Friday, May 17, 2013

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the Surface
By: Kimberly Sabatini
Released: October 30, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"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" (Summary from

I always love when I find a book that is completely different from the other Young Adult books that I have been reading lately and Touching the Surface was just that kind of book. It was a beautifully written and refreshing story.

Elliot is dead for the third time and she has no idea how it happened. All she knows is that she did something bad and she is forced to face the memories before moving on. Elliot was a strongly developed character. She's just simply realistic. She's made some huge mistakes and she has to face them now if she wants to move forward. It was really interesting to learn about her previous lives too. There were also several other fantastic characters in this book, but I especially liked Oliver and Trevor as well.  

I was able to jump right into this story from the first page. The plot was developed strongly. I loved how Sabatini told the story and how Elliot delves into her memories throughout the book. There is a bit of a mystery at first regarding how she died again and it continues to develop on from there as she delves into more of the memories. The story just really flowed well and it wasn't always predictable. I found myself actually wanting to take my time reading this book slowly rather than just reading it in one sitting. It could also be a heavy read at some moments too though. 

I loved the setting of Obmil and Sabatini's version of life after death was so interesting. It was all presented just really clearly to the reader. Sabatini truly makes an excellent debut and I will definitely be reading what she writes next. Overall, I just really enjoyed Touching the Surface and meeting these characters. This will be a story that will stick with me.. I strongly recommend Touching the Surface to anyone looking for a Young Adult novel that is different. 

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  1. I remember seeing this cover around when it first came out, but I didn't give it much thought. I may have to go back and check it out after all. It does sound different I'm always on the look out for original YA. Great review!
    -Natalie @Natflix&Books

  2. Ohhh previous lives! That sounds really interesting! I remember hearing great things about this one when it came out, but then I guess I forgot about it. It sounds great though! Glad you enjoyed!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives


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