Then, things were looking up for Tessa. Her mum was finally getting her life back on track. Tessa had started seeing Nick. She was making new friends. She’d even begun to paint again.
Now, Tessa and Nick are trapped in the car after a corner taken too fast. Injured, stranded in the wilderness, at the mercy of the elements, the question becomes one of survival.
But Tessa isn’t sure she wants to be found. Not after what she saw. Not after what she remembered.
Let me just start off by saying I loved this book, the setting, the writing, the amazing plot lines running parallel and working so well together, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
The thing that really wowed me about this book was the writing. I got this book at the launch night, I’d never read anything by the Author and hadn’t heard too much hype so I didn’t really prioritize this on my tbr. I picked it up the other day on a whim, because well it had been sitting on my bedside table and it was just way to pretty to not read.
A Shadow’s breath has a past and present time line, alternating every chapter and the chapters are really short, so here I was turning the pages frantically wanting to know what led up to the car accident as well as if the characters would survive in the now timeline!
Usually with stories that contain alternating time lines I’ll prefer one over the other and not really fully immerse myself in both timelines until they finally merge together, THIS BOOK THOUGH, WOW. I was torn between staying in the past and exploring Tess’s friendships, her relationships, her hard home life living with her mother as an alcoholic and an abusive step father. While in the now Tessa and Nicks car has gone over a cliff and the opening scene is them trying to escape in Aussie bush. To say it was heart breaking is a bit of an understatement.
Another thing I loved was IT WAS SO AUSTRALIAN, not that I love characters crashing and having a very high chance of dying from exposure but when that just happens to happen I want it to always be set in the Aussie bush, I mean we have so many awesome things that will kill you its a great setting to make characters struggle and struggle they did.
Tessa’s family relationship, her best friend, her boyfriend all the side characters were amazing and important. Tessa is easily one of my fave characters, she’s a painter, she’s had an extremely hard childhood and teenage hood, and she has so many more struggles to come.
THE ENDING THOUGH OMG, I was told to prepare myself but I still didn’t see it coming and I just feel so many things for Tess.
The more I think on this book the more I love it and feel like re-reading it to pick up on all the little things I missed the first time now that I know the ending.
Have you read this? What did you think of the timelines? Did you prefer one to the other? Or Do you plan to read this?
I’ll just go ahead and say if you like loveozya READ THIS BOOK… really just read this book because I loved it.