Wednesday Review: Ten Tiny Breaths

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ten tiny breaths is a lesson in living. Kacey has come back from the dead having been the only person to survive a terrible tragedy that stole her parents and best friends. Four years later she is a study in running away from pain as she moves her younger sister, Livie and herself from Michigan to Miami to start a new life. In the process she casts off enough baggage to sink a ship and as reader you feel every bit of that weight being removed. However, Kacey has to decide if she is healing or buying into a different form of covering up her pain. The new friends in her life, Storm, her daughter Mia, workmate Ben, boss Cain and neighbor Trent can all see past her facade and encourage her to face her fears but not before one of them completely shatters her illusions of what friendship means and pulls her unwittingly back into her past.

This story has great pace and emotion. The characters are written well and Kacey vacillates from strong to vulnerable in interesting ways that don’t ever make her weak, even when she is going through an intervention. There are beautiful moments between Kacey and each of the other characters, lovely defining moments. There is also great tension when you wonder if she will ever really let go of her anger and find a way to forgive. What she learns in the end is that healing, forgiveness, living and loving all take one little step at a time. Although I felt a little let down by the ending, I can go back to the conversation in the two way mirror and know that I loved this book.

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Not Quite Wednesday Review because I am slack!

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that gets to you on so many levels and leaves you just a little bit breathless by the end. Millay is funny, let’s get that out there right away. The one liners are priceless and she has you simply loving the characters from the outset. She is also a seriously good writer.

The love story happens on many levels and grows slowly but steadily over the course of the book. Yes, you want Josh and Nastya/Sunshine to be together and to heal each other but as we learn more about their damaged lives it gets more difficult to see that happening without something drastic intervening. But then there are all these wonderful side characters that you also fall in love with, including the ones you expect to hate. This isn’t trite and happily ever after stuff, it is real; a genuine understanding of what makes us all a little bit flawed.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. I will read it again, but I might need a few months to arrive at that point.

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Wednesday Review: Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that draws you into the character relationship and makes you fall in love. Travis Maddox is hot even if he has his flaws. Abby is smart and full of hidden talents. The premise of a friendship that grows into something more is a tried and true one but this has a nice spin showing the heartache that can ensue when it all goes wrong. There are some moments that make you want to take one or other of the characters outside and slap some sense into them which makes it a great story. The side characters are also a highlight and it is easy to see this as a movie. My only criticism is that with all that they go through, when they finally sort everything out I was still waiting for the axe to fall. Once a disaster always a disaster I guess.

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