June 28, 2011

Abithica by Susan Goldsmith

Abithica is a YA paranormal romance.

"Claire" is passionately kissing her husband when she feels herself being sucked out of the body and lands with her face in a plate of mashed potatoes. Reconnecting with her new body, we've come to realize that this "entity" just jumped bodies and reading her first jumbled thoughts, she is now Sydney.

Its the eyes and ears that gain focus first, the rest of the body is often left like a puppet waiting for someone to grab a hold and control the strings. After realizing her new "assignment"  is helping this Sydney and her mother patch things up, we soon learn that Sydney is a very distraught and emotionally wrecked person. With piercings, tattoos, brandings and cult worshipping, Sydney can be felt raging inside, trying to gain control of her body.

The "parasite", as she likes to call herself, breaks her number one rule, do not get involved. She finds herself caring for these people whose lives she has come into. From Sydney's mother, Faith, the eccentric, shoe-philosophizing divorcee to Lane, the new man in Sydney's life. He makes her soul soar with love and joy and she becomes scared when she realizes its coming time for her to jump to another host body. However, this time she doesn't want to leave, she has always served her mission well, jumping and changing lives and for once, she'd like a chance to love and feel loved.

Shae is Lane's little sister and after witnessing their mother's brutal murder, she refuses to speak until she meets Sydney, who she believes is an angel. Trying to distance herself from Lane and Shae, Sydney fails and must come to terms with her feelings and those of the people around her. Lane is relentless in his pursuit, for he feels the same about her as she does him, and he vows that no matter what, he would be able to find her anywhere.

After being coerced into seeing a psychiatrist, she knows this will be the moment when she jumps and sure enough, she jumps to another host body. Upon the way, she learns many things about herself and those she has loved. Will her prayers be answered and she can finally face the love she so desires or will she be destined to jump from host body through all time, bringing other people happiness without ever be rewarded with her own? And to top it all off, there are a group of evil people called the Legnas, with an agenda all of their own, tying the two into one another without the other knowing who or what the game afoot is all about.

I truly enjoyed this book, it had great characters, excellent flow and a plot with a great ending. The love story was excellent, even though I found Lane to be rather pushy and controlling, I still enjoyed how it he was written! I loved how the build up in mystery was displayed, even though you suspected the truth before reading it, you are still intrigued with the outcome.

This book is a real page turner if you enjoy paranormal romances, I found myself flying through the pages so that I could see if all turns out well for everyone involved. I laughed and I cried reading the story of these remarkable characters. You cannot help but rooting for them in the end, hoping all works out and the roller coaster of disappointment and elation was excellent before the final outcome is observed.

The only thing I found disappointing was the Legnas. They were dispersed throughout the book in sparse excerpts which worked for the overall story, however, there was no ending follow through, I ended up wondering if they were there for filler or if they had an actual purpose in the story. A little tidying up of that situation would have been great, seeing as the passages concerning them were written with such mystery and intrigue.  The ending doesn't give any indication that there will be another book and without such, the Legnas come across as being an unnecessary plot twist. Which brings me to another back story character, Max, we have him sneaking around Sydney, I expected an outcome between the two, but after the one panic attack that gets Sydney in motion, we don't hear from him again!

I would recommend reading this even though two of the sub-plots are left hanging, the rest of the book is an excellent read that I am sure you will enjoy!

What if you knew you were about to be torn from your body and replaced by an imposter in a seamless switch forever separating you and the one you love? Would you do whatever it took to stay? Even if YOU happened to be the imposter?

Abithica must borrow all that she is from others: names, lives, even bodies, but only for periods of time she cannot control. What is she, and why is she compelled to fix the lives of the people she inhabits, even the despicable ones? When she switches into the troubled life of Sydney Turner, she ends up breaking the one rule that has sustained her, the one thing in her control--never get attached--and learns the pain of loving and being loved in return.

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful, and insightful review Jennifer! Yes! There is a sequel in the works, and the Legnas are front and center, what they are, what they are after, and how they are tied to ABITHICA. I have three chapters left to write.