Kacey and her sister, Livie moved to Miami 4 years after the accident --- the accident that took her parents, best friend and boyfriend's lives. ThougKacey and her sister, Livie moved to Miami 4 years after the accident --- the accident that took her parents, best friend and boyfriend's lives. Though Kacey healed physically, she's still emotionally messed up. She's diagnosed with PTSD and developed destructive coping mechanism. She became an alcoholic, used drugs and slept around to forget what she's lost. However, everything changed when Livie begged her to start living again. Things weren't so bad when they were in Michigan until Kacey learned that her uncle gambled all their money and he made a drunken visit to Livie's room. Starting a new life in Miami was appealing even though their place is small and possibly pest infested. There they met Storm and her daughter Mia who immediately became their close friends; and Trent their new hot and charming neighbor---the guy who will later get through Kacey's protective shield.
“Our past isn’t who we are. I’m me and you’re you and that’s who we need to be,” Livie reminds me. She leaves and I know exactly what she’s thinking. I’m not Kacey Cleary anymore. I’m an empty shell who cracks inappropriate jokes and feels nothing. I’m a Kacey imposter.
I didn't expect to finish the book quickly! I didn't realize it was a short book until I got to the last page. Hehe. Ten Tiny Breaths is a fast-paced, intense and very emotional novel. I couldn't say that I loved the characters because I really didn't. Kacey was stubborn, her walls are so high that socializing is so difficult for her. I understand her thing about holding people's hand, but I really wished she at least tried to talk to people nicely. Trent on the other hand was likeable in the beginning, however when he's practically everywhere, he freaked me out a bit. He's saving Kacey everytime she needed saving, he's even there when Storm's psycho ex-husband paid Mia and Livie a visit. I immediately concluded that Trent has a hero-complex (which was proven wrong much later when Trent's secret was revealed-- he's issues are deeper than what I thought). Anyway, despite their flaws, together Kacey and Trent fits perfectly. Their relationship was very unstable but it both made them happy.
“I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We're going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We'll go hang-gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more. Let me make you smile.”
I liked the secondary characters. Livie was a great sister to Kacey, she's very patient with her sister and she pushed her to keep trying to let other people in. Storm is a very interesting character too, because of her we learned a few things about bartending in a night club. LOL. Storm's daughter Mia is so adorable! I also liked Ben, he's a great guy even though Kacey used him, he still remained a good friend to her. Nate, Tanner, Dan, etc... all of them made the story more interesting.
“I wanted to tell you in person that, even though my intentions were wrong,” now he levels the glass with a gaze full of heat and emotion. One of his Trent stares that buckles my knees. “What I felt for you was real, Kacey. It still is real. I just can’t hold onto it anymore. We both need a chance to heal.”
The best lesson I learned from this book is about forgiveness. Way before Trent's past was revealed, I already figured out who he really was. I asked myself, "If I was in Kacey's postion, will I ever forgive Trent?" My answer was no, I honestly don't think I could. How can I face him when every time I look at him all I remember was the accident and everything I've lost? That's why I was awed when Kacey was able to let go and forgive him. Kacey was definitely stronger than what I've thought. I guess it's true that time heals all wounds. I also liked what the author did about Trent and Kacey being apart for awhile. It does make sense because they can't be together until they are both healed. I'm so glad that they got their HEA, they both deserved it after what they've been through.
“Forever’s a long time.” Trent’s arms squeeze around me. “Forever’s not long enough when it’s with you.”
Livie is my favorite character in this book---yep, not Kacey, not Trent BUT Livie. After reading Ten Tiny Breaths, I felt like Livie's story should be written too! Later, I found out that there is a book 2 entitled One Tiny Lie and it's about Livie. I can't wait to read it!
**spoiler alert** This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I loved everything about The Sea of Tranquility! The story, the charac**spoiler alert** This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year! I loved everything about The Sea of Tranquility! The story, the characters, the writing style... aaargh, this book is so freaking awesome that I will recommend it to EVERYONE.
The story starts with Nastya registering for her senior year in a new school. She moved in with her Aunt Margot to start over and with a new identity. In Mill Creek Community High School she's Nastya Kashnikov - a girl who wear slutty clothes, heavy make up, and NEVER talks. On her first day of school she saw the boy with an an "invisible force field". The boy who will later save her from the mean girls, projectile vomiting, hangover, being lost, flat tire, and so on. Josh Bennett is intrigued by the girl who doesn't speak, however, he still prefers to be left alone. He feels like everyone he cares about ends up dying and he doesn't want to care anymore so that no one else will die. Now that his only living relative---his grandfather, is dying, he become an emancipated minor at the age of 17. One night, when Nastya invites herself on his garage and talked to him, he started to care about her and finds himself in a strange companionship with Nastya.
I would like to commend Ms. Katja Millay for this brilliant debut novel. Her words...kjsadhgfjhsd, it will get to you, move you, and sometimes will caught you off guard. An example was the wishing scene---it was the one on the cover, the pennies on the well. Anyway, I really thought that chapter will end with me smiling because the scene was really sweet and uplifting, but NOooo, Ms. Millay ended the chapter with this:
“I wished that my hand would work again,” I tell him when he climbs in after me. It was my first wish and the only one that mattered.
“I wished my mother was here tonight, which is stupid, because it’s an impossible wish.” He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time.
“It’s not stupid to want to see her again.”
“It wasn't so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.”
...and my heart hurts for them all over again. *sniffs*
Now, let's move on to the characters:
Nastya's character is full of pain and hatred. Sometimes I want to shake her so that she'll stop pitying herself and hating everyone else. However, there are times that I also find myself wanting to reach out and hug her because her pain is just too much for one soul to bear...she needed someone who will listen without her talking, and I'm glad she found Josh. I also like her brutal honesty. Josh...*sigh* I have no words to tell you how much I love this kid. I have to agree with Nastya, the world should be full of Josh Bennetts. He's broken but still beautiful inside and out.
“I love you, Sunshine,” I tell her, before I lose my nerve. “And I don’t give a shit whether you want me to or not.”
Reading The Sea of Tranquility is like riding an emotional roller coaster... It will play with your emotions...it'll make you laugh and tear up but still, you'll end up wanting for more. This is definitely a MUST read....more
I heard a lot of good things about this book and a friend from one of my reading groups recommended this,**spoiler alert** Whew, what an intense read!
I heard a lot of good things about this book and a friend from one of my reading groups recommended this, but it took me a while to read it. It finally got my attention because of the cover, haha! We are doing a colored cover theme challenge and we have to read books with blue covers, and yay, it qualified! Anyway, I started it yesterday and I didn't stop until I finish it. It was really good.
On Dublin Street starts with a young Jocelyn "Joss" Butler sitting on her class with her best friend Dru. A few moments later, she was informed about an incident that completely changed her life, an accident that instantly killed her family.
Eight years after the accident, Joss is now living in Scotland on dual citizenship. When her best friend/roommate Rhian left for London to start her PhD and her landlord needing the apartment back, she have to look for a new flat. Though it was a little too expensive for her, she decided to check the apartment in Dublin Street. While waiting for a taxi, she accidentally met "The Suit", whom she ended sharing a taxi ride with. Who would've thought that a taxi ride with "The Suit" will be life altering?!?
The story actually started slow. Jocelyn have issues that she never really addressed. It's obvious that she never completed the 5 stages of loss and grief (aka 5 stages of death and dying). She never accepted her family's death and repressed her feelings. She started over in Edinburgh with awfully high walls and defenses. It was so difficult for her to open up that even her only best friend couldn't get past her defenses, not that she tried though, Rhian is as emotionally messed up as she was. Anyway, when she met her new roommate Ellie and started hanging out with her and her friends, she started to open up unconsciously... and then suddenly, her panic attacks are coming back.
I was so proud of Joss when she finally acknowledged that she needed help, that's the first step in healing. However, despite the treatment she's getting, she's still stubborn and never listens. She annoys me at times, but I have to remind myself that she have unresolved issues. Braden on the other hand was amazing. Okay, he was cocky and over confident but it fits his character well. He's probably a long lost cousin of Christian Grey or Gideon Cross. LOL! He's a great brother to Ellie, a loyal friend to Adam, and an awesome friend-with-benefits to Joss. I have to mention how sweet Elli was in this story...I'm glad that she and Adam got their HEA too!
So, yep I did enjoy reading this book! It was intense and emotional. If you're game to read an angsty and steamy contemporary romance, this is perfect for you! ...more
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since last year. I loved the first two books in this series even thou2.5 – 3 Stars
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
I’ve been waiting for this book to come out since last year. I loved the first two books in this series even though the second book ended with Emma leaving Evan. I wasn’t able to read Out of Breath as soon as it came out because I joined a reading challenge and I actually have to follow a reading list. So, when I finally got around reading it, there are a lot of reviews in GR already and being a natural curious, I read them. Unfortunately, the reviews are not what I was expecting. A lot were disappointed, and even though it pains me to say this: I agree with them.
The book is written in 2 POV’s- Emma and Evan’s, but majority of the chapters were written in Emma’s POV (Chapters 1-14 are all written in Emma’s POV). Okay, here it goes: It was bad. Not the writing style, but the story. It was painful to see Emma like that. She’s self-destructive. I think I liked the Emma before despite the abuse and battery she experienced because I can offer sympathy to those kind of characters. It wasn’t their choice to be in that situation in the first place. However,in this book, Emma was almost always drunk, she makes out with guys she doesn’t know, and does other impulsive stuff. She’s really in a bad place and I can’t stomach what she’s doing to herself. And then she met Cole. I didn’t like Cole, but I didn’t hate him either. He seems like a nice guy, but I like Evan too much that I couldn’t make myself to like him. He was patient with Emma, and he somehow helps her forget her issues. They slept together, a LOT, but get this, THEY ARE NOT DATING. I pretty much skimmed ALL the parts whenever Emma uses Cole as her distraction or as her anesthetic, and by that, I meant them having sex. I’m just so mad at Emma at this point, I almost gave up reading the book and then FINALLY Evan showed up on Emma’s mom’s funeral.
Honestly, Evan is the only reason why I continued reading this book. I was very curious about what happened to him after Emma left. It wasn’t revealed in an instant but there were hints that he was really messed up when Emma left. (grrr Emma!) I didn’t like his decision to spend the summer in California because it’s obvious that he’s not over Emma. Plus, Cole and Emma are together even though she says they are NOT DATING. I also think his 2 week deal with Emma was really stupid. I felt really bad for Evan because it’s painful to see some one you love with another person. I even wished that he hooked up with Nika, or any girl just to get back at Emma (I know, I sound so immature *sigh*). However, when he finally revealed what happened to him the past 2 years, I was actually RELIEVED that after Emma, he was with Analise. I was relieved because at least he wasn’t alone. He had someone who loved and cared for him even if he was at his lowest.
What else? Hmmm…I didn’t enjoy the epilogue. I also found the switching of POV’s a little confusing. Ugh, there’s so many things I didn’t like about this book. Let me type some things I liked instead:
Sara - I love her character. She’s a great friend. She kept on taking care of Emma even when she was in France. Emma is so lucky to have Sara as a best friend.
Emma and Evan took their time before getting back together - thank God! After so many pages of Emma and Cole having sex, I really didn’t want her to get intimate with Evan, at least not until Emma spill out her secrets and forgive herself. I liked that they tried to get to know each other again and started communicating about their feelings before committing in a relationship.
HEA - Even though I didn’t like Emma here most of the time, I still think that her story deserves a happy ending. I’m glad that Emma and Evan found healing, forgiveness, strength and happiness with each other.
I heard Ms. Donovan is writing a novel about Jonathan (the guy Emma left with at the end of Barely Breathing). I don’t like Jonathan, in fact I hated it every time Emma mentions or remembers him. So, I probably won’t read his book. What I want to read though is a book about Evan. His life two years ago, while he was with Analise… while he was in Yale. We always see Evan as this sweet, caring, understanding guy… I want to see the other side of him, his life without Emma, where he acted out, when he was angry, sad, and confused. This may not happen of course, but IF the author decided to write one, it will make me REALLY happy.
3 out of 4 books I’ve read this week didn’t meet my expectations, I hope the next one on my list is good. *fingers crossed*...more