Monday, April 1, 2013

*Review* Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Published On: Februrary 12th, 2013 by Atria Books
*Disclaimer: eARC provided by publisher for a fair and honest review

Ten Tiny Breaths
by K.A. Tucker

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

My tear-stained love letter/review of Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker:

After seeing so many rave reviews and excitement over the debut New Adult novel by K.A. Tucker, I’m not sure why or how I resisted reading it for so long. Nevertheless, I felt it was time, and this weekend I succumbed, without regrets, and filled with a deep seated contentment that I have not felt from a book in a very long time.

Kacey has been broken for four years ever since tragedy befell her and her family. She has lost who she was and shields herself away from all connections...until she meets Trent. Trent is a gorgeous, wonderful male protagonist who seems to know just what Kacey needs and slowly begins breaking down her carefully constructed walls. But he has a past of his own that he’s hiding. Though I felt that I knew what was coming, nothing could prepare me for how the story unfolded and all the feelings that washed over wave after wave as it did.

"You hate me, don't you? You must hate me. I can't help it. I'm broken."

Trent squeezes me close to him. "I don't hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I'll take everything that comes with it."

The Final Verdict:

Everything about this book is beautiful, from the cover art, to the flow of the author’s narrative voice, to each and every page from start to finish. It is a story of redemption and of finding yourself again when you thought you were permanently lost. Uniquely told and utterly compelling, I was hooked from page one. I loved every single person of this ensemble cast of characters.

Ten Tiny Breaths literally ripped my heart apart and put it back together again. I cried tears of sadness, of empathy, and of happiness. This book made me feel so so much, and I couldn’t have asked for more.


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.

Where to purchase & learn more:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Author's Website

Have you read Ten Tiny Breaths? What did you think? Planning to read it? Comment below!

all the best, dear readers!


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