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3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  110 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
She's found the love of a lifetime, but there's a catch: the body she inhabits belongs to another. How much change can one soul endure? It would help if she knew what she was or even how such a thing was possible. The one thing she does know is that God has a sense of humor where she's concerned. Why else would He continue to place her in one host body after another withou ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Paladin Timeless Books (first published April 14th 2011)
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For the record, I am only a little bit guilty about not liking this. Why? Well, I mean, it was a First Reads win for me, and it's an indie novel. Whereas a book from a major publisher won't be affected by a one-star review - will barely take a dip in the average rating - this one will suffer more significantly. And the author seems like a very nice person.

That being said, I can't make myself finish the book and I can't bear to be nice about it. Sorry, Susan Goldsmith. You may want to pretend the
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 30, 2011 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
This book just blew me off my feet! I have always said before a good book makes you feel the adventure. And I felt the adventure in this book. Abithica has no recollection of who she is when she switches. She just does and from there she must find the pieces. She has a set a rules to follow that not only protect who she is but protect her heart. Until one day, the rules are broken...

Abithica, I loved her. I admire her strength but what I admired most of all her selflessness in what she had to do
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
The first part of this book is shrouded in mystery. We quickly learn that Abithica is an unwilling body-snatcher of sorts. When you hear a term such as this one you immediately think evil but that couldn't be further from the truth in this case. Susan Goldsmith does an amazing job of portraying the main character's thoughts and feelings in this novel. On top of trying to figure out what Abithica is I got so emotionally involved in her story that I was really rooting for everything to work out fo ...more
Mar 09, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
What if you were some kind of disembodied spirit, moving from host to host, living life through other people's bodies, but never having a life of your own? What if you didn't know what you truly are, let alone who you are? Could you find happiness or love?

A minute ago, she was Claire, who just fell back in love with her husband, Tom, but before she left, she broke her number one rule – she got attached. Now she's Sydney, a troubled young woman who got involved with a dangerous gang that won't l
Darby Karchut
Apr 10, 2011 Darby Karchut rated it it was amazing

A five star winner!

For Abithica, love may prove to be either her downfall or her salvation.

Susan Goldsmith's debut novel, ABITHICA, is beautifully written and the characters are so real, they kept talking to me in my head even after I finished the book. If you like a unique twist on angels and paranormal romance, pick up ABITHICA this summer. It is one of the best paranormal romances I've read and Susan Goldsmith introduced twists and turns in the plot I never saw coming.

It was one of
Apr 14, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
AHH What a great story! I REALLY REALLY Am happy I got the chance to read this book! This is totally something new to me –

Sydney is a total rebel – maybe 17 years old, she left her mom for drugs, sex and as much fun as she could get –
A couple years later – Faith (Sydney’s mom) fell in love, She contacted Sydney and asked her to join her at a restaurant to talk and try to work things out.

All of a sudden, Sydney was shoved in the back of her mind and we meet the NEW Sydney – A Parasite – An Ang
Page (One Book At A Time)

I thought the first couple chapters of this book were really interesting. We don't know who Abithica is at first. She has no control over when she changes bodies. She also has no bodily control right after she changes. So, when she ends up in the newest body, she winds up face first in plate full of mackerel with no way to move until she regains control. To make it a little funnier, she's with a women who believe she's doing this on purpose to cause a scene. It was a great way to introduce you t
Alyssa hoffmaster
May 29, 2011 Alyssa hoffmaster rated it it was amazing
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Abithica was such a good book, even though it took me forever to read (only because I had so many to read) it was such a great story, I loved the plot.

When I first started reading I was so very confused, I had no idea what was going on, then I got into the book.

We don’t know exactly what Abithica is till the very end of the book but throughout the book we learn that she changes bodies, she doesn’t know who she is all she just knows is that she switches bodies randomly and for n
May 29, 2011 Realteenreviews rated it really liked it
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Abithica doesn't know what she is. She only knows that she gets thrown into other peoples bodies and takes control of them for a while. Their life is in her control. Then she is suddenly gone from their life and has taken over another person. The only word she can use to describe herself is parasite. When she is thrown into the life of Sydney Turner she bites off more than she can chew. She is now suddenly involved with an evil cult that she has not even heard about before. Then to top o
Jul 08, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at:

Imaginative and intriguing, Abithica plucks us from our own lives and deposits us in the life of an entity that defies definition for majority of the book, and like Abithica (we learn her real name toward the end of the story) we find ourselves disoriented but undeniably curious as to what will unfold in the new life we've temporarily commandeered. Abithica's ignorance eases the frustration of our own, and we feel as
Jun 01, 2015 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Abithica jumps from host to host, doing what she can to sort out their life during her visit before being pulled to her next host. Her memories fade from jump to jump so she has no idea how long she has been living like this or how she ended up with a 'life' like this. It all changes with her latest assignment when she can't help but get more involved than she would like.

So this is an interesting premise. And having just read and loved Mercy I was very excited about getting something similar - a
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Abithica is far from what I expected, being a more adult than young adult. The main character, a body-jumping someone who winds up in teenager, and almost adult Sydney’s body, looks at herself as a parasite. Her mind is one of self-hatred and rules. If she follows her rules, then she doesn’t get hurt, she doesn’t get attached, and maybe her parasitic time in a body will leave the host a little better than when before she jumped in.

Of course, nothing ever goes according to plan and rules really a
Jun 28, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it
Abithica is a YA paranormal romance.

"Claire" is passionately kissing her husband when she feels herself being sucked out of the body and lands with her face in a plate of mashed potatoes. Reconnecting with her new body, we've come to realize that this "entity" just jumped bodies and reading her first jumbled thoughts, she is now Sydney.

Its the eyes and ears that gain focus first, the rest of the body is often left like a puppet waiting for someone to grab a hold and control the strings. After re
Beverly McClure
Sep 15, 2011 Beverly McClure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine finding yourself in one host body after another, not even knowing what you are, much less who you are. Is she some sort of parasite that lives in others’ bodies and feeds off of their lives, their loves, their hurts? This is the dilemma facing our heroine in Susan Goldsmith’s debut novel Abithica.

Ms. Goldsmith’s story begins with our character finding herself in a woman named Sydney’s body. What is her purpose for being there? What does God have in mind for her? In her previous host, sh
An Odd1
Feb 24, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
"Abithica" by Susan Goldsmith is first person narrator confused (part Christian) miracle angel overwhelmingly obsessed on hormonal overdrive for male hunk (part soft porn). Small children, such as Shae 6, traumatized by seeing her mom killed in front of her two years before, recognize her heavenly origin. Non-corporeal villains with slavering demonic appetites, terrorize and dominate, but no chases, or climax (except human coupling).

Face-first in a fish dinner, our amnesiac heroine wakes in the
Aug 18, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
When I first heard about Abithica, I knew I had to read it. It sounded promising, and I have to admit, the pretty cover had a lot to do with my decision as well. In the end, Abithica turned out to be something completely different from what I had been expecting, but in the best way possible of course.

First, I just loved the character of Abithica. From the first page, I became completely immersed in her story. She was fearless, brave, and extremely compassionate as well as giving. What I adored m
Jun 21, 2011 Gmr rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older teens through adults
Recommended to Gmr by: Susan Goldsmith
To me, the storyline was relatively new as I haven't really read a book along the "soul switching" persuasion to date but it did remind me a bit of something when I was reading....and that something was The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Now grant it, I've never read that book in full, just merely the beginning chapter or two when it first came out as my curiosity got the better of me. It's not a dead ringer for it, but the way the switch occurs and the similar pushing aside of the original spirit sti ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Jewel rated it it was ok
I bought this e-book for a whopping $3.25 after seeing all the 5 star reviews. I'm stunned that all these people loved this book so much. It was barely just ok. Not that great of a story. Uninteresting and unlikable characters. Lots of plot holes. Also, pretty boring. If I'd have borrowed it I wouldn't have finished it. Since I shelled out cash for it, I persevered.

A big issue I take with this book is that it should have been listed as a Christian read. Specifically a Catholic read. I'm cool wit
4.5 stars

Abithica is an unusual combination of love story and dark, sinister mystery and I'm thrilled to say it's a totally mesmerising and unique tale.

The reader is at first as disoriented as the main character, floundering in her mackerel and mashed potato; from the first tentative, awkward moments with no clue as to what's going on, to slowly revealed enlightenment ... I loved that sense of disjointed confusion.

I don't want to give too much away about Abithica herself as that discovery is ha
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
This book for sure get you in from the very first chapter! It has action and romance and it's different. With a
really nice surprise at the end!

For starters to talk about the book in general...i liked the writing. It was simple in a way that you could read
and read without being bored or tired. The story is also placed in our world, and you see ordinary things
around and as a result you get more into it. From situations, places or people, the world feels close to you.
Even the parts of it, you p
Jun 14, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing
“If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?”
- Chuck Palahniuk

Abithica regains consciousness with the smell and taste of mackerel in her mouth - literally. without any warning or preamble, she has been switched again to another body. as she takes in her new surroundings and tries to learn about her new host Sydney Turner, Abithica never expected to fall in love with Lane Riley much less with the people around her. if only she could stay fo
Jul 20, 2011 Mia rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Girl about Books

The story of Abithica is downright imaginative and fascinating! What mainly drew me into reading Abithica was the plot. It sounds really different and engaging that will pull the readers initially.

I also liked Susan Goldsmith’s writing. It was full of life and she makes it easier for the readers to feel the characters. She also gave Abithica such a clear, strong and glowing voice. I loved her from page one. She’s witty, strong and has a lot of common sense.
Caroline (Bon Bons and Reveries)
Abithica is the story of a spirit/being/whatever you want to call her for right now(not giving anything away) who is thrust into people’s bodies taking over their lives. She stays with her host until she has completed whatever needed to be done. She sees her predicament as a punishment from God. She sees herself as a parasite or demon.
The book opens in Arizona with Sydney collapsing into her food at a restaurant because the spirit being mentioned (in the previous paragraph) has just entered he
Sarah Dizon

What if you were given the chance of a lifetime, the opportunity to find the one person you love, but there is a catch: you are not the person you claim to be. Abithica by Susan Goldsmith starts with Abithica replacing the soul of Sydney Turner yet, she has no idea what is going on and can’t remember anything. Confused about who she is with, who she is, and why she is in Sydney’s body. Abithica has just ventured into a situation of amazing proportions. With mysteri
Lisa Lewis
Jun 21, 2011 Lisa Lewis rated it really liked it
Imagine never knowing where you will wake-up each day or how long you’ll be there, but you know that you’re there to serve a purpose, if you can just figure out what the purpose is to be. And, once your purpose is served, you’ll awaken somewhere else to begin the process all over again. Did I mention that where you land is always in someone else’s body because you have no corporeal form (which reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer, which is not a bad thing at all)? Well, that is exactly wha ...more
Thanks to the author for contacting me and allowing me to have a review copy of this one, I am very happy to have had a chance to read it and enjoy a unique tale and some rather interesting characters as well!
Abithica the debut novel from author Susan Goldsmith is a fantastical look into what if.
What if tomorrow you woke up in someone else's body leaving your family, friends and the life you were living behind? What if your purpose in life was to inhabit body after body, year after year to be
Once Upon
Mar 16, 2011 Once Upon rated it really liked it
This book had my interest in just a few pages. Abithica feels like she is parasite taking host in other peoples bodies and transfered to another without any warning or information but when living the life of Sydney she starts breaking all her rules of not getting involved everything gets complicated. The relationship between Abithica and the new family she encounters was just so well covered and developed it made me keep reading more and more to find out who she really was. There was another sto ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, arcs
ABITHICA held my attention with it's contradictions. Despite having a light, playful tone the concepts and situations driving this book are both complex and dark. The main character's completely disorienting and frightening reality is leavened with silly banter, shoe philosophy, and a few Sleeping Beauty "dance with the animals" moments. Despite the existential issues and gang violence, I found myself warmed by the overall hopeful tone. While the characters themselves were a bit too shallow to r ...more
Apr 25, 2011 L rated it did not like it
I'm really surprised at all the 4 and 5 star reviews.

The idea behind the book, of a soul wandering from body to body, is certainly intriguing, but the execution is lacking.

The writing is not terrible, but definitely on the bad end of okay.

Tries to play on the reader's emotions with the main character and her love interest falling in love in all of 2 days, and spending the rest of the book talking about how much they love each other blahblahblah. Too much talk. Not enough actions where the charac
Aug 15, 2011 Traci rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good light young adult book that I would recommend to fans of Stephanie Meyer's Host. Sydney was funny and likable. The voice of both her and her mother, Faith, were believable and I felt sympathy for them. Faith's shoe fetish was cute. Sydney's, actually other Sydney I guess I don't know what to call her in this review, want for love having witnessed but never felt it was sweet and I'm sure will connect with young teens. The biggest complaint I have about this book is the chapters that do not f ...more
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