Friday, March 27, 2015

Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia: Re-Launch & Review

The amazing book, Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia is re-launching with a new publisher (Birch House Press) and a new cover!

I reviewed this about a year ago, but because of the re-launch, I will re-post my review along with info about the book and the author.

Here's the new cover...

Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia
Publisher: Birch House Press
Format: eBook
Goodreads link: (click here)

When a Social Communications class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and popular Evie Cunningham together, it's a real eye-opener. Haunted and damaged in their own way, they have only shown others what they want them to see--not that they each hold a terrible secret deep inside, or that they have more in common than they'd ever like anyone to realize. 

But then it happens. The sweaty palms. The kiss. And something worse . . . and Chase is there to pick up the pieces. 
Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s in the most beautiful and tragic way, until the unthinkable happens. The party. An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.

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Ok, here is my original review (it's a little more in-depth):

Deliciously disturbed Chase spends his entire life hiding from his painful past by keeping his head down and trying to go unnoticed. His parents died in a horrible accident when he was younger leaving him with scars both mental and physical. Beautiful and popular Evie is keeping her own secrets hidden while putting on a brave face for the world. Her home life is a mess and her "perfect" boyfriend, Shane, is not as wonderful as everyone thinks. He's actually quite cruel and lately he's been getting worse. 

When Evie and Chase are forced to work together on a school project they discover that they have a lot in common, and an intense attraction quickly forms between them. They find that they are able to fill the emptiness in each others hearts and heal each other's emotional pain. Unfortunately, life is complicated, and at the moment Evie still has a boyfriend who honestly frightens her most of the time. She has no idea what he would do if she tried to break up with him, but for her own happiness and safety, she has no choice. 
They will quickly discover exactly how dangerous Shane truly is. A note. A party. A prank gone horribly wrong. As their world shatters, dear reader, so will yours. What you think you're thinking isn't what you're really thinking. Yes, Evie and Chase's story will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will gently caress, wrap and embrace you...and then throw you off of a cliff! 

Between These Lines is a wonderful book. It's got romance, drama, surprises and of course, Jennifer Murgia's gorgeous writing. I was totally pulled into it to the point where I was annoyed that things in my real life took me away from it. I just wanted to stay with these sweet but damaged people, Chase and Evie, to give them hugs and support as they dealt with their own problems. And the ending...POW! What an ending...I seriously had to take time to recover from it.

Author Bio: Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, LemniscateThe Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel, Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA. Visit her at
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"BETWEEN THESE LINES is an astounding story, told from alternating perspectives, about two people finding not only their true selves, but each other. Filled with heart-racing tension, this unique story left me breathless and craving more! It is Cruel Intensions meets Perfect Chemistry. I will be thinking about these characters for days to come.”
~ Jennifer Anne Davis (author of THE VOICE)

“With its perfectly realized characters and an ending that knocked me to my knees, BETWEEN THESE LINES delivers a profound message that strength can be found even in brokenness.”
~Darby Karchut (author of GRIFFIN RISING and FINN FINNEGAN)

“I was pulled in; just one more page, one more chapter, to the very end—which I never saw coming. BETWEEN THESE LINES is a touching, strike-at-your-heart story.”
~ Charlotte Bennardo (author of the Sirenz series, and the upcoming BLONDE OPS)

“YA author Jennifer Murgia (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, and THE BLISS) has created another chilling story in BETWEEN THESE LINES. Chase, restrained and reserved for a shocking reason, and Evie, trapped in a game she never entered have just found each other when the unthinkable happens. If this is star-crossed love, sign me up! Fans of Simone Elkeles and Tammara Webber will love Murgia!”
~ Laura Anderson Kurk, author of GLASS GIRL

I really loved this book and Jennifer is one of my favorite people! I hope you love it, too!

- Me 

<3 Michelle

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