Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Character Interview, Review and Giveaway: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
Published Date: October 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA

The Story:
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.

My Review: So, I seem to have a problem.  I really like reading, and when I find a really good book, it's hard to do anything else!  Touching the Surface had me from the very first chapter.  I could tell that this wasn't going to be a "typical" afterlife book!  And I'm very glad for that!

Elliot is back in the afterlife, for the third time.  Which is supposedly not good.  We read and see how the souls learn and grow from their lives and how they discover the truth.  This book isn't excatly religious, so don't get that in your head.  But have you ever wondered what does happen to us after we die?  Kimberly Sabatini has given us a world in which we can see one interpretation.  And I love it.  There's so much emotion going on in this book, and finding out things aren't always what they seem.  A very good read for any person!

About the Author:
Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys.
Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)

***Character Interview for Elliot***

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

This is a bit of a weird question for me because the afterlife almost functions like a time machine that goes back to the past. At the Obmil, souls that have died but are unable to move forward, must Delve into the past. Each person looks backwards, in order to discover, what will help them move on. Having a time machine to give a sneak peek into the future would make the process of figuring things out a lot less stressful and a whole lot easier.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Dr. Seuss!!!! I love everything he’s ever written. But while The Cat in the Hat reigns supreme, I have to say I have a soft spot for Oh, the Places You’ll Go. I sometimes think that when Dr. Seuss was writing it, he must have remembered the afterlife and what’s involved in navigating it. I reread it at the Obmil all the time while eating green eggs and ham. You can totally do that in the afterlife—you don’t even need food coloring.

What's the best advice anyone has ever given you?

My best friend Julia has taught me a lot of things, but these two have really stuck with me…

“…invisibility is a choice…”

“…all it takes is one small change in perspective…”

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love hiking. There is nothing better than spending time in the woods and finding my way to the top of a rock with a view. It helps me to see where I’m going and where I’ve come from. (Obviously I need all the help I can get in that department.) I’m also a pretty big fan of chocolate and pizza.

What words or expression do you overuse?

I tend to say “what?” and “actually” all the time. And I head thunk quite a bit, but don’t judge me until you’ve screwed up THREE lives in a row. * head thunk *

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

3. Hike the Grand Canyon

2. Learn to play the piano.

1. Have a child. In all of my lives, I’ve never had a child. I’m hoping some day I’ll be ready to do that.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog today. And I’d also like to thank everyone for stopping by the blog tour. My author, Kimberly, is thrilled that we got the chance to hang out.

Thanks Elliot!

Tour Schedule:
July 8 – The Book Cellar – Guest Post
July 9 – Alluring Reads – Review
July 10 – The Happy Booker – Guest Post
July 11 – In Bed With Books – Interview
July 12 – The Book Belles – Review
July 15 – Parajunkee – Guest Post
July 16 – Reader Girls – Review
July 17 – Books Complete Me – Interview
July 18 – Imaginary Reads – Review
July 19 – The Irish Banana Review – Review


A SIGNED hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini to FOUR (4) winners – US ONLY.
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  1. Sounds like a very unique premise.
    Love the cover as well!

  2. Awesome review! This sounds like an interesting read.
    Thanks :-)

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  3. I have been wanting to read Touching the Surface since it first released! The cover is stunning and it sounds a really interesting book!

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. This book sounds so interesting. Books about the afterlife always nab my attention, and that cover art is gorgeous. Definitely need to get my hands on a copy of this!

    Thanks for the giveaway & character interview. : )

  5. Well, for one, the cover is really pretty and the blurb makes it sound really interesting! I'm excited to get this once this comes out!

    Awesome interview and giveaway!



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