Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BOOK RAP: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

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Yesterday, I interviewed YA Author Kimberly Sabatini, the author of Touching the Surface. So now you are in LOVE with her and seriously, who wouldn't be?!?! And maybe you already went out and bought her book, Touching the Surface. If you did, give yourself a pat on the back and HAPPY Dance with me!!


But maybe you still need some more convincing before you hit the BUY NOW button.
ICING on the CAKE: I will select a random person from my email list to receive a free COPY of Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini. You CAN'T pass up that DEAL


Okay, here's Touching the Surface's inside book flap and Amazon's Book Pitch:


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.



A REVIEW From Booklist
Elliot is a third-timer at the Obmil, the afterlife limbo between heaven and hell where people are sent to learn from their previous mistakes. She has returned after causing the car wreck that killed a young man when she reached for her ringing cell phone. This time she will be expected to Delve, an afterlife process that forces a person to revisit his or her previous life; it’s a painful self-examination made more so because Elliot’s Delve involves Oliver, the boy she killed, and his older brother Trevor. How could they both forgive her when she is unable to forgive herself? And why is her best friend, Julia, avoiding her in this third afterlife? First-time-novelist Sabatini has created an intriguing new world for teens, one that speculates about what happens to souls upon death, especially if the death has been traumatic or self-inflicted. It’s a didactic but effective lesson in love, forgiveness, and self-understanding made more palatable by Elliot’s love for the two brothers and the drama that surrounds the other third-timers in the Obmil. Grades 8-11. --Frances Bradburn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.      

"This gorgeous, lyrical read will sweep you away." --Jessica Verday, bestselling author of The Hollow trilogy --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.


ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?


Touching the Surface made my heart sing. Written in the first person, I immediately fell into the main character, Elliot's POV.


Through Elliot, I experienced regret and sadness because I ended up in Obmil (the in-between place between heaven and hell) yet again. I met old friends I wanted to hug and other's who made my skin crawl. I met a nice boy I crush on, only to fall for the Bad Boy, who really wasn't that bad.


Kimberly delivers surprises throughout the novel. By the end, Elliot is ready to take the next step in her afterlife (no SPOILERS here). All the loose ends create a beautiful ending with love and redemption but Touching the Surface leaves you hankering for more. Luckily, MORE is on it's way.


Touching the Surface falls under paranormal romance, but really, I've found that GREAT books tell a story the soars far beyond a Genre classification. Go READ it. You won't be disappointed.


READY TO BUY? Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini (Oct 1, 2013)    
Here's the Direct Link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=touching+the+surface+by+kimberly+sabatini&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atouching+the+surface+by+kimberly+sabatini 


BUT HURRY, this deal on lasts until Thursday, April 3, 2014 and then this link and the deal disappear FOREVER (or at least until Amazon runs it again)


Write on,
Kim