Friday, June 22, 2012

ARC Review and Giveaway: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Release Date: Jun. 26th/12.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
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.

My thoughts:

This was my first Picoult read but it definitely won't be my last!

Picoult and daughter Van Leer have have conceived a fun adventurous romance, that jumps off the page.

The romance between Delilah and Oliver is sweet and the reader will be rooting for them both throughout this novel. I don't usually take to well to his/her narrative, but Jodi and Samantha have penned these two voices in such a way that while they're distinctive they blend well with one another. I had a feeling of nostalgia while reading Between the Lines, Delilah gets to live many young girls' fantasy. I mean come on, who didn't dream of having their own prince charming jumping out the pages they read (For me it was Aladdin- don't laugh people :)).

While this romance blossoms, we're given a separate narrative/prose of Prince Charming's (Oliver) adventures, the book in which brings Delilah and Oliver together. This treatment of intertextuality, that Jodi and Samantha uses, truly adds a distinctive voice and element not usually seen in much YA- I truly appreciated this!

Between the Lines, is the perfect light read for the beach season!

Happy Reading!!!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!!! Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter to win an ARC of Between the Lines by Jodi Picout and Samantha Van Leer!


You MUST read the terms and conditions part of the form below, I don't want you to miss out on your prize because you didn't read it! :)

Good Luck Everyone!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I want Ariel to come to life. I think it'll be so cool because i love mermaids lol:) Or Peter Pan...that was always my favorite child story:)

  2. Actually, I never really thought about that. I guess maybe Prince Charming?

  3. I would want Mulan to come to real life. I'm not sure I have a certain prince charming that I want to become real.

  4. I like Rapunzel from Tangled. She is so spunky and full of life.

  5. my favorite was always prince eric from the little mermaid, so i'm gonna assume i probably would have loved it if he'd been real : )

  6. i definitely won't laugh 'cause I love Aladdin as well! He's not just some stuck-up prince and he's like a diamond in a rough. and he's cool! xx

  7. Haha I agree with Aladdin :) I just saw this in stores for the first time recently, and am so excited to read it! I can't wait.

  8. I've read a couple of Jodi Picoult novels and enjoyed them. Her novels are always well researched and very technical for the underlying premise of the books (house rules, lone wolf, tenth circle are the ones I've read). This one seems lighter in nature and I look fwd to trying it out. thanks for sharing.