Sublime Review

Posted October 6, 2014 by sophie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Title: Sublime
Author: Christina Lauren
Release: October 14th by Simon & Schuster

Synopsis: True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter 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…

Bittersweet. Impossible love. Who doesn’t love to read that? Christina and Lauren (the dynamic duo behind the adult contemporary hits, Beautiful Bastard and Sweet Filthy Boy) have hit their stride in creating memorable, true-to-life characters, but it’s their world-building in this story that completely won me over. A quiet little, remote boarding school in a spooky town. Students have disappeared from St. Osana’s boarding school, but wait, are their ghosts still around?

Sublime is told from two points-of-view, Lucy’s and Colin’s. I love a book that shows both sides of the story. There is no need to guess what the other character was thinking. Lucy is a disoriented soul who finds herself drawn to St. Osana’s and in particular to the daredevilish Colin, a boy who challenges his physical existence almost every day. Colin’s story is beyond heartbreaking and it is one that weaves into the ghostly St. Osana’s world so believably that I never even questioned the existence of spirits from beyond.

In the midst of the will he-won’t he pain, there’s a beautiful love story. One that is so, yes haunting, that you will find yourself rooting for the WRONG THING TO HAPPEN. OMGOSH. I wanted THE WRONG THING.

Okay no spoilers, but for those of you who are thinking hey, are there any todiefor sexy times in Sublime? The answer is, it’s a Christina Lauren story, so yes, yes there are. But, they are YA-appropriate and truly pivotal to the story as you watch Lucy and Colin become closer and closer and therefore more desperate in their search for a closeness they may never be able to achieve.

So get ready for a mystery, a love story and a thrilling conclusion. I know you will fall in love (just as hard as I did) with Sublime’s world and characters. The release date is October 14th, go and pre-order or reserve your library copy today. This is a must-read for these gloomy, spooky days of Fall.


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