Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Review: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Elliot is dead for the third time. As she emerges in Obmil, she is welcomed by Mel, the guide of sorts who she's connected with on her last two visits. Obmil is where souls have a chance to look at what they did in their past life to see what the need to do differently in order to move on. Third time is the final time, and the most challenging, as memories from your past life will be shared while "delving" and other third times will assist in coming up with a life plan.

Not only is this the third time for Elliot, things are really messed up. While she feels an instant connection to warm and loving Oliver, it's the dark and moody Trevor who really gets her blood boiling. Best friend Julia used to be the one she could depend on, but she wants nothing to do with Elliot. She's switched out of her delving sections and spends a lot of time with  Trevor. Just when things couldn't get much worse, it turns out the the connection between Elliot, Oliver and Trevor is complicated. Very complicated.

Can Elliot face her past, especially with her fears? What happens next for Elliot, and what happens if she can't move on from Obmil? Author Kimberly Sabatini creates an amazing world in the afterlife where souls are brought together to figure out what they need to do to move on.Elliot is as confused as any teen would be, and the lives of Oliver, Trevor and Julia show the tragedies of teen life with out being bogged down in issues.

Fans of love triangles with a supernatural twist will not want to miss Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini. If you read books like Everafter by Amy Huntly and Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Touching the Surface is another look at an afterlife that makes you face your current life.

And for an extra level of awesome: A library patron entered us into a contest from the author and we won! One lucky summer reader will have a chance to bid on a signed copy of Touching the Surface, a t-Shirt and some other awesome author swag! Stop by the library for more information on how you can read and win this summer!

I"ll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland)

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