Wednesday, January 9, 2013

~Book Review: Breathe by Elena Dillon~

Elena Dillon
Genere:  YA Romantic Suspense

Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl.  It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught.  That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over.  Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way.  Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction.  On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is.  Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening.  Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time?  Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

My Review of Breathe:

Jasmine's life has been turned upside down ever since the murder of her sister by a serial killer.  He has never  been caught and Jasmine longs for a more normal existence.  Now they are moving away from California and all the haunting memories.  Putting their choices in a jar, they pull out Lafayette, Louisiana.  A smallish town that is just big enough to remain anonymous in.  Jasmine and her family are looking forward to starting over.  They still have over the top safety measurements in place, just in case.  

Jasmine is liking her new high school where no one knows who she is.  She is making lots of friends and has caught the eye of the hunkiest guy on the football team.  She even starts running again.  Her mom is settling into her new job at the hospital.  Her brother and sister are settling into middle school.  She should know never to let her guard down.  She starts getting strange texts, someone leaves flowers in her locker.  Someone knows about Daisy.  Has someone figured out her true identity or has the monster followed her across the country?  Who can you trust?   

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I had no idea what to expect when I received it.  It is a short but powerful story.  It is so hard to put this book down once you start reading it.  You will remember and talk about this for a long time.  I received this book as part of a blog tour for a fair and honest review.

About The Author

Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles.  She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self-proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends.  They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.


  1. This sounds like a great book. I also like the simple yet stunning cover. Thanks, Tammy for sharing your review. I will have to check this one out.

  2. Tammy,
    Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog and your lovely review!

    Elena Dillon