Early Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati

August 2, 2012 Review 5 ★★★★

*This title will be released on August 7, 2012*

Cover by Michael Yuen

Auracle

by Gina Rosati

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Author

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437104

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing. Mild sensuality.

Description

Trapped outside her body, Anna sees and hears but cannot touch the one she longs to hold.
Anna has a secret: she can astrally project out of her body. But when there’s an accident and her classmate Taylor gets into Anna’s body, what was an exhilarating gift threatens to become a terrifying reality. Anna and her best friend Rei form a plan to set things right, but they don’t anticipate the feelings that are beginning to grow between them. Auracle by Gina Rosati is an exciting, sensual novel that explores the relationship between body and soul and the power of a single touch.

Review

There was a movie that came out a few years ago called The Invisible (view trailer) that I kept thinking about while reading AURACLE. The movie has a much stronger thriller/suspense storyline than this book, but they both have a protagonist who ends up outside their body desperately trying to get back in, a murder/attempted murder, and a surprisingly bittersweet romance with the one person who sees them.

The writing in AURACLE is transportive.  Whether we’re hovering over a volcanic eruption with Anna during one of her ‘trips’, or we’re tiptoeing down her hallway trying desperately to avoid her violently drunk father, the words immerse readers in every magical or heartbreaking moment.  And the characters are equally as vivid.

Rei really stole the book for me with his quiet strength, determination, and heart.  He reminded me in a lot of ways like Sam from Maggie Stiefvator’s Shiver series.  So often in YA we get idealized love interests that couldn’t possibly exist in reality, or we get guys who would be truly hazardous in real life.  Rei is neither of those.  And Anna, with her tragic and semi-abusive home life, still finds her moments of happiness.  She and Rei have the strongest of friendships that trickles over into something more in such a softly beautiful way.

AURACLE is a lovely and bittersweet story.  The supernatural element and the suspense plot involving the usurper of Anna’s body, while excellently told, are really secondary to the love story.  It’s the characters that will draw you deeply into this book.  I only wish it was the start of a series since I’m no where near ready for it to be over.  I just adored this book.


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5 Responses to “Early Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati”

  1. kate

    You had me sold on “its like the movie invasable” and “in ways he is like sam from shiver” I’ll have to put this on my maybe list

  2. CCAM

    This book sounds very good. I must agree with Kate (and you). I’ll put this one on my “(very) short list”! Thanks for review.

    Hey tomorrow is 7th August, so I’ll not have to wait to much – this is soooooo good!

    • Abigail

      So glad you are planning on picking it up. This is the kind of book you really want people to discover :)