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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  89 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00AM48YSY

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 s
Kindle Edition, 166 pages
Published December 14th 2012 (first published December 10th 2010)
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Sarah Marie
Breathe by Elena Dillon

First in the Breathe series

2 stars

Jasmine used to live a normal life. Two years ago everything changed when her sister, Daisy, was kidnapped and brutally murdered. To find normalcy her mom has decided that uprooting from California to another place would be best for both Jasmine and the twins. Jasmine couldn’t agree more and picks out the town of Lafayette, Louisiana to be their new home. Everything seems to be working out for Jasmine in Lafayette. People don’t know she’s

Rachelle Ayala
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 chee
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
1.5/5 Stars

Thank you Netgalley and Mark My Words Book Publicity for my ebook copy of this book.

I was unimpressed and unmoved by this book. It wasn't that it was terrible but no matter how much I tried I couldn't get into it. The writing style was all tell and no show, which made it impossible to feel anything from the characters or the plot.

The story itself has such a commonplace plot that it needed something extra, something that made it stand out among the rest, and pull the reader in. Unfort
Fahima M (Hitch Theory)
What you should (probably) know about Breathe:

- The book totally, TOTALLY reminded me of Twilight. It probably had to do with this scene at the beginning, in a parking lot, where Jasmine faints and Easton swoops in out of nowhere and catches her before she falls. Ring any bells? Any similarities? Okay, maybe it's just me. And she has the propensity to get light headed, which (again) reminded me of Bella holding her breath, and Edward always reminding her, 'Breathe, Bella.' in his oh-so-wonderful
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
*****3.5 stars*****

Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister. I try to go through every day like a normal sixteen-year-old. I can eat breakfast, go to school, do homework, but then something will remind me that my family will never be the same. ~ Jasmine, Loc 40

This was a sweet YA romance with the added bonus of the creepy suspense shrouding Jasmine's life. After her sister's gruesome murder and the failure by the police to catch the man who did it, she and her family were more
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Thanks Mark My Words PR for the review copy!

"Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister. I try to go through every day like a normal sixteen-year-old."

I remember sitting and telling myself that I'll just read the first few chapters. Then... then the next thing I know I already devoured all of it.

Breathe has one of those openings that will completely suck you in and will never let you go until you finish it. The story is about Jasmine. Breathe shows the aftermath of her sister's dis
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Mark My Words Book Publicity for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to enjoy this book, I really did. It had a very promising synopsis, but the characters weren’t up to par here. Let’s start with Jasmine, shall we? I just don’t see how she could be so immature given the fact that her older sister was murdered. Usually, when tragedy strikes, children and teens are forced to mature sooner than they should. And I don’t think Jasmi
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review and others are also available to read on my blog Diary of a Teen Writer.

I requested this from Netgalley on a pure impulse. The description looks cool, the cover — well, let’s face it, the cover could probably do with some work, but overall, it’s not bad. Who doesn’t like a flower on their cover? And besides, I’m a sucker for mystery whodunit novels, so of course I requested this — and was so excited to read when I got accepted.

But oh, boy, was I in for a surprise. And not a nice one.
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts (Review)

Breathe follows the life of High School junior Jasmine as she attempts not only to navigate the difficult waters of teen life and high school; but she is also attempting to begin a new normal with her family, who had been struck with the tragic loss of her older sister, Daisy. The death of her sister was made even more heartwrenching due to Daisy was murdered, and the killer never caught. So to begin afresh, Jasmine and her mom, and younger twin siblings, a sister and brothe
Breathe, by Elena Dillon is an outstanding addition to YA reading! Jasmine Rourke's older sister Daisy was murdered two years ago by a serial killer who was still on the loose, haunting her family's every thought, a dark shadow in their lives. She moves with her family, going across the country to get away from the memories and the stares, but Jasmine still has panic attacks in certain situations. After fainting in a Walmart parking lot, she wakes up in the arms of the most handsome boy she has ...more
Zoe and the Edge
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, ya
I liked the beginning and the end. The middle was a bit dodgy.

The Beginning
I liked that the story doesn't drag. It moves quickly but not incoherently. I like my scenes to have purpose instead of just filling-in until the book plot warms up.
Jas' sister's murder has put life into a new perspective for her. Fortunately for me, Jas has gone through the grieving process and is now moving on. She just wants to enjoy her highschool experience now. But she's still traumatised. She's terrified of her si
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-book
3.5 stars

Breathe by Elena Dillon is a young adult novel with romance and suspense added in. The book starts off with us meeting Jasmine, a 16 year old who hasn't had a normal life since her sister Daisy had been murdered two years ago.

The beginning of the book is what intrigued me the most. Jasmine and her family which consists of her mother and 12 year old twins move to a new town to get away from all that happened two years ago. Daisy's murderer has not been caught and now it's too late. All
Isobel Radakovic
3.5 stars

My first impression of this book was that it seemed way too short, and unfortunately I was right. I didn't expect to like this book at all, so in this case I was pleasantly surprised.

For some reason that I can't explain, I love reading books set in the Southern states of America. I know it is a stereotype, but southerners' hospitality always puts a smile on my face and I wish that it was a more common occurrence in everyday life.

For the first 25% roughly I really didn't like Jasmine. Sh
• s t a r k i s s e d ☆
Well... it's not that I didn't like the book, because I did. Honest.

But I also found myself getting very frustrated with it at times. It was mostly over little things that I didn't feel clicked, like the lack of contractions in awkward places. Teenagers use contractions all the time; they rarely don't. I found it awkward for Jasmine to be using sentences starting with "I am sure..." or the like with her friends, speaking informally. Perhaps that's just me.

Jasmine also bothered me a bit. I unders
Gabrielle Murphy
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! ( Please excuse all the capitals :P ) This book was so captivating that I couldn't put it down and read the whole book in one sitting!

I absolutely loved the way the characters were portrayed. Jasmine was such a selfless, caring, brave and strong heroine that we only all aspire to be like. I can't even imagine what it would be like to have someone in your family murdered and to be living in fear that it may happen to you. Jas had her ups and downs as any typ
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought this was a better plot than actual book. It was unlike any other book I've read, with the murdered sister and all. I thought the kindle sample was good, so I bought the book. It went downhill for me from there. I felt like a lot of the dialogue was stilted and often cheesy, so I did a lot of eye rolling. I disliked how Jas couldn't seem to accept a compliment for anything, even when Easton tried explaining to her how he felt. Her self esteem was crazily low. She quickly alternates betw ...more
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
I received a free copy of this book from the author and Goodreads We ♥ YA Books! group in exchange for an honest review.

Observances (a running commentary):
The sentences are very short and unrefined. Conversation seems stilted.
Oh, no. Twilight is mentioned in the second chapter.
This girl is TSTL.
This girl is TSTL.
Now it's Harry Potter. What next, Hunger Games?
The Southernisms are actually pretty funny.
Southern boys do not blush when discussing NASCAR.
Repetitive! Or maybe I should use t
Jasmine Rourkes life hasn’t been the same since her older sisters Daisy murder two years ago. After grieving and trying to find a normalcy that wasn’t there, her family decided to move from California to Lafayette, Louisiana hoping to create a new life for themselves.

Jasmine is excited by her new start especially that no one knows about her past. Making new friends and capturing the interest of the star quarterback, Jasmine believes things are looking up until she starts getting strange phone c
Rhonda Gayle
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elena Dillon has written a wonderful suspenseful romance novel that is definitely appropriate for young readers!~I think I fell in love with the young male football hero myself! I was so entranced that I could not stop reading and just kept hoping and praying that the awful MONSTER would not find Jasmine and hurt her as he had done to her sister, Daisy. Readers will gain great pleasure from this matter what the age!
Cait S
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I'm so frustrated I could scream. I am in the longest rut of choosing absolute CRAP to read and this book just continues it along.

No. One. Fucking. Talks. Like. This.

No god damn teenager on the fucking earth fucking talks like this. GOD.

Just because you know who the fuck Justin Bieber is and you throw his name out there a bunch of times DOES NOT MAKE YOU RELATABLE.

Ohh, I could just scream this was so bad.

InD'tale Magazine
Though slow to start, the story is enjoyable, the characters are clearly defined and the reader quickly becomes engrossed in Jasmine’s plight.

Full review in April 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lori Rowe
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read

I didn’t realize til halfway through that I had read this book before. I enjoyed reading it a second time. Only thing is I found
Easton a little unrealistic. But other than that I would totally recommend!
Milka Bago
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Crawling Over the Pages

First of all, I want to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book. I’m really flattered that she trusted me to give it an honest review.

I admit that the story line was a bit cliche. I’ve read so many books that sometimes the stories I come across are almost always the same. Though, the story was a bit predictable, I actually came to love the book. It was really good and I swooned over Easton. Who wouldn’t, right?

What made th
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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
The Truth
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaymee's Review
**Arc provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

5 Stars

Breathe by Elena Dillon is the first book in the breather series but it is a stand alone novel. It is a high school romance but it is also a suspenseful thriller. I'm always a little hesitant going into high school romance stories, the characters can be very juvenile because they're high school students but sometimes they are mature and wise beyond their years. This book is about a young girl named Jasmine who h
Hannah Harvey
*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
Melissa Frye
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This past year has been remarkable for me as a writer. I’ve meet some incredible people and have been honored to read their work. None more so than Elena Dillon and her debut novel Breathe.
Synopsis taken from Goodreads:

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 th
Vibina Venugopal
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A light hearted read, mix of YA romance with a dash of suspense here and there with a serial killer on the run..Jasmine Rourke's older sister Daisy was murdered two years ago by a serial killer who is still not caught..The family moves to a whole new place trying to get on with life ..With her sister's death, her life is turned upside down, but slowly things start to find a track to normalcy...She slowly starts to smile and laugh in girly company...Life looks promising with the most popular guy ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jasmine, her mom, and her younger siblings have to move away from California so that they can have a shot at a somewhat normal life. They know nothing will ever ease the pain of losing Daisy, but they need to move away from the sympathy and the prying eyes and start over where everyone doesn't know what happened. And, they think, they are moving away from the murderer, who was never caught. When they arrive in Lafayette, Jasmine quickly makes good friends and catches the eye of charming, handsom ...more
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