Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1) by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths
(Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

K. A. Tucker

New Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance

5 stars out of 5
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

*Mature: 17+*

My Thoughts

This was an amazing, emotional, heart tugging read! Ten Tiny Breaths had me all over the place, though the book made my heart hurt, I loved every second of it.  It was touching, brilliant, heartwarming, heartbreaking, beautiful, and it took me on quite a journey.

K. A. Tucker created a book that really tests a reader’s emotional state. Literally.  Ten Tiny Breaths deals with some heavy issues. The two main characters, well, they have a past. And those issues really tested me emotionally. I felt so much for these characters. I feel in love with them, cheered them on and hoped for the best for them. I became invested in the characters wholeheartedly. And when that happens, well, you know you found a great book!
“Just breathe. Ten tiny breaths … Seize them. Feel them. Love them.” 
Kacey was definitely a female character I immediately liked. She has the smart ass personality, yet she is strong. Though it did take her awhile to really become that strong character.  Now, Kacey had a very tragic experience a few years ago, one that left her completely different.  She basically closed her heart to others, and the only person that matters, to her, is her younger sister.  Even though, Kacey struggles through the book, in the end she really overcomes her past demons, she is able to stands on her own two feet. I definitely admired her, and the great character development she went through.

I also enjoyed her younger sister, Livie. After everything that happens to Kacey, she stands by her sister’s side.  Livie proved to be a wonderful character, a great support for her sister. I also can’t wait to read her book.

Now, there is a guy named Trent in this book, and he is a wonderful character.  He is another character whose past isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Like Kacey, Trent is dealing with some heavy issues. And when he and Kacey meet, let’s say things take an interesting turn for both characters. Trent really brought out very “hot” emotions in Kacey, I really enjoyed that these two characters had such an intense reaction to each other. Though, he doesn’t always play the “good” guy, I really did like Trent’s character. He definitely went through some amazing development in the story, too.

There was also a great supporting cast of characters. Some I really came to love and enjoy! 

Throughout the book, I was really able to feel the character’s emotions. That really helped me understand and sympathize for them.  The author did a great job in allowing me to really get into Kacey’s head.  It was a wonderful, if not emotional, experience.  There were times I had to book this book and take deep cleansing breaths before I could move on. It was just so emotional at times!!  

The only thing was that I kind of  was able to predict a few things in the book, draw a few conclusions on some things. But even though I was able to figure a few events out, the book still took me by surprise!  When the bottom dropped, even though I knew it would, I was still left surprised and overwhelmed.
“I'll make you whole again, Kacey. I promise you, I will.” 
Ten Tiny Breaths was an amazing, intense, emotional read. It had a great element to it, good pacing, and incredible story building. I loved the characters and enjoyed watching them grow.  I loved that this book made me experience so many emotions.  All in all, Ten Tiny Breaths was a great read. A book I am so glad I finally picked up!  

I definitely recommend this New Adult book if you love to get lost in a story that’ll test your emotions. Take you on a ride that will leave you with your own world turned upside down. 


  1. It does sound like a very emotional book. I am glad that you enjoyed it so much!


  2. This one really does test your emotions, but it is oh so good. I just love this book. Kacey and Trent and both amazing characters. That epilogue!!!!! Perfection! Amazing review Magen, so glad you loved this one

  3. I adored Kasey and this story as well. I was on emotional highs and lows as well, great review!

  4. Great Review. I have this on my kindle & you are making me want to read it real soon!!
    Happy Friday :)

  5. This sounds like a very emotional book and that I would have to be in a certain mood to read it. Great review!

  6. Awesome review! I just heard about this one recently and now I definitely really want to read it. I love New Adult and I love a really emotional story every once in a while.

  7. Great review. This sounds awesome. Lovely cover as well. Thanks for sharing, girl!

  8. I am probably the only person on the planet who hasn't read this yet! *sigh* I can't wait to get around to this and finally meet Trent and Kasey. I love books that test your emotions, and I have no doubt I'll fall in love with this one! So glad you enjoyed this Magen!

    Awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  9. Yay! I'm so glad you loved this one! I just knew you would! I was the same way- I had figured out some key things, but when they happened it didn't hurt any less. This book broke my heart, but in such a good way. K.A. is so awesome. Great review girl!


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