By Heather AllenSummary: 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?
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Published: March 20, 2013
Series: Just Breathe by Heather Allen (Book 1)
My Rating: 2 stars
This book was very poorly written. There were spelling and grammar errors galore, and the writing was terribly choppy. I was really hoping for a good old fashioned mermaid tale based on the gorgeous cover, but what I got was a terribly cliche YA paranormal romance.
There really was nothing new here. Just Breathe was the very definition of cookie-cutter writing. I was expecting it to be a bit repetitive because of the mermaid aspect; in my experience, mermaid novels tend to not to branch out in their plots as much as other paranormal novels, but this was a bit more than I bargained for. I would read something and think, "Hey, that's like in Daughters of the Sea, Emily Windsnap,etc. etc.
Secondly, the writing was really choppy, and at times, the dialogue sounded extremely unreal. The run-on sentences didn't help matters either.
(This last paragraph is just full of spoilers, so if you want to read the book, I wouldn't recommend reading this.) And lastly, I didn't find it wise that Ever just gave up her life on land to be with some guy she hadn't even known that long. It was an extremely dumb decision. She met him a month ago. A month. SPOILER: Thank goodness she was able to go back to land.
Just Breathe was disappointing for me. I will not be continuing the series unless I have absolutely nothing else to read.