Saturday, September 20, 2014

Charli Reviews: Between the Lives

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?

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.

1 comment:

  1. I finished the American version (One Past Midnight) and adored it too. It seems such an injustice in the world that we don't have others to fangirl with all the time.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (


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