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Breathe [Kindle Edition]

Elena Dillon
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Winner of the 2012 InD'Tale Rone Young Adult Award
Winner of the 2012 Weta Nichols Young Adult Award

Jasmine’s life wasn't normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn't been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn't keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988635321
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM48YSY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 10 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
*Note: This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*

When I was contacted with a list of books to choose from to review, I read all of the descriptions and this one immediately jumped out at me. I've been really into the YA mystery genre recently, and this one sounded really interesting. The concept behind it was really great, and I was really excited going into it.
What I found is that this is really a book of two halves. The first half of this book felt really slow. Not a great deal actually happened, and the mystery aspect of it felt a little flat.
The fast half introduces us to the love story aspect in this book, and honestly I didn't really like the relationship. I found it played out a little too quickly, and this is possibly because the book is so short, but to me it felt a little underdeveloped. I would be reading things that were happening in their relationship, and I just felt it was all too soon for them to be acting like that.
You didn't really get to know them as a couple all that well, or him as a person either. There just wasn't space to develop it enough.
Where this book picks up though is in the second half. Then the mystery side of it really starts to appear and the story is interesting. Jasmine's struggle felt real, her fear felt real, and the way she responded to things was believable.
Though the ending came about quickly, and I would have liked to of seen it play out further. I did enjoy the book as a whole. It took a while to really get into it, and I wasn't ever really invested in the love story aspect, but the storyline was good and it was an enjoyable book.
There were things I didn't like about this book, but overall it was a pretty good book and I'm pleased I got the chance to read it.
As far as recommending it goes, I definitely think it's worth a read and a lot of people will love it. For me, it was just lacking in a few areas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holy moly 5 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I would give this a 4.5 stars because although this book is so compelling, the characters are so 3D its amazing I felt like the author could have added more depth to the "bad guy"
I feel as if he was just a random dude as opposed to the way that author planned him to be. This is just my opinion and I believe that tis book should be read with an open mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 16 Mar 2013
By Viv
Format:Kindle Edition
What a story, loved the plot and the way the author kept the adrenaline pumping. Would definitely read more by this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Room to Breathe - a story of courage and recovery 12 Dec 2012
By Clare Chu - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book pulled me in from the very first line: "Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister."

Jasmine wanted to be an ordinary teenager, like everyone else, but the fact that her sister's murderer had never been caught and the incessant media attention on her and her family meant they were always on edge. She and her family moves from Burbank, California to a small town in Louisiana. For the first time, she could be anonymous, the new girl in school, unburdened from her past.

I cheered for Jasmine as she made new friends, took on a lot of responsibility for her younger siblings, and falls for the hottest guy on campus. Little things disturbed me and I knew the drama would not be over. However the author painted life in the small town vividly and still gave time for pranks, pep rallies, and normal girltalk. She contrasted the familiarity of the small town where residents knew each other for generations and were often related, with the impersonal atmosphere of California.

Once I hit 55% I knew I wouldn't sleep until I completed the book. The villain was cold and calculating, and the story unfolded in an edge-of-your-seat cat and mouse game. The narrator's voice was authentic and engaging, and I absolutely loved the boys in the story, from the loquacious Trenton to the bratty younger brother to the heart-throb boyfriend.

Extremely well done and fast paced, with a heroine you can't help loving and rooting for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in and holds your attention until the last sentence! 24 Dec 2012
By Deborah D. Curry - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book drew me in from the very first sentence! It held my interest until the very last sentence. I wanted to know what was going to happen to this sweet, strong teenage girl. She wanted some normalcy in her life after such a horrible tragedy. That was not to be. I highly recommend this book to those who love suspense and the people whose lives are touched by tragedy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant. 13 Mar 2013
By eBook Addict - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anyone who reads my reviews will know I'm a tough critic and I don't hesitate to return poorly written items. To score a five star from me, the author has to deliver an outstanding story which also demonstrates an excellent handle on the basic skills of grammar, spelling, plot devices, character development etc. No mean feat in today's romance genre, thanks to the explosion of e-books and self-publishing.

How happy I am to say that Elena Dillon has delivered in spades. This story is so well done and I found myself reluctant to put it down (yes, it was a 2am finish) as I immersed myself in the world of a feisty, teenage girl who never loses hope in the face of extreme menace and a gorgeous, teenage hero with maturity and strong family values (do they really breed them like that in the deep south of the USA?). I am so excited to see such a talented debut and can't wait for her next novel, which is expected within the next few months.

What can I say? The author demonstrated high proficiency in the basic techniques, the plot was compelling, the characters very real and very likeable, and there was even a touch of good old manners, accountability and faith, all gently thrown into the mix. It was very much PG-13 (the H/h don't get beyond a chaste kiss), but that's to be expected given it's clearly targeted at the YA market.

Loved it - eagerly awaiting the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathe 21 Dec 2012
By Donna Steele - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Elena knocked it out of the park on the first swing. I don't read a lot of YA, but I had to check Elena's out. The characters feel real and their emotions are right there. The family has managed to survive a horrific period and has adjusted, but is it finally time to be in the world again? Check this one out!
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Build Up 6 Jun 2014
By jamiesadler - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has a great love story, great suspense and the characters are pretty well established. There were a few characters that could have been more in depth but over all very well written and the story provides great closure.
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