ARC Review: Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

18584521Title: Hold Me Like A Breath (Once Upon A Crime Family, #1)

Author: Tiffany Schmidt

Publication date: May 19, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 400

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)

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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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads 

My review:

With a unique and compelling storyline, Hold Me Like A Breath caught my interest in a flash. I was very excited to read the book, particularly because it’s my first YA thriller, if I’m not mistaken.

Hold Me Like A Breath is a good story! Its concept is intriguing with a sprinkle of mystery. It also has depth and overflowing authenticity. Sadly, it did not live up to my expectations. I felt that some parts lacked intensity, that suspenseful drive required for a reader to fully experience the thrill in a thriller novel. Although there were tension-filled action scenes, I wish there had been more.

Hold Me Like A Breath has wonderful character development. It was good to see the main character, Penelope, grow into a brave and independent individual. Since Penelope grew up sheltered and well taken care of, it was a challenge for her to live and survive alone after a tragic incident happened to her family. What I liked about Penelope is that she didn’t let her vulnerability and fears get the best of her. The supporting characters are notable as well. Every one of them played a significant role in the story. But for the most part, one character stood out to me—Char. The adorable, geeky guy knows how to make a girl swoon! He made me smile A LOT! Sweet and very caring, Char’s a keeper and quite the ideal real-life prince charming. This fictional guy has my heart! 🙂

The romance…well, I thought it was a little rushed because things developed so fast between Penelope and Char after their first meeting. But for all that, Penelope and Char’s chemistry is irresistibly delightful. It deepened the more they got to know each other. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for a surprising revelation about Char towards the end of the book!

Author Tiffany Schmidt is a pro at creating well-developed characters and at weaving beautiful words together. Her writing is alive and magnetic. You’d want to read her words over and over again. 🙂

Hold Me Like A Breath ended with a promise for better things ahead so I’m certainly looking forward to the second book!



3/5 stars






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