Breathe by Elena Dillon: Book review

Book title/ Author: Breathe by Elena Dillon
Publisher/ Year: August 19th 2014 self-published?
Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Series: Breathe #1
Pages: 166
Source/ Format: ebook | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Mark My Words PR!)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

*This review may contain spoilers!*


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 judgement 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 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.

My review

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. She came across as arrogant and as though she thought of her sister's death as more of an inconvenience to her than anything else. However fortunately that changed quite soon afterwards, and she turned out to be a nice girl who'd gone though a horrific loss and was just trying to deal with the aftermath of it. The fact that she managed to make some great friends and get the sweetest boyfriend ever wasn't very realistic but it did allow for some heartwarming parts.

I expected Easton to be some big-headed, self-absorbed jock who only liked Jasmine because she was pretty, when in fact he was the complete opposite. He genuinely liked Jasmine for who she was, and he went to extremes to ensure her safety wasn't at stake. He constantly complimented Jasmine, and her family absolutely adore him. I couldn't find any faults with him and to be honest, he made the book a lot better.

I really hoped that after all the build up of tension, we would get to find out who The Monster actually was, but I guess Elena Dillon decided not to so as to spread it out into the next books.

This book exceeded my expectations and I actually enjoyed it, despite a few irritations along the way. This book is perfect for any thriller fans out there.



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