One Past Midnight

One Past Midnight

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Sabine isn't like anyone else. For as long as she can remember, she's had two lives. Every twenty-four hours she 'Shifts', living each day twice. In one life, Sabine has everything: popular friends, expensive clothes, perfect grades, and the guy everyone wants. In the other, Sabine's family struggles with finances, and she and her friends are considered rebels. But then she meets Ethan. He's gorgeous, challenging, and he makes her feel like no one ever has before.

All Sabine really wants is the chance to live one life. When it seems like this might finally be possible, Sabine begins a series of dangerous experiments to achieve her goal. But is she willing to risk everything--including the one person who might actually believe her?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 145 x 216 x 30mm | 435g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802737021
  • 9780802737021
  • 1,332,501

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"The intriguing paranormal twist keeps pages turning." --Kirkus Reviews

"The story is fresh and focused . . . A complex and compelling tale." --School Library Journal

"This book is a page-turner from the start. Once word gets out about this riveting story, the book will seldom be on the library shelf." --VOYA

"This psychological mystery will hook readers with its compelling protagonist and philosophical questions . . . Perfect for readers who like to ponder life's deeper questions, and the romance adds a nice spark." --Booklist

"Will engage young adult readers who enjoy romance, teen angst, and the unexplainable and mysterious." --Library Media Connection

"Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive--and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series . . . The story is rife with action and romance. A must-read for paranormal fans young and old." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on the Embrace series

"This absorbing debut, the first in a series, features an appealing, well-written protagonist; diversely drawn characters; intricate . . . mythology; and an exploration of free will versus destiny. . . .Fans of otherworldly stories will likely enjoy this edgy, suspenseful romance and anticipate its follow-up." --Booklist on the Embrace series

"Addictive . . . add to your must-read list." --Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life on the Embrace series
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About Jessica Shirvington

Jessica Shirvington is the author of Embrace and Entice. She lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters.
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5,250 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 47% (2,459)
4 33% (1,740)
3 14% (760)
2 4% (223)
1 1% (68)

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Sabine has always lived two lives. At midnight she shifts into her other life and lives it twice. Her different lives take completely different paths and in doing so she realizes that they're both separate. What happens when she finally realizes that one life can be extinguished, will she stay and fight on or will she give up? I really enjoyed this concept. It's a take on David Levithan's Every Day book. I like how in each alternate world, her life is completely different and her personality and attitude changes as well. The relationships she has with each of her friends also reflect her social status at school which I found interesting since in one she's a loner and the other she's popular. What clearly irked me was her "perfect" boyfriend and everyone telling her they were so beautiful together. When in reality it's all just smoke and mirrors. You can tell she was unhappy. I loved how the romance was played out even though I found it to be rather quick. In a span of two weeks, she ends up falling in love. The pacing was pretty much perfect because the timeline spanning her graduation day was the day we were leading up to. I wanted more explanations about her ability and why it only happened to her. I thought she'd also find out where Ethan was after what happened in her other life, but it didn't need to happen since that ending was the cutest. Overall, I recommend this story to romance and paranormal fans everywhere. It's a quick read for anyone who is willing to question life and death and what happens when your life can be broken into two more
by Giselle SM
I wanted to read Between the Lives because I love the idea of the parallel universe and the ripple effect of decisions. This is a little different because she lives two lives and she has to be careful about ink, injuries, meds, and hair changes because it effects the other life, but then when she breaks her arm and its just fine in the other life, it causes her to examine what she thought she'd figured out long ago about her shifts and double lives. I'll admit, when I first started I was a little confused about the shifts and how in the past she'd carried over things like tonsilitis and now the broken wrist doesn't travel. I wondered about how her absence was handled in the 24 hours she is in the other "universe" and the general mechanics. Though the confusion didn't stop me, I was all in quickly because of how different her two Sabine's lives are. It was interesting how different she acted in both lives, being what those around her expected. In Wessley, she lived up to rich girl, dressing the part and had the token popular Dex, who although he seems like he should be perfect, something just feels off. It is a big deal to Sabine while she kisses him, she counts and don't make it too many numbers. Her Roxboro life, her parents aren't as high standards, but she absolutely adores her little sister Maddie. She has a close friend who is a little wild like her, or maybe Sabine is wild herself because of Capri. They dress in minis, and have the goth feel going on. She thinks that this should be the life that she gets ride of, but Maddie holds her back in a big way. Until she meets Ethan. I adored him, and loved how understanding he tried to be and how no matter how things look, that he still treats her with respect and wants the best for her. But he has a secret but Sabine doesn't dig too deep. She is worried about the toll the shifts and living every day twice is taking on her, not to mention the physical when she shifts. But when tragic things happen in both life, and she is faced with the reality of what she's doing to her body and would it really count if she ended one life to life the other fully. She has people around her that are showing her what they think of life, and how precious, but Sabine isn't keen on it. She wants to live the one life, and not look at what could be turned into a positive having the chances she gets. Even though both worlds are extremely similar, people are a bit different, stores not quite the same. Then there is how she's chosen to grow up and act in each set of 24 hours. I really enjoyed how Jessica Shirvington used this theme for her big twist and helping to heal a part of my heart that was previously broken in the way that some of the story ends up playing out. The romance was... different. Two different guys for two different personalities on the surface, but the same strong heart and determination inside. But I like how it ended up, and though there was two guys, it was different than a traditional love triangle. Bottom Line: Good book about parallel lives and a girl making a choice how to more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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