Saturday, July 19, 2014

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) by Miranda Kenneally (ARC Review)

Hey Everyone! :)

Miranda Kenneally is one my favorite authors!  She's one of those authors where I will read their latest novel as soon as they are released!  I've reviewed all of her novels! I just can't get enough of her books!

Well, thanks to Netgalley I got the amazing opportunity to review an ARC copy of Breathe, Annie, Breathe #5 in The Hundred Oaks Series!

From Goodreads:



Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You 

My Thoughts:

This book was a lot different than Miranda's previous novels, in that it dealt with a much tougher subject...death.  I can not imagine dealing with the loss of a loved one, especially one as close to me as Annie was to Kyle, her boyfriend of more than three years.

I just can't imagine...actually I don't WANT to even think about it.  It would be unbelievably unbearable.

Annie's way of dealing with her loss, cannot be described as anything but a beautiful tribute to Kyle.

I am not a runner.  Never have been, and to be quite frank, never plan on being a runner.  I've always been terrible at it.  And while yes, some of you maybe like, "Oh, you can train yourself to become one!" I just want to say, "Sure, I can, but do I want to...No."  Sorry, it's just the truth.  I am and always will have a love for walking.  Hiking is one of my favorite ways to exercise!

Anyway, Annie's training to meet her goal of running a marathon was incredible.  Her dedication, her inability to give up, was great!  Miranda made it sometimes seem, when she was describing the pains Annie felt from running, the physical pains, not just mental, that I was running right beside her. And trust me, it was even hurt me!  And I wasn't even actually running!!

Who knew that running could cause vomiting and stomach pains like no other?!

To be honest, the only thing that did sound appealing to me was the food Annie and her other fellow runners were allowed to eat, without having to feel guilty about the calories...it ALMOST makes me want to become a runner.

Just kidding.

Anyway, Jeremiah was another great character!  His need for adrenaline was interesting, because while I've heard a little bit about people needing adrenaline like a drug addict feels he/she needs drugs, it was interesting to kind of get more of a feel for someone like him.

Anyway...overall rating:


I would definitely recommend this one! If you're a fan of the Hundred Oaks Series, I would definitely recommend it, but I will warn you again...this one is a little different than the previous novels in the series.  Quite a bit more serious, and also dealing with a bit of a tougher subject.  It was a bit darker, so to say.

Anyway, you're interested, you can get your copy through any book outlet there is, including, but not limited to...Barnes and Noble and Amazon!

Thanks for reading! :)

The Romance Bookie :)


2 comments:

  1. I got rejected for this one on Netgalley! I think they know I haven't been doing lots of reviews lately lol. Sounds good though.

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    1. I don't know if that has anything to do with it though, because I'm terrible at doing reviews for Netgalley! It might because you haven't read the others? This is part of a series, they can be standalones, but the characters from the previous books pop up in all the others. :)

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