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Monday, April 8, 2013

Spotlight Review: Silencing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

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Release Date: March 10, 2013

Just as Sarah is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an Indigo Child and settling into a normal life with her beloved Evan, her entire world shatters when Evan disappears without a trace.

Desperate to find him, Sarah’s attempts to uncover clues to his whereabouts end up leading her to a sadistic serial killer who confirms her worst fears are true, Evan has been kidnapped, and he is once again in the clutches of his brutal, abusive family of necromancers.

Sarah’s search leads her not only to the evil people of Evan’s past he tried so desperately to protect her from, but also to The Key of Solomon, an ancient text for summoning the dead.

Having learned my lesson when reading the first book in the series (Stealing Breath), I kept my reading to the daylight hours. It was a tough rule to stick to but I managed.

Author Joanne Brothwell has said that her stories are inspired by the various dead things that show up on her doorstep and it shows. There's a thriller/mild fear factor in Joanne's books that grabs readers and refuses to let them go until the end.

Hands down, Silencing Breath is my favorite of the series so far. Since Sarah and Evan's back stories are pretty much established by now, Silencing Breath can focus more on where their lives are headed and the conflicts that arise when Evan is kidnapped and forced back into the clutches of his family. Talk about a dysfunctional family reunion!

There's a bit of unresolved tension between Sarah and her friends, especially Amber, over her relationship with Evan. Though it is understandable that Amber would feel lingering resentment and suspicion towards Evan. What is amazing is that she can still be such a good friend to Sarah and truly wants her to be happy.

When Evan is taken, Sarah really steps up to the plate, balancing her "human" life with her paranormal one all the while trying desperately to find Evan. Sarah's growth since the first book is obvious, she's in more of a take charge state of mind, she knows what has to be done, even if she's not sure HOW to do them. Sure she makes mistakes along the way, but that just makes Silencing Breath more unpredictable and for this reader, more addictive.

Silencing Breath is written in both first person and third, something I have never experienced before Joanne Brothwell. Admittedly it takes some getting used to, but in the end it worked perfectly for me because I was able to experience parts of the story from a perspective other than Sarah's.

The intense and sometimes bloody scenes in Silencing Breath make it difficult to remember that there is a romance at the center and that is what drives Sarah, and forces her friends to follow her to an uncertain future. The scenes build in intensity to the very end when readers are left with only a sliver of hope for Evan and Sarah's happy ending.

Definitely delving into darker themes, the series has gone from the legend of the Indigo Child to the dark world of resurrecting the dead and the consequences of playing with dark magic. There are plenty surprises to be had with Silencing Breath.

Most surprising though is Stefano, Evan's brother. Is his about face permanent or will he go back to what he was before? His role in the series, and the answer of which side he will ultimately fight for, is one of the things I am personally looking forward to with the third and final book, Saving Breath (which is scheduled for a 2014 released).

That thud you heard was my head hitting the desk because of the long wait.

If you're looking for a paranormal romance without vampires and werewolves, then this is the series for you. Silencing Breath is an intricate, enticing and heart pounding adventure that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.


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2 comments:

  1. It sounds like a really good read and very unique!

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  2. Thanks for having me, Adria! And thank you for taking the time to read and review my book!

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