Only a Breath Apart ARC Review

Release Date: January 22, 2019

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Synopsis: “They say your destiny is carved in stone. But some destinies are meant to be broken.
The only curse Jesse Lachlin believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family, farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year.

A fortuneteller tells Scarlett she’s psychic, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings, but as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…”

4.5 Stars

I’d say since September or October of last year, this has been one of my most anticipated books of 2019 because a) it’s written by Katie McGarry (hello it’s already a must-read) b) the cover had me hooked (how can you not love that cover with Jesse and Scarlet laying in the field) and c) it’s a story about second chances (which I love).

Gah, this book is so great. I’ve read many of Katie’s books in the past and loved them, but this book is darker than some of her other books. This story is a second chance story about learning how to deal with the past and trying to figure out how they can live without the guilt and fear lurking their minds.

I’m telling you, the first chapter that was only five pages long had me crying by that point in the story I was already emotionally attached to Jesse and his upbringing. I don’t know about you, but most of the time I have to be familiar with the characters before I start crying, but this opening had me crying.

This book honestly has me on an emotional roller coaster, each page had me feeling a different emotion and there were times were I just had to sit back and process what happened. There were times when I cried, laughed, hoped, empathized, and had the weird feeling like someone was squeezing my heart.

Out of all of the stories I’ve read by Katie, I think this one I can relate to the most. This story takes place in a small town in Kentucky where everyone knows everything good or bad. It reminds me so much of the small town that I went to high school in, and let’s be honest Jesse is the type of boy I would’ve had a crush on during my time in high school. Also, it surprised me that Jesse was taking calculus because there was literally ONE (out of a total of seven students) guy in my high school calculus class, so props to Jesse for taking it.

Even though both characters have their flaws (Jesse being cursed and Scarlet keeping people at arm’s length), you can’t help but to want things to work out in their favor. They both have had difficult a childhood and even into the beginning of their adult life, the odds are still against them. Throughout the whole story, they have to learn how to break down the iron walls they have built around themselves and accepted the past in order to move forward.

All I can say is you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful story.

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
Faith to Fall Back On by Hunter Hayes
Where Do Broken Hearts Go by One Direction
Never Be by 5 Seconds of Summer
Flashlight by Hunter Hayes
Why Won’t You Love Me by 5 Seconds of Summer
More by Hunter Hayes
Here We Go Again
Ready to Run by One Direction
Lost Boy by 5 Seconds of Summer
You’re in Love by Taylor Swift
Ghost of You by 5 Seconds of Summer
Hello Darlin’ cover by Scotty McCreery
In My Blood by Shawn Mendes

When I was listening to the songs Hello Darlin’ and Ghost of You, with both songs, they came on during emotional parts, and I was crying so hard because the words on the page and the music created the scenes in my head so perfectly that it was so overwhelming.

Once my preordered copy of Only a Breath Apart comes, and I have time to read it (because college is taking up so much of my time *sigh*), I will post a more in-depth post with some explanations as to why I picked the songs above!

If you preorder the book, you can go to this link and enter in the appropriate information along with proof of purchase to receive two e-novellas: one will be a prequel to Only a Breath Apart, and the other is another e-novella to A Thunder Road!

If you can’t wait to read this upcoming book, you can read some of Katie’s other books. You can read some of her already published books.

Pushing the Limits Series:

Pushing the Limit

Dare You To

Crash into You

Take Me On

Breaking the Rules

Chasing Impossible

Thunder Road Series:

Nowhere But Here

Walk the Edge

Long Way Home


Say You’ll Remember Me

Red at Night

Happy reading until next time,

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