Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review: Out of Breath (Breathing #3) by Rebecca Donovan

Out of Breath (Breathing #3)
by Rebecca Donovan

Barnes & Noble

"A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming ending to a series that captivated me from start to finish."-Colleen Hoover New York Times bestselling author of Hopeless 

Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.

My Review

There are moments in life you'll never forget. Moments that brand your heart. Moments that shatter your soul. Moments that are infinite. 

New emotions are created in these moments.

Time stops in these moments.

We lose ourselves in these moments...

We all shared this moment at the end of Reason to Breathe Our happily ever after was ripped away only to be replaced by emotions we didn't even know existed. Emotions created by a moment that caused us to stop breathing. A fearless ending that shocked the world. 

After that, we grieved. 

We grieved for the unknown.

That grief however, was replaced by anger. 

After being physically assaulted by emotions and a cliffhanger heard round the world, Rebecca Donovan turned right around and emotionally raped us with Barely Breathing. However, we insanely and greedily kept coming back for more (I also wanted to judo chop her right in the f---fagina....repeatedly).

Regardless, we just wanted more! In Out Of Breath, Rebecca Donovan gives us more. 

At first, I was selfishly disappointed. I wanted instant resolution. I wanted to open the book and fall right into Emma and Evan. It's been so long, too long. I didn't want to know the new characters. I didn't want to know Cole. This is Emma and Evan's story dammit! Give me what I want!!

Rebecca Donovan changed what I wanted!

Without me even being aware of it, she gave me something I didn't even know I wanted. Instead of constantly looking ahead for my resolution. She made it okay for me to be in the present. I stopped looking for something else and found something new, being able to focus on the now. Enjoying the now. Enjoying Cole. Give yourself some time, you'll get there. You'll be completely happy in the present, and realize that this detour is just part of the journey. 

"I listen to silence. And you...you have a lot to say." 

I knew it was only matter of time before Evan and Emma's worlds collided again and once it did, I was lost. Lost in a way that you know exactly where you are, but searching to find that place, the place. Resolution. Closure. 

What I found so amazingly powerful, was the alternating POVs. It was done in such a unique way, I was surprise by its fluency. It was unique and flawless. We experience the same moment in alternating POVs, at the same time!!! WAIT...what!?? Yes, the chapters weren't split into alternating POVs, but the story happened while instantaneously allowing the reader to see the moment from both Emma and Evan's eyes. You'd think that would cause some serious reader whiplash, but Rebecca Donovan's writing talent knows no limits. Emma and Evan have the exact same moment at the exact same time (okay maybe notexactly at the same time, that would just be cray cray, but you get the picture). This unique element brought the story alive.

I was hoping for a little more out of the epilogue, but maybe I'm just being greedy. Maybe I just wasn't ready to let go. Maybe I just wanted more. None of which are bad things. Either way, I was hoping to see just a little bit more of their future. 

Rebecca Donovan tore my world apart two years ago, but the best part was letting her put it back together again, and in this moment...I am whole.


1 comment:

  1. I was so much afraid of reading Out Of Breath...as I didn't know whether it'll will be a happy ending or not..
    But thank you so so much for the awesome review..I am finally going to read it..*starting right now*..:)