It is that time again! This week’s Series Spotlight is focused on Reason to Breathe and The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. It is a great series and one you shouldn’t miss. Here are the basics:
Age: 17+ ( mature seventeen year olds to be exact, the mature content of this book increases in each book as the main character ages.)
Recommendation: To anyone and everyone who is interested in a book that follows a main character while she experiences difficult and emotional situations with her home life and the redeeming light a healthy love can provide.
Type: Series of three , this is book one in the Breathing Series.
Summary: +powerful emotional drama +multi-dimensional characters +believable love +heartbreaking at times -/+frustrating female lead
“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.
One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.
When I first came across RTB several years ago it had just been released and there weren’t any additional books available. The wait I experienced for both Barely Breathing and then later, Out of Breath was torturous. I am ashamed to say that I pre- ordered the third book and on release day when it wasn’t in my library, I actually went out and bought a hard copy at like eight in the morning from Walmart. Needless to say, this trilogy is a page turner for sure. Available in audio, e-format and paperback, the Breathing Series is one of those tear jerkers that won’t let you sleep at night until you see your heroine survive and thrive.
The heroine and main POV for the story, Emma, is a girl who withstands. She withstands peer pressure, physical and mental abuse, guilt, insecurities and the stress of having to keep it all together for outside eyes. I can’t count the number of times I was fidgeting in my bed, attempting to get comfortable reading this book but being unable to because I was anxious along side Emma. This is a panic inducing, awe inspiring, courage producing story of a girl who doesn’t deserve her circumstances and does her best to survive them while staying true to herself.
The emotional development between Emma and Evan is mildly cheesy at times but swoon worthy in others. It isn’t really insta-love but grows from weary to friendship and then more. The characters in this story are multidimensional and the plot interesting. There are not quite as many poor pitiful me moments as you are probably thinking there are. The heroine remains strong despite being dominated by her fear and her abuse. All in all, this series is one you need to pick up. I was pretty much heartbroken because I went to look up these on Barnes and Noble a year or so and couldn’t find them ( I originally purchased the e-books on my Nook.) I just recently realized they are on Amazon and all three are available on Kindle Unlimited! Freaking awesome news for you!
So until next time friends, keep reading and don’t forget to keep checking the blog to see what new reviews are up! Hockey play-offs are almost over ( the Stars failed miserably last night) so I will have more spare time to complete my reviews. Have a wonderful day!