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
So, so amazing!
Auracle was original and a great read.
Anna's ability of astral projection is a new idea in YA. The descriptions of how it's accomplished was done well enough that I could almost believe it's all possible. Anna herself was a lovely character. She was clever and likable, a heroine anyone can like. She makes mistakes, but they serve to make her seem more realistic. Overall, I though she was a worthy lead.
Rei was an absolute sweetheart. While the romance isn't really in your face and focused on, you can still feel the elements of it throughout the book. Rei and Anna's relationship is very sweet. After being close friends for their entire lives, they have just started to see each other differently. The whole realization of a fledgling love and its growth are sweet and lovely. The romance isn't overwhelming, but it's most certainly there. But back to Rei. He's incredibly smart and very clever. He is loyal to his friends and very nearly perfect. I so wish he was real, but I guess I'm going to have to live without him :(
Taylor was actually an interesting antagonist. At first (actually for about 98% of the book) I couldn't stand her. She was terrible, with no redeemable qualities. But, towards the end, a few things are revealed about her character and I started to-reluctantly-sympathize with her. I still didn't particularly like her, but that addition of some depth kept me from hating her entirely.
The story was unique and fast-paced. The plot moved quickly and never dragged. The story itself was interesting and kept me glued to the book. The ending was perfectly resolved. I'm really glad that I found a nice stand-alone (assuming this doesn't suddenly turn into a series) when there are so many series out now.
Auracle was so good;I adored it!