BY CHRISTINA LAUREN
Category: Young Adult
Published October 14th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format Acquired: Hardcover
Source: Gifted (Thanks, Celine!)
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / The Book Depository / Kobo / National Book Store / Fully Booked
2015 Reading Challenge: A book with a one-word title
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…
“sublime 1. (adjective) transcendent; complete, absolute 2. (transitive verb) to cause to pass directly from the solid to the vapor state”
*sigh* How do I even start with my review? *sigh*
I don't know what to say.
I don't know how to feel.
This book just... disappointed me.
I felt like I've been cheated. I was deceived by that lovely cover and that catchy plot. Even Tahereh Mafi, one of my favorite authors said it was "a beautiful, haunting read" and yet when I read it, ugh. I'm so sad and angry and disappointed and frustrated. I thought it was just a struggle when I read the first 30-40 percent of the book. To my surprise, I was almost finished reading when I realized the story is not working at all. I didn't even think there is a climax in the story. It didn't give me those OMG! moments at all. When I reached the ending, I was like, "What the hell? That's it? It's finished?!"
Let's go now to the story.
“Is it dangerous to want so much to know someone without first knowing yourself?”
Lucy woke up by the lake, not knowing who she is or where she came from or why she's there. Then she realized she was dead. She ended up wandering around the school, where nobody seemed to notice her, until Colin. Then Colin's friend seemed to notice her. And the other teachers. Then there's also a part in the book that some people don't notice her. I was confused. Then the people who seemed to notice her in different ways! I mean, for Colin, her hair was white. While for the other, it's brownish. Like, what??! Plus, INSTA-LOVE, people.
S P O I L E R S A H E A D
“I think I’m here for you.”
I had a lot of unanswered questions that I REALLY hope that there would be a sequel. Or else. Aaaargh! And don't even get me started with the way the color of her eyes changes everytime! Why was she killed in the first place? Why Colin? Whyyyy?! Because I think the reason that the book mentioned is too shallow for whatever is happening to them. How about that statue where she feels connected? What IS the connection between them? What's with the mirror world thingy? It was said that under the lake, *S P O I L E R A H E A D* (or wherever the hell they go when Colin wants to die FOR A WHILE to be with Lucy) that it was a mirror of the world above. But how come that it seems like Lucy is the ONLY ghost there? (well, except when Colin is dead for a few minutes) And that ending! I don't know if it's the I'd-risk-everything-for-love thing but .................................. zzzzzzzzz
He waves a hand, blindly indicating the area around her head. “Your hair is blond, and Jay says it’s brown. And your eyes? Oh God. What is going on?”
“Different? Aren’t they, like, brown or something?” Colin mumbles, “Maybe gray.”
Supposedly, I would give books like this one panda, but you'd probably wonder why I gave it two. It's because even though it's kinda frustrating, it didn't bored me, though. I never thought about putting it down while reading. Maybe it's because I'm waiting for something more from the story, I'm waiting for something to happen. To be honest, I finished this in less than a day, that's why I was so disappointed it the end. Also, let's not forget the whole idea of the story. It was great, but I think the ideas of the two authors who wrote this just didn't met. Aaaaaand, still, plus points for that gorgeous cover! I really wanted to like this book but I guess it's just not for me. *sobs*
|2 out of 5 Pandas|