Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Posted 6 March, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review, Featured, Giveaways / 32 Comments

Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini Touching the Surface

Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication: October 30th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.


You know how it is, you have tons of books on your TBR pile but then more and more books are coming and then…. When Kimberly Sabatani asked me if I wanted to review her book I was excited and immediately said yes.

Touching The Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

What can we learn from Life?

That is one of the most basic questions and Kimberly Sabatani beautifully addressed this in a paranormal after-life setting. Each Soul goes to an after life place to examine what they learned and maybe also buried in their previous life span. Elliot already had the chance to live 3 times and should have already managed to learn from her mistakes and examine carefully her soul. But, it’s not as easy as it seems and Elliot struggles hard. Especially considering that this is her very last try. Each Soul has 3 chances and this is her last!

Elliot – lost soul with deep buried secrets

Needless to say Elliott is confused and scared when she comes to the after life again. And I must say that she’s not the easiest character to love and connect to. But, this is part of the allure of the story. We need to go deeper into the emotions and depth of her soul to understand and finally love her. I found it a fascinating development to see Eliot grow during the process and it was easy to develop our opinion of her along with her own understandings. Eliot is not without fault, but that makes her even more genuine and real.

Colorful Cast of Characters and deep connections

What I loved most about the story, apart from it’s beautiful setting was the connection and growth between the characters. We have a great cast of supporting characters both male and female that all had their share of secrets that made them just more intriguing. Their is a lot of love between the characters and not only the romantic one, but also the love between friends that runs deeper than normal friendship. I especially loved and cherished these moments as they were filled with tender emotions. Also the romance is rather slowly building up, but the pace was perfect for the story.  My only concern was that the ending came rather rushed and especially Julia (Eliot’s Best Friend) disappeared a little too fast. Also, it took me some time to grasps the basics of the after-life.

Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini was a touching and wonderful deep debut, which goes deep into the basics of human relations and the growth of a soul during a life span. Especially the tender, loving portrayed relationships between friends, soul mates and lovers was beautifully implemented.



Additional Info

Kimberly Sabatani is working on her next novel and we hope to hear news about this very soon!
Also, she generously offered a Giveaway, so I have one copy for you to win!! 
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32 Responses to “Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini”

  1. This sounds like something I’d really like! slow-building romances are my favourite kind, but I’m also glad to hear there are deeper and further relationships explored in this book. I’ll have to pick it up eventually. I didn’t realise it had already been released! It’s hard to keep track sometimes. 😉

    Fantastic review, Danny!
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  2. Dione Sage

    I haven’t read this book yet but it sounds like an interesting read. I like the idea of it but curious as to how the author pulls off the lost soul plot seeing as it kind of narrows down the amount of interaction between more characters if the main character is dead.

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  3. I haven’t heard of this one before, but it sounds like it has an awesome concept! Three chances to learn from your mistakes? So interesting! It’s great that you enjoyed the main character so much; that always makes for a better read 🙂
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  4. “What I loved most about the story, apart from it’s beautiful setting was the connection and growth between the characters.” <— Ahhh! Those are my magic words when it comes to adding a book to my TBR pile. I love books that really go into the way platonic relationships grow and develop over time (romance is good too, of course.) And the afterlife is also a really fascinating concept to explore, I think.
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  5. Kristin

    I might be interested in reading it, but two things I tend to hate are angels and reincarnation, though it’s nice to know that the soul-recycling thing has a shelf life in this book.

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  6. Christine

    I haven’t read this yet, but the idea is so intriguing! Definitely expecting something a little darker, with deep and insightful meaning. Love these kinds of books that make you take a second look at your own life!

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