Review: White Space (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick

18007632 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: February 11, 2014 by Egmont USA
Series: #1 (Dark Passages)
Length: 560 pages
Source: Egmont USA (ARC)

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.


This was a pretty interesting book although I was often confused on what was happening. What made me read White Space is the unique plot which is the characters are able to go to different passages/stories. It is written in 3rd person and I’m glad it is because it gave that mystery vibe throughout the book. There are several point of views which sometimes I did not like because it just made the whole thing more confusing than it already was. At the same time, I thought it was cool because the point of view would switch, but it would land right where it left off. The main character in this book is Emma and seriously guys, I don’t even know her personality. Lol. She’s still a mystery to me. All I know is that she might or might not be a character in the book.

The story starts off very confusing. I actually had to read a review spoiler on Goodreads just so I can understand what was going on. Then, the story started to get really exciting and intense after the first two parts (the book’s divided into six parts). Unfortunately, it went down the hill for me after the 2nd half of part five. The whole story is still a blur to me. It wasn’t a horrible book, though. I thought it was okay and I am still going to read the rest of the books in this series. If you’re looking for a book that will make you ‘think’, or a book with a very complex plot, then I recommend this.

3 of 5


12 Responses to “Review: White Space (Dark Passages #1) by Ilsa J. Bick”

  1. 1 Janina (@Synchro_Reading) December 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I’m really curious about this book because I have a copy for review. Hopefully it won’t be so confusing to me, but I do enjoy books with mystery aspects 🙂 Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  2. 3 Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens December 21, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    I’ve seen this book on EW and never considered downloading it since the synopsis didn’t quite appeal to me. Yikes, if things are already confusing at the start, I am pretty sure that my reading experience is already ruined.

    And I get you about reading spoilers on GR. I do that too if things are really incomprehensible. Though I love stories with complicated plots, I think I’ll have to let this one pass. Can’t risk reading something that will confuse me a lot of times.

  3. 5 Stephanie (Hopeless Romantics) December 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    hmmm can’t say I’m much of a fan of books that make me think a lot. I do enough of that in school lol. I also don’t do well with 3rd person POV books. They just seem to add to the confusion for me. I think I’ll be skipping over this one. Thanks for the review!

  4. 7 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) December 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Oh, good to read your thoughts on this, I have it for review as well. I just finished a book like this that was confusing and really disliked it for that fact. Books where you have to really try hard to keep up are not fun at all.

  5. 9 kezia1098 December 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I have this one up next. Not sure if I can handle the confusing plot O_O but it does seem like a different kind of read from the blurb… I like something unique but from the sound of your review it seems like a very complicated book :/ Sad to hear that you didn’t fully enjoy it 😦 I hope your next read will be better! 😀

  6. 11 Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews December 23, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Kudos to you for actually finishing this book! I unfortunately DNFed it because it was just way too long and confusing and there were so many POVs!

    • 12 Leigh (LittleBookStar) December 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Haha I was kinda dying a bit while reading it lol! I understand because that book was just confusing and yes, it had a lot of POVs. Also, I feel like the story was dragged on a bit. For some reason, I liked some of the scenes because it was creepy and intriguing.

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