Review – Out Of Breath by Rebecca Donovan


Title – Out of breath (Book #3 Breathing Series)
Author – Rebecca Donovan
Genre – Young Adult – Comtemporary Romance 
Number of Pages – 488
Reviewer – Laura


Those she trusted betrayed her. Her broken heart still wounds her…
Emma trusts no one and she can’t let anyone in, not when she knows all they’ll find is darkness. But some people won’t take no for an answer and Emma must decide if the hidden truths and painful secrets are enough to let go of the possibility of love – forever.


Out of Breath is the third book from the Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan. It begins with Emma Thomas, who has left her life in Weslyn behind to attend Stanford University in California, where she has been for the last 2 years. Here, she has built a new life, with a brand new group of friends, however, Emma is still struggling greatly with her past, and the secrets that lie there. These secrets seem to be stopping her from moving on until, due to untimely circumstances, she needs to return to Weslyn, where she can start facing her past decisions, one step at a time.


***Spoiler alert***

After finishing Barely Breathing some time ago, which left off with a major cliff-hanger, I was so excited to read the third, and final, installment of this series.  I am glad to say that the wait definitely did not disappoint!

This series has actually shaken me to the core! After reading all the awful things that poor Emma Thomas had to go through, I am so happy that the book started with her in a somewhat positive state of mind. While Emma seems to have met some really great new friends, it’s clear that she is still feeling the repercussions of her past and the way she left things two years ago.  In reality, she is still the same broken girl that left Weslyn, and Evan, behind!

I found that I didn’t feel as sorry for Emma in this book as I did in the previous two installments. Admittedly, she has had a very hard and heartbreaking life, but the person I felt the most sympathy for this time around was Evan Matthews. I felt horrible for him when he saw Emma after all that time, only to find that she was still the same broken girl that left him behind. What I loved the most, was the fact that from that day forward, he knew that even though she had left him, he would not leave her side ever again!

Emma’s character did frustrate me a little at times. The fact that she suddenly turns to alcohol to solve her problems really bothered me, especially after everything she has been through. I still can’t get my head around why she felt the need to keep getting in touch with Jonathon (the other boy she left behind). My loyalty obviously rests with Evan, and the connection that Emma thinks she and Jonathan had frustrates me when I feel they nothing alike at all!

I loved Emma’s new group of friends and I felt that Meg, Serena, and Peyton really added a lot to the story. I enjoyed the way they looked out for Emma, and could tell what she really wanted before even she knew what it was – especially Serena.

The introduction of yet another love interest in Emma’s life seemed a little unfortunate; like she didn’t have enough going on already!  Overall, I have to admit that I liked the character of Cole – he is the ultimate nice guy.  His appearance definitely added intrigue to the plot as it resulted in the Emma – Cole – Evan love triangle (I was definitely Team Evan all the way!).

Arriving at the conclusion of the Breathing series, I feel satisfied and happy with the outcome! It was a great end to Emma’s story, and I would definitely recommend anyone to go out and get these books, if you don’t have them in your TBR pile already!

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Check out my reviews on Reason To Breathe (Book 1) and Barely Breathing (Book 2) to the Breathing series.

Review – Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan



Title: Barely Breathing
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary Romance
Pages : 420
Reviewer: Laura

Emma’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe. Now everyone in Weslyn knows Emma’s secret, but Carol can’t hurt Emma anymore. Some are still haunted by the horror of that night, and some must face the repercussions of their choices.

As soon as I finished the first book of this series, Reason to Breathe, I immediately needed to start book two – Barely Breathing. I was desperate to have an answer to Reason to Breathes traumatizing ending. This book begins six months after Reason to Breathe, and Emma is now living with her best friend Sara’s family. She is slowly beginning to act like a normal teenage girl and is getting her life back on track.

I found Barely Breathing a much more comfortable read than Reason to Breathe. Emma was less frustrating in this book as she was more forthcoming with any issues or problems she was having. Sara and her other friend Evan were more aware and observant of any changes in Emma, which prompted her to become more open with them. There will still some moments when I wanted to yell at her because of her unplanned decisions and guarded answers. Then at other times I just wanted to give her a big hug, as it was evident she was still dealing with her abuse.

In this book we are introduced to Emma’s mother Rachel, and her boyfriend Jonathon. I absolutely loathed both of these characters due to their attitudes, ideals and actions that have a huge impact on Emma’s life. We also see more of a development in her relationship with Evan, as they take everything to the next level.

I think that Rebecca Donovan has written an emotional and wonderful book, which really succeeds in toying with your emotions! Barely Breathing has a major cliff hanger at the end that has left me wanting more! I absolutely cannot wait to read the third instalment – Out of Breathe!

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Check out my review on Reason to Breathe, Book #1 and Out Of Breath, Book #3 to the Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan.

Review – Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan



Title: Reason to breathe
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 376
Reviewer: Laura

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

This book is based around main character Emma Thomas, who despite being a talented basketball player, and best friends with Sara, the most popular girl in school; would rather blend into the background and keep to herself in fear of someone finding out the terrible secrets that surround her home life. Whilst Sara suspects that something is going on, due to the daily bruising she sees on Emma, she never tells anyone, nor pushes Emma to talk about it. Sara does try to make life easier for Emma by taking her out whenever they find an opportune moment, and even though Emma is not interested in parties or boys, there is a glimmer of hope for her when she meets the new boy in town, Evan Matthews.

Reason to Breathe was quite a heavy and heartbreaking book to read. At times I did find Emma’s character quite frustrating because throughout the book she seemed to have the support around her to make this awful, emotional abuse stop, yet could not bring herself to take the chance. At other times however, the reasons behind why she chose to keep the abuse a secret were quite clear.

Donovan’s ability to handle such an emotionally charged topic while at the same time creating a sympathetic character in Emma, has left me on the edge of my seat to find out how her story ends. Overall, while it was an emotional story, I could not put this book down, and would definitely recommend it to anyone to read.

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Check out my review on Barely Breathing, Book #2  and Out of Breath, Book #3 on the Breathing Series, by Rebecca Donovan