Auracle

Auracle

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Gina Rosati

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  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Format: Hardback | 298 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 212mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1596437103
  • ISBN 13: 9781596437104
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 270,071

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Trapped outside her body, Anna sees and hears but cannot touch the one she longs to hold. Anna has a secret: she can astrally project out of her body. But when there's an accident and her classmate Taylor gets into Anna's body, what was an exhilarating gift threatens to become a terrifying reality. Anna and her best friend Rei form a plan to set things right, but they don't anticipate the feelings that are beginning to grow between them. "Auracle" by Gina Rosati is an exciting, sensual novel that explores the relationship between body and soul and the power of a single touch.

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Gina Rosati lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children. Auracle is her first novel.

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By avry15 11 Jan 2013 5

originally appeared on: Bookshelf Confessions

AURACLE surprised me a lot...Well, just reading from the blurb makes one think this is another YA book, with paranormal bits...only that this book had got a lot more twist. Kudos to Ms. Rosati for writing a story with no vampires, angels or werewolves..at least ghost and astral projections are not so common and bland subjects.>:D

And how about the cover? Blue does fine. The girl, the falls, the light, it's simple but put in a mysterious and beautiful way that perfectly fits the story within.

The plot is about a girl with an unnatural ability to project herself or her soul, whatever that thing is, outside of her body. Everything goes well until she witnessed an accident and the next thing she knows, the infamous, smart, flirty and recently deceased Taylor has occupied her body. What more? She or the one who's occupying her body is accusing one of her friends, Seth, of Taylor's death. Now she and her bestfriend Rei must do everything to find a way to get her body, save Seth, and prevent Taylor from hurting everyone else.

I don't know about you, but for me, this is quite unique, haven't heard of a book with astral projection or the conflicts of this one. Also, Ms. Rosati's writing can be categorized in show-don't-tell type of books. It's easy to jump in each of the character's background story without being too boring. The character's feelings are there. It almost seemed as if I was there with them, dying to know what would happen next and what would it take for Taylor to give Anna her body back. Anna's narration is refreshing and kept me reading til the end.

What's also fresh is to have characters who are not perfect but perfectly relates to imperfections of ordinary people. Not that Anna's problematic family is ideal, but it give us the feeling that we might relate with her because she has problems too that she has to deal with and not focus on hormones and high school drama. Her dad's alcoholic and her mom left them. Seth, her friend also suffers from temperament and broken family. Rei's torn between her own dreams and what her mom wants. Taylor, although I kind of hate her, develops fully in the story, she still had that snarky attitude, but she knows now that affection doesn't come from being famous and all the crazy teens do to get everyone's attention. I see her changed from that bitchy attitude to someone who understands that she needs to ask forgiveness, not just for what she done but also for herself.

Although, at some later part when Anna's just floating around and observing people, my excitement went low, maybe I was just too geared up for new adventures, so the story felt slow there until they had this Taylor-give-me-back-my-body thing, that it all starts to get real exciting. I also would have loved to see Anna's first reaction when she projected, isn't she scared that she could see her body, I mean from another view point? And what about he relationship with Rei, it seems to be cut short, uhg..maybe I just don't want the story to end just yet.. I know a sequel's far fetch, but who knows?!

I highly recommend AURACLE to anyone who loves paranormal but wants something new, with the heroine not in control with her body..:D..with lots of unexpected turns, humorous situations and with a bestfriend that's swoon worthy for! I can't wait to read mor of Ms. Rosati's writing...Great read for everyone!!!

What do you think of Auracle? Have you ever get the chance to read it?

By Gina Scarcella 05 Sep 2012 5

Unique. One word that describes this book. A very unique novel about something we don't see in YA novels, astral projection. A great concept that easily blends into our world that by the end, we question if it is real or not. Not sure if this is a spoiler, but I'm pretty sure it's not because I'm not revealing anything about the major plot, anyway... The fact that everyone basically astrally projects is something that I love the idea of. Remember seeing someone in your dreams? the answer, astral projection. All little things like this pull on the strings of reality and myth. Do we really astrally project when we are dreaming and not realise it?

I love the dash of culture thrown in the novel. Rei being half Japanese is not something we hear much of in other YA noels. Yet Rei's 'oh-so-hotness- makes him well placed above other YA characters.

Anna's personality is very easy to relate to and get along with. All of her little thoughts placed in italics, brings out the side that we know she has lost her body, but not her spirit. We laugh at some of the little remarks that she makes as well as how she reacts to her body. We easily connect with Anna and get the whole 'best friend' vibe. We get to know her more, about all of the little things that really makes Anna, Anna. when she lost her body and Rei talks about her allergies and her life. We also find out her last name and all the other things about her we didn't know.

The back story is just as important as Anna getting her body back. Every time Rei and Anna try something to get Anna 'back in', we are on the edge of our seats in anticipation for something to work. The relationship that blossoms between the two gets complicated throughout the novel, we don't get bombarded with their feelings for each other, but we see the relationship forming.

The ending keeps us guessing as to how she and Rei will go. Will they really be together? What about College? These questions leave us thinking long after the book finishes.

By Hannah 19 Aug 2012 5

I had no idea what to expect when I started Auracle. Which is a good thing, because I've not felt like that with a book for ages. You generally have a fair idea about what you are getting into, but not this time. Auracle was completely new to me. And it was awesome. Gina has such a brilliant talent for getting you sucked straight into a story and you never wanting to leave.

Auracle was captivating right from the very beginning. We land straight in Anna's world, and the scene is set when we learn that Anna can astral project out of her body. Getting all the necessary introduction out the way, and the reader is plunged head first into a murder, a disappearing friend and Anna being kicked out of her body by a classmate. Anna's the only witness to the murder, and to clear her friend's name she has to get her body back - one way or another - before something terrible happens.

I don't know how many times I can say it, but this book was just full of awesomeness. Anna was a really lovable character. You could really make a connection with her. Her frustrations about not being able to get back inside her body, her blossoming romance with her bestie Rei...everything about Anna was incredibly real, and Gina had such a great way of writing that I actually believed I had astral projected into Anna's life.
Rei as well was a really great guy - there's not a lot like him guy wise in YA lit these days. He didn't take any crap, much like Anna, and had real and genuine gutsyness about him. Plus I'm all for authors who have inter-racial relationships in their novels. It shows anyone can fall in love! And the name Rei is awesome.

The icing on the cake for me though was Taylor. I don't know if it is just me, but I love bitchy characters in YA. Or maybe I just love to hate them. Done properly, the antagonist female is a character that I totally j'adore, and in Auracle,Taylor is done to a capital B (for bitch, of course!) You just want to hate Taylor with a passion, and get so annoyed with her, that I guess Gina's work is done really!

Overall, Auracle is an irresistible read that will stay with you after you've put it down. You'll never want to put it down actually! I was constantly enthralled with everything, and found myself staying up late just to see what the outcome would be, constantly cheering Rei and Anna on. I wish there was a little bit more of Seth in the story, as he seemed like a great character also, but don't let that stop you from getting your hands on this summer gem!

By Brenna Staats 16 Aug 2012 4

Auracle ended up being one of my most surprising reads of the year, at least thus far. I didn't have much of an idea of what to expect at all, besides a fairly typical paranormal YA. I think it was because of this that I ended up being SO surprised by it and thoroughly enjoyed Auracle.

There are very few things in Auracle that I would consider typical - so it's a great choice for those readers looking for osmething a little bit unique and different in their paranormal reads.

Reasons to Read:

1.Childhood friends grow up:

I get a little bit tired of the new "mystery boy/girl" appearance, and a story about two childhood best friends as they grow up doesn't seem to be as common anymore. But it still holds a special place in my heart. I love it because we really get to see and understand WHY Anna and Rei care about each other so much - and so it makes sense when they're both willing to risk so much to help each other out.

2.An interesting premise:

I really wasn't familiar with the concept of astral projection before reading Auracle, but I have to admit that it was a fascinating idea. And I loved that Auracle really explored some possible downsides to it, instead of making it seem simply great and amazing. Plus, this defintely made it a different sort of paranormal read and I loved reading about different ideas.

3.A backwards sort of mystery:

There's a certain mystery element to the plot, but the difference is that Anna (and the reader) already knows exactly what happened - the difficult is proving that without the knowledge that Anna can astrally project herself. So there's a backwards sort of approach to picking up the pieces and trying to work things out. But it definitely made things interesting, in their own way.

The one thing I really didn't love about Auracle was Taylor - she just seemed so nasty and mean for no apparent reason. I just didn't feel that there was enough development given to her, so Taylor ended up feeling rather one dimensional to me and wasn't the most effective villain because of this.

I have to add though that I really did love Rei! He was just so sweet and thoughtful, and I loved seeing the way Anna began to realize that things were changing between the two of them. He's one YA guy to watch out for - different from the norm, but a keeper for sure!

By Keren Kiesslinger 09 Aug 2012 5

AURACLE is a story about 16 year old Annaliese Rogan. She has a secret. She can astral project. This is something nobody except for her best friend Rei knows.
When they were kids, Rei loved hearing about Anna's adventures. She projects out of her body during the night when she's asleep and she visits all sorts of wonderful places. The world really is her oyster because there's no limit to where she can go. She could visit any concert she wanted to, for free, because who has to pay when they're invisible? There's nothing she couldn't see if she really wanted to.

So of course, as a little boy, Rei loved hearing about her astral adventures. But as they've grown up, Anna has been keeping more and more of these times to herself because she sees that Rei isn't so awed by her travels and experiences anymore.

When Anna isn't off on her astral travels - during the daytime hours - she attends school with Rei and another friend of theirs, Seth, but also with a very mean-spirited girl called Taylor.

Taylor has a crush on Seth and it seems like she will stop at nothing to get him to notice her. She sits by him in class, follows him in the hallways, always fluttering her eyelashes at him. She thinks that he'd pay notice to a high-maintenance, stubborn, cruel girl like her.
But Taylor doesn't seem to notice the blatant rejection. Or if she notices she doesn't care. She just swishes her hair and bats those eyelashes. No-one else would reject her, after all, only Seth. But Taylor only seems to want the one she can't have.

Eventually, Taylor gets Seth to meet her at the falls(I won't tell you how). It's there that they argue and Taylor comes very close to the edge. Seth tries to save her, he really does. But it's hopeless. Taylor can't stop panicking and it's because of that, that she falls.

Anna was at the falls that day, she saw Taylor slip beyond Seth's grasp. Taylor's death was nothing more than a an accident. A terrible accident.
But when Anna returns from her astral trip to the falls, she can't get back into her body. She tries and tries, but she keeps getting pushed back out. Why? Because Taylor has taken up residence in Anna's body and she refuses to give it up!

Faced with being locked out of her body and trapped in another dimension, Anna knows she must turn to Rei for help. But how does she get his help when, although she can choose to let herself be seen, she cannot speak - therefore even though she has his attention, she can't tell him what's going on. He just thinks she's taking an astral trip like normal.

I won't tell you how Anna manages to get Rei's help, suffice to say that she does.

Once Anna and Rei start to work on a plan to get her back in her body, they hear that Taylor - aka Anna - has come forth as the only witness to what happened that day at the falls. She tells the police that she saw Seth push Taylor to her death.

The events that pursue, of course, are a journey that you must discover yourself. All I can tell you is that it's a struggle for all involved, even Taylor.
There's a lot of pain for Seth. He runs away so that they can't arrest him for murder. Then there's Anna and Rei. They want to save their friend. They want to get Taylor out of Anna's body and Anna back in her rightful place. Yet through this all, they uncover how they really feel about each other and so they struggle to communicate this to each other.

Gina Rosati writes such an emotionally fraught journey for all involved but especially the reader. There were smiles and frowns, ups and downs. There was laughter and there was tears - mine.
I thought that Auracle was a beautiful story about friendship, trust, love - betrayal, and hurt. It was a journey of discovery on more than one level.
We didn't actually learn why Anna could astral project, but that didn't matter one bit. I didn't need to know why. I was too engrossed in the story to care.

Anna is a great protagonist and Rei is an oh-so-yummy love interest. Every time I heard his name I would swoon. Sitting here writing my review, I think about him and a little smile tugs at the corner of my lips.

The whole cast of characters were interesting and they all played pivotal roles along the way. From Anna's alcoholic father and her mother, the enabler to Rei's mother Yumi. They were all vital to the telling of this story.

I'm not sure whether this is meant as a stand-alone story or not. There is so much more that could be done with each of the characters. But then, it sits well as a stand-alone because there's closure - nothing is left unresolved. But maybe there'll be a sequel and maybe it will tell us the why behind Anna's gift.

As an author, Gina Rosati sure knows how to tell a beautiful story and I will definitely be on the look-out for more from her in the future. In my honest opinion, she will go far in her career as an author. She's more than just an author though. Someone once said to me that each and every book is like taking a vacation, well then Gina Rosati must be the best travel agent in the land because she makes me want to take a vacation with her more often.

Thank you Gina for sending me one of the best birthday presents I will get this year and maybe the one after too. I am privileged to have read such an outstanding book and I cannot wait to give a copy away so that someone else gets to experience it.

I know everyone has different opinions and that's what makes us so diverse, but if my opinion counts for anything, you should go and pick up a copy of Auracle right now and put it at the top of your TBR pile. You don't want to miss out!

Review quote

"Readers who enjoy more than a dash of the paranormal in their romance novels won't be disappointed..."--"Kirkus"