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Kindle Review: Just Breathe (Just Breathe Trilogy) by Heather Allen

Ever Harding, a month away from her 18th birthday just had a horrible break up with her boyfriend of three years.

           Self Published  Published March 20, 2013             292 Pages (Paperback)
Self Published
Published March 20, 2013
292 Pages (Paperback)

This is literally the worst thing of her life. But then she meets Jack, new boy in school with amazing eyes that makes her melt. Their meeting exposes family history that ties Ever to the sea is more ways than one and forces Ever to have to make a choice that changes everything the world has ever known.

This book is about mermaids. I didn’t know this because I never read the summary. This book wasn’t the greatest thing I have read and it wasn’t because of Ever. She was a horrible character. Impulsive, bipolar, immature, completely unable to control her emotions and personally didn’t care about anyone but herself and Jack.

Here is my issue with the relationship: Her breakup so was dramatic I thought I was going to be sick. Ever was dumped outside her house on the front step not only did she pass out, she also stood outside mute in the cold doing nothing until her mother came to get her after dark and then, proceeded to be a jerk to everyone in her family and be moody. I understand teen love and I get the emotions all over the place but she was selfish and she proved to be selfish throughout the entire book.

Now when Jack comes along all of a sudden she’s in love. . . . Are you seriously kidding me? Nothing more needs to be said about that.

However, what I did like about the book was the whole twist of mermaids. I thought it was an original idea and it was well written. There were things I wasn’t expecting and I thought the dramatic of the overall story was great. I didn’t agree with adding her brother’s story into the book. I didn’t because it was added a bit late and his voice wasn’t strong enough. . . Ever completely overpowered it; so I believe it was a last thought.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. If you can push pass Ever the book will be good for you. If not then don’t even bother it. This book gets 6 out of 10.

Pickles

Book Review: Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

I’m standing at the fork in the road with this book. I can’t say I was wowed by the book but then I can’t say I thought it was crap.

      Razorbill Publishing     Published July 30, 2013                338 Pages
Razorbill Publishing
Published July 30, 2013
338 Pages

Tavia Michaels is the only survivor of plane crash that killed not only 30 other people but also her parents. She is sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle emotionally damaged and fairly nonchalant. Although she should feel sheltered and alone she really isn’t; she has a decent relationship with her Aunt and Uncle and she is crushing on her best friend Benson. Everything seems okay for her until she begins seeing a boy with blond hair following her and telling her things aren’t quite what they should be.

So Tavia goes on the run to find answers and brings Benson with her because well he is the only one she can trust.

This wasn’t a bad book. It didn’t take long for things to get interesting but some things were predictable; mainly the teen love. Benson works at the library which I thought was awesome. He wasn’t a model, he wasn’t a rebel, he was a boy, a handsome boy that worked at the library and loved what he did. Tavia herself didn’t bother me. I only felt she was too okay with her parents death; like it didn’t shape her as much as I though it would. I understand its been two years but still I was expecting more grief I guess. There were maybe two scenes that she was shaken up about it for the most part but other than that you really couldn’t tell if their death really affected her.

Benson’s and Tavia’s love was predictable in the sense that when Tavia found out who the blond boy was things got really really complicated in which she had decide who she should choose. I don’t think that was necessary. Sometimes teenagers can be with one person . . .  for an entire series. Yes, there are complications which I’m okay with but bouncing back and forth its like come on! It actually reminded me off Melissa Marr’s “Wicked Lovely” series (This issue not the whole book).

Other than that I thought the book was creative. Pike tried to do something different with the whole fantasy theme. I thought this book was a lot better than “Wings“. I appreciated the fact that although Tavia was scared of her abilities, she picked up quickly and was more down to earth about her reality. I really loved that about Tavia.

The ending of the book was a great lead into the second book. I cannot complain about that even if I wanted to. Overall the book gets 8 out of 10. I’m interested to see how the next book will play out.

 

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles