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Zoey's life has taken a dramatic turn. Only a few months ago, she was a Collector working for the 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 was devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm. In addition Zoey finds herself altered by her association with the Wanderer, Ryker. She discovered that 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 Ryker's powers back before it's too late. Their journey takes them to the rain forests 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 apart for good.

©2015 Stacey Marie Brown (P)2016 Tantor

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PLEASE MORE

Left with emotional attachments and sentiments of betrayal as this segment ended. Please expidite the next book.

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Love this series!

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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 *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 B. 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.
-And of course Sprig is still here. His character is a great comic relief and works in bringing Zoey and Ryker closer.
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"I watched his eyes move up my figure. My skin tingled every place they went. Then his eyes landed back on mine. Desire charged his expression."
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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. 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 A 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 A females so Zoey climbed near the top of my favorite female protagonists in this book.

Additional Notes:
– 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.

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Best of the Series; Still Okay Execution

I was surprisingly entertained by this book. It's pretty basic in terms of character development and plot points, but the story in this second installment was more interesting to me than the first. There is a bit of convenience used in that the author doesn't follow up on plot points adequately or things are just magically resolved at times, and this does affect the overall appeal of the story. But, if you're in the mood for fantasy romance without much depth, this just might work for you.

Amy Landon continues to be good enough as a narrator.

I recommend this to fans of the series or author.

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Don't recommend anyone to buy this

What disappointed you about The Barrier Between?

Total lack of content

Has The Barrier Between turned you off from other books in this genre?

Almost

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger

Any additional comments?

The first book was okay but from there it quickly become one of the worst series i have ever listen to. Absolutely nothing happened in the last three books. The characters always make the obviously wrong decisions in every situation possible.

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Keeps on giving

Completely captivating, always draws you back in wanting more. The end came too fast, and left me shocked at how it unfolded.

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Amazing First Half

The first half of this book contained some of the most enjoyable romance within a fantasy/action story that I’ve listened to in a while. I was so invested that when things became tenser, I avoided finishing it because it just got to me. I love Zoe and Ryker’s banter and with each vulnerable moment together they unintentionally grew closer and closer. They’re both a little stubborn and in denial which created some unnecessary friction and angst. The sexual tension is off the charts with these two and it’s wonderful!! In the first book and the first half of this one, there’s a quasi-family forming with Zoe, Ryker and Sprig, however their party gets crashed and things heat up. The threats they face are increasingly formidable and their trustworthy allies are limited to say the least. My small complaints: I’m not a fan of the love quadrilateral. Also, I think the jumping ability was a bit of deus ex machina in that conflicts are started and then dropped, only to find one has been resolved mysteriously (I'm thinking of a certain attack involving giant jaguars that had a positive outcome with no explanation given of how that was accomplished). Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if not for the first half alone! This book ends on another cliffhanger, so I will be continuing on to the third soon.

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Sprig is the best

I am reading the series...again and Sprig still makes me laugh! I need a Sprig bobble head with a Pam side kick

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Disappointing compared to the first

The author Stacey Marie Brown does a little wool over the eyes with this sequel. I completed the first book in about three days and was so excited to start the next one. I loved the main character and how she did not want to really accept the power within her. Zoey and Ryker should have ended up safe and sounded at the end of this book. The long deviance in the story line where Zoey is kidnapped and the fighting ring was a plot point was odd and almost ruined the story for me. I did not understand its purpose. Zoey’s history on being rough and uncaring was established well with the author’s description. And the soft feeling for her adopted sister contradicts all the feelings the author should get from that plot line. The Ryker’s enemies chasing the stone and the ex-girlfriend and the old friend who is obviously going to betray him at some point. Then her old company hunting her did not interject enough in the second half so when they show up at the end with some sort of cliff hanger, it made it feel misplaced. I read this one a little slower than the previous and was disappointment. If I read book 3 I am hoping for closure and a happy ending. Stacey Marie Brown has some great creativity, but this just did not work well for me.

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  • lisakttn
  • OFallon, MO United States
  • 04-27-17

Huge Fan

I absolutely love Stacey Marie Brown's books. This one allowed me to follow Zoey and Riker through more twists and turns and the awkwardness of Amara coming back I to the picture. It's a wonderful and crazy ride.
And while I have gotten usednto the voice of the narrator (I had a different voice in my head reading the book) I have gotten very frustrated that intermittently she says Rider and not Riker. But what grates on me is that in reading the words of the book, Sprig called Zoey "Bean" his way of referring to her as a human being but in the audio telling of the story he calls her either "Man," I guessing for huMAN but sometimes it sounds like Van which makes no sense. "Bean" was perfect and every time he calls her Man/Van I grumble BEAN.
Having said that, this does not take away the amazing story and I can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • ZAK
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 04-15-17

Engaging story but not for YA

Content is more mature than I had expected. I enjoy the reader and the story definitely holds my interest. It is not one I want to listen to with my teenager in the car! Most certainly will finish the series.