by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Release date : October 14th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors ofBeautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author ofShatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read".
When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.
Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Have you been looking forward to a book, only to then put it off because you have this.. feeling that it is going to be SO GOOD you want to wait and savor it for later? This is me with majority of the Fall release titles. I have been drowning in disappointing books as of late and sadly, Sublime has been added to that list.
Love stories involving ghosts have always been tricky for me. Ghosts are “supposed” to be scary – and the idea of falling in love with someone expected to haunt the living …? Well, call me pessimistic, it’s weird. Don’t get me wrong, there are several books that i have ended up thoroughly enjoying that are ghost love stories, it’s just not one I usually jump on. BUT – I loved the premise of this one and was beyond exciting to jump right in.
First, I have to say the writing was beautiful. I saw somewhere that described it as “poetic,” and I would have to agree. The prose is elegant and the two authors working together was done perfectly. Another thing I loved how steamy the romance was. Often we find that romances in YA are left to our imagination, but there were no barrels held here. And I’ve said it many times that I love it when an author doesn’t hold back.
One of the most disappointing things to note was how much I was not invested in the romance. First of all, it was unhealthy on many levels. Intentionally putting yourself in harm’s way for the person you “love” speaks for itself. And anyway, I was more interested in why Lucy came back, why the others come back and what in the world was going on at the school that so many people fell to their death there. For this being primarily a romance, that’s disappointing. And none of my questions were answered. NONE.
However, what bothered me the most in the book was the end and resolution. View Spoiler » Um, he kills himself. After Lucy disappears again, for the umpteenth time, he decides that he cannot live without her and kills himself. In the end, they meet up in her happy place and live Happily Ever After. That’s just not okay. At all. « Hide Spoiler
Although I adored the beautiful writing and was intrigued enough to finish the book, I can only say this was okay for me. I can not support the message with this romance. With unlikable and relatable characters, I am hesitate to recommend this one.
Tell me your thoughts –
Have you read Sublime? If so, what did you like overall? What about the ending?
If not, how do you feel about human/ghost romantic relationships?
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