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While landscaping his backyard, ever-conscientious Paul Prentice discovers an iron door buried in the soil. His childhood friend and perpetual source of mischief, Jay Lightsey, pushes them to explore what's beneath.

When the door slams shut above them, Paul and Jay are trapped in a between-worlds place of Escher-like rooms and horror story monsters, all with a mysterious c
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Paperback, 397 pages
Published April 27th 2021 by The Parliament House
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Sean Gibson
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book for review from the author (with whom, incidentally, I share a publisher). That in no way influenced my review, and I promise you I would still tell you if it sucked.

But, friends—it did NOT suck. Not even a little. In fact, this twisty, scarifying, riveting thriller is like what would happen if Groundhog Day had been set not in idyllic Punxsutawney, PA, nor focused on a man doomed to perpetually relive the day a reluctant marmot rendered its woeful
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M. Todd
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The Between. Is it a horror, sci-fi, fantasy, a mixture of all of these genres? - whatever it is, its great fun. I looked up epic and found the following - "...narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures..." - and yes, I would say that The Between has some newly created legendary figures having a weird and wild adventure in a very imaginative and frightening world. Ryan's characters feel real, are well developed, and have a good sense of humor - built solidly within their w ...more
Jennifer Bourque (ButterflyReader77)
5 Stars

I would like to thank NetGalley and The Parliament House for my complimentary copy of "The Between". I absolutely loved this book! It's an epic ride that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

The story focuses on Paul Prentice and his best friend Jay and their amazing adventure in the underworld of "The Between". When Paul finds a secret door leading down underground in his backyard, they embark on a journey that will change their life forever. They encounter monsters, stran
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Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
When Paul finds a door in the ground in his backyard, he has no intention of going through it until his best friend, Jay, shows up and convinces him otherwise. Soon, the men are lost in a maze of identical rooms and impossible monsters in a world called The Between, where different artifacts force players into gamelike roles that play out over and over. The Between is eerily similar to a command-line computer game from the 80s with the same name, and at its heart is a horrifying being called the ...more
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Wild, engaging and entertaining, lives up to its exciting premise. Includes a physically disabled Indian female deuteragonist.
Cons: Some character glitches. A few confusing flashbacks/visions (though they'll probably get explained in the rest of the series). Cliffhanger ending/unanswered (yet) questions (if you hate those).
WARNING! Horror and gore. A short S&M sex scene.
Will appeal to: Everyone who loves game-like structures and
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Alexandra
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
While in the first third of this book, I mentioned that the atmosphere reminded me of one of my favorite horror novels, SL Grey's The Mall. There's a surreal, not-right quality to that book that touched off a nerve in me that I just adored.

This book started like that, but eventually began reminding me of another book I'd previously enjoyed, Heir Apparent. Yes, a novel for young adults.

However, I don't at all mean this as an insult, as that's a damn fun book- and so is this one! While this one
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Courtney M
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
"The Between" pulls you in with a gloriously glitchy album-art style cover and the promise of an action-packed ride in a world of video-game-inspired horror but delivers something amateurish at best. 

Reminiscent of "House of Leaves "mixed with the 1980’s movie "Labyrinth" but in a way that is shameful to both, "The Between" follows Paul Prentice after he discovers a trap door in his backyard leading to a series of impossible rooms that change and remake themselves and a host of dangerous roles w
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Lindsay Leslie
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book draws you in from the word "go" and you will feel as sucked into the world Ryan Leslie created as the characters do. A thrilling, psychological ride from start to finish. ...more
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ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Un-Biased Review
This was a wild and crazy read that’s for sure. I was shocked from the start learning the MC was a character in his early thirties. I think given the blurb my mind quickly compared this to the 80’s movie The Gate, only this time the characters descend the hole in the ground rather than fearing what would come out of it. Aside from the hole in the backyard, the film and book don’t really have much in common and I was taken for a wild ride.
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Scott - Book Invasion
Oct 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
Audiobook review: this could have been the narrator though the way some of the dialog just didn’t gel very well. Jay was especially obnoxious and the tone for Min-wu was a bit too excitable. The story concept was pretty cool but I lost it among the different ‘role’ names after they met up with the others (Supria, Corinne) and then the lore got a bit much. It turned into a litrpg or something. It was interesting but didn’t really hit on the character pieces.
Alexandra
Sep 25, 2022 rated it it was ok
Love the cover the idea was good just wasnt for me.
Lisa Frankenstein
Aug 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Between the glitchy CRT-style cover art and the concept of finding an iron door buried in your backyard, I was eager to journey to The Between. The mix of fantasy and horror blends together well as the characters try to make sense of their surroundings, and the author introduces many ideas later in the book that I hope we get to explore in follow up novels. The Between is a lonely, brutal place that gave me Dark Souls vibes, and I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

The Between is fun, but it
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Brittney
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Between by Ryan Leslie sounded like it was going to be exactly up my alley. It started off well and really held my attention for probably the first 20%, but after that it started to lose me. It ended up not being what I expected it to be. Sometimes that's a good thing, but not in this case. I've seen a lot of great reviews of this one so far, so this could be more of a case of it's me, not it.
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Vix
I loved it! I had to start with that as I was just completely engrossed in it the whole way through – it’s like a mix of horror, sci-fi, fantasy; it’s brilliant and so unique to anything else I’ve read. I was initially drawn to this book due to the cover art and that it mentioned horror, Escher, and 80s computer game in the description.

Whilst the characters were slightly annoying at the start, I soon warmed to them as I discovered more about them and their pasts. The imagery created for the loca
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Angel (Bookn.All.Night)
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ok this was FUN...mildly scary, horrifying, murdering and thrilling...but FUN 😂😂😂

As soon as I started this I knew I was going to love it. It's weird...very weird...but in such a great way. This is mostly sci-fi, with a touch of horror (monsters, junk robots, demon rodents and more) all wrapped up with a pretty bow. Add some gamer fun (old school style ... like seriously way old school) and this was an endless feast of fun. Did I mention this was fun? 😂😂😂

This won't be for everyone but if you are
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DarkBetweenPages
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
I wanted to absolutely love this one.
Such a great concept, but sadly it just was not for me.

The first few chapters weren’t too bad, good set up and I was getting excited to dive into the chaos but I lost interest pretty quick.

The characters were not for me, the dialog was off and some of the transitions from character to character or flashbacks to present were pretty choppy, which would cause some confusion on where I was in the story.

My favourite part of the story was Skull-face girl.

Thanks
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Ned Lavelle
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Terrific genre-crossing and mind bending book from a new author. Love the premise of crossing over into the games we play and the questions it gives for our reality. Recommended!
Scribal
Nov 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
It's well done, I guess. I should have said: "no, I do not want to know what happens. I do not want answers." much sooner.
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Adam
May 11, 2022 rated it liked it
Kind of feels like Ready Player One and Piranesi had a Marvel/Fortnite crossover event so do with that information whatever you will
Aurora Dimitre
Jun 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2022
very fun.
Hayley
Jul 17, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 - found myself losing interest in the second half unfortunately
Kate
Let's be honest I'll read and enjoy literally anything with this premise. ...more
Melissa Markle
Jul 10, 2022 rated it liked it
I don't know - I liked this one at first but around the middle it turned into what felt like an extended description of LARPing and was so heavily plot-driven that I lost interest pretty fast. Ending was weird but also interesting I guess? This wasn't the book I thought it was going to be. I wish there had been more time spent developing the characters so I could have understood them better. ...more
Jennilynn
Aug 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew what a ride! I’ll admit, at times it seems a bit drawn out and a slow read and sometimes a re-read to get the just of the situation. But wow, I think the junklings were my favorite characters, Jay annoyed me a bit, but hey everyone knows one of them!
When Paul and Jay enter the door he finds buried in the backyard they are transformed into the between. A real life video game where death becomes real (or is it?🤔). Maze after maze, game characters are defined by the objects they take possessi
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Nicole Willson
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredibly intricate novel that skillfully blends aspects of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and cyberpunk. I'm in awe of writers who can build complex worlds like this and balance them with compelling, well-written characters. The story kept me guessing until the very last, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. ...more
Kari
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
GOONIES X JUMANJI, but for adults!
This wildly entertaining and imaginative story has diverse, well-developed characters and a plot with surprising twists and turns - until the very end! I'm hoping that someone takes this fun and fantastic story to the big screen next...
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bee
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Between is a story of a nightmarish video game come to life.

When Paul Prentice decided to landscape his yard instead of hiring a professional to do it, he never imagined finding a mysterious iron door beneath all of the dirt. His best friend Jay Lightsey encourages the two of them to open the door and go below the surface, living up to his reputation as a troublemaker (one he has had since he and Paul met in second grade). They enter into a space that is full of monsters and mind tricks, wit
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Kolbi
Feb 02, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2022
I really don’t think this book needed a description of a character’s nipples, but maybe that’s just me.
Ayre
Jun 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
In The Between follows an anxious boring rule follower named Paul. Who finds a door to an alternate reality buried in his backyard. His childhood best friend Jay convinces Paul to explore the room the door leads to and crazy shit happens from there. This is a book that is great for people who like House of Leaves and old videogames - like texted based rpg old.

For the most part I thought this book was okay but not really what I'm looking for in horror. Paul and Jay are both awful characters, whi
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