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Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes Series #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
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
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Published March 22nd 2016 by BMJ Chanapi Press
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Crossing The Barrier
Series – The Gray Eyes Series #1
Author – Martine Lewis
Publication Date – March 22, 2016
Genre – YA Romance
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I am not a big fan of YA Romance books unless the characters are running from zombies or are in a fantasy land fighting evil creatures, but this book absolutely blew me away.

This being a first time I have read this author, I was extreme
Angel Erin
May 18, 2016 Angel Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Crossing the Barrier is a book that intrigued me from the moment I saw it on Goodreads. In the summary it says that Lily can feel everyone's emotions and I really wanted to read more about that. I find the whole empath thing really fascinating and I am so happy that it is done well in the book!

This story is a better than I expected it to be. I really like Lily's and Malakai's characters, even though Lily did start t
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Once again I came across a gem. I read this one in seven hours (would have been less if I didn’t have to do real life duties!) and absolutely loved it.

This is a YA romance/paranormal about Lily, a young empath who faces high school drama on a daily basis as well as deals with her own problems at home. Her loving father had died and left their family home in her name. That didn’t sit well with her adoptive mother at fact, her mother absolutely hates her. Having t
Alisha Webster
Mar 01, 2016 Alisha Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this review and more at The Bohemian Housewife Blog

I loved the idea of this book. The main character can feel other people emotions, and you can just imagine the impact that has on her high school life. To my surprise the paranormal aspects of this book aren't the central focus point; they're more of a side issue. I expected it to play more of a part in the story. I still love the effect it had on the story. In my opinion, her powers set her connections with people in stone; they had to be
United Indie Book Blog
WOW!!!! When I started to read Crossing the Barrier. I couldn't put down the book at all. I laughed, cried, and was on my seat throughout the whole book.
This is first book that I read by Martine Lewis. I loved it every page I turned too. I love how much strength that Lily has in her. I love how much Malakai wants to protect Lily from everything she has to deal with. If you love books like this then it's the book for you. I would recommend this book to everyone to read. <3 <3
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Feb 19, 2016 wrecked_life rated it it was amazing
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Erika Gold
May 08, 2016 Erika Gold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I have found a true gem of a story. This book is a complete breath of fresh air!

When Malakai Thomas accidentally rams right into Lily Morgan, he triggers an unknown event in Lily's life: taking away her ability to shield. Without her ability to block everyone else's emotions, Lily finds herself struggling to stay on her feet, overwhelmed by onslaught of emotions
Joood Hooligan

I picked this book up when it was free on Amazon, and I've heard good things from a couple of my friends. When I heard there was going to be a blog tour I decided to jump on it.

Although I wasn't instantly connecting with the book, it eventually grabbed me. My biggest issue was with its flow. It felt a little too wordy, making it harder for me to get emotionally attached in certain situations.

There are certain aspects about this story that I absolutely love
Used to wonder how a book can be both realistic fiction and at the same time belong to the paranormal genre. This one was both..though I prefer to think of it as more realistic..

It was a very good book and it was obvious that the author loved her characters.. Sandra and her family were the glue sticking the story together.. Without them I don't know what would have happened to Lilly and Malakaki..

T.H. Hernandez
May 29, 2016 T.H. Hernandez rated it liked it
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Mar 23, 2016 Fria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, serial
Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis
Book #1: The Gray Eyes Series
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

When I initially read the synopsis for this book, I really didn’t think it would be a read for me and then I met Martine Lewis, interviewed her for my blog, and thought maybe I should give Crossing the Barrier a shot. Holy wow! I am so glad I gave this book a chance. Talk about a surprise!

At it its core, Crossing the Barrier is all about its characters and everything is driven by thes
Rach Lawrence
Review originally posted on Rach Lawrence Books.

*I was provided a copy of Crossing the Barrier by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Lily Morgan and Malakai Thomas couldn’t be more different as high school students. Lily is a clarinetist in the band, and Malakai is the star wide receiver of the football team. Their worlds don’t fit together. Yet when Malakai bumps into Lily and puts her in the hospital with a head injury, the two can’t get ea
Feb 05, 2017 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book for Fallen for Books.

Crossing the Barrier is the first book in The Gray Eyes Series by Martine Lewis. I will admit I was a little skeptical about this book when I read the synopsis – paranormal elements always make me wonder whether or not I am going to like it. I am incredibly glad I didn’t let that deter me this time. This book very honestly blew me away! I was hooked from the first few pages! I don’t know if it was the characters or t
books are love
Sep 01, 2016 books are love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall the book was good and not what I expected. We have two people Malakai and Lily who have fears of abandonment and have lost alot. Lily her dad and happiness. Her mother despises her and makes her life miserable. Lily won’t leave her house because it is where she felt the happiest with her dad. Lily does have those who care about her though and they help make her life more bearable. For Malakai his mom left when he was young and although his dad loves him he is absent alot.

There are times
Feb 13, 2016 Shy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been hearing good things about this book for quite some time now and so I was really looking forward to reading it. I guess it could be classified as NA Romance with a touch of paranormal which isn’t really my thing. I usually tend to shy away from NA books but I could honestly say I’m glad to have read this one. It’s not like the other NAs that I used to read.

I can say I like all of the characters, the annoying ones included. I like Lily’s strength which is why I was sort of disturbed and
Mary Yarde
Jun 30, 2016 Mary Yarde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated from the start with Lily Morgan and her special abilities. She can feel what everyone else is feeling, but she has developed, what she calls, a shield, that can block out the overwhelming and unwelcome sensations of the people that are all around her. She was doing well at school and coping with her gift until the day, Malakai Thomas, collides with her in the hall, and she falls and bangs her head. And suddenly her defence against her gift is no longer working. With her emotions ...more
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Lily is an empath. She lost her dad when she was younger and her mom hates her. She's grateful she can shield herself from others emotions, until an accident takes that ability away from her.
Malakai noticed Lily a few years ago. She's in the band and he's on the football team. He doesn't think she'd ever like him. He could never get the nerve to talk to her, until he accidentally bumps into her one day and she lands in the hospital. With the odds and people against them will they be able to mak
Jan 04, 2017 Fiorela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book annoyed the hell out of me. I find it repetitive and bordering ridiculous.

Lily can feel others emotions early on the book she has an accident that left her without the ability of making barriers against other people's emotions, so now she constantly suffers from headaches from being overwhelmed.
Soon enough she meets her love interest and more drama develops, more besides Lily's awful home situation. Now the plot is pretty simple with a cheesy ending and all.

The characters:
Lily was suc
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Crossing the Barrier is the first book in the Grey Eyes series, and starts off with Lily who is an empath. She has worked hard on her 'shields' which help negate the effects of feeling everyone's emotions. These shields came into being partly because of the 'loving' relationship she has with her mother. However, a bump on her head loses her those shields and she has to find a way to cope. Malakai is the wide receiver (and yes, I had to google what that was!) and has been fascinated with the pret ...more
Wendi Wilson
Jul 16, 2016 Wendi Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is easy to read and, for the most part, the story flow quickly and keeps the action moving. The characters are well-written and entertaining, the plot is laced with romance, suspense and an air of mystery that keeps you guessing as to what is really going on.
Lily's romance with Malakai is endearing- a football star following his heart and going after the girl in the marching band, despite his crowd's rejection of the idea. As a former marching band
Karen Harper
Apr 05, 2016 Karen Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a long time since I was a Young Adult, but this definitely did not stop me from enjoying reading Crossing the Barrier, in fact, I can truthfully say this book kept me awake at night. I could not put it down.
There were so many elements of this book that I loved. I am a HUGE fan of paranormal, so that was #1. All the characters drew a reaction from me. I loved Lily, but I couldn’t help worrying about her. I wanted her to be happy. Malakai drew similar feelings out of me. I loved all of their
Nadia T.h.
Mar 27, 2016 Nadia T.h. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, first of all the characters are beautiful. The moment I f.e. met David, I liked him. The fact that this book is about an empath (someone who can read each others feelings) really helped understand Malakai's and Lily's intentions and reasons for their reactions in certain situations. This book is written in two POV's, Lily's and Malakai's . It helps you identify with them and you can't really be mad at anyone bc of their thoughts and family backgrounds.
First I didn't really get what this b
Hayley Barrett
May 23, 2016 Hayley Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard one for me to rate. First off, I want to say I absolutely loved Martine Lewis' easy writing style. It is perfect for the YA audience this novel is aimed at and I would love to read more from this author. Unfortunately, there were a couple of things within the novel that annoyed me so much I just couldn't give this one five stars. The two main characters refused to talk to each other to sort out their problems, preferring instead to make huge assumptions about what the other might ...more
Jan 24, 2017 Louisa rated it it was amazing
Wow, I love finding new Authors to love. This is the first book I have read by Martine Lewis but it won't be my last.
Lily has a secret that only her best friend and her uncle know - she's an empath. Lucky for Lily her shields help her copy with school and the hatred her adoptive mother has for her. Life for Lily hasn't been easy since her father died in an accident and it gets to get even completed when an accidentally run in with Malaka the hot school quarter back result in a blow to the head
Jul 09, 2016 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Gray Eyes Series is told in dual point of view (POV) via Malakai Thomas, the star wide receiver and Lily Morgan, a clarinet player in the high school band. Oh and she's an empath. Their world literally collides and breaking the social circles between the jocks and the band geeks.

While the dialogue is less than I would expect or have read in other books, the reader gets all of the characters thoughts and feeling through their non-verbals. I didn't need any additional dialogu
Kalli Bunch
Jul 24, 2016 Kalli Bunch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the book starts out a little slow. I like that the main character is an empath and that they address that fact straight away, so that you, as a reader, know what's doing. But I do feel like this book is a build up book for the second book. So I fully recommend reading this one if you're planning on reading the next (or you may get lost in the story line). As the story continues, the descriptions used to explain the emotions swirling around Lily do an amazing job at helping you understand what ...more
Jessica Jenkins
Apr 26, 2016 Jessica Jenkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was not to sure about how this book would turn out. After reading a few more chapters I really got into it. I find that this is great book for any age to read. Some chapters were a tad slow but others made me not want to put the book down. The ending was starting to sound like that was it no mystery to lead to another series or anything. Boy was I wrong when I got to the end. Ready for the next book in the set! I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased re ...more
Chantelle Bouffanie
WOW!!!! When I started to read Crossing the Barrier. I couldn't put down the book at all. I laughed, cried, and was on my seat throughout the whole book. This is first book that I read by Martine Lewis. I loved it every page I turned too. I love how much strength that Lily has in her. I love how much Malakai wants to protect Lily from everything she has to deal with. If you love books like this then it's the book for you. I would recommend this book to everyone to read. <3 <3
Jan 24, 2017 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. It did take me a little bit to get into it. But once the story picked up I couldn't stop reading. It does have a paranormal aspect to it, but it's not the biggest part of the story. I did love most of the characters. Some of them I hated. But the story flow was pretty good. There's a ton of angst and drama, sometimes it seemed a little over the top. But overall a pretty good book. I will for sure he reading the rest of the books in the series.
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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
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