Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker and Giveaway!

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 - This is a Mature YA/New Adult book. Contains sex and violence**


You might have heard of the term “new adult”, if not, it’s that stage between teenager and “adult”. It’s that stage I’m in and I love love love that this seedling genre is taking off, cause I’ll tell you what, life is hard and no one really tells you that until you graduate from high school or college and you’re sitting in a daze thinking ‘now what?’

And that’s what Ten Tiny Breaths is. Well, kinda. On the one hand, it’s definitely not a standard teen book. While Kacey is stuck in the emotional trauma that happened in her teen years, she works in a strip club as a bartender and is the unofficial guardian for her little sister. Then of course there’s the way she feels about mysterious hottie next door Trent. Those feelings? Yeah, DEFINITELY not tween-innocent there. But really what felt the most adult to me was the friendship between Kacey and part-time stripper, part-time bartender and full-time mom, Storm which dominates the first half of the book. Strange that that would feel like the grown up part of the book, but there was no pettiness or catty drama, just two girls with their own responsibilities working a dangerous job and trying to figure out life.

So I have to mention the twist, without actually mentioning the twist. It was something that in retrospect, I should have seen coming. I blame extreme exhaustion from working 2 retail jobs at Christmas time. It might be one of those obvious twists, but regardless, I liked it. I liked how it was handled and played into the denouement of the book (I might be an exhausted human right now, but I can whip out the English terminology still!). Ten Tiny Breaths was a book I kept musing over when I finished just because of that.

Similar recommendations: Want by Stephanie Lawton and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

Annddd we're also giving away a copy of the ebook!! Just enter in the comments! Giveaway will close next Tuesday at midnight CST!

About the Author:
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen 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 the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

-Reviewed by Jennifer


  1. I can not wait to read this one. Wonderful review. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Ooooh this book sounds good. I could use a solid contemp drama. As I just wrote a New Adult (apparently? LOL) I feel like I need to explore the genre more!

  3. This book sounds really good and the type of book I would enjoy reading!! Loved your review of the book! Makes me really want to read it now!

  4. Jen (A Reading Daydreamer)December 16, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    Great review! I have to admit that I'm a huge fan of New Adult as well. The premise sounds interesting. I'm really excited to read about Kacey and Storm's friendship. I'm glad you enjoyed the twist, even if you somewhat saw it coming! Again, wonderful review, Jennifer!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)

  5. I can't wait to hear more about this genre! It sounds like a really interesting period of life to explore!