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Crossing the Barrier (The Gray Eyes Series Book 1) by [Lewis, Martine]
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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 her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai.
Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily's secret too big to accept, even for him?

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  • Print Length: 380 pages
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  • Publisher: BMJ Chanapi Press (March 22 2016)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem! May 3 2016
By Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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 to deal with all those negative emotions everyday as a normal person is hard enough, let alone braving it all as an empath who lost her ability to shield herself against everyone else’s feelings.

Thankfully, Lily has great friends in Sandra and David who were like her rock and anchor during her times of need. I wish I had a friend like Sandra...everyone needs a Sandra in their lives!

Then we meet Malakai, the quarterback who fell in love with our geeky clarinettist.
I have almost forgotten about the paranormal aspect of the story as I was swept away by the numerous turmoil thrown at the young couple. Events and drama kept coming one after the other which seemed intent on tearing the young lovers apart until I just wanted to shout “Stop it! Leave them be!” to the author.

The pacing of the story kept me glued to my ebook reader. The suspense kept me constantly on the edge hoping Lily and Malakai would survive yet another obstacle in their way, only to find myself hanging on for dear life after a very short reprieve. Yet there were also tender moments that warmed my heart and brought a smile or two to my lips.

Then just when I thought the story was finished with a beautiful happily ever after, the author reminded me that this was just the first book of a potentially intriguing paranormal series! WELL! I will definitely watch out for the next book in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it every page I turned too March 31 2016
By UIBB - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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

Reviewed by Chantelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from Rach Lawrence Books Aug. 23 2016
By Rachel - Published on
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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 each other out of their minds. Lily has the ability to feel everyone’s emotions around her, and her ability to shield out this talent is lost after her injury. The growing attraction between these coming of age students is tested by the collision of the differences between their social circles, and Lily and Malakai must learn to navigate these potholes and fight to stay together.

Crossing the Barrier is a well-written coming of age story with great lessons for young adult readers. It provides an intense look at social stigmas and diversity. I loved the addition of Malakai’s racial mixture, that it wasn’t one hundred percent apparent but it did play a role in the story. The characters were relatively well-developed, and the attraction was set at a decent pace.

The story moved a little too slowly for me and contained a lot of cliché tropes: neither character having the guts to admit their feelings, getting interrupted when trying to talk about feelings, deciding something for the other character. Perhaps a young adult will relate better to these issues, but as an adult who enjoys reading Young Adult novels, this one just didn’t hit home for me. Some plot points were too over the top to be believable, and although I can set aside certain beliefs for fiction, the extremities of this story made me lose interest at times.

The paranormal aspect was minimal within the story, which made its inclusion somewhat awkward. Lily was able to feel the emotions of those around her, giving her somewhat of a truth barometer. After her collision with Malakai, she lost the ability to shield herself from people’s emotions, resulting in her being overwrought with emotions when in public. But this wasn’t tied to the plot too deeply until the end of the story, mostly as a setup for the next book.

Overall, the book just missed having any type of wow factor for me. The writing was good and it was edited well, which is something that is sorely lacking in many novels these days so that was a plus. It just didn’t have enough holding it together for it to make a positive impression.
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Love story gem! June 16 2016
By Nightwolf - Published on
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It has been a very long time since i read any YA books. But i very much enjoyed Crossing the Barrier. It had a twist of paranormal to it which kept my attention and just enough real life elements that you could easily relate to the struggles the two main characters face in every day school life be it band geek or quarterback.

I found the book very easy to read, it was like reading teen angst love story with a paranormal twist mixed with a soap opera where sometimes you just wanted to shout at the characters LOL

Lily has a deep innate strength inside her, given she had been living with empathy her whole life and still lives life. It is a burden she bares. When Malaki runs into her putting her into the hospital causing her barrier to go on the fritz she gets to see that he has had a crush on her for a long time.

Malakai is not your typical jock he is shy, quiet and a bit reserved, could never bring himself to speak to Lily, until he put her in the hospital. When they finally do get together they find they have so much in common. From that spark and connection the story unfolds and their bond grows.

Now i am by no means a feminist, no burning of bras or anything. But i just found the shift in Lily from independent, sheltered and sad yes, but strong inside to needing to be around Malakai every second a bit jarring. Also I get his need to protect her, he wants to shield her from her pain, maybe it's sweet, i just felt it was almost smothering. Plus the pair of them need to learn to communicate and stop assuming things, hence the soap opera.

I liked Lily's friend Sandra, everyone should have a friend like that in school. Made me a bit wistful for an old friend of mine i lost contact with a long time ago from my school days.

Over all this was a wonderful book for the directed age group. A drama high teenage love story. Mixed with tender moments that made you smile and miss those first time events in your life. I highly recommend giving this a read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next one! June 9 2016
By Shy Unique - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 a tad disappointed in the way she handled the story's conflict with regards to Malakai. I like Sandra for being such a good friend to Lily. I like how Malakai stood his ground on things. I like Wes, even if he's annoying because he makes me curious. I think underneath all that annoying things he did that there's a bigger thing he's trying to hide and maybe trying to escape from. But among all of them, it's actually David I like the most. Partly because somehow I can relate to his situation the most and also because he's such a great brother and friend.

The story was very interesting. It has caught my interest that I was able to finish reading it through text-to-speech which is the only way for me to be able to read at that time. I have tried reading text-to-speech before but I never quite finish a book through listening through and this is the first time.

I have a few questions regarding Lily's condition which I'm hopeful to get answered through the next book when based on how this one ended.

This more like a story of love, friendships, and family which for me is always a plus on a story. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the next book which I think comes out a couple of days before my birthday. Which means, I won't likely to forget about it.