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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    Excellent Debut

    Auracle is a unique offering in the overcrowded genre of YA paranormal literature. Anna can astrally project out of her body and travel around the world. Since I've never read a story with astral projection being the main supernatural gift, I was intrigued from the beginning. Rosati has created a richly detailed world with believable characters and a suspenseful plot. This is one book that YA paranormal fans will not want to miss.

    I really loved the characters in this book. Anna and Rei were both just good characters. They weren't angsty, bratty, or mean. They weren't tortured souls. They had their problems, like all people do, but they dealt with them. They were well-adjusted and compassionate. It was refreshing to read about characters who came across as individuals, but weren't tortured and depressed. There was no having to break through the other's defenses. It was a nice change. The secondary characters, like Taylor and Seth, had defenses up, and Taylor was a major brat. However, the world is filled with brats. I'm just glad that this book didn't try to paint brats in an appealing light.

    The story is told from Anna's first person POV, and she is a good narrator. You trust her right away because, while she's not a goody-goody, she is a good character. You just know she wouldn't lie to you. The dialogue, however, was a problem for me sometimes. The words were fine, and each character had his or her own unique voice, but Rosati went extremely overboard with the exclamation points. Every other sentences ended with one, even when it was an inappropriate punctuation for the context of the sentence. It would go like this... "Hi." "Hi." "How are you?" "Okay!" That wasn't actually said, but you get the idea. Since the copy I read was an ARC, though, the finished edition may not be filled with so many exclamation points. I hope an editor calmed the author down a bit because it was kind of ridiculous.

    The plot was intriguing and suspenseful. There really wasn't a mystery. Everything was laid out from the beginning, but I had to keep reading to find out if Anna got her body back or not. I figured out how to accomplish this long before they did, but in their defense, if they'd figured it out right away, then there wouldn't have been a story. That being said, the pacing lagged in a few places. Rosati did an excellent job of showing instead of telling, but she showed too much. She should have, in my opinion, cut down on the scenes of Taylor trashing Anna's reputation and body. I got the point after the first fifty times. More could have been tacked on about Anna and Rei, though. That would have been a lot more interesting.

    Anna and Rei's relationship was interesting, especially in the world of YA romance, because they were best friends since birth. This wasn't insta-love, and the relationship happened organically. However, at one point, I am not sure how or when they went from "You don't like me." "Well you don't like me," to agreeing that they liked each other. That wasn't handled very well and could have been clarified some. It was awkward one minute and perfect the next. That just felt a bit choppy to me.

    The ending tied things up nicely, but I still hope for a sequel. One could be written. I would love to learn more about Anna's gifts as she discovers them. I'm sure she could get into more trouble with her astral projecting, so I hope that another book is writte

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Auracle ended up being one of my most surprising reads of the ye

    Auracle ended up being one of my most surprising reads of the year, at
    least thus far. I didn't have much of an idea of what to expect at all,
    besides a fairly typical paranormal YA. I think it was because of this
    that I ended up being SO surprised by it and thoroughly enjoyed Auracle.
    There are very few things in Auracle that I would consider typical - so
    it's a great choice for those readers looking for osmething a little bit
    unique and different in their paranormal reads. Reasons to Read:
    1.Childhood friends grow up: I get a little bit tired of the new
    "mystery boy/girl" appearance, and a story about two childhood
    best friends as they grow up doesn't seem to be as common anymore. But
    it still holds a special place in my heart. I love it because we really
    get to see and understand WHY Anna and Rei care about each other so much
    - and so it makes sense when they're both willing to risk so much to
    help each other out. 2.An interesting premise: I really wasn't
    familiar with the concept of astral projection before reading Auracle,
    but I have to admit that it was a fascinating idea. And I loved that
    Auracle really explored some possible downsides to it, instead of making
    it seem simply great and amazing. Plus, this defintely made it a
    different sort of paranormal read and I loved reading about different
    ideas. 3.A backwards sort of mystery: There's a certain mystery
    element to the plot, but the difference is that Anna (and the reader)
    already knows exactly what happened - the difficult is proving that
    without the knowledge that Anna can astrally project herself. So there's
    a backwards sort of approach to picking up the pieces and trying to work
    things out. But it definitely made things interesting, in their own way.
    The one thing I really didn't love about Auracle was Taylor - she just
    seemed so nasty and mean for no apparent reason. I just didn't feel that
    there was enough development given to her, so Taylor ended up feeling
    rather one dimensional to me and wasn't the most effective villain
    because of this. I have to add though that I really did love Rei! He
    was just so sweet and thoughtful, and I loved seeing the way Anna began
    to realize that things were changing between the two of them. He's one
    YA guy to watch out for - different from the norm, but a keeper for
    sure! <3 E-galley received from publisher for my honest review; no
    other compensation was received.

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