Jul 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Welcome to the last stop of the Touching the Surface tour! I am sure you all are going to love this book (and Kimberly Sabatini) as much as I do!

~The Book~

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.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 30, 2012
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

~The Review~

One of the very best parts about being a book blogger is that I get exposed to so many books, often months before they hit the shelves. But one of the realties of being a book blogger is that there are so many books coming out every year, month, and day that sometimes you miss an amazing one.

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini is that book that fell through the cracks last year for me. I am so thankful I got a chance to correct that wrong.

I fell in love with the very start of this book. Something about the way Sabatini writes just reached out through the pages and grabbed my attention right away. I was utterly and completely under her thrall during this book. The main reason I was able to sink so effortlessly into this story is Elliott.

Call me a masochist or angst whore, but sometimes I love when a character is a little bit broken. Elliott is struggling. She is full of self-doubt and self-criticism. She’s dark and brooding and there are so many layers to her that even when I came to the end of the book, I was still learning more. But don’t think that this makes for a dark, depressing read. It just means you need to go into this not expecting hearts and flowers. Let Sabatini and Elliott sweep you away on this journey.

While reincarnation stories are frequently more miss than hit with me, I love the originality that there isn’t an endless supply of do-overs. It adds to Elliott’s desperation and helps propel the story along. It means this is her last chance to everything is heightened, everything is dissected.

Touching the Surface is a raw, lyrical novel that drew me in and carried me off on an amazing ride that I cannot wait to share with others. Sabatini is a gifted writer, and I cannot wait to see where she goes from here.

~The Author~

(Photo credit: *Author photo by Dawn Sela Photography - www.dawnsela.com.)
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)

~The Giveaway~
A SIGNED hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini to FOUR (4) winners – US ONLY.
A SIGNED hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini to ONE (1) winner – International ONLY.
It is a tour-wide giveaway shared across all the stops via a common Rafflecopter.
Giveaway #1 is US only. Giveaway #2 is International only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Giveaway ends July 22 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific.
Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter and contacted by email.

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~The Tour~
Week One
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

Week Two
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


  1. Wonderful review. I felt similarly about the writing in Touching the Surface. I also liked that there were not endless chances for her to try again, it added some intensity to the story.

  2. Oh I'm a bit of a masochist as well Hannah, I live for the broken and damaged characters! I haven't heard much about this book at all, so it's safe to say it's slipped through the cracks for me as well and clearly I need to remedy that. Looking forward to this one now, amazing review:)

  3. Great review! Your review makes me want to pick this one up and read it even though the reincarnation is more of a miss than hit. I love beautifully written novels, and this one sounds like it's a good one!

  4. I want to read it because I LOVE the name Elliot for a girl! That, and your review is awesome!



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