Tuesday, February 14, 2012

***UPDATED*** "Barely Breathing" By Rebecca Donnovan

Kiki's Rating:  4 stars

"Breathe for Me.""

"The words one guy whispers into the ear of the girl he loves. A girl he will do anything for. A girl he will never leave, again."
~Rebecca Donovan

Barely Breathing (The Breathing Series #2)

I have now finished reading this book twice...and I am glad I went back for the re-read because at first I was so frustrated that I would have been unfair in my review.  But after reading again I have come to terms with the decisions that were made.  Make no mistake, this book was written beautifully. This is what Rebecca Donovan does best, she draws you in and you become emotionally invested in the characters.  To the point you want to reach in and grab them, even yell "can't you see what is right in front of you".  She takes a risk that you might hate what you are reading, but in the end you know...this book is real. We don't dance around topics and come to happy ever after endings.  The characters make mistakes, frustrate the hell out of us, and move to real decisions.  We all get caught up in the fairy tale and want something beautiful, but that isn't what usually happens in real life.

Our story doesn't pick right up after "Reason to Breathe", but after Carol's trial and Emma's refusal to want anything to do with it.  I was a little disappointed because that was the one thing I wanted to read, but understand it's the one thing Emma wanted to avoid.  Someone wanted her dead, and that someone was supposed to be her family.  How do you move on with that weight on your shoulders.  This second installment shows just how messed up Emma is and how she struggles to find out who she really wants to be.  With everyone in your world now knowing the one secret you almost died to hide, what do you do?  Evan is still beautiful standing by Emma's side riding the waves of emotions that not only he feels, but the ones that are thrown at him.  Sara is still a rock hard Emma supporter that we expected her to be. The other cast of characters add to the story and make it even stronger.  Each one bringing something to the plate that is much needed in the plot.

 There were some twists this time around that I was NOT expecting, especially at the end. You could say it was again a cliff hanger, but I say it's right on track.  I found myself so drained and upset at the end, angry with Evan and angrier with Emma.  But isn't that exactly where we should be as readers? Isn't that the plan? OK, Ms. Donovan, you win again.  I can't wait to see where this road takes me.

~Happy Reading

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