by Tara Bray Smith

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For three teenagers, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep. Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die.

At a secret summer rave in the woods, the three teenagers learn of their true, changeling nature and their uncertain, intertwined destinies. Riveting, unflinching, beautiful, Betwixt shows a magic as complex and challenging as any ordinary reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316022552
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,020,348
File size: 389 KB
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tara Bray Smith's autobiographical adult novel, West of Then, was published in 2004 to critical acclaim. She was born and raised in Hawaii, and now lives in New York City and Dusseldorf, Germany. Betwixt was Tara's debut novel for young adults, and she is currently working on the third book.

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Betwixt 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
bookrooted More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely different. The overall story was interesting, but it was also very busy and it took me a bit to digest it. It's a quick interesting read about fairies or fay, and i thought it was alright.
Concettina More than 1 year ago
I beg to differ to the other critiques on the book -- I actually really enjoyed. The characters, I thought, were actually a lot of fun, like Nix and Ondine. They were awesome, and I also liked the girl -- the blonde one with brown eyes? The daughter of that guy? Niamh, or Nieve, or whatever her name was. I liked her, too, for some reason. I enjoyed it, and yes it did drop off at the end, but I found that to leave an air of mystery to it. It showed you that they were all heading the right way in some small ways. I enjoyed it -- and I think, really, that's what it is. An enjoyable book. A book you read for passing some lame hours.
bubblesvond More than 1 year ago
It started out good and pulled you in but then was a little hard to finish
AlienShay More than 1 year ago
Many people who have read Betwixt didn't like it.

I recently bought the book from Hastings, and to tell the truth, it's my type of book. I'm sixteen- so the whole, "supernatural" ordeal was actually pretty interesting. However, many parts seemed a little confusing, yet I still got the moral of the story. Delivered and Received.

Three teenagers, completely cryptic yet amazingly gifted in unique ways, discover their destinies and how they combine with each others. Nix-Saint Michael sees shadowed lights cast around people doomed to die. Ondine Mason watches paintings come alive and resurrect in her dreams and imagination. Morgan D'Amici, beautiful yet hostile, hears whispers in the forest, and sleep-walks into her scariest nightmares.

When Moth, a strange yet handsome man, invites them each to a secret rave in the woods- each teenager learns of their true meaning and paranormal discovery. All three, different yet the same, enhance on a journey that will change their lives forever.

I highly recommend this book. For ages 14+. Drug-use, Sexual approaches, and heavy vulgar use.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Three teens, Ondine, Morgan, and Nix, find themselves alone in the world -- and a party thrown in the absence of Ondine's parents changes their lives.

They come into contact with Moth, who crashes the party with the purpose of bringing the three together and to a mystery party held later in the summer.

The mystery party is held in the middle of the woods. There they learn the truth about themselves and about the special powers that they've been noticing.

Unfortunately, someone else makes it his mission to turn the friends against each other. His task becomes easier with a rift already between the girls. Will they figure out their powers and reconcile before it's too late?

Tara Bray Smith enters the writing world with a bang and spins a good beginning of a supernatural tale which will leave readers thinking about the book long after they've finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is honestly amazing. I have to admit that there some times in the book, although very few, that are a little slow, but once you finish it, it becomes obvious why those scenes were written like that. Other people may say that it's not a good book, but that is simply because they do not appreciate the complexity of the characters and the storyline. The characters are so intricate and so rich and deep. They are presented in a completely original way with a fresh writing style. It is a book that much be savored when read, and maybe reread a couple of times, so that you get the full impact of the story. Really good, overall. I'm reading it for the fifth time and I still think it's beautifully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, first things first this book wasn't AMAZING, but it definetly wasn't HORRIBLE either. It was pretty good. This author has amazing description and does turn this 'farie' genre (which has been used thousands of times) into her own a bit. The characters are very human and different from your average. This book is definetly for 15 and up with language, mild sexuality, and drug and alcohol use (which I should add is all underage). The ending is confusing leaving only certain questions answered (which gives the book room for it's coming sequel). To wrap it up, this book is good with plot twists, romance, action, mystery, suspense and amazing description. Though may leave you confused on some parts and is a bit slow in the beginning. I say it's worth the buy and once you get into you'll be hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh my gosh!! i love this book!! my eyes are glued to the pages!! everything in this book is all true, with drugs and what people do with their lives now a days. And how people have to deal with reality! i freaking love it!! im not completely done reading it yet, because i got a little spooked when i got to the middle! things got confusing, because everithing happened so fast. But after the rave, i think the actual real story is just beginning! i cant wait to read the rest, i really hope theres another one after this!
kbpup903 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ondine, Nix, and Morgan are not normal teenagers. They have always known that they were different than the ones they called family but none of them knew why. At a summer rave called the Ring of Fire, these three teenagers find out exactly why they never felt like they belonged: they are fay.Fairies to be exact. Nix has always been able to see a halo of light around people about to die. Ondine makes paintings come alive before her eyes. Morgan has a tendency to sleepwalk in the forest by her house and wake up with dirt under her nails and not remember anything from the night before.To truly be able to join the other fay in another realm called Novala, Ondine, Nix, and Morgan must learn how to use and control their different powers. But like in every story there are others out to get to them before they can complete their task.Cutters are fay gone wrong. They believe that the fay are better than the humans and that they should control all humans, making them into pets for their use. They also believe that they should stay forever on earth, never entering into Novala. And unfortunately for Nix, Ondine, and Morgan there is a Cutter out to stop any of them from entering into Novala.Will Nix, Ondine, and Morgan learn how to control their powers? Will they be able to enter Novala before the Cutters get to them? Who is the Cutter that is after them and will they ever defeat him?In her very first Young Adult novel, Tara Bray Smith has created a new type of fairy tale, one that may not have a happy ending. The end of this book was a little confusing and definitely open for a sequel but currently I don't know if there are plans for one.Betwixt is a nearly 500 page book but do not let that intimidate you. I had trouble getting into it but once I really was able to understand what was going on, I was completely entranced by the story. I definitely recommend this book for any fan of the paranormal.
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betwixt is the story of three teenagers (Ondine, Morgan and Nix) who have always felt different. Ondine is fiercely independent and can¿t seem to cry; Morgan has grown up in a trailer park knowing that she is destined for more, and people seem to bend to her will and her beauty; Nix can see rings of light around people who are about to die, and is afraid he is causing it. Over the course of a summer, these three are drawn together as the truth about them is revealed. Without giving anything away, that is the basic summary of Betwixt. I read this as part of a challenge, and I had to go to the library and pick two books with my eyes closed. The first was excellent (Little Brother, review is here ); the second was Betwixt. If I hadn¿t been reading this for a challenge, I would have put this book down after about 20 pages. Actually, I probably would have thrown it out the window. But since I had to read the whole thing, I figured I might as well read it closely and give an honest review. The best way I can think to explain what it was like reading this is to say it feels like it was written by a teenager who is out of touch with what it means to be a teen. The writing was young and amateurish, stunted and weird. There wasn¿t a lot of follow through, and Smith tried to hard to keep the ¿secret¿ secret that she ended up muddying the story and making it confusing and, at times, near impossible to follow. It was filled with clichés and contradictions, and the characters (who should have carried the story) were flat and boring. For all of these reasons, it felt like it was written by someone very young. However, the ¿young¿ person writing it didn¿t seem to have a clue what being a teen is all about. The dialogue is horrendous. It honestly felt at times like it was written by an alien who had come to earth, learned all of its slang and conversational style from outdated, cheesy sitcoms and movies, and combined them all together. Every character, regardless of age, background, location, etc., spoke the same way, peppering every sentence with ¿dude¿s and ¿man¿s and ¿bro¿s; there was this weird mish-mash of surfer, hippy, gangster and hipster slang, and more often then not, it wasn¿t suited to what was going on. The characters¿ verbal reactions to things tended to be delayed and then over the top or weirdly out of place. Smith seemed to think if she just tossed in a few curse words and some drug use and sexuality, she¿d have the teen base covered. The plot was loopy and pointless, and the ending highly unsatisfying: perhaps Bray is setting up for a sequel, or maybe she realized after nearly 500 pages that she need to wrap it up, because there is absolutely no resolution. This book is terrible, and I wouldn¿t recommend wasting any time on it. There are so many things out there to read, in this genre and otherwise, that is seems a shame books like these are out there, taking the spots of ones with much more merit.
PghDragonMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betwixt is a slightly above average novel from Tara Bray Smith that tries to capitalize on the current hot fad for YA books, books with supernatural overtones to explain kids that just don¿t fit in. While it has a higher than expected sex quotient, there is nothing more descriptive than someone¿s dress being hiked up to reveal lacy underwear. Mostly there are a lot of suggestions of sex and discussion of pregnancy. There is also a lot of drinking and drug use, although the drug use is portrayed as evil and as such is an integral part of the plot.These are not my complaints about the book, however, just content warnings. My main problem with the book is the author¿s uneven style and basic plot. While not too original, portions of the story are somewhat reminiscent of some early Andre Norton stories, but the story is well told. The writing style varies from being a very smooth, easy to read style to a very choppy, disruptive style. Even allowing for this to be something of a fantasy, I also have trouble buying into the some of the scenes as portrayed by the author; the group dynamic just falls apart. I did feel compelled to finish the story, however, and for that reason, I felt the work justifies a rating above average. I also wonder if there is more to come as there are just enough loose threads to allow the author to create a sequel. This last was such an obvious device on the author¿s part that I would not go too much above average, not even to 3½ stars.This is definitely way short of Gaiman¿s Graveyard Book. Maybe a little above McCaffery¿s Crystal Singer series simply because Betwixt is contemporary. Not for those easily offended by sex, drugs and rock `n¿ roll, Betwixt is worth the read, but not much more, for fans of Dungeons `n Dragons themes with a modern realistic setting.
emma_mc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Compelling, crazy, confusing. One of those books you want to read over again; because it was amazing, and because it blew your mind so hard you really couldn't comprehend it.
meeps1031 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not a favorite of mine. While I hate to bash on books I found it to be lack luster and slow. The book has been swamped with different supernatural ideas that don't all come together. The story sets up a lot of questions but never answers them. The supernatural events are far fetched and poorly explained. It was hard to finish the book and once I was finished I found that it wasn't worth my time. I don't think I will be reading the sequel.
whisperingfen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an impulse buy while sitting at a Borders waiting for a friend. The cover intrigued me and I sat down to read the first chapter and was pulled in immediately. It's an interesting book, not quite like anything I've read before. It feels a little rushed at the end, and I'm not sure if she's setting herself up for a sequel, or series. But the ending was a little lacking.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
BETWIXT is a difficult novel to summarize or explain. To tell the truth, it is a little confusing. Three teenagers:Sweet and popular Ondine,Tough and determined Morgan, andRunaway loner Nixare inexplicably drawn together and thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the fay. Each deals with the news of their true identity differently. In addition to dealing with the fear of what is to come and learning about their new powers, Ondine, Morgan, and Nix must face evil fay, called cutters, who are out to kill them.BETWIXT is complex. There are several characters to keep up with and the world that Ondine, Morgan, and Nix are preparing to go to once their transition period in the earthly realm is over, isn¿t explained very well. The ending lacks closure and might not satisfy the reader. If you are wanting a book dealing with faeries, there are better choices available.LAMENT by Maggie StiefvaterWICKED LOVELY by Melissa MarrWONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley LivingstonTITHE by Holly Black
TeenBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betwixt has a lot of potential, but is poorly executed. Smith's "changelings" are complex creatures that exist through a combination of magic and science which is never clearly explained. While the characters themselves are somewhat interesting, they are let down by both the plot and the Gordian knot of a storyline.
lunanshee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Betwixt has a lot of potential, but is poorly executed. Smith's "changelings" are complex creatures that exist through a combination of magic and science which is never clearly explained. While the characters themselves are somewhat interesting, they are let down by both the plot and the gordian knot of a storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the first quarter or so of the book was slow. It was not something I think you can sit down and read in one sitting, but take time and understand it. Because that first quarter, while slow, is necessary background information and events, so that the rest of it would make sense. Once I got past that quarter it significantly picked up and soon after got intense. I loved that this was an original fantasy scheme instead of a rip off of another one. I thought the characters were really, really well thought out and different in a somehow relatable way. I especially loved the development of Morgan, Nix, and Moth. I think what made the people who are giving it bad ratings are doing so because of that first quarter. You do have to be patient with it but personally by halfway through the book I was already gripping the cover. The ending leaves all of the NECESSARY questions answered, but leaves you wondering, which I like and that definitely sets it up well for a sequel. The whole book was beautifully written and a few times I had to stop to write things down, like these: "The invisible world makes room for good and evil and everything in between." 'The look on her brother's face would have broken her heart, if at that moment she'd had a heart to break.' 'How we get from here to there; how it makes such delicate sense. How every story, even the one she was living in, was an attempt to explain that improbable jump.' The ending was especially beautiful. I would say 14 and up for drugs and drinking and the like. It takes patience, but is so worth the read. If a sequel ever comes out, even though it has been eight years, or any other fantasy book by TBS, I will most definitely be reading it. Tara Bray Smith, if you are reading this somehow: GIVE ME A SEQUEL. -Casey
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There is nothing out there like this. It is a bit slow, but overall has a well thought out plot. I would recamend this book for anyone who is loking for something different than vampires and secret notes from "A".
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ellenkliebhan More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring I just could not get through it. It was also confusing. Her writing style I really liked, but it just couldn't make up for how slowly paced the book was.
BookwormAF More than 1 year ago
This was so confusing. The idea itself,so original, but i really think the author did a horribe job turning into a book. She expected the reader to KNOW what these new words meant, and to know what was happening in all of the confusing chapters. Really poorly done. I was looking forward to a great book.
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