Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines

Hi all!

Here's a review for a cute and sweet teenage romance.

Author: Abbi Glines
Title: Breathe
Series: Sea Breeze #1
Release date: 12th of September 2011
Published by: Wild Child Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Family & Everyday Life
URL: http://www.abbiglines.com/
Pages: 166 in Paperback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository

Summary:

Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

Review:

My suggestion to enjoying this book is to read it as any other classic fairy tale, preferably Cinderella. We have the sweet self-sacrificing heroine, swoon-worthy kind ridiculously-in-love with the heroine prince on a white horse… ok in a gray hummer. The story, characters, settings are all quite basic but if you change perspective it’s not difficult to see it as something similar to a modern fairy tail and then the story doesn’t seem so blank. For example: Sadie has to work her butt off for her stepmother (ok, in this case her real mother), the handsome prince falls in love with her right away (overwhelming insta love), Jax wakes up the sleeping beauty with his music, Sadie and her colleagues (like the mice and animals in Cinderella, or the alive household items in Beauty in the Beast, etc), etc. Okay… enough about fairy tales, I was already imagining things too far, I’m probably not making any sense. Back to the review:

Every aspect in the book was simple, and it both worked for and against. It was good for a light and undemanding read. On the other hand, the simplicity of the storyline made the plot stages seem extra prominent and flow from one stage to another in clear lines: meet-love-complications-separate-something bad happens-come to senses-HEA. Thus, the course of the story was too predictable without anything adding “flavor” to make the overused storyline more exciting.

Characters:

Sadie is a good and responsible girl (eg. buying condoms for her mom – 100 bonus points for that move to Sadie), who due to her immature and irresponsible mother has had to grow up early. Due to her life revolving around her mother and household she was very naïve and shy socially despite carrying the role of adult at home. Therefore I didn’t roll my eyes over her supposed false modesty when she didn’t seem to acknowledge or be aware of her gorgeous looks that everyone else noticed. She had other priorities in her life and something as basic as a teenage girl’s concern for her looks was just too foreign for her. This also applies to boys. I also found the fact enduring that in the beginning she took care of others but when she was in need then those people repaid the favor and tended to her. I, however, was annoyed that she took many things at face value, assumed the worst of Jax whenever a girl was involved and had the habit to come into instant conclusions.

Sadie’s and Jax’s feelings for each other were sudden, all consuming and quite overly melodramatic. It wasn’t really my type of love, but that doesn’t mean it’s incorrect or dull. I can, however, somewhat forgive Jax for being so cheesy and blinded by love since he did say that it was Sadie that made him feel poetic (assuming that he is usually more grounded), but I still cringed a little whenever he called her his air, owner of his heart or that she had fallen from heaven. It’s sweet and Jax excelled in the topic of sweet and over-the-top-in-love.

I cannot write this review without including a rant on Sadie’s mom. She was lazy, egoistic and careless. I understand that she has issues and her falling from beauty queen to a nobody with nothing, to someone like her whose values are quite superficial, might have caused a trauma and mental illness but I couldn’t help but hope that Sadie would just tell her mom to snap out of it and get herself together or anything slightly criticizing at all, mostly before her mom giving birth (there were no excuse for her behavior all the time before that). She did show glimpses of parental guidance and care regarding Sadie’s relationship with Jax, but those feelings went as soon as they came. The staff at Jax’s house was a million times more a family to Sadie and the cozy kitchen scenes were heartwarming.

While I’m certain many might prefer Marcus to Jax, I found Marcus too cliché – the-other-guy-in-love-with-the-main-girl-who-still-stands-by-her-and-takes-care-of-her-even-though-he-will-never-have-her. He represented the “nice guy” to Jax’s “bad boy” rocker image. Nevertheless, I admit that he was a great guy and I liked him for his cliché ness.

Overall:

It’s a cute, simple and straightforward story. You won’t find the meaning of life or any complex storylines or character developments here but as I said it’s a cute read. I’m just not the immediate audience for this book.



3 stars!

LIIS

4 comments:

  1. thanks for the review. i read BEcause of Low (the sequel to Breathe) first, and I was a tad disappointed by Breathe, due to its flat plot and the thin characterisation. B of L is really worth reading though. Marcus is awesome in it, much more rounded and multi-dimensional than Jax, for sure. Hope you'll enjoy the read.

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  2. Thanks for the feedback and req, I'll definitely check out the sequel :D

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  3. I'm a new follower. I loved Breathe. Jax Stone was such a sweetheart.

    My blog - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com

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  4. Welcome Book Mom :D I agree and have fun with your blog!

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