crossing the barrier.

crossing the barrier review tour

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’ve recently started reading books with more of a paranormal story line. when i started reading this book that is what i was mentally prepared for. if you are looking for a book that is more paranormal than teen romance, this is not the book for you. perhaps the subsequent books in the series get a little more paranormal-y in their theme, but i didn’t think this really registered very high on the paranormal spectrum.

that being said i’m ready to tell you what i thought.

this book is long. soooo much longer than i was anticipating. i like long books. i like really, really long books (look up justin cronin if you don’t know him yet and like end of the world, sci-fi, paranormal-y sort of stuff) but this book just didn’t move super quick. now, i know. we don’t read to rush through things and finish books in record time. we read to relax, to escape, to enjoy all the words. i am not mad at all that this book was long. i just feel like i finished this book and after all those pages there were still so many things unresolved for me.

the character development was excellent 90% of the time. lots of the necessary details were included for each of the major players but i still think there should have been more. lily is an empath with a dead father and a mother that hates her. i would have liked to know so much more about her history – much sooner than it was offered up in the book. i would also really like to know what relevance the being an empath has to the story line other than making it hard for lily to deal with things in the day-to-day. are we reading a story that takes place in a time/setting where there are more than one type of person…has something caused empaths to exist or have they always been here? are they everywhere?

parts of this story were slow to get going and then other parts it seemed like an explanation was added last minute for clarity but ended up just causing more questions or confusion.

i really liked this story. i liked the characters and their relationships. i just wanted more. almost 400 pages is a lot for a YA novel – and it ended and i still had so many questions.

i’m curious to read book 2. i like the potential this story line has enough that i’ve jotted down the questions i would like to see resolved and am giving this one a 3/5.

if you want to give this book a read it will be F-R-E-E FREE on September 1 – September 5th! and after you read it please, please, please let me know if the malakai in your mind matches the malakai on the cover bc it is driving me nuts!

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

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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about the book

Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal

Published on March 22nd, 2016

Published by BMJ Chanapi Press


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