Saturday, 16 August 2014

Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington




Title: Between the Lives
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Orchard Boo0ks
Rating: 5/5 Stars



The perfect life or the perfect love. You choose.

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 that bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she'll choose?

A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives - this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience.
(From Goodreads)

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only. 

The general premise of this book interested me from the word go, and when I received a copy of this in the post, I couldn't wait to begin it.
A girl living two seperate lives? How can I say no?

The preface of the book was explained well which flowed nicely into chapter one.

The story is told from Sabine's perspective. I think this is the only way it could have been done in order to see everything that goes on in Sabine's life. 

I found it incredibly hard to take notes when reading this book as I was so completely involved and obsessed with everything that happened.
In fact, I only wrote two notes in the end.

I really liked Sabine's character. She really told the story well and I felt sorry for her on many occasions. When you're torn between two lives and if you had the choice to pick one, what would you do?

I think this is what made the book interesting. While at one point I'm learning about one life, it suddenly reverts to the next one and that way I felt I was on edge.

I also frickin' adored the character Ethan. Admittedly I didn't like him at first, but then he grew on me.

This is definitely one of those sit-on-the-sofa-and-get-comfy kind of novels. A story that will entrance you from the beginning to the end, with a few shockers thrown in. I never knew what to expect. Shirvington definitely caught me off guard a few times.

Definitely one of those stories that will remain a favourite of mine and one I will re-read again and again.

Shirvington's writing has caught my attention, and now I want to read her other novels to see what else she has to bring.

I think the cover of this book does describe the book in a nut shell. I really like it.

There were so many moments in this book where I almost cried - especially the ending (and I rarely cry at books which says something!)

This book was simply perfection and everyone needs to pick it up now! 

I deserves all the five stars that I gave it.

If you do enjoy your psychological thriller-mysteries with a splash of romance, then this is definitely for you! 


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I hope you have enjoyed this review.

  Happy reading =)


~Katie~

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