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Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler
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it was amazing
bookshelves: male, fantasy, magical, multiple-voices, odd, romance, series

** spoiler alert ** An amazing end to the Riders of the Apocalypse series where Death is finally center stage. In Hunger it was Famine, Rage it was War, and Loss it was Pestilence, now Xander Atwood has met Death and is trying to convince him that he does not want to end it all as everyone and thing would end too. There were instances in Xander's life when he met Death (who looks eerily like Kurt Cobain, plays the guitar and enjoys his sweaters) and Xander offered him chocolate. Now, Death is perched on the balcony at Xander's apartment and their conversation takes them full circle-- or in this case-- Mobius strip-- as it's discovered that Xander's reality is one of his own creation.

In short, Xander had been in love with a girl from a distance, he rejected his first-choice college in the hopes of getting in to college closer to her (but actually doesn't get in to it) and was waiting for the right time to approach her, and apparently fall madly in love. Instead, as is uncovered only at the very end, he discovers his best friend making out with her and the girl basically tells him that he doesn't exist to her. He leaves the party in a rage and wants to kill himself only to swerve at the last minute and end up in the hospital, discussing with Death, whether he truly wants to live or not.

As all this is discovered (living what he creates as his life versus what is really his life), there is a the secondary story of bringing the other three horsemen around and what they're choosing in their own lives, Melissa/Missy and whether she'll cut the biggest vein and die, Lisabeth and whether she wants to starve herself to death, or Bill and whether his depression after his grandfather's passing would be enough to kill him.

There's the second to last chapter and the last chapter. The second to last chapter is the choice and a pulsating CLIFFHANGER. The last chapter is not a cliffhanger as Alexander/Xander chooses to open his eyes. Now, this is in line with the other character's choices, BUT I would have liked that cliffhanger for the sake of everyone who reads is to debate the subject on what he actually chose. Regardless, it doesn't inhibit my love for the series-- both creative, imaginative, with a great sense of humor, ironically, and morbidity and full of choices.
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Finished Reading
April 14, 2013 – Shelved
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: male
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: magical
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: multiple-voices
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: odd
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: romance
April 14, 2013 – Shelved as: series

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