Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

book (6)How did I get the book?
I bought it.

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: What happens when happily ever after… isn’t?
Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

200words (or less) review: I have a weakness when it comes to fairy-tales so I tend to be quite willing to overlook things. Between the Lines is a great idea, Delilah gets lost in her new favourite fairy-tale only this time the Prince needs rescuing.

Delilah is a rather predictable stereotype of lonely girl, I didn’t love her but she didn’t annoy me either. Some of the other things in Between the Lines are really good, the opening chapter of Oliver playing chess with Frump for example and how the characters within the story behave out of their assigned roles.

I didn’t love Between the Lines as much as I hoped. One thing that irritated me was when Oliver was thinking about all the things that didn’t make sense within the book. They are the same things the reader will challenge but by having your character say it doesn’t make sense, it’s just be how the world within the book works, you’re taking the easy way out.

The story is easy to get lost in and the art illustrations are done well. Between the Lines is set out to be read like traditional fairy-tale and I think it pulls this off.

Recommend it?

Yes

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