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 a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.
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 everyone hopes for is a fresh start leaving the horrible memories behind.
Jasmine for me was a little confusing as a character. She acted much too mature for her age. But then it could be justified with all that she has had to deal with. Still I so did not like it when she kept putting herself down. A little bit more self esteem would help. Her self sacrificing nature was a bit unrealistic. But I admired her protectiveness towards her siblings.
Then we have the love interest, Easton. Easton was a cool guy. He actually cared about Jasmine. Though there was the whole love at first sight thing their relationship moved at a good pace. The conversations were cute. I especially liked Easton's brother Trevor and his antics. The whole of Easton's family and their interactions were a joy to watch.
Elena Dillon's writing style is easy and flowing. Breathe is a comparatively short read but it manages to reel you in. Though I would have liked more details. The stalker thing was well portrayed but the only thing that irritated me was Jas' lack of trust in asking for help when she has a great support system of her family, her girl friends and her boyfriend. Breathe was a nice young adult read.
*Note: This book was provided by the author for an honest review. We thank the author.