Auracle Gina Rosati Book Review + Giveaway

This is an Allison review!!

Auracle by Gina Rosati is a debut novel coming out in August 2012. It tells the story of Anna, who is your average seventeen year old girl, except that she can astrally project out of her body. Normally, she can leave her body behind without having a care in the world believing that it is safe and that she will be able to return to it when she is finished with her adventure but, one afternoon after she goes to help keep an eye on a friend and witnesses an accidental death, she learns that this is so far from the truth. Instead of being able to return to her body, Anna finds out that the spirit of the person, who died, popular girl Taylor, has inhibited her body. Now Anna is a spirit without a home and she only has one person she can turn to for her, her best friend Rei. Together they work to form a plan to save their friend Seth from murder charges and get Anna’s body back. Of course, things don’t always go as planned, especially when unanticipated feelings arise, shifting priorities and forcing Anna to question not only her inner strength and the power of a single touch.

Auracle Gina Rosati Book Cover

Auracle

I loved Auricle. From the first chapter which led to my first witness of Anna’s ability to astrally project, I was hooked. I’m really excited that I’ve already gotten a preview of a book that I know everyone is going to go crazy for! For me, the plot felt so new. It was something that I hadn’t really read before. At first, I couldn’t help but think how cool it would be to astrally project to different places but I quickly learned the dangers of having such an ability and now I really don’t think I would ever want to have it. Honestly though for me the heart of the story isn’t about the ability to astrally project, and the dangers that come with it, but instead Auracle was about Anna’s relationship with Rei.

It was easy to fall into sync with Anna from the beginning of Auracle is told from her perspective so you get to see her thoughts and her emotions. Yet, you also get pieces of Rei too, and it’s from those pieces that I fell in love with him. He’s the classic boy next door but, he feels so real. It was so interesting to see how their friendship was changed as they deal with the crisis at hand. Even though, Anna is a spirit without a body, she and Rei still manage to have breathtaking moments of intimacy which were a joy to witness. They definitely put a sweet smile on my face.

Of course, with the good sweet characters, you have to have at least one not so sweet character to balance things out, and that is there Taylor comes into play. If Rei is your typical boy next door, then Taylor is your typical mean girl. Or at least that is the way she appears in the beginning. Yet the further you get into Auracle, you get to learn a lot more about Taylor, and perhaps even understand why she is the way that she is and why she is doing what she is doing. Yes, she is a very flawed character, but I was still able to have strong feelings of empathy for her through out her journey, and I believe that is all thanks to the strong rich writing of debut author Gina Rosati.

Even now as I write this review, I still don’t think I’m ready to let the story or the characters of Auracle go. This book truly has everything going for it. It has funny moments, romantic moments, emotional moments, which are all wrapped up in a seamless detail. I hated having to put the book down for anything! As I said before, I’m so excited that I’ve already gotten a chance to read a book that I truly feel everyone is going to go crazy for! Make your plans to get your own beautiful copy on August 7th, 2012. I guarantee you will not regret it!

Disclosure: Gift from Oblong Books for going to a signing!!

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Comments

  1. Dani Nguyen says:

    This cover caught my eye because it’s so pretty & haunting. Glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Lydia / The Lost Entwife says:

    What an interesting looking book! I had not heard anything about this, thanks for the review.

  3. This book sounds like a fun read. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for it in August!

  4. This sounds like a good book! Can’t wait to check it out!

  5. I’ve been curious about this one, and this is the first review I’ve seen! I’m still hesitant of the premise as it’s kind of what I’ve been trying to stay away from as of late, but sometimes rich writing can overpower stereotypical characters or plot lines for me. I’m certainly interested! Thanks for the review and the giveaway, Alison. =)

  6. Not wanting to let the characters go after finishing a book is one of the highest compliments you can give it, you’ve definitely made me want to pick this up!

    (hope you both had a blast at BEA!)

  7. aw, I love this review! I’m very excited for Auracle and this like the first review I’ve read of it and you totally sold me on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Hey Allison!!! Great review–I felt the same way about AURACLE *grin*

  9. Great review!! I am very much looking forward to reading this one 😀

    ~The Lost Lola

  10. I love the cover!! This sounds like a really great read 🙂

  11. LisaILJ says:

    An extra entry for being a library? I feel so special.

  12. Justine says:

    Auracle is such a clever title! I’m not convinced about the novel’s premise yet, but OHMIGOD I love the title SO MUCH. It’s seriously inducing word nerd spasms. 🙂

  13. I have been wanting to read Auracle ever since I found it back in January and it makes me happy to know from your review that you enjoyed it. I have always wanted to read books about astral projection and Anna’s story would give me that. Plus, that cover is to die for!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  14. Very pretty cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. YES! You don’t know how happy I am right now. I’ve been dying to read this book. 😀 Thank you!

  16. Always happy to check out a debut. All best wishes on the book’s August release.

  17. Cannot wait to read this book!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  18. Vidisha singh says:

    Love the cover. cant wait

  19. Brianna S. says:

    The cover of this book caught my eye right away. Sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks 🙂

  20. I love when the pretty cover is matched by good insides! So happy to know this one was not a lie!

  21. Auracle is one of my summer covets! Thanks for the giveaway

  22. Chancie says:

    This book sounds really good and the cover is awesome! I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. This is the first time I learned of this book. It looks promising!

  24. Dusty F says:

    This book sounds really good, definitely adding it to my TBR list, thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Such a fabulous review! I hate that feeling where you love the characters so much you don’t want to let them go. But, it does mean the book was totally wonderful! I’m definitely now excited to get this one, and will definitely pre-order this one. And thank you for the giveaway! <3

  26. Auracle has been on my to-read list for months. Your review has given me an incentive to do anything to read it ASAP.

  27. I also just reviewed this and linked to your review in my post 🙂

    My Auracle Review

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