enso. Bryn needs to resolve this impending darkness before her 18th birthday, which is coming up sooner than they all want. (hide spoiler)] . The pace is slow in this one, there aren’t many major drives as far as I could see/feel and it becomes sluggish and I found myself skipping a few pages to get to the point, if you catch my drift. The nightmare states in which Bryn fights for her friends to survive the pace picks up, all manner of your usual fears manifesting, giant spiders, storms, caves and water, all related to possible phobias in certain dreamers, all of which experience each other’s fears. That was certainly entertaining and some of the descriptions are quite honestly rather grim and repulsive, which is probably why I feel this series is quite dark and desolate. The only light in this series seems to be Roman's ability to (view spoiler)[light up like a torch and blast fire (hide spoiler)] ... That being said, obviously I have got as far as the third book because something drives me to see this to the end, whatever bitter conclusion it might reach. I do feel that the series could probably have ended on the third book, many have said they feel it didn't tie up loose ends and mistakenly thought this was a trilogy, however there was definitely enough space within this narrative to tie up all loose strings and reach an epic conclusion. I suppose we all just have to wait til 2016 for The Daughter of the Night when it is published :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shawnna

    I just don't know about this series. I'm currently reading the 4th so I'll make my final decision after. But, it seems like the author is trying too hard and putting too much stuff into the story. There are too many characters and too many side stories that don't seem to make any sense to the main story (like Roman and the fire, jail thing). While reading I've thought Hunger Games, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter but this falls extremely short. I just don't know about this series. I'm currently reading the 4th so I'll make my final decision after. But, it seems like the author is trying too hard and putting too much stuff into the story. There are too many characters and too many side stories that don't seem to make any sense to the main story (like Roman and the fire, jail thing). While reading I've thought Hunger Games, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter but this falls extremely short.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Annika M

    Initially rated with 4★, but after thinking about it I'd like to give 3.5... I guess... 1) In my review for The Boy In Her Dreams I stated the relationship between Bryn and Roman started to drift off, at least in my opinion. It got only worse in this sequel. I do understand Bryn experienced horrible stuff and had to endure a lot of pain - both mental and physical. Quite naturally she shuts Roman out, but then again her thoughts often don't match her actions. Perhaps, like I already said in a revi Initially rated with 4★, but after thinking about it I'd like to give 3.5... I guess... 1) In my review for The Boy In Her Dreams I stated the relationship between Bryn and Roman started to drift off, at least in my opinion. It got only worse in this sequel. I do understand Bryn experienced horrible stuff and had to endure a lot of pain - both mental and physical. Quite naturally she shuts Roman out, but then again her thoughts often don't match her actions. Perhaps, like I already said in a review for book 1 or 2, it's because it's a YA book which describes YA love. However, I feel like the author tries to let them appear older, grown up, but it just doesn't work, at least for me. Their relationship, the way it is described, irks me. 2) The dream world, the story behind it, all the small details, gets bigger and bigger but falls nicely together. I was never confused whether Bryn (or someone else) was dreaming or not, but I do admit the edges start to blurr. However, this was intentionally. 3) I shouldn't have read the 3 books one after another, because while reading this one I realised I'd like to finish it. Not because it's a bad story, far from it, but because I'd like to know what's going to happen. It's still enthralling, but I couldn't enjoy it as much. The ending was a cliff-hanger, again, and I can't wait to read the last one. I definitely recommend the series for any fantasy/sci-fi fan who doesn't mind YA books. Like I said in my other reviews, if the genres not yours, don't pick it up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Bryn has been struggling with KLS for a majority of her life, robbing her of waking moments in the real world in exchange for dreams, but more recently nightmares. The shadows have finally found her and she'll need all of the strength she can get from learning how to manipulate her dreams now that they have trapped her so deep in nightmares that even Roman can't reach her anymore. Roman...Bryn isn't the only one fighting for herself and trapped in nightmares as Roman is trapped in nightmares and Bryn has been struggling with KLS for a majority of her life, robbing her of waking moments in the real world in exchange for dreams, but more recently nightmares. The shadows have finally found her and she'll need all of the strength she can get from learning how to manipulate her dreams now that they have trapped her so deep in nightmares that even Roman can't reach her anymore. Roman...Bryn isn't the only one fighting for herself and trapped in nightmares as Roman is trapped in nightmares and memories from his life as well, battling to just keep going, to stay in the fight, and to be the strength that he believes those around him and closest to him deserve. But it isn't just about Roman and Bryn anymore. As Bryn and Roman fight their nightmares more and more children around the world are falling into comas that they aren't waking up from. Unless Bryn and Roman can overcome the shadows that haunt them and threaten to hold them unconscious forever, those who fall into comas will never wake up. The third book in the series of the Girl in Between, Bryn and Roman continue to add person insights into life about trying to find yourself, understand what is important, and try to make the right decisions, if not for themselves then for those that the care about. Another well-written book by Kemp that illustrates the power of dreams, the imagination, and developing your own sense of character and importance in life. Empowering to youth and the dreams, this series shows that if you can dream it, it can come true, but be careful what you dream, nightmares can be just as powerful if not more so than dreams.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This is book 3 in The Girl In Between series and I am really enjoying these books. I love the way these books are written and I’m quite interested in reading some more books by this author. As in the earlier books, all the characters are well developed and very likeable (well, not the bad guys), and the characters grow during the course of the series. The whole continuing story is very intriguing and seems quite original. The tale is gripping and hard to put down. Lots of surprises await you in th This is book 3 in The Girl In Between series and I am really enjoying these books. I love the way these books are written and I’m quite interested in reading some more books by this author. As in the earlier books, all the characters are well developed and very likeable (well, not the bad guys), and the characters grow during the course of the series. The whole continuing story is very intriguing and seems quite original. The tale is gripping and hard to put down. Lots of surprises await you in this book. The pace felt different to the previous books, possibly a little slower, but there is plenty of drama and action going on all the same. A lot is packed into this book, lots more information is revealed about the Dreamers, the Rogues, and the Shadows, as well as Bryn’s family. These books feel like they would make a great movie, especially with the almost Hunger Games-ish horror of being in people’s dreams and working out what is and isn’t reality. Originally I thought this was only a trilogy but by the time I got to the end of this book, I discovered there is a fourth book coming out this year. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next. I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a new twist on YA paranormal stories.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashlight Grayson

    This book continues to expand on Roman's character development a lot, more than anything else. Bryn spent most of her time in this book in the dream world, struggling to find her role in freeing others from the shadows. Stakes are a lot higher with children around the world dying and falling into strange coma like states. The rules of the paranormal aren't explained super well, but I don't mind that as much as a lot of other people do. I really enjoyed how Roman's story is being developed. Seein This book continues to expand on Roman's character development a lot, more than anything else. Bryn spent most of her time in this book in the dream world, struggling to find her role in freeing others from the shadows. Stakes are a lot higher with children around the world dying and falling into strange coma like states. The rules of the paranormal aren't explained super well, but I don't mind that as much as a lot of other people do. I really enjoyed how Roman's story is being developed. Seeing him regress sometimes, make mistakes, and have to struggle to make morally questionable decisions allowed me to see the character as realistic and human. I really appreciate flawed characters because I think a lot of young adult novels are overflooded with "too perfect" male leads. Roman has likeable characteristics and had his own redemption arc to get through that is relatable. I'm not sure what the author is planning to do with Bryn's situation at the moment considering the book's shocking end. I am looking forward to seeing more of Felix and Dani. We haven't really seen a lot of them together, and I'm curious to know if they will actually end up being a couple. I'm looking forward to the end of this series. Let us hope I am not dissapointed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Clark

    I went into this book expecting it to be the last one, which probably coloured my opinion a little as I thought things were going to be wrapped up. Turns out there is at least one more! Quite a few things that I had loved about the first two books were missing this time, lost to the sudden new world that Bryn is dealing with and the setting that needs to happen. There is a whole host of characters in this book that don't feel entirely fleshed out and so it becomes a little difficult to care about I went into this book expecting it to be the last one, which probably coloured my opinion a little as I thought things were going to be wrapped up. Turns out there is at least one more! Quite a few things that I had loved about the first two books were missing this time, lost to the sudden new world that Bryn is dealing with and the setting that needs to happen. There is a whole host of characters in this book that don't feel entirely fleshed out and so it becomes a little difficult to care about them. This was in sharp contrast to the introduction of the Rouges in the previous book, who I would have loved to see more of actually. I must say that Cole was a firm new favourite of mine! You get a lot of new scene setting in this book and that is a little confusing. However, my niggles with this book aren't going to stop me from reading the next one in the series. I'm in the great position where I'm not 100% certain of how things are going to end, it could go in so many fascinating ways!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pryke

    The third story in the Girl in between series and Bryn is rapidly approaching her 18th birthday when everything will change. Again another gripping read from Leaken Zea Kemp, this series keeps getting better and better, other dreamers like Bryn are disappearing or falling into comas, can Bryn, Roman and the others save them? The characters keep growing and Bryn is now realising her responsibilities, he curse, she is so human in her reactions, so strong and yet so weak, so real are her fears and h The third story in the Girl in between series and Bryn is rapidly approaching her 18th birthday when everything will change. Again another gripping read from Leaken Zea Kemp, this series keeps getting better and better, other dreamers like Bryn are disappearing or falling into comas, can Bryn, Roman and the others save them? The characters keep growing and Bryn is now realising her responsibilities, he curse, she is so human in her reactions, so strong and yet so weak, so real are her fears and her nightmares, unlike ours are real. This book seems longer than the other two in the series but I was still so gripped by the story that it only took me a couple of days to read. Book 4 in the series The Daughter of the night is out now!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherrellicon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! Do not read if you don't want to see certain parts of the book!!! I didn't like this one as much as the first two. for a couple of reasons. 1. There are too many characters that are introduced with no proper background 2. They don't expound on Felix and Danni as much as I would like. It's like the book ruins there lives and then boom the end 3. The grandmother that seemed so mysterious and knowledgeable is pretty much deemed useless. 4. Roman is acting SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! Do not read if you don't want to see certain parts of the book!!! I didn't like this one as much as the first two. for a couple of reasons. 1. There are too many characters that are introduced with no proper background 2. They don't expound on Felix and Danni as much as I would like. It's like the book ruins there lives and then boom the end 3. The grandmother that seemed so mysterious and knowledgeable is pretty much deemed useless. 4. Roman is acting out of control. 5. Yet another cliff hanger. This author is truly talented, and you can see the skills that she possesses. However, this book seemed rushed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emmaa22

    No. 1 was free and good enough to go on to buy the next 2 in quick succession. Definitely YA and seemed to get more so as the series went on, but nicely put together. Series begins as what seems like a mysterious medical drama and gets progressively more supernatural as it moves on. Have only just realised that there is a fourth installment which goes a long way to improving this review, as I thought the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying - very cinematic, but not neat and tidy. I am not su No. 1 was free and good enough to go on to buy the next 2 in quick succession. Definitely YA and seemed to get more so as the series went on, but nicely put together. Series begins as what seems like a mysterious medical drama and gets progressively more supernatural as it moves on. Have only just realised that there is a fourth installment which goes a long way to improving this review, as I thought the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying - very cinematic, but not neat and tidy. I am not sure where a fourth installment can take this series, but will be investigating further!

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