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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Half a life is not worth living.

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long
Published March 24th 2015 by Leap Books, LLC
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Cristina Valencia
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book but I just wasn't blown away. I had high expectations due to the title, the beautiful cover and the mysterious blurb. However, I found the story to be a little too young for my taste. I enjoy reading YA and even some middle grade books have captivated me but in this case it sort of fell flat for me. I do think that a younger audience could definitely enjoy it more than I did. The best thing for me was the author's writing style. It was so easy to read; the words just flowed. I ...more
Daniela Ark
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Half-Life is a fun and refreshing YA page turner!

My page-turner check marks go to ✓writing and ✓premise.

3.8 stars

I requested this review copy because of the supernatural premise. Though it wasn’t as “supernatural” as I expected I enjoyed the writing, the voice, and the story arc. Thanks to the good writing the story flowed very nicely. You can tell Tina is a seasoned YA writer she really knows how to paint all the different colors of a teenager’s emotional ra
Mar 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The story in this book isn't what I thought it was going to be. The cover and the synopsis had me thinking much more along a spooky story, which is not what this book is. This book covers a girl, her choices, possible outcomes and the chance to make everything right.As a novella, there's a lot that goes in to this story. I could feel the pain of a troubled friendship, the internal turmoil caused by the loss of a sibling years earlier and the push and pull of peer pressure. Trisha is quite the n ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an adult, I have to admit I do enjoy reading young adult literature yet, with this book the 108 pages I endured was more than enough. I loath writing reviews on books that I am not fond of but as a reviewer, I have to be honest regarding how I feel concerning the book and how it is written.
The blurb of the book gave the idea there was going to be a creepiness factor, for instance, a teenage girl seeing her dead twin sister in the mirror reads an eerie book ahead. The sad fact of the matter is
Michelle Rebar
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This totally surprised me in a very good way :) Review to come...
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)
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Trisha and her friends have a Halloween tradition wherein, at the strike of midnight, they hold compact mirrors up to the flame of a candle in the hopes of seeing the faces of their future husbands. Year after year, the only face staring back at them is their own. This year something incredulous happens; the face Trisha sees in the mirror is identical to her own, but it does not belong to herself. She sees Chessie, her twin sister who passed awa
Jessica Bayliss
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Half-life” is story about a soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old, Trisha, who is struggling to jump the line dividing childhood from adolescence. Her best friend, Abby, has already gained entrance to the next stage with her new boyfriend and their welcome into the world of cool high school parties. Trisha is left behind, and all she wants is to get her BFF back. Lucky for Trisha, the annual Halloween spirit conjuring works—only instead of showing Trisha the man she’s going to marry, the spirit world bri ...more
Tonja Drecker
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trisha is a teenage girl packed with spunk, lots of corners and still, a big heart. She wants what all girls her age want, to be accepted, but already with the opening scene, it becomes clear that her long-time best friend has her head somewhere else.

This is a cute, short, coming of age story. Trisha is trying to please her parents, who are still upset after her twin sister's death years before, while fighting to get her social life worked around. Of course, boys are a big part of this. There's
Jacqueline Horsfall
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Research shows there may be a stronger bond between twins than that of normal siblings. If true, is it possible for a deceased twin to communicate with her living sister? This is exactly what happens when Trisha, the teen protagonist, hooks up by way of a compact mirror with Chessie, her deceased sister, who happens to be monitoring her living family's life.

The premise is not so far-fetched as it seems. I personally know of someone whose twin sister died at birth. This information was withheld
Melissa Burcham
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I was given an ARC book for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.


This was a great YA read. It had a slight paranormal twist with the ghost of the sister, but otherwise was just a good quick read. I enjoyed my afternoon reading this book. As the story moved on, I found myself reading faster, anxious to find out what would happen next to the main character. This was a very good book that I am planning on getting for my
Ali (Our Book Boyfriends) Flores
This book starts out with a really interesting opening scene, and kept my attention from that point on. Trisha participates in a little ritual on Halloween that results in a visit from her deceased twin sister, Chessie. Chessie, has a mission, but she’s not really sharing it with Trisha. However, Chessie does share some very specific tasks with Trisha that she must complete.

This story has a very young YA feel to it. Trisha is still quite immature and in need of some growing up. She’s not complet
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Half Life by Tina Ferraro

4 Stars

Every year Trisha and her friends play the mirror game in the hopes of seeing their future husbands, of course it has never worked. But this year is different, they managed to play on October 31st and though they didn’t see their future loves, Trisha did see the image of her dead twin sister Chessie in her compact. This was the beginning of a new relationship with the girls, whenever Trisha was alone she would pull out her mirror and talk to Chessie. Being on the
Medeia Sharif
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trisha and her friends are playing the mirror game on Halloween. By candlelight they gaze into a mirror to glimpse at their future husbands. Trisha has a big crush on Kirk, whom she helps with Geometry, and she’s hoping to see him in the mirror, but instead she sees her deceased twin sister, Chessie.

Chessie’s visitation doesn’t end there. After Halloween, Trisha continues to gaze into a mirror to learn about Chessie, her afterlife, and what she wants from Trisha. Chessie directs Trisha into doi
J.S. Roberts
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
When fifteen-year-old Trisha receives a visit from her twin sister Chessie who died ten years ago, she's torn between fear and joy. Her twin helps her navigate a failing friendship, the confusing world of boys, and her mother's inability to let go of the past. When Trisha discovers the real reason for Chessie's visit, she knows she has a guardian angel. While this might not be the scary ghost story you were expecting, it's well worth reading. Authentic high school characters and twisty drama kee ...more
Julie Jackson
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC for a honest review.

This book was a really sweet read about a teenage life with the added twist of a death.

I liked the characters(well maybe not Abby) and I thought the storyline was good.

Without teasers I can say that this read was really good and made wonderful life points.

K.L. Hallam
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! --its creativity, the voice of the protagonist and I laughed and teared, as I gobbled this book up. A delightful short read. It wasn't quite the paranormal I expected. It was a lot more, realistic in many ways and with a twist. Totally fun.
Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
4/5 angel stars
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I am the author of three young adult novels with Random House: Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, How to Hook a Hottie, and The ABC's of Kissing Boys (AKA Ten Ways to Kiss a Hottie). In addition, I self-published The Starter Boyfriend, and released a Lunchbox YA romance, Stupid Cupid.

I've been writing since I learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national mag
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