Review: Sublime by Christina Lauren

October 18, 2014 Review 0

Review: Sublime by Christina LaurenSublime by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on October 14, 2014
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Romantic, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: Non-graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Julia
3 Stars

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…

Don't be fooled into expecting the usual YA ghostly love story, SUBLIME will entrap those tender expectations and twist them into horror.  While the characters are as charismatic as expected from the expert romance duo Christina Lauren, most of the ghostly promise of the plot ultimately fell flat.

An avid fan of Christina Lauren's contemporary romances, I started SUBLIME with high hopes.  While SUBLIME help my full attention for several chapters, by book's end, my overwhelming feeling was "disappointment". The characters in SUBLIME are captivating (even Lucy with her amnesia has depth and intrigue), but the hints and paranormal quirks of this world never felt satisfactorily explained.  Ghosts are both expected and unexplained in this little pocket of reality, enough so that I was primed to expect this ghost story taking place outside our world.  Ultimately, SUBLIME says very little satisfying about these events, leaving both the world building and the romance in a lurch.

SUBLIME's tagline could be "The Lengths Teenagers Will Go to to Get Laid", a sentiment I type with both cynical laughter and emotional pain. Isolated, uncanny, and a little bit horrific, as a romance SUBLIME will put your emotions through the ringer. For a haunting, inexplicable ghost story, however, you've come to the right place.

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