Review: Sublime by Christina Lauren

Posted October 17, 2014 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 2 Comments


Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

from Goodreads:
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…
Look at that cover!
Gorgeous, isn’t it? And guess who blurbed this one? Tahereh Mafi! It’s bound to
be great right? Amazing, brilliant, incredible? Wrong. The only good thing I
have to say about this is that it sucks you in and even though you’re shaking
your head and getting angrier and angrier by the minute, you won’t be able to
stop turning the pages. Now the rest of this review is going to be pretty ranty
so if that’s not your thing, leave now. Sorry, I just have to get this all
First of all, the main
character is one of the most selfish people I have ever met. She was basically
horrible, mostly thinking only of herself. Now, I’m all about flawed
characters. Perfect characters are boring. But the problem here was that she
never got any better. She never grew or developed, never realized her mistakes
and that some of her choices were wrong and that’s the part that infuriated me.
And aside from her selfishness, she had no other distinguishing personality
traits. She was just some girl, obsessed with this guy. 
Speaking of, can we say
instalove? Not for one minute did I believe in this relationship. It was, to be
honest, a pile of bullshit. Not only did Lucy have no personality so seriously,
what exactly is Colin falling in love with, they really had no chemistry and it
was so fast. It was one of those painful relationships where Lucy is just
“drawn to him” and feels like “he’s her reason for being in this
state between death and life”. *rolls eyes into back of head*
Here’s something good.
This book is beautifully written. The prose is gorgeous and there were probably
some pretty quotable lines in here. But while this is good, it’s also bad.
Because the rest of the book was so terrible, that beautiful prose seemed like
it was just trying too hard to compensate for the other areas it was lacking.
So no, I didn’t highlight any lines because I was just so frustrated with the
rest of the story. 
Interesting concept
about star-crossed lovers, but it ultimately didn’t work for me. I just
couldn’t see past the lack of relationship and character development and just
the overall selfishness of Lucy. The ending was just the nail in the coffin for
me and I had to go rant to my husband for a good ten minutes. After having such
high hopes, I’m pretty disappointed with how this one turned out for me.  
Have you read this one yet? Were you as disappointed as I was? How did you feel about Lucy as a character? The romance? The ending??? 

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