Out of Breath – Blair Richmond

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Book Reviews
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           The first in a trilogy, Out of Breath follows Kat – who is has been on the run for a long time and finds herself in her hometown of Lithia. She is embraced by the townspeople and settles into a normal life, until her friend Stacey is brutally murdered while they are running in the forest. When Kat looks into her friend’s mysterious death, she finds out that Lithia isn’t the quaint small town she believed it to be. There are vampires hiding outside the town limits and they are killing people. How is Kat going to accept the fact that vampires are a part of Lithia, especially since she is falling for one?

Richmond’s novel is another YA paranormal romance that seems to blend in with all the others in its genre. It has some different elements that set it apart – Richmond focuses on the beauty of nature and the healing effects of running. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on vegan lifestyle – almost to the point where it seems to be pushing vegan ideals on the reader. The characters were mainly flat and had no depth and the plot had some intriguing aspects that went unexplored. The novel might have held more interest if it had not introduced vegan vampires from the Pacific Northwest – it seems it is just trying to be an eco-friendly version of Twilight but with a few different details.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. However, this had no effect on my opinion of the book or my review.


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