Review: Beyond by S.P. van der Lee

by S.P. van der Lee

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Sixteen-year-old Raven desperately wants to fit in, but after using a Ouija Board, her already overwhelming hallucinations take a turn for the worse. A ghostly figure named Sam begins to haunt Raven and seems eager to kill her.
She’s saved by a reclusive biker named Damian who goes to the same school and appears to have an interest in her. Raven can’t help but feel drawn to him. Determined to uncover Damian’s connection to the ghost, Raven sets out to discover his secret and the reason Sam started haunting her. However, there’s more at stake than just her reputation. Raven’s choice between unveiling Damian’s true intentions, and living a normal life will put everyone she cares about at risk. To save them, she'll have to go beyond.

Lives are ruined.
Hearts are shattered.
Death lurks at every corner.

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  I was so excited to receive this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I've had my eye on it for awhile. Boy, was I disappointed.

  Every pet peeve of mine was pretty much covered in this book. The plot itself is a good (and refreshingly new) idea. The way the book was built around it? Not so much. As an unabashed lover of all things paranormal, I thought the ghost aspect would be an interesting new way to delve into the genre. And it was, except this book fell flat.

  My main dig with this book is the dialogue. None of it sounds like how I would imagine real people talking. And there was too much information being dumped with the dialogue. I come to dread seeing " as I got farther into the book.

  Absolutely none of the characters reached out to me. Lillian and Emma? Catty mean girls. Damian? Douchebag bad boy with a motorcycle. Raven? Annoying, special snowflake teenager. The inner dialogue for Raven was so drawn out and repetitive. And there were numerous times were the story had mistakes. The biggest that stands out is the location of Damian's house to Raven's. Is it across the street or down the block?

  Overall, this plot has so much potential. But everything surrounding it makes it get lost. I would be hard pressed to recommend this book to anyone.

**I was gifted this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the author.


  1. Ugh, my biggest pet peeve in books is an amazing concept and the story falling so short!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Me, too. I was so excited for this one, too. I hate when that happens!

  2. That's so frustrating! Here's to your next read being a lot better!!

    Nora @ The Bookery


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