In the second installment of the Breathing series, Emma doesn't have to worry about her aunt anymore. However, that doesn't mean the end of her family issues, there are plenty of secrets and problems left. Right now, it's her mother who is not nearly as shine and bright as she appears and despite Emma's best efforts their realtionship is not surely can be honed. At the same time, Jonathan, her mother's new enigmatic boyfriend upends Emma's world with his dark past and understanding that the nightmare-haunted girl has never received before.
Barely Breathing picks up the thread six month after Carol's last, but very worst attack. This definitely left a nasty mark on Emma, she said so, too, however, it didn't manifest in many ways throughout the book, apart from the never-ceasing nightmares. I was surprised how much better Emma became at socializing and showing (any) emotions. Her basic instincts were still the same, especially when it came down to hurt and shock, but she got a lot more easy-going and open. Although I liked the "old" Emma, I liked the "new" Emma as well in spite of the times I could slap her across the face for being so stupid even though I understood her to some extend.
However, the relationship between her and Even irked me a lot in the second half of the book. All the aspects I loved in it the first volume got messed up and came the jelousy, the hard-core pushing-away, not like in Reason to Breathe, but seriously and hurtingly and ickyly. It was no longer free from the usual drama what for I found it so refreshing and adorable.
Furthermore, the plot was very slow to get into motion. Even slower than in the previous installment. Once that happened, it was very exciting, unputdownable eveb, but until that, I almost get bored. And if that wasn't enough, after Jonathan coming into the picture for a while I felt as though the story wasn't about Emma and her mother, Rachel anymore, but Rachel and Jonathan. The main issue revolved around them and it took a while to unravel how it connected to Emma.
After all, I loved Barely Breathing. It wasn't lacking of mystery and emotions and angst. However, not as much as Reason to Breathe, but I did and I mainly thanks for the nerve-racking cliffhanger ending, I will be picking up the next book as soon as I can.
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by Cassidie Jhones