I know that I was supposed to post this review a while back but unfortunately life got in the way! While we are getting into the groove of running this blog more efficiently please bear with us and check us out often! So let me get to this long overdue review (drumroll please)....
'Breathless' by Heather Hudak is a great buy for so many reasons. First of all, you can't beat the price of 99 cents and that alone should make everyone go download it at Amazon. 'Breathless' is the first book in the "Cordelia Chronicles" series and it definitely leaves you wanting the second book. The plot is centered around Cordelia but she mostly goes by Lia. The setup may be standard...new, mysterious, smokin' hot guy shows up at school and Lia is instantly smitten if not a little obsessed. The plot and storyline is where Heather Hudak shines. The twists and turns that come out in the second half of the book show what a talent the author has. While this is a paranormal romance, Hudak does a great job of capturing the all-encompassing feeling of a first love that all readers can relate to.
Sure there are some points that aren't exactly my favorite that I am compelled to point out, so here goes: the smokin' hot guy is given a rather disappointing name-Chaysen. It bugged me for a while but I am left to question myself on this matter. Does the name only bug me because I am not a teenager and therefore meeting a guy my age named Chaysen just seems cheesy? Not sure but really, the name isn't pivotal to the plot(that I know of) so I'll move on. Secondly, while I love that Lia is not immediately swooning the minute she finds out some of the mystery behind Chaysen, I think her acceptance and moving past it so quickly pretty much cancels out her initial fear. I appreciate the common sense the author used in Lia's reaction and wished it would have lasted just a bit longer. The last negative I feel that is worthy of pointing out is the role of Lia's grandma. I absolutely loved that Lia's grandma was not clueless to what was going on and did her best persuade and even sneakily remove Lia from Chaysen. The problem with Grandma is that by the end of the book, she lost her spunk and her strong opinons about Chaysen. That being said, Grandma better appear in the sequel.
Speaking of the sequel, "Wanderlust" is currently being finished and should be available on Amazon pretty darn soon, so if you enjoy reading a fresh take on an old idea with lots of romance, go buy "Breathless" and get reading!!! As always, let me know what you guys think and we can discuss.
Next up: "Dead Beautiful" by Yvonne Woon. Can't wait to review this for you guys and hear what you think!
~ Amanda ~