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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

review: Abithica by Susan Goldsmith

“If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?” 
- Chuck Palahniuk


Abithica
Abithica regains consciousness with the smell and taste of mackerel in her mouth - literally. without any warning or preamble, she has been switched again to another body. as she takes in her new surroundings and tries to learn about her new host Sydney Turner, Abithica never expected to fall in love with Lane Riley much less with the people around her. if only she could stay forever but she could not.
i was genuinely surprised by this fast-paced read. like Abithica, i was so involved in finding out who she really was and what her purpose was all about. i just could not put the book down!
this novel had the feel of a good mystery with endearing characters like Faith, Sydney's mother. if there is such a thing as a shoe psychologist, she would qualify as one. there is also the six-year old enigmatic Shae who seems to know more about Abithica's true identity if only she would choose to talk more. then we have Lane, Shae's uncle, who falls for Abithica. i find his professions of love quite cheesy but i guess when one is in love, he is allowed to be one.
there is also a sinister cult headed by shadowy figures who are involved in drugs, money and other dubious activities. Sydney appears to have a link with the group but this was not clearly defined. towards the end of the novel, a lot of questions were left unanswered regarding this strange brotherhood. this may point out to a sequel but somehow the thread was loosely connected and left me hanging.
nevertheless, i really loved Susan Goldsmith's writing debut. it is a unique and refreshing take on body possession. i have never met a character like Abithica before and i look forward to finding out how things go for her and the other players in the next book.

*Abithica is available from its publisher Twilight Times Books, Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (paperback, NOOKbook).
a sample chapter can be read HERE
for more information about Susan Goldsmith and her work, please visit http://susangoldsmithbooks.com/
 
my personal rating is: 
Abithica contains material not suitable for younger readers 13 & under.





Disclosure of Material Connection: i received an eARC from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 

1 comment:

L.J. said...

Oh!! I've had this one on my TBR list for awhile now. I must push it forward! Great review, AO!

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