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BIMTitle & Author:  Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes
Published: April 8th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

Summary: How did my life get so broken?  It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she’s grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn’t trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey can’t understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He’s determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her about himself was a lie?

Bite-sized Review: I think the phrase ‘same old, same old,’ can be perfectly applied to this novel. Breathe Into Me by Sarah Fawkes has the same appeal as other NA novels I read . I love NA books, the way it tackled certain issues and how it incorporated individualgrowth (despite their brokenness) and romance is what I keep coming back for more. Some do the task magnificently while others fall in mediocrity. Unfortunately, this book belongs to the latter group. Not that it was bad, it was really…decent. Good. A broken girl with terrible experience with people that should have cared for her but didn’t. The guy that swept her off her feet but it turned he too was hiding skeletons in his closet. Those kinds. How they’ll make things work is what always intrigue me. I liked the whole story though predictability was there; I still considered it one of the better ones.

Advance Reader’s Copy


seaTitle & Author:   Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Published: April 8th 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Categories: Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult

Summary: In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Bite-sized Review: This is my first Kelly Armstrong novel and it was not bad experience at all. I remember wanting to try her series, The Darkest Powers, but my sister rejected the idea, thinking that I wouldn’t like it. Well, it wasn’t that it was bad but my sister was bored with the story and continued it for the sake of finishing the series. So I took her opinion into consideration. But when I saw Sea of Shadows, I wanted to try it the least. I need to pop my Kelly Armstrong cherry *laughs* and this one I think will do the job, although I expected it to…awesome? As I said it wasn’t bad but neither it was awesome. There were things that I found enjoyable. I liked the sisters, they were opposite and yet still similar in some occasions. What I really liked was the paranormal/fantasy elements incorporated in the story. I also think the romance was bearable but not really swoon-worthy ones that I’ll be flailing and gushing for those romantic moments. Overall it was a good read. Yep, it was good.

Advance Reader’s Copy

2014 / 04 / 11

2 Responses to Bite-sized: Breathe Into Me & Sea of Shadows

  1. Lucy says:

    The problem with NA, most of them have similar stories and similar patterns.
    But readers want those similarities, making them want to read more books from this genre.

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