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 ...more
First in the Breathe series
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 brother ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 this ...more
In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in ...more
**Arc provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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 ...more
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 ...more
Synopsis taken from Goodreads:...more
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
Thanks to a Netgalley and Mark My Words Publicity for providing me with a copy of this title.
When I first got my hands on Breathe I assumed it was an ARC. Once I realized that it was published in 2012, I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of it. This book provided romance fit for young adult readers and a true-to-life mystery full of suspense.
After the death of her sister, Jasmine and her family uprooted their lives and moved to Small-Town Louisiana. Daisy's murder went national two years prior, ...more