August 31, 2013

Book Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker (4 Stars)

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Warning: No matter what happens, avoid trying to stop reading this book. Or scanning it, whatsoever. Now I learned that just by peeking, even just a little, to see what's going to happen can pretty much spoil your
reading experience.


So I’ve heard of this book a long time ago, I heard a lot of praises for it too, so I assumed that it would be a good book to read. It wasn’t until recently did I have time to read it though and honestly. Its kinda hard to read it at first.

It’s hard to move on especially if your family died. It’s ten times worse if you saw them die, if you were surrounded by them as they took their last breath. Kacey has been living differently ever since the accident, and it wasn’t until she and her sister moved to Miami, did she see a hope to be back to her old self. But what would happen if the past kept on chasing her?

It was a whole lot of heavy stuff to read at the start of the book. Don’t get me wrong I love the heavy stuff, but I guess I was surprised with how heavy it would be even at the very beginning. It took me a bit of adjusting to understand Kacey. I had no idea what to expect in the plot, I was more or less just enjoying the book as it is. But the pacing was my problem. I got bored.

At the first quarter of the book, it talks about nothing more than how the Kacey and Livie adapted to their new life in Miami. It was a fun part, I do admit. But I just wanted the story to go on, because it took a big hunk of the book, and I was antsy to know more. So in my lack of patience, I jumped a few more like multiple little skips pages next and unfortunately I stumbled upon one of the plot twisters in the story.

I felt really bad after this, because I think if I hadn’t scanned ahead, I might’ve enjoyed it fully. I would appreciate the twist, because I didn’t really expected that at all. And I would probably have cried (I’ve been wishing to find my new favorite book that made me cry ;D).

The characters were adorable. Though I only have a few favorites, it didn’t mean that the other characters are less favorable. Storm and Mia were just dearies. I loved how they fit perfectly weirdly in Kacey and Livie’s life (That sounds complicated XD). Then there’s Nate and Ben who added a cute guy touch in the story. Even the minor characters like Tanner, Cain and Dr. Stayner were awesome. They had their moments that could make you love them so much, and I liked that they had that moment. It showed that they were really in the story. Not just extras in the background.

Reading Ten Tiny Breaths was a way of understanding Kacey and Trent’s story. Their stories are twined together to make you understand the depth of their personality and character. I don’t want to define more of what happened, just so I could avoid spoiling, but this was the main reason why I loved this book. Because I got to really understand every nook and cranny of Kacey and Trent’s lives.

Kacey was adorable. I never thought that I could meet a kick-butt heroine in a contemporary novel since I always saw those characters in Dystopian, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy novels. I love her attitude, her spunk, and her feisty humor. Trent was… well he was hot… and funny… and adorable, and caring and a whole lot of things. I love him ‘cuz he’s him. Because he cared for Kacey, he made a way for her to see that there’s hope for her. I love him for that. I love him because he really made Kacey happy.


I’m sure I would’ve loved the book more if I hadn’t seen the twist. But even without the twist. I appreciate how the story progressed and how I saw real and concrete, albeit a bit cheezy ending. But I loved it, nonetheless.

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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


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