HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH
Once Upon A Crime Family #1
by Tiffany Schmidt
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (May 19th, 2015)
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Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
Dear Hold Me Like A Breath,
I've been holding out on writing this letter to you, because I hate that I have to write it. Not that I hate writing review letter, just that I hate writing less than stellar ones to books that I wanted with all of my might to love. Let me just start out by saying that I wanted to love you so darn much. I seriously did. The moment I heard your synopsis, I was dying to get my hands on you. And then when I saw your cover? Holy moly, I needed you about a hundred billion times more, but when you finally landed into my grasping hands, and I proceeded to open you up immediately, it all went downhill from there.
I won't bore you with reiterating what you're all about other than saying that you're about a mob family who deals in the black market of selling organs. Sounds pretty amazing, right? I can honestly say I've never read a book in this capacity before, let alone even hear of one similar until I found you. It's a brilliant idea, and I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it myself. But what could've been utterly fascinating, was just poorly executed with annoying wishy-washy characters and a whole lot of nothing happening between a few action-packed scenes.
I hope you don't think I'm being too harsh, Hold Me Like A Breath, because I really do not want to be at all. I adore your author, Tiffany, and especially the guest post she did for us back in May, but you just weren't a "Becca" book. The idea was, but not the actual story.
Penelope, your main character, drove me absolutely bonkers. I felt like I was reading from a 10 year old's POV rather than the 16-17 year old. I understand that she's been locked up in this house for half her life, because everyone thinks she's fragile as glass, and I mean, she is, but she just came off on the page as annoying, insufferable, and it made me not even want to know what happened in the end, but I persevered hoping that you would show some growth and make me start to fall in love, and at one point, I did. I started caring about Penelope and her brother and one of her bodyguards, and then all hell breaks loose. Finally things are getting interesting, and I couldn't stop going through you pages, until I hit the love triangle. I'm not one of those readers who doesn't like love triangle at all, because in some books, there is actually a point for them, and I like it, but in others, such as yourself, they feel overdone. It made me mad how quick she seemed to forget about this other guy that I won't name because spoilers, and how quick she INSTANTLY fell in love with a STRANGER versus someone she practically knew her entire life and apparently also loved her entire life. I just can't even with that. SMH SO HARD.
I continued through that mess, no matter how much my head hurt from the constant shaking....for about 200 pages actually, and then things instantly got good again. Action, craziness, mind-blowing things, and everything I hoped the entire book would be started happening again. All in all, I think you, Hold Me Like A Breath, could be summed up as.....Annoying, Oooh love interest, ACTION, WTH, lull lull lull lull love triangle omg lull lull lull smh, and then EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE, cliffhanger. The end. I don't think I can say anything else about you, without repeating what I've already gone over. I'll leave you with 2 stars, because while you weren't a total bust, you were pretty close to being one. At this point, I'm not sure if I will try book 2 or not. I just don't know.