Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Audiobook Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Atria Books)
  • Publication date: 5/14/13 (audio) other editions 10/1/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 8 hours 58 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
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After a terrible car accident destroys her life as she knew it, twenty-year-old Kacey escapes to Florida, where she encounters an irresistible man determined to capture her wounded heart.Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both of their worlds.

My Thoughts

I am so glad that this came out on audiobook because I had been meaning to get to this for a while and just didn't have time to read it. Luckily audiobook are easy to fit in and this one was great! This was an emotional story and I loved taking the journey along with Kacey and all the other characters involved. I felt like I was making friends right along with them and I really, really wanted to help Kacey. Luckily, so did everyone else. I also really loved how this was separated into the stages of grief. That was a nice touch!

Kacey is rough around the edges. She went through a tragic situation and she has basically let it rule her life. She is suffering from PTSD even though she doesn't realize it, or more importantly, doesn't want to admit it. To her, it's easier to just put up her walls, and deal with it in her own ways. It had been drugs, alcohol, and random sex, but for her sister Livie, she stopped all of that. She begins to let people in, but it's a very slow process and it seems like she takes one step forward, then about five back. She is an incredibly strong, but stubborn, and broken person. I loved watching her finally start to heal and be the person that she has hid away for too long.

Now Trent. He was fantastic, but I didn't know what to think of him for a while. He almost seemed too nice and perhaps stalkerish. I admit that I fell for him right along with Kacey. He was really great for Kacey, though he was a bit pushy at times trying to get her to talk to someone or seek help. I knew he was doing it for her, but I think he went about it all wrong. And OMG when we find out what his secret is, I was a freaking mess!! I didn't figure it out much before it was revealed, though I did suspect for a while I guess. I can see why he kept the secret, even if it doesn't make it right.

Now onto the other characters. I don't always mention them, but I think that they are a huge part of this story. Storm and her daughter Mia were awesome and really became important and like family to Kacey. Nate and Ben who she worked with were also really awesome. And Livie, her sister of course. She was Kacey's rock. Basically the only thing keeping her from falling completely apart. Though she is her younger sister, she really was more the one taking care of them. I loved that Livie would do what she had to for Kacey, even if she knew it would make her mad. She always did what was best for them!

I listened to the audio of this and I think the narrator was awesome. You could easily tell one character from another. And also she did great with the males. A lot of the time female narrators make males sound too husky or not masculine enough, but Elizabeth Louise did them great! She was also very good at making sure the emotion was in there too. She wasn't just someone narrating a book, she made the characters and the story come to life.

This was such a great story about love, loss, and healing. I thought the characters were developed really well, the story flowed perfectly, and the emotion aspect was spot on. I was a sobbing mess listening to parts of this. My heart hurt with theirs. I wanted to jump into the book and hug them. This was the first book I have read from this author and I will definitely be reading more. 

* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I agree about Kacey taking one step forward and about 5 back. It was so hard for her to let people in and for me that was the reason why I had difficulty connecting emotionally with her. It was the same for me -- I suspected what was up with Trent and that tattoo kinda betrayed the plot for me, but I didn't realize the whole thing right away. I had my theories though. With audiobooks a lot depends on the narrator -- one can make or break the story -- and I'm glad you liked Elizabeth. Lovely review, hon!

    1. A lot of the time a narrator is also good for one book, but not another depending on the story. I thought she was a great one for this book!

  2. I had no idea that this one is separated into the stages of grief, that is a really neat touch. I am still so sad that they changed the cover for this one, this is a rare instance where I liked the indie cover a lot more. But anyway, I am definitely curious about what happened to Trent that left you so wrecked, it seems like it's not NA without something like that added to the story these days. Great review darling!

    1. I liked the original cover too. This was great! It had some deep secrets, but wow, it was done awesome!! I have to say that it was actually an earth shattering type thing, not like in some books where you are waiting for some huge secret and your like "that's it?". I know why he kept it a secret, thought some of the things about the way he went about the whole situation bothered me a bit, but in the end you understand it all. Lol!!

  3. My review for those goes up this week too. I didn't love Kacey, I had some issues with her even though I know WHY she acted that way at time I wanted to chuck the darn phone across the room cause she was so frustrating! I loved the secondary characters too.
    I thought the narrator was great except for the male voices. Or maybe it was just Trent, but I thought it sounded kind of weird. But really, I can't imagine trying to sound like a male so it feels kind of wrong even mentioning it. She was REALLY good with the different female voices though!

  4. Oh I like the sound of this narrator! Already loved the book. :) So glad you did too.

  5. Dude, this book sounds awesome. Thanks for the great review :)

  6. So I'm reading the synopsis and I'm like WOW this book sounds good. I'm reading your review and I'm like if Amy loves it so will I. Then I get to the part about Trent's big secret being a bit obvious. I feel like I know what it is and if it's right I don't really want to read this one because I ruined the book. Please tell me there much more then just Trent's secret. D:

  7. This is another NA that I have to read. *eyes the audiobook*
    Glad you liked it, you know your NA’s :)

  8. aww Trent sounds awesome! It's weird that I have never heard of this one before! Kacey and Trent sound like they're awesome together! and secret? i wanna know! Great review, Amy!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  9. Oh yay I'm so happy that you really enjoyed the characters, Kacey and Trent both sound like such deep characters, and I love those stubborn main characters that have to really fight kind of for their character growth :) I'm also really happy that the secondary characters were also really important. The narrator sounds phenomenal, as well, just because she doesn't overdo all of the voices, but she manages to act it out perfectly.

    Fantastic review, Amy!!

  10. I really want to read this and now I'm dying to know Trent's secret. There is one thing I really hope it isn't, but I will have to email you and ask…

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  11. Amy!!! I'm so glad you liked this one. I loved it and I am dying for Livie's book! I've heard it's even better than this one! Great review babe!

  12. It's always great when you find a super narrator! I liked this book, and had the same reservations about Trent. Glad you liked it, too, babe!

  13. I've been looking forward to reading this, but I think I need to be in the mood for it, it sounds deep, and emotional. Bonus for being a great narrator, I cannot stand narrators that sound like chalk on the board, or drone like.

  14. I'm still unsure how I feel about this book. It sounds awesome, but I want it to be more than just a romance book.

    Awesome review :)

  15. The sequel to this one is on Edelweiss!

    Anyway, I've heard really good things about this one from most of my friends, and now you're adding to that list of awesome things. I don't know why but I keep putting off reading New Adult novels. The entire genre just intimidates me. But I think I have an ARC of Echols' NA coming up soon so I guess that will be my first. And yay! An awesome love interest in NA! I've pretty much just heard horror stories about NA love interests, so that's refreshing.

  16. OH EM GEEEEEEEEE! I didn't even know it was in Audio!! I've just ordered and I'm going to start today!

  17. I've been wanting to read this one for a long time too. Seems like a good emotional story. Might check out the audio version although I also have audio book to-read pile a mile long the same as my hard copy reading pile!


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