Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sublime by Christina Lauren

Sublime by Christina Lauren (team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings)
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…


Publishes in US: October 14th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA para
Source: Simon Teen
Series? No?

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    I wanted to read Sublime because of the haunting cover and the description of the ghostly love story and wanted to know more about the brink of death experiences he got himself into, as well as the whys to Lucy's appearance and her draw to Colin. 

    I liked how it was dual perspective, so while we know a bit about Lucy, Colin definitely doesn't and we are figuring out along with him why she is so special to him, why he sees her with ease and why she isn't noticed as much or the same way by the other students. 

   The school already has ghost stories, they call them Walkers, and claim to have seen ghosts around the lake and in the woods, and I didn't know how much or at all it played into why Lucy was drawn to the school and why she couldn't leave. 

    Colin is a dare devil to start with which I guess made me a bit more okay with the risk taking that he does in order to connect more with Lucy. It was an interesting element to the story, that is for sure. I couldn't believe how far some of it went actually, but it was unique. 

    I really enjoyed the story as well as the lure around the school. I couldn't decide about Lucy and what the intentions were and if her strength and presence actually was from his near death experiences or if it was some other theory that she actually was his guardian. 

   And oh my the ending... Um. I am really not sure what happened. It was extremely open ended and the epilogue didn't really help with clarity or adding to the answers that I wanted. 

Bottom Line: Great premise and elements but the ending and non-answers really wasn't for me.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could fall in love with a ghost? What about die to be with them?


  1. It's too bad about the end and the answers you wanted. I always have a problem with open end...

  2. Loving the cover. Alas the unresolved ending would also cause me to be disappointed.

    Could I fall in love with a ghost? Probably not. A cold bod myself I need someone with a bit of body heat which is why Jacob always appealed to me more than Edward in the Twilight books.


  3. I'll be reading this one soon and I'm very curious about it. Although I'm not sure how I'll feel about that ending. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. I hate it when the ending kills the rest of the book; leaving things open to a certain extent is ok, especially if there's a sequel in the works, but it still should provide readers with a bit of closure. I'm not a fan of ghost love stories because they rarely have a HEA, or if there is one, it's super sad.

  5. That cover is so eye-catching! I don't hunk the story is one I would enjoy though & I hate open endings.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. Wow, that cover. I love that it is dual perspectives. Thanks for sharing this paranormal Brandi, it was new to me

  7. Yup the cover is indeed breathtaking and I do want to read this too but alas, I got denied! I do hope there's a book 2 based on the ending otherwise it will totally piss of readers, nobody like no-closure plots

  8. Interesting that it's an open ending. Do you know if it's supposed to be a series? Although I often like open endings. I rather wish the ending of The Giver hadn't been answered.

  9. I love the cver, but I can't deal with an open/unresolved ending, plus I don't like ghostly romances, they don't end well.

  10. Unresolved endings usually frustrate me to no end, Brandi. The premise does sound good, but I'm not so sure about the execution.

    I don't know about falling in love with a ghost... I can't imagine falling in love with someone else than my hubby, so a ghost seems even farther away from that :)

    Great review. Have a terrific Tuesday.

  11. Wow, that looks like a really interesting cover! I have a couple of publishers who are my all time favourites, and Simon & Schuster (including branches) is one of them! I have to say, this is an interesting sounding book. And although it does seem enjoyable, the ending didn't seem all too conclusive, which is a shame. I don't think I could fall in love with someone who I is past their time, and would rather wait my to my natural time to go to be with them,

  12. The concept sounds fun and it feels like Ghost meet's Flatliners to me. But when the end isn't really an end that's a no go for me. Matt @ JC's Book Haven.

  13. Not the kind of ending I like but I'm curious about this one. Might have to try this one through the library.

  14. That cover is very haunting! And it sucks that the ending wasn't that great, but glad you still enjoyed the story!

    Lovely review!

  15. Ack! It sounds like such a great story, but the ending really makes or break a book. Sorry this one was unanswered! Great review :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  16. I totally forgot this book was coming out soon! I was initially drawn in by the cover too. Interesting about the ending, that would bother me too-I really dislike open endings like that.

  17. I'm glad you enjoyed this story inspite of its open ending, Brandi. Besides the gorgeous cover, the whole idea of these two crossing the line between life and death sounds chilling, a haunting romance for sure!

  18. I just met the authors of Sublime on Wednesday and the story definitely sounds intriguing. I wondered about the ending. I always do when it's a romance between a ghost and human. How can it possibly work out well? I wouldn't care for an open sort of ending either. I never do. I like them nice and tidy even if it's not realistic. Reading is my entertainment and it's fiction, so why can't I have my HEA? Lol. Anyhow, I think I might have my answer about how this ends from your question. Right? Great honest review, Brandi! :)


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