Sublime by Christina Lauren
When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn't sure why she's there, until she sees Colin.
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…
I fell in love with Christina Lauren's novel The House, so picking up Sublime was a no-brainer.
The book begins with Lucy waking up in the forest with no memory of who or where she is. A strange, insistent pull guides her past a school grounds to the dining hall where she sees him. Without even knowing his name Lucy knows that she's there for him.
Colin is a daredevil of sorts, he loves extreme sports that get his heart racing and usually land him in the hospital. It's a rush he's never gotten from any of the girls at St. Osanna's Boarding School. Until he meets her. Lucy is captivating and mysterious. But why does he see her physical appearance differently than everyone else (or at least those that bother to notice Lucy at all)?
As the weeks tick by and Lucy and Colin spend more and more time together feelings begin to form, but as Lucy's memories begin to surface and Colin does research of his own they'll be faced with an obstacle that could keep them apart forever. An obstacle that is the difference between life and death.
Colin finds a way for him to really be able to connect with Lucy, but is it worth risking his life? Or will Colin be forced to let Lucy go?
I thought the writing style of this book was a little strange but overall I liked the story. At times it gave me the creeps, but it was compelling enough that I didn't want to stop reading.
I wished the reader could have seen more of Lucy's memories. Really other than her death and a few other minor things about her life we didn't really learn much about her past. I also found it interesting how accepting everyone was about what Lucy was, Lucy and Colin's relationship, and Jay's willingness to help Colin be able to be closer with Lucy. Maybe it was because the school was rumored to be haunted that everyone just accepted it as fact, but it was a little too smooth.
Jay was another thing that stuck out to me. At times he seemed either afraid of Lucy or the things Colin was doing to be able to spend time with her, yet he went along with it. Was it all a front?
I admit the ending was what struck me the most. It was sad that Colin made the choice that he did to be with Lucy for seemingly the sole reason that then he'd be able to touch her and have sex with her.
Overall, I was mesmerized by this story. I think it will stay with me for quite a while just like The House did. Sublime reminds me of a combination of Tara Hudson's Hereafter and the movie Flatliners. If you're looking for a haunting read that you will feel compelled to read in one sitting, Sublime is your book!
4 of 5 Stars!