Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Auracle by Gina Rosati

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: Astral projection, supernatural, out-of-body-experience, psychic ability, possession, spirits, death, afterlife

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 298 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $16.99

Publisher: MacMillan (Roaring Press)

Summary/ product description: “16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she's only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.
When there's a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna's body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn't take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.”

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My Review: Even if it took me four days to finish (because I was busy, tired and read slower), I really absolutely enjoyed this book. This book was very unique, especially the plot. I loved Anna’s ability to astral project. I know that if I could do what she does, I would use it to visit places around the world to, but for now I’ll stick to Google Earth. Anna’s personality was pretty exciting. She wasn’t the depressed or overly rebellious characters that I’m used to seeing in books with an abusive/alcoholic parent. I guess that’s partly because she relieved her stress with astral projection and Rei, her best friend. I really like Rei. I don’t care if he is overly perfect (in one review, someone said he had the Edward Cullen Complex). He’s just a great guy, whose half-Asian, with a Tiger Mom (pushy Asian mother who want her kid to be very successful). I really think that the characters were well done, and I’m going to miss them since this is a stand-alone book. Taylor as an antagonist wasn’t pure evil. She was a vengeful spirit, angry at life, and she took over Anna’s body. It’s very mean of her to blame Seth for her death. She needs to realize it was her own fault for not being careful. Seth should’ve gone to the police, rather than run. The whole plot was well thought-up and planned. It amazed me. It wasn’t totally predictable. There was one event at the ending that I did not see coming.

I still really wish this could be a series. Anna’s energy powers reminded me of Ever’s from the Immortals series, except in an opposite kind of way. I think that Anna and Rei deserve more stories. Or, at least write another book as awesome as this one with another astrally psychic/Auracle character. I want the Auracle series. Make the next book’s cover pink or purple or even gold!

Cover Art Review: I absolutely love this cover. There’s no special effects to the paper, it’s just glossy, but the way that it’s photo-shopped and color is enough. It reminds me of the cover of Awake At Dawn by C.C. Hunter. I LOVE THE TITLE!!! Sparkly glitter inside a san-serif.

Here's the fanart I made for it with my Wacom tablet:
~Haley G

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