Title: Just Breathe
Author: Heather Allen
Published: January 1, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Purchased: May 17, 2015, free on Kindle.
Blurb: Ever Harding, an average teenager with a passion for swimming is about to turn eighteen. Out of the blue she has been dumped by her long time boyfriend, which is the ultimate of tragedies in her life. Little does she know that on that fated eighteenth birthday, she will have to make a choice that will change her life as she knows it, forever.
A month before her birthday, Ever meets Jack, a mysterious new boy with mesmerizing eyes. He affects her like no one else. This meeting sets things into a whirlwind she never would have dreamed. With Jack’s guidance she discovers a family line that leads her to the sea. She must make the ultimate choice, stay on land where life as she knows it, won’t change, or go and live in the sea as a mermaid with Jack.
Ultimately her choice sets into motion an even bigger decision, in which she has the fate of a race of people, in her hands. The people in the sea are in a feud, she will tip the balance. She must battle the ageless moral delimma of prejudice and race. Once she comes to terms with her life changing choices, she must ask herself, Did I make the right decisions? and Is Jack really who I think he is?
Review: Another book that I couldn’t finish. I got about halfway before I had to put it down and I have no desire to pick it back up.
This could have been so great, the plot was interesting and the detail to it could have been so amazing. But it wasn’t. While the plot was good, it was the writing that really turned me away. It was so simple, in fact it was too simple.
I did this. They did that. She and I did this. While simplicity is great and all, sometimes it’s just too much. I felt like this was just a rough draft and instead of fixing it up, adding a little detail here and there, they just submitted it. I can understand doing rough drafts and turning them in…for school. For books, not so much.
That’s a way to lose readers because while the plot may be a great idea, if you don’t have a way to describe anything and it’s just a bunch of simple sentences, then what’s the point?
And it was another case of drama with the plot feeling like background noise. I don’t know, maybe it would’ve gotten better but the writing would have stayed the same and I just couldn’t take anymore.
I guess maybe because of the other mermaid books I’ve read, I was expecting something like those, with details that I could see in my head but, I was disappointed. I have another book by her in my list, so I’m going to give her another chance. Completely different genre so, maybe completely different writing style? Hopefully.
Thank you for reading my review.