Hi bookworms! Welcome to my stop on the Crossing the Barrier blog tour. I don’t read a lot of contemporary anymore, but I like mixing it up every once in awhile and I’m glad to be involved with this tour! 🙂 Read my review and read about Breaking the Mold, book two in the Gray Eyes series, and be sure to enter the giveaway for Crossing the Barrier!
About the Book + Review
High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai. Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?
I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I knew it was a contemporary – which I generally have to be in the mood to read – with a supernatural type twist. At first, I thought that it would be heavily laden with a religious undertone. I was pleased when it wasn’t. It was easy to get into and was a pretty fast read. However, the writing of the book was a little dry and bland – basic, in a way. There were a lot of phrases and moments that were repetitive.
It was a very cute read, though. I don’t read contemporary much and romances even less. I really liked that Malakai and Lily are in high school but their relationship wasn’t one of those “I can’t go a single moment with you!” that a lot of authors portray in high school romances. They were into their own things and spent time apart. Although, I wasn’t entirely crazy about how Malakai always had to make himself out to be the bad guy for not being there for Lily. She’s a strong girl, she didn’t need someone protecting her.
Lily’s mother was a complete and utter bitch, and I just couldn’t understand why Lily would continue to subject herself to that even if the house was technically hers. I mean, it’s not like she could’ve done anything about it until the courts decided anyway. So why not take up the offer with her uncle? Then towards to end, she did exactly what she kept saying she wouldn’t do.
The only complaint that I have about Crossing the Barrier is that it waits until the very last few pages to even hint at a twist. Yes, Lily is an empath and it’s her secret but it’s not exactly a secret to those closest to her and the reader already knows all about it. However, there’s another twist and it took the entire book to even catch a glimpse of it! It makes the reader want to keep reading just to find out what this twist is, and then completely lets you down.
I have no desire to read the other books in the series, even if they sound interesting.
Breaking the Mold (The Gray Eyes, Book #2)
A girl stuck in her father’s mold.
Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.
A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.
Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.
Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?
About the Author
Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.
Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.
All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.
Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.
Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.
Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.
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Crossing the Barrier will be free on Amazon September 1st through September 5th over Labor Day weekend! Go pick up your copy today!