November 16, 2014

Review: Sublime by Christina Lauren

Title: Sublime
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 14th 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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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 of Beautiful Bastard.

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… 

This novel is about a little bit twisted love story between ghost and a boy, about the constant struggle between them to feel close, the need touch each other, how they are connected and find out why she's really there (of which I'm still not entirely sure).

 The story takes place in a boarding school that has a reputation for being haunted, everybody know the stories about their ghosts and tragedies that have happened there. This is where one day a girl wakes up with not recollection of whom she is or how she got there, all she knows is that she feels a force that guides her to Colin and seeing him for that first time she knows that she is there for him. And after their first meeting a romance between them arises, meanwhile she slowly starts to remember her name, what really happened to her before? and she tries to find out why is she really there?.

 There were many aspects of the story that kept me interested, as was the fact that there were legends about walkers (ghosts) in the boarding school, also the things that Colin does to be near her and that is told from a dual POV. But I also feel that it was not well explained why the walkers appear in the school (it was sort of explained at the end of the book, but it remained slightly inconclusive at least for me) and there were times when I didn´t like Lucy and there were some loose ends with her character.

Sublime wasn´t what I was expecting, is primarily a twisted love story with mystery in it, but I didn´t enjoy the insta-love and codependency between them, I feel that the character of Lucy didn´t contribute much to the story because she was too passive. And it wasn´t a very good ending (at least from my perspective).

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  1. This is actually the first review I read of sublime, which is odd, considering when it came out. I was afraid that this one would have insta-romance, just from reading the blurb I was kinda expecting it, but I was still hoping it would be insta. Another thing is that Sublime really reminds me of Hereafter by Tara Hudson, which is also a story about a boy who falls in love with a ghost girl who can't remember who she is and slowly begins to remember. Great review Adriana!

    Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf

  2. MAN, that cover. It is honestly, quite easily, a favorite this year. It is stunning, and after reading the synopsis I had seriously high hopes for this one. But I honestly cannot remember reading even one positive review for it. Yours might actually be the most positive of the ones that I have read. And that Makes me so sad. I will still read Sublime, but my expectations for it are not even in the same ballpark as they were before. :(

  3. Er. I don't know why I bought this. 3 stars is definitely not promising. :/

  4. I have heard similar complains about the ending and about the insta-love in other reviews, and I'm quite sure that I'm not gonna bother with this one. And co-dependency and unexplained things? Nope, not my cuppa tea!
    Thank you for your review!

  5. Oh man, I was really looking forward to reading this. The cover lured me in honestly, heh. And I was really intrigued with the plot. I think I'll pass. So glad I saw your review! Thanks.

  6. I really wanted to read this but i keep seeing reviews that are big no nos for me since it was mostly a case of cover lust. Thanks for your honest review!

  7. I've read many not-so-good reviews about this book, and I love Christina Lauren's other books(Beautiful Bastard series & Wild Season series), but I think I'll have to pass on this one. Thanks for sharing your review!

  8. This book doesn't sound like one that I would like, but the cover is absolutely beautiful (I wouldn't mind having it on my shelf for that alone)

  9. Aaaaw...this sounds like a really sad lovestory.
    And I love ghost stories.
    So...seriously one of those books, I need on my to read list =)
    Thanks for this great review.

  10. This book has one of the most interesting covers I've seen... Looks interesting but the bit about insta-love put me off. And looks like the character development in the book is off too. It's a shame though, the concept of the book sounds great.

  11. The cover actually kind of turned me off of this book. I think it is because it reminded me of the covers of the Wither books by Lauren Destefano (you know how sometimes you associate things in your mind and can't really explain it? This is one of those times) and I didn't love them.

    I thought I would pick it up because I didn't want to judge it solely by its cover (groan), but after reading your review, I don't think I will. It sounds like it had some promise, but it didn't live up to it.