Ten Tiny Breaths

 

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

 

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ten tiny breaths… Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

 

Each and every one of us is broken in our own ways. And each and every one of us has the capacity to heal – in our own time and with our own coping mechanisms. But it will happen. We will heal – but only if we let ourselves.

That is what I learned from Ten Tiny Breaths.

Ten Tiny Breaths is about Kacey Cleary, a kickboxing kind of girl who keeps everyone at an arms length, never letting anyone in. That is until she and her sister Livie run away from their aunt and move to Miami. There, she hopes to have a new start and forget about her past. And there, she meets the neighbors who would change her life. There’s Storm who will be her first friend after a long time. Then there’s Trent who will teach her how to love again.

For me, Ten Tiny Breaths isn’t a love story. Not at all. Of course, a big part of the story is centered on Trent and their longing for each other. However, if we look at it more closely, everything is all about healing and forgiveness.

This book kind of reminds me of Melina Marchetta’s writing. The story was slow-paced at first and then a major thing happens and everything is fast-paced after that. It was like walking in a lonely road and you’re walking slow because you’re liking the view and suddenly you find yourself in a rollercoaster. However, unlike Melina Marchetta, this book’s “surprise” effect isn’t really surprising. Well, hints should really be found along the way but K.A. Tucker’s hints were too obvious. Being surprised and mindf*cked could have made the book better.

However, I liked that we can read about PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder in this book. It was a bit complex to write about but I think Tucker has done well. I had a lot more understanding with the disorder now.

There are a lot of bits and pieces of this book that I liked – like how Kacey tried so hard to fight her attraction to Trent, the adorable Mia, Ben and the tragic accident itself.

Ten Tiny Breaths has a deepness in it – sort of like being underwater. By the way, I also like how Kacey often says “above water”. So… there is a certain depth Ten Tiny Breaths has achieved that other books just couldn’t. Only in that level would a book would make you ache, look around you and reflect on the things you have taken for granted. Ten Tiny Breaths is sort-of an eye-opener of the things that really counts.

So, in general, I think this book is a GREAT read especially for young and new adults. I have learned a lot from this book and it’s more than entertaining as well. This book is also filled with emotion, brokenness to be precise. Also, I think this book would be best in a rainy day. I think sitting by the window listening to the raindrops would add to the cloudy dark vibe the book has.

Confess

 

Confess

Confess by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

That’s what scares me,” I tell him. “I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.

 

Confess is about Auburn Mason Reed who moves to Texaseven though she hates it.in his art studio.She is desperately in need for another source of income when she comes across Owen Mason Gentry who is desperate to hire someone to help him and is desperately in need for another source of income. The two clicks instantly, however, even if fate brought them together, fate also placed a lot of walls between them.

As usual, Colleen Hoover writes beatifully. My heart was already broken at the prologue.Hoover adds another form of art in this story – paintings. And to add a little more spice, she adds anonymous confessions. The characters are very relatable and lovable. They are as human as humans can be. Sometimes infuriating but in the end, you can’t help but sympathize with them. The plot is also well-written.

Then there’s Owen, another guy you would love. Where can we find these guys?

But here’s the thing: Confess was like love at first sight to me. The cover, the prologue, the start intrigued me. I loved it instantly, however, as I read on I realize that I expected too much and my expectations were not met leading to my disappointment. I was in love with the idea of the book since I have loved Hoover’s books but as I unravel more of the story, it’s clear to me that I may have liked the book but that’s all there is.

Don’t get me wrong, though. This book is good. It’s just that this book did not connect to me much. As I have read in this book, “You can love a lot of things about a person but still not love the whole person.” I think that’s it. I love a lot of things about this book, especially the confessions, but I guess I cannot love the entirety of the book.

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Maybe Someday

 

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If there are two people in this world capable of finding a way to love each other, it’s us.”

I don’t know why I keep torturing myself this way. I have read the other books written by Colleen Hoover and I know how intense the emotions are. I know how Colleen Hoover makes you fall in love, rips your heart out, but in the end makes you believe in true love. So here I am, again, utterly amazed with one of Hoover’s masterpieces.

Maybe Someday is about a woman who just found out she was being cheated on by her boyfriend of two years and the man who helped her realize that she deserves more. However, that man has a girlfriend of his own. So basically, Sydney and Ridge have to fight their attraction for each other. More than the love story, Maybe Someday is also a story about music.

Colleen Hoover really has an immense talent. Her writing style is brilliant such that I am certain that every one who reads this- regardless of gender and age- would understand the complexities of love as portrayed by this story. With this book, prepare to laugh, to smile, to actually fall in love with a fictional character… However, prepare to cry and get your heart broken as well. While reading this book, there wasn’t a single moment that I did not feel anything. From the first word to the last, this book has affected me so much.

Another thing is the music! This is also a good book for music lovers. Listen to the soundtrack yourself and be moved.

Maybe Someday is a great read for everyone. I am certain that this book will be enjoyed. Furthermore, you’ll also learn a lot not just about romance but about friendship and brotherhood as well. This book is deeper than ordinary love stories.