Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Bloomsbury Children's (July 22, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.
Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.
Until now, that is...
For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.
With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?
Every once in a while we will read a story that should bother us with its unanswered questions or lack of explanations, but they don't because instead we are left reeling with the profound messages and emotions it taught us and brought out in us.
The little nuisances that should matter don't because the beautiful story, what you do know and understand, is too darn important, too wonderful to make anything else matter.
This was one of those stories for me. One that took me by surprise. One that made me smile and cry and really just feel. One that I am a better person for having read.
It wasn't perfect and even messy at times but the messages and story more than made up for it. They made it all beautiful and I wasn't left wanting. I didn't need all the explanations that we are use to getting or all the answers to questions that should have mattered. Instead, I closed this one completely satisfied and happy. My heart warmed with everything I had experienced while reading it.
I'm not even sure if the author intended for her readers to feel that way, to really feel the massages not just read them. To feel so connected to the story and what was happening that it felt real, but either way, yes or no, I did and it was heartfelt and I loved it, I loved the story and the characters and all it represented.
This was my first book by this author and it most certainly won't be my last, in fact I plan on looking up her other books and making sure I own them.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*