©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Okay, now I've listened to #1 & #2 of this series back to back and I have to say I'm a little blown away by how much I've enjoyed these books especially given the subject matter. I am usually not a fan of YA but this series is good. Again the characters intrigue me, even the ones who weren't very likable and RD really is a wonderful weaver of tales. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Emma and Evan's relationship as well as the circumstances and emotions that continued to trip them up. I'm delighted that Sara's character also grew and changed as well. I had a lot of trouble with the relationship between Rachel and Emma. I'm a mother of a teenage girl who is also reading this series and I have to say there were some scenes between these two characters which literally made me cringe and unable to read until I'd calmed down. I haven't really had that kind of visceral reading experience very often. It makes me think that RD perhaps without even realizing it has given us a story that could help so many people experiencing the kinds of emotional devastation the book talks about. On that note, I'm really not sure how I feel about the Jonathan character but that fact alone makes me glad he was included in this story. I read a lot and it's not unusual for me to lose my attachment to a story shortly after finishing it. I don't think I'll be forgetting Emma and Evan's love story anytime soon and I'm hopeful for their happiness. Sigh...now I wait for Out of Breath like everyone else. Well maybe now at least I can get some sleep until it comes out.
Kate Rudd was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
This series is one of my favorites.
Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.
I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.
This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.
This book was as good if not better than the 1st book. I LOVE this series and will be recommending this to all my friends. Again I was so glad that I had already purchased book 3 before I finished book 2. Kate Rudd does a good job narrating too.
Never read many books where the second is even better than the first. What an incredible book and wonderful story. I highly recommend thie series.
WOW, what's a follow up for the Breathing series. It's so intense, heartache, turmoil, etc. I am amazed that Emma could take so much. This book explained some of the events toward the end of Reason to Breathe. Emma got away from her abusing aunt to head straight in to another abusing relationship with her mom, Rachel. Although, Rachel may not physically abused Emma, she did it mentally. Emma endured the abuse b/c she loved her mom. Again, she hid the abuse everyone including both Evan and Sara this time. I know that Emma is young and is still learning about life but for a smart girl, you would think that she learned from what happened with her aunt. I think this is where Barely Breathing drove me crazy.
Emma and Evan's relationship struggled in this book b/c Emma constantly pushing Evan away. She sought out comfort with Jonathan who was Rachel's boyfriend. This is where I felt it was a little twisted but maybe a little bit realistic? Granted Jonathan may be closer to Emma's age, he was dating her mom. He fell for Emma b/c he felt the connection because both were abused. Emma strung both Evan and Jonathan along. From someone who claimed that she loves Evan, she lied to her teeth to him. This is very hard for me to take. She constantly reached out to Jonathan. I felt that Emma turned in to a not very nice person. She took her guilt out of Jonathan. She was mean to him and was verbally abusive. It looks like the vicious cycle repeating itself. My heart broke for Evan when Emma left. Maybe it was the best decision she made by being honest.
This book was well written, full of turmoil and heartache. I look forward to Out of Breath for the conclusion of this series.
Book 1 was good, but this one was harder to listen. Just when I thought I'd call it quits, something interesting would happen. It was worth the purchase, but just barely. And Book 3 wasn't worth the purchase at all.
Not if it was a series. Feels like she watches soap operas and keeps the ridiculous drama going. Not a book that keeps your interest throughout, that's for sure.
Emma of course.
Well, it has a follow-up and no, it wasn't worth it.
So I was a little down at the end of book one that the mystery/thriller part of the series was over, but to my surprise, there is more to come! This series seems to get better and better. I can't wait to find out how it all ends, but, I will be heartbroken when it is over. DEFINITELY worth a credit!!!
You will have to start listening to this book thirty seconds after you finish book one because of the cliffhanger ending of Reason to Breathe.....make sure you have this book purchased before you finish book 1! This book is about Emma moving past what happened with her Aunt Carol and then trying to mend her broken relationship with her mom. She moves in with her mom. In a lot of ways the stuff that happens between her and her mom was harder for me to handle than the abuse in book 1. Her mom is volatile and still abusing alcohol and drugs, and I really wanted things to end up differently than they did. It was almost too much to imagine one person going through. It's heart wrenching and emotional.
A perfect world for me: A huge room with wall to wall bookshelves lined with one inspiring book after another & over sized comfy chairs.
Yes! It's one of those books that you think about long after you have read it. It's gut-wrenching, heart breaking and stunningly accurate!
Just when you think her life is on track and good things should start happening to her, something bad happens to her again. It's hard to read at times! You just keep holding on to hope that things will turn out right for once.
Evan of course! He is the perfect love interest that I love to read about! Although no such guy would actually exist in this world!!! Kate Rudd is a very gifted performer. Her voice for Evan would just melt me at times. Kate's very talented at reading a wide range of both male and female voices.
It made me realize just how much a person can go through without completely losing themselves. Also how Evan just kept being there for her no matter what.
Some reviewers have a hard time believing that a person can continue to keep making one bad choice after another. Unless you have been through similar situations, or know of someone who has gone through abuse at this level, then it is hard to believe. In reality the cause and effect from abuse is stunningly accurate as described in this book. There needs to be more understanding for these victims.
Top 4 series
Kate did an amazing job!! Every character was read perfectly!
The series is addictive and an emotional roller coaster!
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