Ten Tiny Breaths was a good read and one I enjoyed however I don’t feel that it lived up to all the hype for me.Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Published by Atria Books on 12 Feb 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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My Recap :
Kacey and her younger sister Livie have had their family and some close friends wiped out by a horrific car crash. After enduring a few years with an aunt and uncle straight from hell, Kacey takes matters into her own hands and flees to Miami with Livie to start a new life. However a new life, also means new friends and this brings new complications into their already complicated lives.
My Thoughts :
There are lots of aspects I really enjoyed about this book but what shines bright are the characters and the emotions. The characters are described so well that you know exactly who they are and where they are coming from. Kacey is ‘a looming thundercloud’ and Livie is ‘the sunshine breaking through’. I love those descriptions as they really capture the characters in just a few words. Kacey is fierce, full of attitude and as protective as a mama-bear of her sister and it’s easy to respect her for all she does. She is also not a complainer and despite all they endured, she just keeps on going. Maybe with a protective shell around her but that’s understandable.
What the girls have been through in the past 4 years is unthinkable. However, you will think about it and you will feel it but the book is less about the sadness of what they faced and more about how life goes on, no matter what. Both girls have their coping mechanisms which get them through the days but in long term you know this won’t work. As Kacey faces her demons and works through her pain, I felt like I was put though the wringer along with her. I felt her pain, her rage, her hatred.
However what left the book down for me was the twist. Maybe it’s because I knew there was a twist but it was obvious to me from very early on in the book what the twist was and I was just waiting for the reveal.
And the other issue I had was the romance. Yes Trent was lovely, if I was to draw up a list of what I love in book boyfriends, he would tick a lot of boxes. But. No, just no! This could never happen and I just can’t buy into it. It felt like a soap drama and was just too much at the end. All that said, a little part of me was cheering inside. The soppy, romantic side of me! The cynical side was sneering.
Overall this is a good read, well written and with great characters but it’s not joining my NA favourite list.
Who should read Ten Tiny Breaths?
I’d recommend this to those who like steamy, emotional NA books however not to those who like realistic fiction.