TITLE: Breathe 

AUTHOR: Elena Dillon

PUBLICATION: Published December 14th 2012

GENRE: YA > Thriller | Suspense

PAGES: 166pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-arc via Mark My Words PR

RATING: 3★★★



Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

 In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.


“Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister. I try to go through every day like a normal sixteen-year-old.”

I remember sitting and saying to myself that I’ll just read the first few chapters. Then… then the next thing I know I already devoured all of it.

Breathe has one of those openings that will completely suck you in and will never let you go until you finish it. The story is about Jasmine. Breathe shows the aftermath of her sister’s disappearance. They’re all paranoid all the time and they have to leave town because of cruel people trying to get a laugh at their situation. But that’s not the only reason they have to leave. You see, Daisy didn’t just disappear, she was kidnapped. And her kidnapper wasn’t caught.

Dillon had this way of writing, it’s simple, really, but it’s absolutely gripping. Like it’s compelling you to just continue reading. I love how realistic everything is. I didn’t experience what Jasmine has been going through but for me, everything looks legit. From the protagonist’s thoughts to the kidnappers motives. You can really see it happening in real life.

What I love the most here is Easton. Period. Does this kind of guy even exist?! Let me ask you, do you know a guy who brings an information packet to meet someone’s parent? Like, you know, he’s bringing resume, official transcripts, SAT scores, driving record, and a couple of recommendation letters. RECOMMENDATION LETTER FROM HIS PASTOR!

Anyway, I guess that’s also one of the reasons why it cost me to pull down another star. It was just more focused on the romance department. I want more thrilling moments. More scary and creepy shenanigans. But other than that, Breathe is attention grabbing read. I was transfixed and I can’t help but ask for more.


And now, I’m really excited for this one because it’ll be centered around Caedan (Jasmine’s brother, which I adored) You can find out more about Elena’s new book here in her Blog Post about it.


Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?




I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I’m a nerdgirl and proud of it. I’ve been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.

I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I’m in.

I write from my home office in Southern California with our English Bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at

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