Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Published: December 11th 2012
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Four years after losing her parents, best friend, and boyfriend in a drunk driving accident, twenty-year-old Kacey Cleary runs away to begin a new life in Miami. Hardened by the tragedy, she's determined to keep everyone at a distance—until she meets an irresistible and mysterious neighbor who is determined to melt the ice over her heart. 

The hype around this one is so enormous that it’s hard not to raise the bar high for one’s expectations and it’s hard to surpass them once they’re sky high. I had these kind of hopes and luckily I was mostly rewarded with satisfactory feelings and K.A. Tucker is now one of the authors I want to explore more of.

“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.” 

What I adored the most about this book was that it was divided into the stages of grief. No LOL moments for me in particular, but smirks, butterflies and tears were a part of my reading experience regarding Ten Tiny Breaths. I adored Trent as a hero and his patience was remarkable! He was a good sport in getting Kacey to get to know him and pick her interest. Did I mention sexy already? Yup, he was sexy alright! The physical scenes were very realistic. This book had just the amount of racy and swoon-worthy scenes to make me want more, but be happy about the ones we did get.

Oh, I even got a rocket-scientist moment: as soon as I “saw” Trent’s tattoo, I knew!!! It was still good to have confirmation further on though. I liked that the novel itself didn’t go overboard with the story nor was it prettified for us. The plot was raw and emotional. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was that Kacey is a hard character to connect with. She doesn't let anybody inside and being inside her head often  felt calculated and cold rather than curious, warm and fun. Her sister Livie is much more relatable and since Kacey is emotionally so closed off, it makes the road to brake her walls so much more harder for us.

At the end of the day, I enjoyed it very much, but as it often is with hype books, it can sometimes ruin the experience for a reader. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fantastic book, but it didn’t stand out to me as much as I would have hoped. Nonetheless, I’d recommend this one in a heartbeat and I hope you’ll all get around reading it:)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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14 comments:

  1. I'm always a little wary too when it comes to picking up books which have gathered a lot of hype. Also when I read the blurb to Ten Tiny Breaths, I wasn't really sure that it would be for me, but your review has me convinced otherwise. Trent sounds like an amazing character and this book sounds like it carries a lot of depth too, I'm glad you still enjoyed this Siiri! Great review! :)

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    1. Yeah, hype is my frenemy of sorts. I'm glad I didn't have insurmountable expectations and luckily TTB passed the test of lovable New Adult books for me. I hope you'll lik it as well if you decide to give it a try :-)

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  2. I have never heard of this novel before but I like the premise. Even though I have to admit that this premise does sound a lot like many other novels about an unfortunate accident and the main character changes a lot. But I really enjoyed your review and it makes me want to give this one a chance. It certainly sounds like a novel that will leave you an emotional mess and I like those!
    Great review!

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

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    1. Thanks Rachel! It was certainly the same old, same old in the general plot wise since we have the broken girl and a broken hero, but the way it was all tied together made sense and was really intiguing to read. I hope you'll give it chance and maybe, just maybe it'll rock your world :-)

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  3. I have an hour left of this audiobook and I am loving it!! At about 85% a steady stream of tears started flowing down my face. I knew what was coming, but it still threw me into an emotional state! Great review.

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    1. Thanks Amy! I hope you'll like the ending ;-) I kinda lost hope there for a second for a HEA for Kacey, but it did came in a beautiful package and I hope you'll like the solution as much as I did :-)

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  4. Oh gosh, I loved Ten Tiny Breaths! Kacey was such a hard character to connect with but her story made it so easy. The Rocket science thing happened with me too, but I was more shocked that the author was really going down that road. It was too raw and I ended up loved it. Great review, Siiri! I hope Livie's book is just as good :)

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    1. A shocking rocket scientist moment for me to yep. It was just.. shocking. Ha. I too wasn't sure she was going there with the story, but she DID and it worked perfectly for this story. Thank you Aman :-)

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  5. So happy you enjoyed this! We seem to like the same kind of NA books and I just got this one on audio so I'm excited to get into it. I love the stages of grief idea and Trent sounds like a wonderfully easy character to like!

    LOL @ rocket-scientist moment

    The tattoo epiphany happened for me in Hopeless >.< and on that note it better not be a Hopeless rip-off or people may be injured!

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    1. We do seem to like the same NA, don't we? I was reluctant to read it since the hype is SO enormous, but it worked out well for me and I hope you'll get some satisfaction out of it LOL. Hahahahaa. It's not a rip-off so hopefully people will stay uninjured :-D Hahahaha.

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  6. Yeah, this book was originally published before Hopeless.

    I'm glad you liked this! Livvie and the stages of grief are what really appealed to me. I was really upset when the big twist happened, but ended up being okay with it.
    Great review, Siiri!

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  7. I know what you mean with hyped books. I sometimes stray away from them simply because they're too hyped, and I just know that I won't enjoy them that much because of the preconceived notion of 'there is now way that this book is as awesome as everyone says'. (Okay I think I blabbed too much sorry about that...)

    The plot sounds pretty interesting, with the stages of grief and all. I think I'm bumping this up my TBR. Great review, Siiri, and congrats on the 100 followers! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

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  8. Great review! I mostly liked this one too, but I agree that Kacey was a weak link for me as well. Thankfully, Trent makes up for it. And the way the book broke down into the stages of grief was very clever. In the end, I do agree that it was overhyped a bit though.

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  9. Trent sounds great, and I think that I would enjoy this one++

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