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Betwixt

2.59 of 5 stars 2.59  ·  rating details  ·  2,063 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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 woo
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Misty
Jul 31, 2009 Misty rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like shitty writing
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.
Grace
Yes, this book was just a partial read for me, but having gotten to page 230 before I closed it and gave up, I think I'm justified in saying a few words.

The book is set in Portland, Oregon...the city I'd love to live in more than any other, so it had that to its advantage. Some authors have the gift for writing a book that teens can relate to long after their own teen years. This author isn't one of those gifted few. I grimaced or rolled my eyes numerous times as she had the teens speaking in o
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Laura
This book made no sense and didn't really seem to go anywhere. I kept reading because I kept thinking that something of interest would happen-- it didn't so don't bother.
Mimi ♕
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THIS BOOK ABOUT???
after reading this stupid 500 page book i literally have no idea what happened
it was like these 3 'special teenagers'. i don't even remember their names because they were weird but
girl 1: split personality or shapeshifting monster (never specifically stated...) BLACKS OUT AND WAKES UP NEXT TO DEAD POEPLE AKA SHE KILLED THEM
girl 2: hallucinates pictures coming alive which is the most USELESS THING EVER??????? WHY???????
guy1: hallucinates auras TRES COOL~~~

i hav
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Bookwyrm
You know, the word "betwixt" used to conjure up such enchanting images of old fairytales, like Tam Lin curse by the fairy queen, as some words inevitably carry with them such beautiful associations. NO LONGER! I'm afraid to say I could not finish this book, and that is EXTREMELY unlike me. (I've survived many dross-filled horrors to their sad and unsatisfying ends, let me assure you.) This book, however--though it had a beginning that SEEMED promising--ended up being filled with 2-D characters, ...more
Rachael
I finished this nearly 500 page book in little over one day. And let me tell you, it was amazing.

Three teens, Ondine, Nix, and Morgan, are thrown into a world they never imagined could exist. They always knew they were different. They always had strange habits or characteristics, such as purple eyes, the inability to cry, never getting sick, sleepwalking, and visions.

All three make it to a mysterious concert called the Ring of Fire and discover that they aren't human; they're changlings and they
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Ugggh I couldn't even get through the whole thing. It was a stupid drug trip. No comment. :P

Update: Wow, I'm not sure I've seen a book on Goodreads with such consistently bad ratings. It looks like I'm also definitely not the only one who stopped reading it, either. Haha.

And sorry, I would have made my review more specific but at this point I can barely remember a thing about this book. I just remember there were too many characters and they were all boring. And I had no idea what the heck was
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Sarahm
This review is going to be hard to write, mainly because I want to get my points across without sounding like a rabid maniac. *deep breath* Here goes.

I honestly couldn't even get through this book, which really tells you something. Regardless of what I think of a book, I usually (with a few exceptions) try to get through it. Not this time. I got about 50 pages in and decided not to read it anymore. I will list the reasons why:

1. The writing is pretty bad, not to mention boring. Even with storie
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Carpe diem (♫ נєѕѕι¢α  ♪)
I never did finish this book. The cover is absolutely lovely, so I bought it (bad move? uh, yea). I got a little past half way through and finally decided there was too much good literature out there to be wasting my time reading a piece of garbage like this.

REASONS I COULD NOT AT ANY COST FINISH THIS "BOOK":

1. The characters were terrible. They were shallow and flat, and they stayed that way throughout the entire part I read. There was no character development AT ALL. Like, I kept waiting for o
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scissorstoariadne
First of all, I read this during a very emotionally tumultuous time and that might colour my experience but Betwixt did absolutely nothing to uplift or sustain my interest. Do not let the sugarcoated synposis on the book jacket fool you into thinking that this is even a remotely interesting premise. I fell for it and tossed it aside after a few excruciating days of trying to get through it. So what's wrong with Betwixt? Nothing! It's just that there's nothing good or redeeming about it.

1) The w
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Debbie
I enjoyed this a lot. I'm intrigued by the wide variations in responses from other reviewers - so many people found it "boring" or "badly written." Um, no. Not badly written at all. A hell of a lot better than either Stephanie Meyer or JK Rowling, and better than many other YA "dark fantasy" works that I've tried. It's not perfect - I felt that the ending was rushed; maybe she decided that it was okay because she was going to have a sequel, but I thought everything was over too quickly and would ...more
Paula
I think that Smith made an earnest attempt to do something different with a "Fairy" book. Some aspects of the plot are genuinely compelling. However, the book feels unfinished.

Clearly she is setting up for a "series." Her publisher is Poppy--the same publisher with which Gossip Girl originated--an organization that is set up to crank out teen series targeted for girls. While it must be wonderful to get a publisher, I think this publisher may have compromised her integrity as an author by encour
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Amelia
When I saw that the latest book to jump off my shelves at me had only a 2.6 star average rating, I admit I wondered what I was getting myself into. It's taken the best part of two weeks for me to read Betwixt and at points it was more a drive to figure out why people hated it so than any enjoyment in the reading that kept me going.

I can't say I liked it particularly but I don't think Betwixt deserves that low low rating, particularly when you compare it to some of the higher rated but crappy bo
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Linda
Don't bother. She develops her characters well, but the plots moved slowly, and there was little original in it. On top of that, for the first quarter of the book, it felt like a teen coming-of-age novel, only with too much sex and drugs to make the young adults' list.

There's better stuff to spend good reading time on.
Melanie
Can I just say that this was the worst book I have ever read. I was drawn to the cover, and the plot synopsis made it seem so compelling, but do not fall for it. I repeat, do not fall for it. If you see this seemingly unassuming book on a bookshelf in your local bookstore, stop, back away slowly, no scratch that run! Just kidding, but seriously this book was god awful.

The characters are these weird kids who one night all go to this weird party rave druggy thing. They all take these drugs, and a
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Angie
Betwixt sounded like it was going to be this dangerous, dark tale of the fae, but for me, it was mostly boring and confusing. Ondine's parents have just moved to Chicago, but she wants to stay in Portland for her senior year. Of course, her friend Morgan convinces her to throw a party to start the summer off right. It's at this party that everything changes, thanks to a partycrasher named Moth. Everyone thinks Moth is just a drug dealer who likes hitting on teenage girls, but really, he's a fair ...more
Morgan F
This story was complex, filled with interconnected small details that you really had to pay attention to. The pace of the novel was inconsistant. One minute it would be so slow that you got bored, the next minute it would speed up so suddenly, you felt obligated to go back and see if you missed something. The characters were all over the place. They were supposed to be close, but they hated each other more than they liked each other. I suppose this is the author trying to be realistic, but it ju ...more
Oliver Urban
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Betwixt is about as enthralling and captivating as my Finance and Workplace Math textbook. Yes. This book gives me the same level of entertainment as looking at equations does. Let that sink in.

Betwixt is convoluted, boring, annoying, and poorly put together. Honestly, do not waste your time. I really don't understand how someone can take a concept as interesting and full of possibility as faerie myths and do this to them. Like, how do you manage?

Try another book for a faerie fix, because this
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Damian
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Emily
I'm having a ton of trouble finishing this book. It seemed to have so much promise - in a post Harry Potter, Twilight series way - but, I fear those hopes were not met.

The story is incredible disjointed and not on purpose, I fear. The characters are underdeveloped, the motivations are vague and the exposition--jagged, at best.

I will continue to try to persevere, but this could be another "Memiors of a Geisha" for me.
Charley Harpole
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Brooke
Description:

Three teens, each with an unusual past, find themselves the recipients of invitations into a secret Summer Solstice celebration. What they are expecting is one of the usual raves that happen in Portland, what they find is an elaborate ritual that is in place to inform them of a secret and powerful race of fae; a race to which they are unknowingly a part of. The main characters Morgan D’ Amici, Ondine Mason, and Nix Saint-Michael know they are different, and are eager to learn more ab
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Leanne Bell
To start with, i'd just like to say that i hate giving bad reviews for anything, but i wouldn't be honest if i said this was good.
Don't get me wrong, some of the ideas were brilliant and there was massive potential for this to be an engaging and exciting read, but to me it just fell flat.

To start with, the story came across as confusing and disjointed, with no apparent direction and it seemed to take forever for any conclusions to be drawn, something that infuriated me to no end.

The characters t
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Autumn Waves
This is an interesting book. It's unique, creepy and a bit confusing but there's a new surprise at every corner. There are three main characters Nix, Ondine and Morgan.
Nix is a confused boy who sees light around people right before they die. Hmm koolio power, I guess. He saw this blaring light around his mother and he helped her until she drew her last breath...nahhhh he said screw her and took off.
Then there's Ondine. Ondine is smarter than her parents ( not saying much)dd't leave herself a
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Arielle Green
Betwixt. Just the sound of the book sounds somewhat interesting am i right? Well the book is pretty interesting...until you hit about the 20th page.

Basically thsi book deals with three teenagers who seem to possess these "special" powers that make them different from everyone else. Ondine, Nicholas Saint-Michael (Nix), and Morgan are those three unlucky teenagers. Nix has the power to see when a person is a about to die. Morgan well she can do something that is well her power is not as well expl
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Blanca Rodriguez
Despite what a lot of people say, I really liked this book. To put it briefly, it's about some Portland teenagers who find out the hard way that are right and are quite different from humans in general. They are what they call "fay", just energy that inhabits a human being, all the meanwhile infusing with the brain so as to give this energy more sustenance than it would otherwise have if they didn't inhabit anything. While inhabited, these beings are called "changelings". Some are destined to le ...more
Karin
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, and
Runaway loner Nix

are 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
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Nicole
I'm not sure where to begin with this book... For me personally, if the cover of a book is, well, ugly then I usually don't even give it a chance. I should have done the same with this book. There were a lot of slow parts where the author could have significantly cut them out. I don't like the use of swear words. I know that profanity is part of daily life, especially for teens, but that doesn't mean it needs to be written. It just makes your book less-likeable unless you use it sparingly and ne ...more
Knitterz
I tried really hard to like this book but I cant really say one good thing about it. It was slow, it was boring, and it was just plain confusing. I forced myself through it hoping I might understand what was going on but when I abruptly found myself on the last page I realized that wasnt going to happen. I can honestly say I have no idea what that book was supposed to be about. Fairys? Hardly. The book was also described as being a "Fantasy romance" that would strongly appeal to Twilight fans an ...more
Alice
i hope there's a sequel to this book, because there are waaaaaaay too many loose ends :). At first, i thought it would be about plain old magic, but as i was drawn deeper into the book, i realized it was about FAIRY magic. haha, silly me. i think this book is rather "dickinsonian". it's intentionally vague in the beginning and makes you wonder "why the hell is this called 'Betwixt'?" but unlike Dickens (big vocab, long sentences), it keeps you hooked until the secret is revealed. unfortunately, ...more
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“And her eyes, violet, like the sky before a storm. Ralph and Trish had brown eyes. Max's were hazel. But Ondine. No, Ondine's eyes had to be purple, wide set, and heavily lashed. Beyonce and Yoda's love child.” 3 likes
“When the girl at the squat got her throat slit, and Jacob got marked, Nix had been in Portland a little under a year. He had just bought a SpongeBob sleeping bag from Goodwill and had started to feel something like safe. But then, a roll or two of dust every other week helped with that.” 1 likes
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