Monday, September 9, 2013

Reason to Breathe (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan

Reason to Breathe  (Breathing #1) by Rebecca Donovan
This is a contemporary romance novel (Rated R)
 (Four and a Half Evan Hearts)
Book Summary
"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises - not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.
My Review
This story was brilliant. And although it was brilliant, in some ways I wish I never read it. It was a hard read. Hell, I thought Seduced in the Dark & Captive in the Dark was a hard read. And now, I’m not sure which is worse. Maybe this one.

The female lead pisses me off so much in this story I had a hard time reading it. However, the author does a great job of explaining those choices. I just don’t have to like it. They are teenagers. So I give them a pass. Yet, I still felt way too much.
And isn’t that the brilliance of it. When an author can make you feel so strongly. I wanted to climb in the pages and save someone.
Still this book wasn’t without faults, which why it didn’t get perfect marks. This author has her own time in revealing information. Which isn’t bad unless it creates plot holes. And in this case there was a major one. I’ll try my best to explain without really giving spoilers.
A major beef takes place at a party. One that involves Emma. It’s a big event in the story. Yet, she goes to school after and she doesn’t face or think about one of the players in that event ever again (at least in this book). I’m sorry. Kids at school would be talking. She would have crossed paths with that individual. Yet, the author gives us nothing. Nada. It’s like it never happened. I will say having read the trilogy already, it eventually comes up. But I’m sorry. Major plot hole. It wasn’t like she even said she didn’t want to think about it. It just happened and then nothing. And for that, I cannot give it perfect marks. Still a great book.
Audio Review
Kate Rudd does a fabulous job. She brought to life and stirred feelings inside me that made me feel like I was there. Awesome.
Overall, based on this book alone, I would tell you to read. But continue this review journey with me the next few days and decide if you do.
My book boyfriend Evan.


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