Friday, April 10, 2015

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington [Review]

One Past Midnight3.5 out of 5 Robots!

One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: July 22, 2014
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives. 

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is... 

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted... But just what - and who - is she really risking?

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I think this book's concept was a little better than the execution.  I liked it fine while I was reading it, but now that I've finished, it hasn't really stuck with me. 

I found the concept of Sabine spending 24 hours as one person, then 24 hours as another pretty interesting.  I like how different her two lives were.  I enjoyed her different friends, different families, and different situations.  Neither was necessarily better than the other.  But Sabine finds having to live two lives to be exhausting.  She starts searching for a way to stay in one life.  But her experiments lead to her being committed to a mental hospital in one life, where she meets Ethan, a nurse.  Ethan may be the only person who believes her about her two lives.

This is where the book starts to fall apart a bit for me.  Ethan was fine, but I wasn't super excited about the ultimate outcome between Sabine and Ethan.  It felt a little melodramatic, even if he did help her come to terms with her dual lives.  

But mostly, the biggest thing for me was that this book didn't stand out in any way and was not very memorable.  

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. The concept is very intriguing, too bad the writing couldn't hold it up better. This is one of those books I would still read if I had extra time, but those extra hours never happen. I do love the cover art though. :)

    1. I'm always sad when a book doesn't hold up to a great concept. :(



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