Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day Blitz including Review - -Shimmer by Elena Dillon

Shimmer (Breathe #2)
 by Elena Dillon 
YA Romantic Suspense

Book 2 in the Breathe Series: 
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? 

Jaymee's Review...
***ARC Provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

5 Stars

Shimmer is the second book in the Breathe series by Elena Dillon and while it can be read as a stand alone I recommend reading Breathe first. Breathe is an amazing book and it will help you understand Caeden a little bit better because of what his family went through in the first book. Anyway, Shimmer is an another perfect blend of young romance and suspense. Chandler and her father have been on the run for four years after she witnessed her mother's murder. They never stay in one place for more than a few months so making friend, dating and doing anything to call attention to herself is out of the question. When they arrive in Lafayette everything changes though, Chandler is an experienced and talented tumbler who is talked into trying out for the cheerleading squad where she becomes instant best friends with Lily and Abby. The she does what a typical teen might do, she forges her dads signature and sneaks around to cheer, compete and be with her new friends. I loved that about this book. while Chandler is mature in some ways after being on the run for long she is still a teenage girl who rebels against her dad in order to try and have a normal life, even if its only for a little bit. 

Chandler is an amazing young woman, she has been through a horrible tragedy and her life is anything but normal but she keeps moving forward and making the best of things. She does take unnecessary risks to cheer but can you blame her? She just wanted a little piece of a normal life especially when things start moving in a romantic direction with Caeden. I think the author did a brilliant job in creating Chandler's character, she was the perfect combination of normal teenager with the skittish behavior of someone who is running for her life. Because of her youth she didn't realize the full repercussions of all of her actions and the dangerous situations she was creating for people she cared about. There are a few situations in this book where I was amazed at the bravery and strength of this remarkable young girl. Watching her relationship develop with Caeden was amazing, I adored him in Breathe when he was a young boy. In Shimmer he's older and has grown into a gorgeous, over protective, suspicious but wonderful young man. After everything he went through in his young life it was no wonder he was so suspicious of everyone but once he opened up he was so amazing. His raw honesty about how he felt as a young boy unable to help his sisters broke my heart and helped me to understand the young man he had grown into. I loved the two of them together and how tentatively they approached their relationship since they had each been through so much in their short lives. There isn't much I can say about the suspense portion of this novel without giving away key information but WOW was it amazing! There were some twists I never saw coming and it was quite a wild ride. 

I loved everything about this book, it was the perfect amount of romance and suspense and kept me hooked from the very page. Elena Dillon has an incredible talent for creating realistic, lovable character whose emotions and actions fit their unusual situations perfectly and her plots keep the reader completely captivated. The last few chapters of this book had tears streaming down my face with the raw emotion of Caeden and Chandler and what they went through. I adored this book and the characters and I sincerely hope that Lily and Finn star in the next one!! 

Storyline: Addictive
Female Character: Strong
Male Character: Loyal, mysterious 
Author's Writing Style: Amazing
Plot Twists: quite a surprise!
Laugh Factor: minimal
Cry Factor: I cried for the whole last few chapters!
Steam Factor: Minimal
Violence: some

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About the Author...

Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived 
anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being 
cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her 
three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has 
never matured beyond the toddler stage. 

A self-proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only 
recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They 
now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in 
stories as if they are real people. 


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