Review: Breathe by Elena Dillon

April 12, 2013

Title: Breathe
Author: Elena Dillon
Publication Date: 14 December, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5/ 5 stars
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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.
What you should (probably) know about Breathe:

- The book totally, TOTALLY reminded me of Twilight. It probably had to do with this scene at the beginning, in a parking lot, where Jasmine faints and Easton swoops in out of nowhere and catches her before she falls. Ring any bells? Any similarities? Okay, maybe it's just me. And she has the propensity to get light headed, which (again) reminded me of Bella holding her breath, and Edward always reminding her, 'Breathe, Bella.' in his oh-so-wonderful-like-music voice.

- The 'romance' and 'family' part of the story outweighs the 'mystery murderer' part of the story. That gives the book a light feel, which is nice while it lasts, but feels abrupt like where-the-heck-did-you-come-from when the mystery part pops its head out.

- Jasmine just CANNOT take a compliment to save her life. Really, I kind of get it, because I know I tend to be a bit like that, but this female takes it so far, that it gets annoying.

- The family camaraderie is so beautiful to read. With her elder sister gone, it falls on Jasmine to take the lead with her siblings, and though she resents the responsibility at times, she doesn't slack off. There are some very elaborate scenes that depict the pranks that Jasmine and her brother play on each other, and those are fun! Her little brother was by far my favourite character in the book, really.

- Usually, in suspense novels, the perpetrator of the crime ends up being one of the main characters or at least someone who has been shown throughout the book, so that a relationship is established between the victim and the perpetrator (it's also probably because the jaw-drop factor is higher). But in Breathe, the murderer is someone that is introduced (in person, that is) at the fag end of the book, and from there everything escalates very rapidly.

- I felt the title wasn't very appropriate. Breathing is something that is essential for living, and thus I feel if anyone uses it as a title for a book, the book should be sufficiently intense (like Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan). Needless to say, Breathe was not an intense book. But then again, this is just my opinion.

- By the way, I just remembered, even Jasmine admits at one point of the book that it sounds like Twilight. So maybe it's not just me ;)


  1. Thank you so much for your review and posting it on your lovely blog. Much appreciated!

    Elena Dillon

    1. You're welcome, Elena! I had fun reading the book, especially the family scenes.


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