Amanda reviews: One Past Midnight (IT WAS SO GOOD!)

By Jessica Shirvington
Published on July 22, 2014
Published by Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley
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?
I am pretty sure that Jessica Shirvington could write a book on how to groom raccoons and I would be enthralled by it.  The way she writes is so gripping, and incredibly entertaining.

Sabine (can't say I am a huge fan of this name, but maybe it is a more popular name in Australia?) is an interesting character.  She is desperate, a teensy bit crazy, and needing someone in her life who understands her.  Enter Ethan.  I can't tell you how they end up getting together- that would give away some big plot points in the book.  I found their plot line a little obvious.  I knew where this book was going right away, but I still enjoyed it immensely.

This author knows how to write feelings - and drama.  She is able to amke me feel so much for her characters.  I honestly don't know how she does it- every book she has written has been so full of feelings and drama.  None of it seems overdone either- it doesn't FEEL like she is trying to make the reader emotional.  The emotion feels organic to the story.

There are many twists and turns in this book- I really enjoyed it and it made me want to read her Violet Eden Chronicles all over again.  I also hear she has a new book out in Australia- the start to a new series.  I can't wait to see which publisher picks it up here!

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