Title: The Barrier Between
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Genre: NA, Urban Fantasy
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Description (Source: Amazon):
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Read More” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
My review for the first book, City in Embers, is here:
Description (Source: Amazon):
Zoey’s life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago she was a Collector working for the a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), tracking and collecting fae. Her life had been changing and improving with a partner she loved and a sister she adored.
Now all that is gone—Daniel murdered by a fae, and Lexi killed when the Seattle area is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. Zoey herself is altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker, in life-changing way.
Zoey discovered she was an experiment from the very company she worked for. She could die at any moment of a threatening defect—taking Ryker’s magic with her.
In a race against time, Ryker and Zoey set out to find a way to transfer his powers back before it’s too late. Their journey takes them to the rainforests of South America, dealing with those who are after something Ryker possesses and who will stop at nothing to obtain it for themselves.
What Zoey and Ryker discover can destroy them or tear them a part for good.”
So I’m actually having to go back and skim over the books as I write the reviews because I blew through them so quickly. I have not been his obsessed with a series since starting ACOTAR/ACOMAF. I wasn’t going to write a review for the last 3 books because all of them are running together, but I feel like I owe these books my attention, lol. These books are not very well known (only 168 reviews on Goodreads for this one) and I feel like more people should know about them. I’m just going to do mini reviews on them though. The genre is a mixture between Urban Fantasy, New Adult, and Paranormal Romance. It’s not all about the romance, but it’s definitely in there.
The second books picks up with Zoey and Ryker in Peru after Zoey jumps them there to escape the DMG hunters at the end of book one. Almost all of book two takes place in Peru, which is a nice change of scenery from Seattle. Ryker and Zoey continue to try and find a way to transfer Ryker’s powers back to him, but run into some trouble as the powers begin to adapt to Zoey.
We meet a new character, a sexy fae pirate named Croygen (see inspiration image taken from Stacey Marie Brown’s Pinterest board) *swoons*. I absolutely adore his character because of his heavy snark and sense of humor, I’m always a sucker for someone who can make me laugh. You’re not sure whether you can trust him or not in the beginning, but he begins to grow on you.
Ugh Amara is back. I knew I wouldn’t like her because I’m totally team Zoey and Ryker, but even without that she’s a stone cold bitch. One of my least favorite characters in any series. Ever. What she does to Zoey and Ryker at the end of this book made me want to reach through my phone and punch her in the face. Click on the image to be taken to the Pinterest Board this was taken from.
And of course Sprig is still here. His character is a great comic relief and works in bringing Zoey and Ryker closer.
Okay, now let’s discuss Zoey and Ryker’s relationship. The tension between the two was building in book 1, but finally developed in The Barrier Between. The scenes between them: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥! I love that Ryker and Zoey’s relationship was not insta-love. Their relationship has been a slow burn from hating one another to what it develops into in this book over a period of weeks. I know “weeks doesn’t seem like a long time”. It is though when you’re with someone 24/7. I also appreciated the inner turmoil Zoey had about Ryker having a girlfriend. As I’ve said in another post, I’m devastatingly loyal so I have a hard time connecting with people who cheat. It was made pretty clear in this book though that Ryker and Amara’s “relationship” was not one of love, but more sex and convenience (at least for him).
Without revealing too much, we get to see the bad ass Zoey that we heard about in City in Embers. Zoey gets tangled up in a fighting ring and we finally see the ruthlessness and cold fury that lives within her. I loved seeing this untamed side of her, as it has only been hinted at until this point. I really love kick ass females so Zoey climbed near the top of my favorite female protagonists in this book.
– This is where I stress that the book is not YA. It’s New Adult due to the sexual content and the language. I have a terrible mouth on me (I was a sailor after-all) so swearing doesn’t even phase me. However, if you don’t like it – I would stay away from this series. It doesn’t distract from the story though, but rather adds to it IMO.