Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Surface of The Afterlife: Touching The Surface - Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the SurfaceTouching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
Date Released: October 30th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 352 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Rating: Really Liked
Series: Standalone

Goodreads Synopsis:  Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

     Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

     As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

From Goodreads

My Review:
Wow...Touching The Surface was intense and riveting! It was amazed how it enchanted me, held me at my breath, and showed me a new side of the "afterlife"! Touching The Surface was completely fresh, new, and exciting, it's a definite YA Contemporaries for sure!

Elliot is a third timer, messing up big time in the life she had before, but doesn't know why. She goes through challenges and painful delves that cause her to find the reason she's back here. I really like Elliot's character to be honest! She was keen on her goal of finding herself here, and her romance with Trevor and Oliver was unique and fresh. The delves she has to go to were really intense and I could feel her because Kimberly's writing was so lyrical. Elliot was such a great character at times, but other times I wished she had more potential to do more risks. But overall, I really liked her as a realistic fiction character. The same goes for Oliver and Trevor! I leaned more to Oliver because she was so much caring to Elliot and real. As we got to Trevor, I did understand where he was coming from, being this hard person to Elliot. 

Kimberly's writing style was so lyrical and fresh, it was amazing to read something like that! Her take on the afterlife was so cool and exciting..I never actually read anything like it or heard about it! She always kept the pace up even with some slow parts, but still was good!  Also, the chapter titles where also so cool to read and the cover is pure awesomeness! 

The ending.

Overall, Touching The Surface was a really good book! I loved it a lot and it was  heart-breaking, intense, and riveting. I really can't wait to see what Kimberly Sabatini has next   in story! Pick this one up if you love lyrical writing, needing something fresh to read, or loves contemporaries :)

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  1. Ooh, I saw this book a while back and planned on reading it. This makes me want to read it even more!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. Sounds fantastic. I think I need to find this one. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. Thanks for the review, this book sounds unique and you really pushed me to want to read it. I don't think I've ever even heard of this before. It is now added on my TBR pile.


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