ARC Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

ARC Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
Hold Me Like a Breath
Once Upon a Crime Family #1
by Tiffany Schmidt

Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: May 19th 2015
by Bloomsbury

Format: eARC


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Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

*Ranting and swearing up ahead.

Things I now need after reading this book:
1.) a good brick wall to throw the book against,
2.) bleach for my brain,
3.) a punching bag for stress relief.

And now you’re probably asking, This book couldn’t be that horrible, right? I thought so too, my dear friends. And I was proven wrong. Let me try to get everything down for you:

1.) You’re expecting some badass mafia business? Well, HA. You don’t get it.

Penelope is dense as fuck. The girl has almost no knowledge about her family’s business in the black market. Sure, she knows what they do, but she’s been kept in the dark for FOREVER. It was stressful hearing her whine about how nobody tells her anything. Why would they if you’re acting like a spoiled brat? And as Faye mentioned in her review, it felt like Penelope’s sickness was used as a quick excuse not to get more in-depth with the family business.

2.) Think Penelope’s a sweet, passionate girl? Think again.

Maybe to some people, Penelope is sweet and passionate. But like I mentioned earlier, most of the time she just acts like a whiny little girl, which is pretty stupid considering the fact that her family gives her everything she wants. This really bugged me because there are a handful of people who aren’t privileged, and she isn’t at all thankful.

Also, she’s a hypocrite. See, of course people keep secrets. She and this certain character both lied to each other at one point, and she has the guts to get pissed off at this character when in fact her lie was just as–if not more–huge as this character’s! Ugh.

3.) You’re a romance lover? Sorry, this book will make you cringe.

Even just thinking about the romance in this book gives me a migraine. Yes, there is a love triangle. At first, we’re led to believe that Penny will end up with guy #1 /this is me attempting to avoid spoilers/, but then meets guy #2 and falls head over fucking heels over him. She literally bumps into guy #2, and said guy becomes obsessed with her, and she with him. Hell, she DREAMED about him after their first (or was it second?) meeting. Girl, have some dignity.

4.) This is a crime family book, right? Where the heck is Penelope’s sense of family?! /And Penny’s an idiot part 2./

***minor spoilers*** Okay, like I said, Penelope hates feeling left out. But still, I was fucking surprised when she agreed with guy #1 to run away with him. LIKE WHAT THE SHIT, GIRL? ARE YOU FUCKING CRAZY? You have a disease that makes you bruise and bleed easily, and you need blood transfusions every now and then. How the hell do you expect to live if you run away!? Do you really think that guy #1 can take care of you?! Good God, girl. Grow a brain, please.

Basically, this book was a pain in my rear.

I rest my case.



Rating Report
Overall: 1.1
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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  1. says

    What? No badass-ness as all? I can shenanigans! No, seriously, that sucks! I loved the premises of this. I am so so sad it was a complete and utter disappointment. :(
    Lovely review and I can totally see why you are so upset after reading this, I would have been too.
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  2. says

    Wow, I was really looking forward to this one, too :(
    I didn’t expect the love triangle–I guess I’ve been so particular to find books WITHOUT them recently that I forgot how many did. Oh well.
    Thanks for the review, I’m definitely steering clear!

  3. says

    Well, this is disappointing news! I was excited for this one but… yikes. Of course, I have a review copy so…. I guess I get to get in on the “fun” too? Great? Well, if nothing else, it will provide snark potential. If I don’t throw it against the wall first. I was okay with the whole not having tons of mafia stuff… but if the main character sucks?! Then, um, what exactly is the point of the book? UGH, I am sorry this was so frustrating, I hope your next book is MUCH better!
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  4. says

    Wow, this sounds like a bummer. It’s a shame because the cover & title is quite beautiful – I recently started reading it, and it’s alright so far but I can see your points about it, let’s see how it turns out for me. So far, the romance is annoying me *cringes* Thank you for the honest review & LOL at your last line x
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  5. says

    Oh no there’s a love triangle in this one? I actually started this one the other day and thought that what she had going on with guy number one was super sweet I’m sort of disappointed that there’s another guy who crops up and there’s insta love involved. I did have high hopes for this one, but so far it’s been a pretty slow read :(
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  6. says

    That sucks that there’s not really any mafia business in the book, that would have been awesome! I’m not a fan of whiny characters and insta-love so I think I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for the honest review! :)

  7. says

    Okay, so firstly: YOUR SITE HAS CHANGED SO MUCH SINCE I DISAPPEARED OMG. It’s beautiful ahhhh <33333

    *deep breath*

    So, uhm, basically this book is about a whiny girl in the centre of a love triangle? Wow. That's really original and unlike anything I've ever heard of. I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW -_-

    Why do people still write love triangles? I'm convinced it's to torture me personally. CONVINCED I SAY
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  8. says

    OMG THIS MAKES ME SO SAD. I WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK LIKE 10000% AND NOW I DON’T EVEN WANT TO TOUCH IT. Well. Who am I kidding?? I’m way too curious and I WILL Still read it, but consider my expectations lowered to like, the ground. -_- It doesn’t even really get into the crimey half?! Noooo that’s like why I wanted to read it. D: So sad you had such a sucky time with it, Aimee.

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  9. says

    Aw, gosh. That is such a shame — because look at that cover!? And gah, the storyline sounded to promising. I know I’m most likely going to read it anyway, because you never know, I might like it more than I think, especially as now I have so many low expectations, but at least know I know what I’m getting into. But gah. Whiny main character? That is disappointing.

    Lovely review!
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  10. says

    I know I’m horrible, but I love it when you hate a book Aimz, it makes for a brilliantly funny review. This was one of my anticipated reads too, I love anything mafia or organised crime related and we barely see any of that true crime kind of fiction in YA. But this sounds horrid. You’d expect her to be a petty thug or mafia princess even, but Penelope sounds like a complete idiot. Urgh. Another book with so much potential, but let down by ridiculous tropes yet again. Thanks for the warning and brilliant review poppet, steering clear of this one now, unless it’s on sale in a bargain bin somewhere :D
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