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July 30, 2014

Blog Tour: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington – Review and Giveaway

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One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

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Name of overseas edition of Between The Lives. 

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is… 

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

add to goodreadsOne Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
Publication Date:  July 22, 2014
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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MaryAnn-2013Imagine having to live the same day twice, but in a different life?  Two lives, one memory.  Like a parallel universe, if you will.

In One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington, main character, Sabine, does just that.  She will live her life as Sabine with the black hair and, I’m gonna guess, Emo type image and just like Cinderella, when the clock strikes midnight, she shifts into Sabine with the long blonde hair and the perfect life.  But once again, come midnight, she shifts back to the other Sabine for another full day in that world.  Back and forth, back and forth.

But even though she switches into this completely different person, her memories from both worlds never leave her.  She remembers…good or bad, she remembers.  And until now, anything physical followed as well!  Cuts, dyed hair, ailments … But after breaking her arm as Emo Sabine, her fear was shifting to the Perfect Sabine world and try to explain how she ended up with a broken arm.  But her broken arm doesn’t follow her.  Her arm is perfectly fine.  And it’s at this point where Sabine decides to test her theory that the possibility of finally having one life could be a reality.

Unfortunately, her “flawless” plan gets thwarted by her parents.  Thinking that she could finally let loose all the secrets she had about her double life to the ones she thought she could count on the most (her parents), she instead ends up at a mental institute and on suicide watch.

Struggling with her decision to end one life so that she can thrive in another, Sabine feels more alone than ever until she meets Ethan.  As the nurse assigned to watch over Sabine and get her to open up, an unforgettable relationship starts to bloom…and Sabine’s plans become more complicated than she had bargained for.

I heart Jessica Shirvington.  Her Embrace series hooked me from day 1, and I was more than eager to read something else from her.  And let me tell you guys, for me, she did not disappoint.  I devoured One Past Midnight.  I loved the concept of living two entirely different lives in a parallel universe and remembering everything.

At first, I thought that it may be confusing reading a story that jumped between worlds, but in the end it was pretty flawless, especially since the main character knew what was happening, before and after.  I felt that everything flowed very smoothly.

The characters found in One Past Midnight are ones that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I was annoyed, at first, with Sabine’s plans of killing herself off in of her worlds, but as the story progressed, I understood where she was coming from.  Technically, she would be offing one version of her so that the other version of her could live a real life.  A life of no shifting, of being able to give herself completely to those she loved.  Without having to be self-conscious of slipping up and letting out the fact that she shifted and be labeled insane.  In the end, I found Sabine to be an extremely brave young woman, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character.

Another character that I adored was Ethan.  At first, stand-offish, but in the end, I just couldn’t get enough.  I couldn’t wait for Perfect Sabine to shift back to Emo Sabine so that I could see more of the interactions between her and Ethan.  Ethan was definitely a character that grew on you and once you have warmed up to the idea of him, you can’t let go.

Author, Jessica Shirvington, managed to shatter my heart and make my heart swell at, pretty much, the same time.  For myself, I pretty much figured out how everything would end from the get go, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to get lost in this beautiful story.

Fans of psychological reads and parallel universes will really enjoy One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington.

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This or That with Jessica Shirvington

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Fiction

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee

Physical Books or E-books?

Physical books

Writing in the Morning or in the Afternoon/Evening?

Afternoon/Evening

Dinner or Dessert?

Dinner

Comedies or Dramas?

Dramas

Pen or Pencil?

Pen

Sleeping In or Waking Early?

Sleeping in

The Past or the Future?

Past

Being Outdoors or Indoors?

Indoors

Dusk or Dawn?

Dusk

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

The Beginning of a Story or The End?

The end

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

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Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.

An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twleve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.

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  1. Karen Bainbridge
    8/3/2014

    Sabine sounds slightly out of touch with things
    with the shifting back and forth.. she’s going to lose! One Minute Past sounds very intriguing and quite fascinating synopsis I look forward to reading this very interesting book. Thank you for the book and the giveaway.

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