Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shimmer (The Breathe Series) by Elena Dillon (some spoilers)


2/5 Stars
Details of the book:
ebook, 293 pages
Published by Mark My Words Publicity
Expected Release Date: August 28, 2014
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

Synopsis: Book 2 in the Breathe Series:
Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take.
When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?


Thank you Mark My Words Publicity for my ebook copy of this book


Better than Breathe but still not my cup of tea. The relationships in this book were better developed in this book than it's forerunner but essentially it was almost exactly the same as the first one. It's focused on the second generation of characters from Breathe but the same in all the other ways. Our protagonist, "Chandler" is on the run from the person who killed her mother, and in voice is and thought is the younger version of Jasmine. So, if you like Breathe and you want another book almost exactly like it, read Shimmer. 

Strengths/Likes:

1) I liked Logan, I found him oddly charming and funny. 

2) In Breathe, I thought that Jasmine and Easton didn't have enough of a development time in their relationship for me to buy into their love for one another, but in this book I felt that the author really gave her main couple in this book the proper time to develop.  

3) The flow of dialogue was better in this book.

Weaknesses/Dislikes:

1) As I've already stated, I felt that this book was almost exactly the same as Breathe. I know that it's part of a series and they should be similar but to me this was almost dead on. Especially since a lot of the same characters made an appearance. 

2) If you forget her outward appearance (and that she is good at tumbling), I feel like Jasmine and "Chandler" are the same person. They talk and think in the same way. They lie all the time, because they think it's the right thing to do. When I first started reading, I thought for sure that I was reading about Jasmine. I had to reread the beginning a couple of a times to figure out it wasn't her. 

3) The author waited too long to expose "Chandler's" backstory and exactly why they were on the run. It was almost by the end of the book before the reader is given the full explanation, and that made it harder to buy into her plight. 

4) There were a lot of other characters, with little side-plots and I didn't care or want to know about any of them. I was curious about Jasmine and Easton, but other than that I didn't care. They were under-developed and all sounded almost the same. 

5) It was difficult for me to read about these characters after reading Breathe because I first read them as junior high kids, and now their older, and being described as sexy and reading their about their make-out sessions. I felt like I was reading about little kids. I can't really hold that against the book, it's more of a problem of reading these two books back to back. 

Favorite Quotes/Moments: 

1) "About five minutes later, the talking in the other room stopped midsentence. And then I heard my dad say, 'Is that? Are those? Cookies? Chocolate chip cookies?' with wonderment in his voice. Every. Time. 

'Yes,' I said.

'I love you. You're my favorite daughter!' he called out. 

I peeked around the corner and scowled. 'I'm your only daughter.'

'I don't think that takes away from the fact that you're my favorite. I mean, if I had a hundred daughters, you would still be my favorite, so it counts.'

'Unless one of them made you better cookies.' I said.

'Well, yeah. Of course, then.' He shrugged.

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