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Out of Breath (The Lithia Trilogy #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  125 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Nineteen-year-old Kat Jones has been a competitive runner since she was a young girl, but after her mother's death, the path her life was supposed to take begins to crumble around her -- until one day, she finds herself on the run in a literal sense, this time in a race for her very life.

Kat's journey takes her to the Pacific Northwest town of Lithia, the place of her last
Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Ashland Creek Press (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Stephanie Ward
Oct 06, 2011 Stephanie Ward rated it it was ok
The first in a trilogy, Out of Breath follows Kat – who is has been on the run for a long time and finds herself in her hometown of Lithia. She is embraced by the townspeople and settles into a normal life, until her friend Stacey is brutally murdered while they are running in the forest. When Kat looks into her friend’s mysterious death, she finds out that Lithia isn’t the quaint small town she believed it to be. There are vampires hiding outside the town limits and they are killing people. How ...more
Oct 23, 2011 Literary rated it it was amazing

I like the cover. I've always found cement angels slightly spooky. It fits well with the book.


Kat is a runner. It's evident when we meet her because that's what she's doing at the start of the book: Running. Running from life; Running from emotions; Running from everyone and everything she knows.

She winds up in the town where she was born, Lithia. Once there, she starts to notice that the people act differently from any other place she's been. People joke it's the water making everyone
One of the very wonderful things about reading books is that they take us into worlds we might never be able to experience and into the heads and hearts of characters we wish we could be. That being the case, it was a fascinating place to find myself inside the head and physical surroundings of Kat Jones.

I'm not and never have been a runner. It's something that has interested me over many years because I've come across friends and acquaintences who love to run. What makes "Out of Breath" so uniq
Dana Burgess
Sep 04, 2011 Dana Burgess rated it really liked it
'Out of Breath' by Blair Richmond is set to be released at the end of October and all of you 'Twilight', 'Vampire Diaries' fans out there are in for a treat. I have no idea why I agreed to read this ARC despite my hard line against all things vampire/werewolf/etc (must have been a moment of weakness), but I started it yesterday afternoon and was up till midnight finishing it. I admit, I liked it.
What I liked about it:
1. The cover. I hope they don't change it.
2. The fact the Katherine is has a s
Oct 12, 2011 Serena rated it really liked it
Out of Breath by Blair Richmond is a young adult novel that will have readers quickly turning the pages to find out what secrets Kat Jones is hiding and why the town of Lithia where she ends up seems so ethereal and mysterious. Kat arrives in Lithia, where she was born, after running from something that happened in Texas, and everyone in the town is incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Richmond’s sparse narration, plus the focus on running races, ramps up the suspense as Kat’s secretive nature enab
Oct 18, 2011 Shannan rated it did not like it
Out of Breath can be read in one day and is an eco-friendly, vampire ridden mystery with a love triangle. I must say that it really wouldn't be a choice as to who I would pick though. I just adore Alex. I wish there was more of a pull to each boy. I never really saw why each of the boys really were attracted to her especially to the point of protecting her like they do.

Kat is a vegan and I really enjoyed the environmental part of the story. The lush landscapes written in detail, the healthy spor
Shay Hardman
May 21, 2012 Shay Hardman rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
Blair Richmond did an outstanding job with the novel "Out of Breath". This novel had me eagerly turning the pages- I couldn't put the book down and ended up finishing it within a day.

Katherine Healy is a nineteen year old girl who is running away from her past and ends up in the town where she was born- Lithia. In this town she finds some comfort until tragedy strikes and she can't help but feel guilty. To complicate matters, she's attracted to attention of two guys who both have secrets that th
Nov 06, 2011 Kat rated it it was ok
The book begins with Kat-- a teenage girl who is a life-long runner and vegan and has been on the run from her home in Texas after her parents' death-- 's arrival in the small Oregon town of Lithia, a 'quaint' little town and a birthplace she barely remembers. The action gets off to a slow start as Kat, homeless and alone, chances to find a temporary job in a runner's shop and a place to stay. She meets Roman, an enigmatic actor, at the local theatre where he portrays Hamlet, and Alex, a ...more
Sep 07, 2013 Shel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
It would be curious to have read this book at a time before Stephenie Meyer and Twilight and less removed from my own young adult experience, which included winning the state cross-country championship.

As it was, I read this vampire novel set in the Northwest with a young long-distance running female protagonist, largely as a happy antidote to Twilight.

Admittedly, I never gave Twilight a close reading. My husband and I both read it to see what the fuss was about and our conversations about it re
Jan 03, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
Let me just say that the cover is a bit creepy! Porcelain dolls, statues with no eyes, *shivers* creepy!

Aside from the cover, this book was great! The beginning was so heart-wrenching! I kept thinking, "That could happen to me" and it made me sad because not everything goes according to plan and it's even worse when things go so far down south that they reach Antarctica! Well that's pretty much what happens with Kat. She had such a bright and promising future planned out and then one little inci
Jan 31, 2013 iamjenai rated it it was amazing
Out of Breath tells the story of Katherine, a vegetarian runner from Texas. She was born and raised in Lithia, a town in Oregon, but when her mother died, his dad lost his job and believed that life would be better outside Lithia. Too many bad things happened in Texas so Katherine decides to return to her hometown to start a new life, this time without his father.

At first, after reading the first three chapters, the story line didn't appeal much to me. Thought it was just an ordinary story for
Oct 11, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
As a mother of a teenage daughter and not typically a huge fan of the Vampire theme, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this YA novel. First, it is set in a refreshing, quaint northwestern town (similar to one where I went to graduate school) and the author did a fantastic job of making the lush landscape, the environs, and the philosophy of the small town integral to the novel's plot formation. It has a definitely eco-friendly, environmental stance, which is so important in this day ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
For starters, I won this on LibraryThing Early Reviewers. I had no idea what to expect other than it was a paranormal romance and involved running.

This story was dark, mysterious, and had a certain depth to it.

Kat. Well, she has a past. Throughout the entire novel, she didn't reveal much about her life. The main things I got what that she was a runner, she was running from and to her past, in a way. You'd have to read the book to understand what I mean by that. Her character definitely mystery
Jennifer (Wonderland Books)
Oct 02, 2011 Jennifer (Wonderland Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! I loved this book. I received it as an ARC from and I am so glad that I did! I had a very hard time putting this book down. I love the characters. David and Alex are probably my favorites. I was really enthralled with the book when it came down to the last 50 or so pages. Big twists and turns. The ending leaves a few unanswered questions so I am highly anticipating the next book. I know I will have to wait a while, but it will sure be worth it!
Jul 26, 2012 Liz rated it it was ok

I started reading this book with the idea that it'd be a mystery/self-discovery/dark past& secrets type of story -- not so, entirely. Ended up feeling like Twilight. Ugh.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Out of Breath is a quick paranormal read with a beautifully captivating Northwest setting, has a few vampires, a love triangle and a little element of mystery to it that kept me turning the pages. I really liked the concept of this story and I of course loved the setting! I'm a sucker for an outdoor, specifically one that takes place in the Northwest like this book does. I think this setting worked great for this story and I liked that Blair was able to blend the way of life in the Pacific ...more
Oct 31, 2011 CorLostForWords rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Rebecca from Ashland Creek Press for sending me a copy of this book. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3.5/5

Kat has been on the run, and is now coming full circle. She is back in the town she was born in, and she is hoping that she has run far enough from her past to settle down for a while. She makes friends with the locals, finds a place to live and to work, and has her pick of two of the towns m
Sep 16, 2014 Bev rated it liked it
This book is classified as a young adult but it seems like a hard written book for young adults unless they are avid readers. It has a smooth beginning but you are dropped into a story line with only a bare history. I prefer to know where the main character is coming from and why I am following her story. The characters did grab my attention but I kept wondering why I was following along with them. [return][return]The main character comes across as an adult however she is only 19 and fully ...more
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Out of Breath by Blair Richmond

Out of Breath is the debut release by Blair Richmond and shows tremendous promise. This 268 page, first installment of Richmond's three part series is easily read in one day.

The reader follows the adventure of Katherine Healy, a nineteen year old runaway who also LOVES to literally run. You see, she was on track in high school, winning races and impressing recruiters until,that is,her father runs over her foot. Now she's on the run trying to g
Oct 30, 2011 Chrystal rated it really liked it
This was a great story based on trying to find out who you really are, who you want to be and how to get there. Kat faces many challenges in this story, but all lead to her trying to make those decisions about her own life. She has a love for running - the freedom you feel as the wind whips in your face, the solitude of being alone with your thoughts. But Kat has also been running from her past, moving from place to place just as quickly as she arrived. Has she finally found a place that she ...more
Edwin Battistella
Aug 18, 2013 Edwin Battistella rated it really liked it
I’m hooked on the Blair Richmond’s Lithia series. Ordinarily, I’d skip over a young adult book involving vampires. But these vampires live in the town of Lithia, in sunny southern Oregon surrounded by mountains and forests, and home to a running store, a food coop, vegans, environmentalists, a small college, and a Shakespeare festival. I live in the real life Lithia—Ashland—so the book had the added appeal of being about places I know (and really, what better cover for a vampire than to act in a ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Valentina rated it liked it
This was an interesting beginning to what promises to be a satisfying trilogy.
What I enjoyed most, even more than the characters themselves, was the setting. There’s a great ambiance to the book, creating this feeling of mystery and possibly danger around the plot. I think it’s worth reading just to experience that feeling of being completely taken in by the story.
But the characters didn’t disappoint, either. Kat, the protagonist, was the kind of resilient heroine that we need to keep in most
Jan 24, 2013 I'dratherbereading rated it really liked it
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Nov 05, 2011 1000 + rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Out of Breath. From the very first page you get hooked into this book. This story of Kat, a runner, who is running from her past by returning to her hometown. With no money to feed or shelter herself you are instantly pulling for Kat.. wanting to help her. Much like those in the town of Lithia who do reach out to her and take her in without questions.

I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen and was oddly pulled in
Mar 06, 2013 Heidi rated it it was ok
I picked this up off the browsing shelves at the library. My favorite part about it is the cover. The image is nice, and the paper feels almost velvety.

The story is your basic vampire love triangle (mortal girl), but with a heavy vegan and environmental angle. Vegan girl? Fine. Vegan vampire? Um, kind of ridiculous.

Plus the girl's (I've already forgotten her name)back story is revealed clumsily and doesn't really give her as much depth as it's supposed to.

I unknowingly picked up the sequel at
Nov 16, 2011 KyBunnies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenager/Young Adult
Recommended to KyBunnies by:

This was a wonderful interesting book to read. I felt this book would be better for Young Adult/Teenager but books really do not cater to a specific age. The author wrote a very good book. Thanks for an interesting read.

Feb 21, 2014 Rae rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book to read. It makes you ask questions before feeding you the answers. I really enjoyed it. There was a little bit of a confusion feeling in the beginning. Vegan and Vampire are not two words I would put together on the best of days.
Dec 07, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: blair-richmond

I felt this was a good book. It held my attention and I was looking forward to some parts. Overall I feel it was an easy read and didn't fully have much juice to the story. But I did still enjoy it. I look forward to the next book.
Oct 04, 2012 Marcia rated it it was ok
I GET IT. SHE'S A VEGAN RUNNER. Who is on the run. And involved in a love triangle with two vampires. Both runners. One of whom is a vegan.

I would be incredibly shocked if the author were not a vegan runner. And the kind of vegan that makes vegans look bad.
Jul 24, 2015 Julee rated it did not like it
I can't believe I let myself finish this book. Not only is it written poorly, but it ended up being some vampire story with a message about being vegan. Anyway, I wouldn't spend the time on the series and I am annoyed I spent the time that I did.
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I am the author of Out of Breath and The Ghost Runner and, coming later this year, The Last Mile. These books make up what I call The Lithia Trilogy. I live, relatively anonymously, in Southern Oregon. I love the woods and I love doing my small part to protect animals.
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