Sunday, January 20, 2013


Coming 1/21 and 1/22Welcome to my stop on the Just Breathe Blog Tour! The tour is being hosted by Mirely at Rumor Has It; you can find the entire tour schedule here. My stop includes my review of Just Breathe, and Giveaways!

Just Breathe (Just Breathe, #3)

He made a deal with the devil to save the woman he loves…

After tragedy rocks the foundation of their relationship, Australian Sentinel Gavin Cassidy and whale biologist Zoe Morgan call it quits. Gavin can’t forgive himself for shattering her trust, and being with the sexy rock star is killing Zoe. Literally.

But love—and duty—are powerful motivators, and alliances are forged in the most unlikely places. With the key to salvation locked inside the mind of an unconscious child, Gavin must find another way to snuff out the Fyre Elementals before millions of humans die, or make good on his deal with the devil and lose the one he loves. Again.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.


Look. I'm not even going to pretend that Just Breathe is just any other book. Or that I don't have seriously strong feelings about each book, the series as a whole, as well as author Kendall Grey. The Just Breathe Series is one that I've become deeply invested in, beginning nearly two years ago when Grey first started telling me about the concept. I'm not going to pretend that I didn't go into this book whole-hearted and expecting epicness. Of all the books that are coming out in 2013, Just Breathe is the book that sat atop my most-wanted list. After reading, Just Breathe sits at the top of my "Favorite Books Ever" list; followed closely by Inhale and Exhale. So just know right now, I'm going to be gushing and dramatic throughout this review.

Just Breathe is a huge story. After the hellaciously shocking ending of Exhale, I was geared up for a fight. I almost felt as if I had to go into this ready for battle. The Dreaming, Australia, even the world, was at stake. And so was Gavin and Zoe's relationship. So I hardened my heart (what a joke!) and girded my loins (heh) and settled in. Bring it.

What Grey delivered was fantastic. Gavin and Zoe are in a bad spot, with the situation in The Dreaming, and with each other. There were feelings of betrayal, anguish, self-loathing, anger, and most importantly true love, that were swirling through their atmosphere. Could Zoe ever truly get past what happened? Could Gavin ever forgive himself? Would their fragile, new relationship survive? Would they even live to see it through? Because not only do they need to sort things out with each other, they need to save the world. And that duty to what's right is what comes first for the pair. It was a beautiful thing to see Gavin come from that very first scene of Inhale, all the way to becoming the honorable man I always knew he could be. To embrace the warrior within the man. And not only does Gavin reach his potential, but so does Zoe. She started the series as a determined, yet haunted woman, full of self-doubt and guilt. Throughout the series she evolves and moves toward her true self. She may be human, albeit with an extra ability, but she has the power to create miracles. Destiny brought them together.

Though the series has centered around Gavin and Zoe, there is a wealth of secondary characters in the series. Jack, Zoe's father, was brilliant. He's smart, a smartass, a good father and a good friend. The man is like a sensei. One of my favorite characters. Jet, Vexx, and Byrne were new characters in Just Breathe (though the are introduced in the Ephemera stories) and they each made a nice impact in the story. Scarlet...I can't even type that name without snarling. Seriously one of the most vile, horrific, yet alluring characters I have ever met. (Voldemort who?) I hated, hated, HATED her and wanted her to die a watery death. And Sinnder. Sinnder is complex. He started the series as a bad guy, and slowly revealed glimpses of a pained man behind the Fyre. Though it wasn't always apparent, I had faith in him.

To say that I was happy with Just Breathe would be a massive understatement. I was overwhelmed by such intense emotions. As I read, I alternated between smiling, swooning (hot fudge!), sobbing, gasping, shaking, and laughing. Just Breathe was the ultimate package of awesome. I absolutely swear, it was perfect.

Just Breathe is a series that lives. The characters, the emotions and reactions they evoke, have become a part of my life. The amount of love, thought, time, and tears Kendall Grey has put into this world is apparent to those who read it. I said before that the Just Breathe Series is art, pure and simple. Art is not only something we can see and touch, but also something that inspires, causes intense feeling, thought, and discussion. By my simple terms, no books fit that definition better than Inhale...Exhale...Just Breathe.

Thank you, Kendall Grey. I will never forget Zoe, Gavin, Jack, Yileen, Lily, Sinnder, Adriene, Jet, Byrne, Vexx and the rest of the characters (yes, even that miserable bitch Scarlet.) You've given me more than I could have ever dreamed of. It has been a real privilege to fall in love with your books.

Favorite Quotes:

  "You staked your claim on me the moment I rescued you in the Dreaming. My heart--my Water--belongs here with yours." He slid his palm to the center of her chest where the traitorous organ thudded loud enough to hear.
  Emotions in a flurry, she closed her eyes and gave in to them. Just feel him. Just breathe him.  ~ eARC 34%

  His friends probably never saw past the happy-go-lucky rock star persona, but she did. The passion, the mastery, the depth of feeling--
  The Dreaming and its Sentinels had claimed him like an early death.
  So unfair.
  Gavin deserved a beautiful life he'd never get to lead, thanks to the Fyres.
  Palming the tears aside, Zoe shuddered through a hard breath, those touching notes stealing bits and pieces of her soul. Didn't matter. He could have them.  ~ eARC, 60%

  He couldn't tell if she forgave him, pitied him, or was saying goodbye, but as long as she held onto him, he didn't care. For now, she ws all that mattered.
  Several minutes passed before she pulled away. When she looked up at him, her face filled with pride. "I love who you are, Mr. Perfect. Don't ever change. For me or anyone else."
  His heart swelled, his senses soared, and his Water bubbled. He snatched her back into his embrace and kissed her like it was the end of the world. Tears mingled with Water...Rising and falling...Ebbing and flowing...
  Dizzying.  ~ eARC, 75%

  Gavin inhaled a breath and released it slowly. He was ready to take that leap and risk crashing a thousand times for Zoe. "I'm certain. I love Zoe. This is the only way we can be together. Where she goes, I go."  ~eARC, 93%

Just Breathe Series
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InhaleExhale (Just Breathe, #2)Just Breathe (Just Breathe, #3)
My Reviews of:
Just Breathe Ephemera
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Get Inhale for FREE at:
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About the author:

Word diddler and whale warrior, Kendall was born without an off-switch between her brain and mouth. She's been called the "Flux Capacitor of Twitter" and "A little package of love all wrapped up in F-word paper," but she's really just a maniacal writer relaying eyewitness accounts of the rave inside her head. She writes urban fantasy with strong romantic elements and also dabbles in erotica and horror on occasion.

Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don't hold that against her.

Be sure to check out the Just Breathe Trilogy website for all things Just Breathe!
All profits from the sales of INHALE, EXHALE, and JUST BREATHE will be donated to whale education.

Connect with Kendall at:

Kendall is currently holding a giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD

CRN Care Package
One CRN T-shirt
One Signed Inhale Postcard
One Signed Exhale Postcard
One Inhale USB
One Exhale paperback
One Just Breathe paperback
One Mug
Scarlet's Chai
Zoe's fave brew
Sinnder's Ginger Snaps
Gavin and Yileen's Tim Tams

I also have one ecopy of any book in the series, including the Ephemeras, to give away. To make this super easy for you, simply comment to enter. Which Element would you most like to be: Erthe, Fyre, Waeter, Aer? You can also tweet or share the giveaway on Facebook for an extra entry. Just leave a link.



  1. I'm not sure what I'd need added to that care package - but these books sound good and I've added the first one to my TRB list. Your review was the clincher for me! :)

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Julie~ at New Adult Addiction

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  3. Wow! This is quite the review, how this series has made you feel is so amazing! I really do need to get started on it. It sounds like Gavin and Zoe's relationship is one that I would fall in love with too!

  4. Gorgeous review babe. I'm diving into this one this week and I will harden my heart and gird my loins. <3

  5. This review is beyond awesome Andrea!! I am going to be starting this one after a few more books. I can't wait! This is one of my favorite series ever! I need to mentally prepare. Kendall said I will be mad at her for a lot of the book lol! (As if I could ever be mad at her) This is one of my most anticipated books this year too and I can't wait to start it!!

  6. What a great review! What is it with you? I have my pile all fix up and pretty with the next several books and then you always make me want to read other books ASAP! ;)

    Also, I would want to be Waeter.

  7. Not joining the giveaway.

    I got books 1 & 2 but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. Everyone is saying how awesome the books are. I hope I can read it soon.

  8. Great review. Gavin and Zoe sounds like great characters to read about. Glad that you have such a connection to this series.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  9. Wow you do love this..what a wonderful review. I grabbed Inhale and will be reading it soon!

  10. Oh man, it sounds like I need to get busy reading this series STAT! It sounds pretty amazing. And I love when you get completely hooked on a series! :D

  11. i just downloaded Inhale - saw your tweet about it being a freebie today!

  12. It is so clear how much you enjoy this series and that makes me incredibly curious. This series just sounds so good and so different. Great review!

  13. Such beautiful cover art! I love the glow on the text.

  14. Fantastic review. I so need to read this series. I have Inhale. I'm just going to have to make the time soon.

  15. This series just looks so good together! Titles are perfect, covers are perfect, I need to finish reading it.


  16. I have the first one in this series and I want to read it, so I didn't read much of your review other than the fact you love this series. I'm going to have to pick this up soon! :)

  17. I can tell how much you enjoy this series and that makes me want to read ASAP!! This series sounds so good and so unique, I'm really looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Great review, Andrea! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  18. Wow, these books sound amazing! You make them sound so exciting and make me want to read them all this instant! As far as the care package goes, what else would I add? IDK, I can't think of anything else! copies of the books? Already there! A kindle fire hd??? :) jk. Maybe a KitKat for the pregnant woman writing this comment! lol
    Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  19. I'd have to add sunblock to my care package.

  20. Wow! What a fantastic review! I can definitely see where Kendall would be touched by the emotions you poured into it. I cannot WAIT to read the rest of the series now.

    I've often thought about which element I'd like to be a part of, but I tend to come to an even split between water and aer. And as for what to add to the care package... I've no idea. Maybe a stuffed Humpback whale or something. LOL

    -Cody Calahan (The Boyish Booklover)

  21. Great review! That's just so sweet! Gavin and Zoe are definitely one of my favorite couples of all time!


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