Sabine isn’t like anyone else. For as long as she can remember, she’s had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she ‘Shifts’, living each day twice. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine’s family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He’s gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.
All Sabine really wants is the chance to live one life. When it seems like this might finally be possible, Sabine begins a series of dangerous experiments to achieve her goal. But is she willing to risk everything—including the one person who might actually believe her?
I am a liar.
I am two people. Neither better than the other, no superpowers, no mystical destinies, no two-places-at-one-time mechanisim -- but two people.
Every day, without fail, it goes on...
That's all it took, those few lines to have me completely entranced in this book. This is a story about love, loss, hope and choices. Sometimes I think that we all live two lives. The life we live in public for everyone to see, and then the life we live behind closed doors. That is sort of how I saw Sabine, the girl that lives everyday twice. In one life she has wealth and means, and in the other she is poor and lowly. She realizes this dilemma must remain a secret and does quite well at keeping her two worlds separate, until Love enters the equation.
This was a very unique story for me, and I've read a lot of stories. The world building was fantastic, and although at times I didn't know where the story was going, I realized that neither did Sabine. Kudos to the author for allowing me to dive so completely into this character that I literally saw things through her eyes. For the romantic aspect of the story, there was an element of 'I know where this is going', but the journey to get there was so compelling that I didn't mind already knowing the destination.
There is some violence and heartache, if you are familiar with Shirvington's Violent Eden chapters, this is to be expected. She's not one to shy away from harsh realities. But the darkness in this story is balanced well with a strong female presence and a heartwarming love story between Sabine and Ethan. Sabine struggles with the choices she has to make, learning the difference between right and wrong, sometimes the hard way. The story itself and the characters are three dimensional and their flaws sort of validate them.
What I took away from this story was live your life to it's fullest, the grass may seem greener on the other side, but who is to say? Everyone is dealt a hand in life, it's what you make of it. You only get one chance at the crazy ferris wheel called life, make it count!
A great choice for young and older readers, I give it 5 stars *****
Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.
An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twleve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.
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