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Breath of Air (Dryad Quartet #1)

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Her name was Capri, and she was Air.

She was born with a gift she didn’t understand. A gift so strange, so remarkable that she had kept it secret for as long as she could remember, despising that it made her different when all she wanted was to be normal, to belong. As an orphan, belonging to someone, anyone, would have been an incredible blessing, one she would have given
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Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published April 2012 by Sapphire Royale Publishing
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Lindsay
Oct 02, 2012 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-love
First things first: the cover. Let's be honest, we all judge a book by its cover, even when we say we don't, and this one made an amazing first impression. I was actually a little sad that I had an ebook copy, because it makes fondling the cover a little difficult. It's exquisite!
Since the cover promised me it would be great, I dug right in. It had a slow build to it, not a ton of excitement in the first half, but the characters started to grow on me. It wasn't until I was headed into work, with
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Cassie
Jun 01, 2012 Cassie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy Lovers
Breath of Air took my breath away!

Capri has lived without a family for as long as she can remember. Growing up in an orphanage has been hard and now on the day of her eighteenth birthday she wishes she had a family to celebrate it with more than ever. Capri has always been a little different. Although keeping her special talents a secret, manipulating a small breeze and controlling birds has always been in her blood.

Now, finally Capri can start to uncover the truth when she meets Liam, a water D
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Rhonda
Oct 03, 2013 Rhonda rated it liked it
I am not sure I can really write a good review for this book. I don't really have any strong opinions about it. It was an okay book but not great.

I will say that the beginning was way too rushed. It made getting into the book a little hard because the reader feels pushed to just accept and go on. I found it hard to believe that this girl would follow a complete stranger so easily. I found it harder to believe that she would just bond and accept her father so easily.

And when it became apparent
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A.D. Trosper
Jul 19, 2012 A.D. Trosper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I got this as a gift and loved it! What a wonderful gift it was. I kept seeing it and thinking that I would like to read it. So when it came as a gift, I immediately dove in. I don't think I stopped reading until near the very end when my andriod's battery died. I yelled a few very unladylike words at my andriod and put on the charger. But I couldn't wait for it to charge, I HAD to know what happened. So, I ended up finishing the last couple of chapters while sitting on my bedroom floor since ...more
Natalie Gibson
Jun 27, 2012 Natalie Gibson rated it really liked it
This is not my normal genre and I am so glad that I strayed from the norm. Katie Jennings weaves a beautiful tale filled with vivid characters, intrigue, romance and adventure. The world she creates for the mystic beings that reside there and rule the elements around us and our very lives, is wonderfully rich. The Furies, the Fates, the Dryads, Mother Earth and Father Sky - this author can handle a large cast and each character retains their individuality, their voice. Capri is a wonderful ...more
Kevin Hammond
Aug 29, 2013 Kevin Hammond rated it it was amazing
There is a lot in this one just as there is a lot to like about it. It is part mythology, part mystery, part adventure, part romance with a splash of action but it is an all round great story.
I liked the character of Capri and the alternate route she is established as the heroine of the tale. She does not have the typical persona of the sword wielding hero most tales do; it is a quiet strength that becomes more bold as she comes in to her own within the story. the way I took it was that the auth
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Dava Stewart
Nov 09, 2012 Dava Stewart rated it liked it
I would like to give this one something like 3.4 stars. It is an interesting idea, and the characters are developed enough to make a reader care. It put me in mind a bit of the books in the Lightning Thief series, but not quite as well done.

One criticism: there are a few places where words are misused. For instance, a column is "engorged with ivy" and a ceiling is "coffered with gold ornamentation." At another point, someone's heart "literally" breaks.

Another minor gripe is the sort of whitewa
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Wanda Hartzenberg
Dec 21, 2015 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Love. Love. Love this cover. I liked the idea but I did not love it.
I liked Capri but for an orphan she is horribly naive. Unbelievably so.

What I loved about this was the fact that this story is actually reliant on a daughter, father bond forming. Usually at this age the children acts as if their parents are nothing more than a nuisance accessory to be pulled out of the closest only rarely. Not so here. But hey get your own copy and see if you don't love it.

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Joni
Sep 05, 2012 Joni rated it really liked it
Jennings has drawn upon Greek mythology to introduce a modern and intriguing fantasy world. If you love classics updated with a contemporary twist, like the movie Romeo + Juliet, then you will love the Dryad Quartet. Filled with romance, suspense, colorful characters and a dash of demons - float away with Breath of Air and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Euphora.
J.J. Tuite
Aug 15, 2013 J.J. Tuite rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book! The characters and settings all seemed so real to me! I'm definitely thinking this will be one of the best series of books I will read this year!
Sara Daniell
Jul 09, 2012 Sara Daniell rated it it was amazing
Wow. Such an amazing book. The detail is amazing and so beautifully written. It is as if you are right there with Capri. I cannot wait to read the next book. Definitely going on my fave list.
Nancy Jimenez
Nov 14, 2016 Nancy Jimenez rated it did not like it
Needs works

To tell the truth I was not able to go beyond page 32 of this book so take this review as you will. The writing is juvenile at best and needs quite a bit of polish. I would not recommend this to anybody.
Sorcha O'Dowd
I couldn’t wait to read ‘Breath of Air’ after reading all the amazing reviews for it, so after throwing down my dissertation in annoyance I allowed myself to pick up my Kindle, hoping to lose myself in a different world for an hour before getting back to work.
Needless to say, I was hooked and that hour soon turned into four hours, and I was so engrossed with the beautiful storytelling that I didn’t even realise what the time was until my Mum came into my room to tell me she was going to bed.

Whoo
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Jen
Mar 09, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
I first encountered Breath of Air by Katie Jennings when the blog "Pixel of Ink" alerted me that it was free. And I just have to say: "Wow! This is a debut novel?" It far exceeded my expectations for a Kindle book that is offered for free, and especially one that is a debut novel.

This book is a YA romance novel of sorts. How can a book be YA (just kissing) an a romance novel (sexy times!) you ask? Well, it is written in the standard romance novel way where romantic relationships are central, the
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Toi Thomas
Sep 23, 2012 Toi Thomas rated it really liked it
This is the story of an orphan named Capri who discovers that her suppressed dreams are actually memories and that she does actually have a family. You’d think that finding out something like that would be enough to carry a descent story, but Breath of Air takes this heartwarming tale for a good old fashion thrill ride. This wild, funny, and sometimes scary journey opens Capri up to a world of mystical and mythological beings and helps her cope with the idea that she may just be one of them.

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Becky Sherriff
Jun 11, 2012 Becky Sherriff rated it really liked it
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SANDRA
Mar 12, 2013 SANDRA rated it it was ok
I had a huge problem with the main character Capri she was just too damn naive for an eighteen year old orphan, I mean if you were to be raised in an orphanage would you really be able to see the good in everyone and act like you were only 10 with some hormones going and the way she spoke and thought annoyed me as much as Schmella from Twilight did.

The story it self had good potential at times it was too predictable and yet it had its few surprises. I guess it was a little too YA for me. Like I
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is the debut novel from Katie Jennings and not only did I love it but I've immediately put the next 3 on my wishlist!

This book tells the story of Capri, a just turned 18 year old orphan who is just branching out on her own from the orphanage. She goes to the park to wonder what on earth she is going to do and whilst she is there she meets a "knight in shining armour", Liam. He recognises her for what she is - an Air Dryad and takes her home with him to Eurphora.

I won't say anything else abo
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Blue Harvest Creative
Jul 29, 2012 Blue Harvest Creative rated it really liked it
Katie Jennings debut novel, Breath of Air, is the first novel in the four book Dryad Quartet series and, like its title is a breath of fresh air for the fantasy genre.

It revolves around Capri, an orphan girl who, on her 18th birthday discovers the truth of her origins and journeys back to Euphora, the enchanted place where she was born. Soon after Capri returns to Euphora though, strange events begin to happen that mirrors what took place soon before Capri disappeared at the age of three. Capri
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Jo Michaels
Oct 31, 2012 Jo Michaels rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys fictional worlds and plot twists.
I picked up Breath of Air over on Amazon during a free promotion.

From a reader's perspective:
It took me a while to read through this novel. The beginning moved a bit slow for me but I was enjoying the story so returned to it periodically. When I got closer to the end, things began to pick up and the twists and turns in the plot began. I got confused sometimes as to who was what because some of the names were similar but I eventually began to leave it alone and just read. However, this did not in
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Inna
Mar 10, 2013 Inna rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Inna for Inna's Little Bookshelves
This book was different, very original. I really can't think of anything similar to it of the top of my head. The story revolves around dryads which help Rhia who is Mother Earth run the world. There are those who control Air, Earth, Water and Fire. Then there are Furies and Fates. It was reminiscent of Greek mythology but at the same time it wasn't.
The story follows Capri who thought she was an orphan until she is swept away to live on a floating i
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Becky
Oct 13, 2013 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
You can read my full review here: http://mysistersbookkeeper.blogspot.c...

Fantastical stories are generally not up my alley. I labeled this book fantasy because the world in which the characters live is one that does not exist but other than the characters being charged with controlling nature and the presence of demons, this does not read like a fantasy book. This book is more about Capri trying to figure out who she is and learning to be who she was born to be with some mystery and romance thr
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Jesi
Feb 08, 2015 Jesi rated it liked it
Shelves: ereads, ya, 2015, fantasy
WHAT I LIKED: it was a new twist on Greek Mythology with new powers.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Capri was, at times, an unbelievable heroine. As a reader I was told she was a sweet person and much too trusting of others but wasn't shown it. She believed Liam too easily, just accepted what he said and allowed herself to be dragged along behind him to Euphoria. No one seemed to be suspicious of her either. All these strange things started to happen with her return but she was never questioned as being the
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Will
Feb 13, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that I didn't have high expectations for this book after reading the first two chapters. The events seemed to move way too quickly. The author introduces the main character in the book, Capri, as a young woman who just turned 18. Capri is an orphan. Found in an alley when she was three years old. Fifteen years later, she is still wondering what kind of a life she would have lived with a family of her own.

Almost immediately, she meets up with a young boy by the name of Liam who almos
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A.R. Meyering
Feb 20, 2014 A.R. Meyering rated it it was amazing
I was swept up by this fantasy adventure. Author Katie Jennings takes us on a journey to the island of Euphora, a place where Greek myths exist in a fresh, enthralling, luxurious way. The Dryads, Furies, Muses, Fates and more all make an appearance in this beautiful land, coexisting and each bearing their own fascinating story.

The narrative follows 18 year old Capri, an air dryad who was stolen away from her destiny at a young age. She comes into her own through this tale, finding adventure, fri
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Hilda
Apr 01, 2015 Hilda rated it it was amazing
I wasn't expecting anything from this book. When you get free stuff, you're bound to think that it's free because nobody wants to pay for something awful. But this one proved me wrong. Not all freebies are stupid stuff :p

I've never come across a story like this before. Well, it could be that I haven't read that many books in my life. But in most books that I've read, Dryad has always been a side character to a much more famous species. To say the least, the idea was fresh. And I'm just glad that
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Marsha
Feb 09, 2013 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and look forward to reading the others in the series. Breath of Air was not at all what I expected, and I am blown away by the results. Capri stole my heart, as she did to everyone else in this novel. I wanted her to be strong and fierce, but her insecurities made me love her more. Then, when she found her strength in her own love, she realized how fierce, and intelligent, she truly is. This story is so well written, that I was immediately and permanently ...more
Jean Booth
Sep 27, 2012 Jean Booth rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! This book was SO good!!! It started out a bit slow and too centered in the young adult drama for me, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I was thrilled that Katie Jennings shared my love for Rian and opened up his character. I liked him immediately, was drawn to his protective, solitary nature and squeed when he protected Capri from getting her hair wet in the rain with his shirt. I was beyond grateful to not be involved in yet another impossibly stupid love triangle, but to have Capri know who ...more
K.D. Shepherd
Sep 21, 2014 K.D. Shepherd rated it it was amazing
Dryads, Fates, Furies, Muses all human, all who live a normal human lifespan, but who control the aspects of nature, life, death. I really enjoyed the concept of this book as well as the writing style and storytelling ability of Jennings. These are lighthearted characters that live in the moment; who don't allow the bad to get them down and generally come out on top regardless of the circumstance. I found it relaxing to read even though it was suspenseful. It was nice to read a book that focused ...more
Jo
Feb 18, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book very much surprised me :)

This book snuck up on me. I began reading it and remember thinking to myself that I probably wouldn't finish it. I was wrong. The storyline was fresh (to me), as I am all but played out on vampire and werewolf cliches. The heroine began the story as shy and almost timid, but when the occasion arose, showed her backbone. The romance was surprisingly refreshing, and that, other than the history behind the Dryads really drew me in. I liked all of the characters, e
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