Saturday, September 20, 2014
Charli Reviews: Between the Lives
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Books with Bite (Hodder)
Date of Publication: August 2014
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Books with Bite (Hodder) in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Hodder!
I read this book whilst camping, and being the only girl and massive book nerd, I didn't really have anyone to fangirl with about fluff and plot twists and all the other elements of every book I love. Instead, I had 10 guys, including my leader, asking me about it and comforting me when I'd finished.
This book? Very close to perfection. The concept of switching lives with no-one knowing; having two very different personalities; was amazing to me. It made me wonder what it would be like having the Switch every night.
I adored the characters, too; Sabine was a great protagonist and I loved Ethan, the nurse in the hospital Sabine is in (in one of the lives). Shirvington developed Sabine's story so well and I found myself extremely attached to both her, the story and the romance.
The book also deals with topics like suicide; family issues and self-harm really well. Because Sabine wasn't actually suicidal but was taken into hospital for it, I didn't think it would work well in the story but it worked really well.
I won't be forgetting Between the Lives anytime soon; it's a intriguing concept with flawlessly formed characters; and the ending both made my heart break and sing. Shirvington has written an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone who likes contemporaries with slightly paranormal twists.