Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, book #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Source: from publisher via Netgalley/purchased audio
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Audible

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.


I tried to thumb my nose at new adult when it became this massive "thing" and everyone was trying it.  But as it turns out, I actually kinda like it.  More than like it.  Because practically every novel I've read with "new adult" subject matter has been a hit with me.  Maybe I've just got awesome luck picking new adult reads or maybe I should've just given them the benefit of the doubt from the beginning -- much like my recent love affair with YA contemps.  Either way, I've had fun with the ones I've read so far, and Ten Tiny Breaths was no different.

I didn't think I liked "issues" books, either.  And truth be told, I still don't really think I do.  I like seeing characters work through things and overcome obstacles, but it doesn't have to be the type of tough subject matter that new adult novels always seem to hit upon in order to impress me.  It's more about the characters, and Ten Tiny Breaths was made of win when it came to that.  Though I've not been through anything nearly as traumatic as the characters in this novel, I still connected with them and their pain on a level I didn't expect to.  Because they were human.  Their pain, their love, their sarcasm, their biting words...it was all real and true to who they were.  Even crotchety old Tanner, landlord to this little "Melrose Place", was ultimately likeable.

I'm pretty good at figuring out who characters are in relation to one another in these books, regardless of how convoluted and confusing that relationship may become, or what secrets may tear it apart.  Needless to say, I knew where this story was headed pretty early on.  Yet, it didn't bother me that it was predictable, that the characters had been manipulated and toyed with.  It probably should have, but it didn't.  Maybe because in this story, everything was about healing, and according to some, you're never given more than you can deal with.  And even though Kacey had already dealt with more than her lion's share of misery and burden, she was strong and capable.

Even so, everyone has their breaking point.  It was empowering to see Kacey hit that point and rather than letting it own her, she sought help.  For herself.  And for her sister's sake.  Because nothing was more important to Kacey than Livvie.  The bond they share is precious and unbreakable, and I think the author portrayed it beautifully.

I also liked how this book was broken up into stages or phases.  It reminded me of The Catastrophic History of You and Me and how it was broken up into the stages of grief.  I think this breakdown made the experiences of the characters that much more relatable, seeing as how at some time or another, we've all probably experienced grief to some extent.

The narration of this audio was great.  I mean, I was swooning over Trent, even with the bad vibe I was getting from him, and I know it had something to do with the voice he was given.  I don't know what it says about me that a female narrator made a male character more swoon-worthy, but there it is.  I'm glad to see that this same narrator is performing the sequel.

This wasn't exactly a stand-out in the new adult genre, which is usually the complaint I hear about this type of novel:  they all generally follow the same pattern, the same basic storyline.  But it was entertaining and had me laughing and sniffling as I listened.  And that's all that matters to me sometimes.

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About the author:

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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8 comments:

  1. I love new adult although I'm not big on the really depressing issue ones. I prefer fun ones like Flat-Out Love and The Hazards of Skinny Dipping. But some of the deeper ones were amazing too. I've been wanting to read this one but it sounded depressing so I've just been waiting for the right mood.

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  2. Ah, here is your love for audiobooks that you commented on :). And sounds like the narrator was pure win for you too.

    "...because practically every novel I've read with "new adult" subject matter has been a hit with me."
    That's awesome! I wish I could have a love affair with new adult books. I'd have so much to read then :). (Not that I don't already but still...)

    "It's more about the characters, and Ten Tiny Breaths was made of win when it came to that."
    I am not a huge fan of issue books either, but if the characters are developed enough, then it's more than just an issue book, and it sounds like it succeeded on that front for you :).

    "I also liked how this book was broken up into stages or phases. It reminded me of The Catastrophic History of You and Me and how it was broken up into the stages of grief. I think this breakdown made the experiences of the characters that much more relatable, seeing as how at some time or another, we've all probably experienced grief to some extent."
    True. Despite what breaking up does to the pacing, I am generally a fan of the Before/After kind of stages.

    Glad you enjoyed this one :)! I love the cover and its bold font.

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  3. I liked Ten Tiny Breaths, too. KA did a great job of conveying the characters emotions and I liked how she broke it down by the stages of grief. (I never even thought about Catastrophic History, but that's a good comparison). One Tiny Lie is even better. I hope you get a chance to read of listen to it soon!

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  4. I'm starting to try NA. This was not one of my favorites, but glad you enjoyed it -- most people seem to have loved it!

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  5. I love interesting books and read reviews about the book. Sounds very Interesting indeed! Looking forward to reviewing this one myself. :)

    Marlene Detierro (Paydirt in Alaska)

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