Friday, June 21, 2013

Audiobook Review: Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Between the Lives
Author:  Jessica Shirvington
Publisher:  HarperCollins Australia, 336 pages
Publication Date:  May 1, 2013 (Australia)
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length:  8 hours and 5 minutes
Publisher:  Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Release Date:  May 1, 2013

From Goodreads:

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?

Audiobook Review:

I love Jessica Shirvington's Embrace series so much that when I saw this new book, I knew I wanted to read it.  Although the book is only available in Australia, the audiobook is available in the U.S.  So even though I usually don't listen to audiobooks, I ordered it.  

Parallel worlds seems to be a trend right now and I have enjoyed the ones I have read (Anyone remember the television show Sliders)?  Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Sabine is a great character and you really feel bad for her having to live these two lives and keep it a secret, meaning she doesn't feel like she truly has any friends.  And Ethan is so great.  You quickly are rooting for Sabine and Ethan, but it's difficult to see how it's going to work out given her two lives.  Although in the past, anything physical that happened to her in one world  (cutting her hair, getting sick, etc), carried over the other world, suddenly that is not the case.  

I have the admit, I was much more interested in her Roxbury world and I wanted more of the book to be in that world (since that's where Ethan was).  And the ending--so bittersweet.  I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  

As far as the audiobook, the accent was hard to get used to.  I'm not even sure what accent it was supposed to be.  Maybe someone Australian trying to do a Boston accent?  

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