“Ghosts have haunted the world since the beginning of time, and suddenly, she’s plagued with the desire to know how to do it right.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I was excited to read Sublime mainly for two reasons 1. I love Christina Lauren! And 2. I was excited to change up the genre of my reading. Sublime is a Young Adult paranormal romance and it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
As the story began, it did take me a good quarter of the book before I really got into it. Lucy appears out of nowhere, she didn’t know where she was or why she was brought to earth, the only thing she was certain of, was she was dead. When she first set eyes on Colin, she didn’t understand why, but she knew deep down there was something about him calling to her.
“You here for breakfast?” he asks. His voice vibrates through her. “Last call . . .” Her mouth opens again, and what spills forward isn’t what she expects; nor does she dissolve into a flock of ravens. “I think I’m here for you.”
Lucy and Colin begin to hang out and it was pretty clear Lucy wasn’t an average girl, Colin knows there are ‘Walkers’ who surround his school and they soon discover Lucy might just be one. But the fact still remains, neither know why Lucy appeared.
“I’ve lost everyone I loved. Instead, I got you. The universe might have taken the others away, but it sent you back.”
I liked the slow budding relationship between Lucy and Colin. They felt like kindred spirits, yet there was always this feeling of uncertainty running between them, as they feared Lucy’s time on earth was limited.
“He blinks again, slowly, and she realizes it’s just something he does: an unselfconscious, unhurried blink, as if he’s capturing an image of her and developing it on his lids.”
It wasn’t until Colin discovered by accident how he could really be with Lucy that the action kicked in. Colin was a daredevil to the extent he had no self-preservation, he had an idea and he ran with it. He was desperate to spend time with Lucy and he would do anything to make that happen.
“Gunmetal eyes meet his, and the color is alive, churning like an angry ocean, pulling him in. He lets himself drown.”
For the remaining quarter of the book, Lucy and Colin’s lives were almost on fast forward, the action picked up and the suspense was at an all time high. Lucy and Colin were desperate to find a permanent solution of existing in Lucy’s world, and the closer they got, the more danger Colin put himself in. It was so tense and Colin was increasingly reckless, my nerves were shot!
I love the way in which Christina and Lauren wrote the ending, at 98% the action was at an all time high, and even though I knew in the back of my mind that Sublime was a standalone, I did have that horrible omg-this-is-going-to-be-a-cliffhanger-as-there-is-only-2%-left moment but my fears were unfounded as BAM it all came to a head.
The ending and the epilogue spun my mind. I kinda knew what happened but then I didn’t want to assume, I felt teary eyed and I couldn’t understand why, I think I became so attached to both Colin and Lucy, my feelings were almost maternal and I wanted them to be ok. After some debriefing, I feel much happier with the way things ended and I love when a book can tie me up in knots.
Sublime was a great read, it reminded me of how much I missed reading paranormal books and I won’t leave it as long next time. Both Lucy and Colin were really interesting characters, their back-stories were fascinating and I liked that you had to piece together the puzzle with them. At the midway point I felt terrible for thinking it, but I kinda wanted Colin to die (sorry dude) because I really wanted him to be with Lucy!
Christina and Lauren have proved they can do sexy and fun with their adult and new adult titles and with Sublime they have showcased how much more their talent stretches. Sublime was beautifully written, and once I was hooked, I couldn’t put the book down. I look forward to more of this genre from them in the future.
You could think of Sublime as the modern day Casper, but only this time it is Colin asking if he can keep Lucy.
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
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