Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Review - Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Between the Lives
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Pages: 336
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release date: 7th August 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley*

3.5/5 stars

Sabine has two lives. 
Every midnight she Shifts from one to the other. 
In one life Sabine lives in the poor part of town with parents who don't approve of her dress sense and her adorable little sister. 
In her other life, Sabine has money, popularity, brothers that she doesn't get on with as well as the perfect boyfriend.
But when Sabine breaks her arm in one life and Shifts to find her arm perfectly fine in the other she realises that it's possible she could choose one life to live.

I enjoyed this.
I felt for Sabine as she struggled to see her two lives as a gift and not a curse. 
I found the writing style easy to follow and apart from one small part the story it held my attention and made me want to read on.
The plot was interesting and while I had an idea of what was going to happen, there was a surprise at the end of the book that I didn't see coming.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read that I would recommend.