Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Hi all!

A novella from one of my favorite YA series at the moment :)

Title: Breathless
Series: Elemental #2.5
Release date: 30th of April 2013
Published by: Kensington
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Source: Bought from for Kindle


Too many secrets. Not enough time.

Nick Merrick is supposed to be the level-headed one. The peacemaker. Since it’s just him and his three hotheaded brothers against the world, that’s a survival tactic.

But now he’s got problems even his brothers can’t help him survive.

His so-called girlfriend, Quinn, is going quick as mercury from daring to crazy. Meanwhile, Quinn’s dancer friend Adam is throwing Nick off balance, forcing him to recognize a truth he’d rather shove back into the dark.

He can feel it—-the atmosphere is sizzling. Danger is on the way. But whatever happens next, Nick is starting to find out that sometimes nothing you do can keep the peace.


This was way too short, but managed to exceed my expectations in such a short time to delve into and explore complicated issues and identity problems that took me to the edge of my seat.

This story managed to take a character I can’t even express how much I disliked in the pervious books, and another characters who had remained quite untouchable and distant to fully comprehend or make something of him, and make them both so real, fleshed out and sympathetic that I was amazed. This deep understanding was partially due to the novella having the points of view of Nick and Quinn both, since theirs are also the conflicts introduced and highlighted in this story. And what conflicts these are! I genuinely thought I could never feel any sympathy towards Quinn, she just rubbed me the wrong way and while her issues had been brought up several times in pervious books, I still couldn’t warm up to her. BUT, this novella put everything into perspective and I’ve gained a newfound insight and sympathy for Quinn. Not that I suddenly like her, but at least I understand her now. Her view was very well and eye-openingly written.

Nick was vulnerable, but highly sympathetic in this book, his confusion and insecurities were out in the open for the reader, but everyone close to him was oblivious. I felt for him, but was happy at the same time because he at least found answers to a couple of issues and while there is a difficult path ahead I think with the support he has and can have nothing is too huge to overcome.

The revelations in this novella was surprising, but pleasantly surprising and didn’t come across far fetched or just a boring plot device. I think the author quite daring in the direction this short story took. It was definitely a prologue to the actual book with Nick in center stage (Siege, coming in 2014 – weep). I’m quite anxious to know how things will unravel and how relationships will change or not change at all.


Impressed! Need the next book – now!

4 stars!



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