Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel - OPTIONAL

Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel, 331 pages. Blink, 2019. $18.

Language: PG-13 (15 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13



Lia, 16-years-old, can’t get over her father’s brutal murder two years ago; a group referred to as “the Swarm” converged on him and beat him to death. He wasn’t their first victim, and Lia knows he won’t be the last. When Lia discovers the date and location of their next hit, she makes sure to be there to gather evidence, but she may have just made herself a target.

The tension is palpable from start to finish of Lia’s story. I developed internal conflict myself the more I read of whether I should put it down or not because everything was getting worse and worse when I felt like I was reaching the points that should be getting better. Release from the tension doesn’t come until the last bit of the book, but, even then, the ending is left open. Part of what made me tense throughout the story was my resistance to the romantic subplot; I can see the benefits of this subplot, but I don’t support the characters’ unhealthy relationship. The mature content rating is for mentions of drug use, and the violence rating is for murder and mentions of suicide.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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