Thursday, August 14, 2014

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightAuthor: Jessica Shirvington
Publication: July 22, 2014
By: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
3 Stars 

Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives.

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is...

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 which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?

Thank you Lizzie Mason Bloomsbury for this ARC!  

The colors in the finished cover are so pretty! I was really excited to read this, I'd heard LOTS of good things from people who snagged a copy at BEA, and the concept of living two lives and having to ultimately choose between them sounded really cool.

I was expecting a Sliding Doors type of story but that isn't really how this one played, not for me anyway. I had trouble connecting with Sabine in either of her lives and her relationship with Ethan felt kind of forced. However, I did like the idea of not taking life or the people in it for granted, and living each day to the fullest. And the twist at the end was pretty cool! 
Fans of Split Second, Just Like Fate, and Parallel will enjoy this one.

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