Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shimmer by Elena Dillon (Breathe #2)

by Elena Dillon

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Breathe - Book 2
Publication Date: August 28, 2014
Publisher: Elena Dillon
Genre: YA Mystery/Intrigue/Romance
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take.
When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

ShimmerMy Review
Shimmer by Elena Dillon

Four years spent on the run, staying one step ahead of danger, of a shadowy figure who wants nothing more than to control Chandler, and silence her father, time and luck may be running out. Their latest stop, Lafayette, LA is different than any other town they have hidden in, and Chandler craves to be part of a community, to have friends, to be a normal teen, but will the warm reception and the handsome boy she meets end up being her doom in the dangerous game of survival she is an unwilling participant in? Will a freak accident bring her unwanted notoriety and bring danger to her doorstep? Her heart has been stolen by a brave and brash young man who has seen his own share of nightmares in the past and they have a special spark between them that Chandler has never felt before. Can she leave him and her father behind, offering herself to the dark stalker in exchange for their lives? Have the lies she has told finally caught up with her? With a huge reveal, uncovering the dark evil on her trail, this tale is one of the best YA thrillers I’ve read!

Shimmer by Elena Dillon will pull you in, heart and soul as she creates a lonely world for a teen who has endured more pain than anyone deserves to bear. Ms. Dillon jogs us through the chaotic and crazy lives of happy high school students, living life to the fullest in the cocoon of their close-knit town. She deftly bares Chandler’s yearning to be normal with a realism that can be felt and believed while giving her the maturity one would gain when trying to stay one step ahead of danger. Caeden is the perfect bad boy who isn’t really bad, just different, intelligent, protective and dealing with his own demons. The supporting characters, well, they were amazing, fun, sweet and the kind of teens anyone would be proud to know, as they demonstrate a loyalty and friendliness that is so often missing in today’s world.

Fast paced when necessary, rich in emotional detail without pouring on the angst, Elena Dillon has nailed another hit! She almost makes me want to have a high school do-over, minus the danger, of course.

I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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