Review: Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

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Title: Hold Me Like A Breath

Author: Tiffany Schmidt

Publication Date: May 19, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

I was provided a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit nervous to start this book because of all the mixed reviews I read on Goodreads. Thankfully, I jumped right in and I genuinely loved this book! What thrilled me the most about this book was the fact that this book is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea. This is a retelling that I have never seen previously conveyed in a book and I was excited to see how the author implemented the fairy tale in this novel.

The first half of this book is set inside in the mansion in which Penelope and her family live, while the second half of this book is set in New York. The first half of this book was fairly paced for me. I was intrigued, but I wasn’t completely entranced. Events began to pick up once Penelope must flee to New York City in search of safety. Once Penelope arrived in New York City, I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the description of New York and the friends Penelope began to make while she was there.

While Penelope’s and Char’s whirlwind relationship was a bit quick for me, I still enjoyed their time together. There was a particular plot twist about Char that I suspected, but it still held some surprise for me. I appreciated how Penelope did not let her disease limit her. Her entire life, she has been sheltered, in fear that her disease could not handle the outside world. She learns how to interact and evolve in a world with many sharp edges and harsh elements. I really enjoyed watching her develop throughout the book, especially towards the end. She has spent her entire life waited on hand and foot and she eventually learns how to take care of herself, stand up for herself, and even defend herself.

This story has quite the climatic ending. The story became more and more exciting has I read on. The final chapters did not hold any major plot twists for me, but I enjoying read the story all the same. The end of this book is left with a slight hanger, but not so badly that you die a little inside once you finish reading.

In conclusion, I adored Hold Me Like A Breath. I had a few concerns that lowered my overall rating, such as the instalove and the title. I never got how the title fit into the book. Sounds silly, but it’s a tiny pet peeve for me. I loved, loved, loved all the little references this book had to The Princess and the Pea. I’m very interested in what the second installment holds! Recommended!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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A former teacher living and creating mischief in Doylestown, PA. Married to St. Matt, mother of impish twin boys, and chaser of mischievous puggles. She is represented by Barry Goldblatt of Barry Goldblatt Literary. Oh, and she is unrepentantly addicted to writing & reading YA.

She has two contemporary YA novels out now: Send Me a Sign and Bright Before Sunrise. Up next for is the Once Upon A Crime Family series, which begins with Hold Me Like A Breath and releases May 19, 2015.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, TumblrFacebook, Instagram, and her website.

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