Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel! This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be sharing my review and there will be a giveaway.
Every Stolen Breath
by Kimberly Gabriel
Release date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.
Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.
After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.
Every Stolen Breath is a fast paced thriller that just never slows down.
Lia lives in Chicago with her mom. Lia’s twin died shortly after they were born and she struggled to deal with the loss. So much so that she made up stories about her twin when she was younger. Her father was killed two years earlier by The Swarm. They’re a mob group that somehow organized and beat one person to death in a crowd of people. After Lia’s dad’s death, the Swarm stopped killing. But all that changed. Lia has been spending her time trying to figure out why her dad was killed. He had been trying to prosecute a man that he believed was tied to it. He never believed the victims were random. Lia’s father was killed and the man he was prosecuting committed suicide.
Lia goes to a private school where she has two best friends, Katie and Adam. Adam is a tech genius and has been helping Lia for awhile. The mayor’s son, Cullen, goes to the same school. He’s an ass to Lia and pretty much everyone else. During the first new attack at Navy Pier, Lia is seen by at least one member of The Swarm. He whispers in her ear on where to swim right before he throws her into the water. Lia ended up at the Mayor’s house. He made a big deal about Lia after that. Cullen loved the cameras and he convinced Lia to spend time with him in front of them. The mayor seems to approve and sets up a date for them later on.
After the attack, the boy that through Lia over starts showing up around her. Ryan is there at times when she’s in trouble. Lia was terrified of him, but over time, she grew to trust him. He told her stuff about her dad, The Swarm, and himself. Because Lia witnessed the attack and had been following the coded twitter messages from The Swarm, she became a target. So did everyone around her.
There are some brutal killings in this book and I was sad with each one. The author did a good job with making the story about the victims almost as much as The Swarm. But it was also a story about Lia. The girl with the bad lungs that almost died at birth. The girl who lost her dad and whose mom has been distant since. The girl who only has a couple friends. The girl who has mental health issues and sometimes hallucinates. The girl who was stronger than she should have been and who was determined to end The Swarm, even if she had to die to make it happen.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance issues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.
Prize: Finished copy of Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel + signed bookplate + poster (USA)
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