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Just Breathe (Just Breathe #1) [Kindle Edition]

Heather Allen
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Book Description

Re-edited December 2013.
Ever Harding, an average teenager with a passion for swimming is about to turn eighteen. Out of the blue she has been dumped by her long time boyfriend, which is the ultimate of tragedies in her life. Little does she know that on that fated eighteenth birthday, she will have to make a choice that will change her life as she knows it, forever.
A month before her birthday, Ever meets Jack, a mysterious new boy with mesmerizing eyes. He affects her like no one else. This meeting sets things into a whirlwind she never would have dreamed. With Jack's guidance she discovers a family line that leads her to the sea. She must make the ultimate choice, stay on land where life as she knows it, won't change, or go and live in the sea as a mermaid with Jack.
Ultimately her choice sets into motion an even bigger decision, in which she has the fate of a race of people, in her hands. The people in the sea are in a feud, she will tip the balance. She must battle the ageless moral delimma of prejudice and race. Once she comes to terms with her life changing choices, she must ask herself, did I make the right decisions? and Is Jack really who I think he is?

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  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
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  • Language: English
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So refreshing April 13, 2013
Just Breathe by Heather Allen was such a refreshing read. I have been a bit removed as of lately from this young adult genre. If you haven't guessed from the synopsis, this book is clearly about the world of mermaids or as they say in he book mer people, and Ever's entrance into a world she never knew existed. With the help from her friends and family she has some major decisions concerning her life.

We meet Ever in the beginning of the book. We quickly learn that her boyfriend of three years has broken up with her. She is just a couple weeks from turning eighteen, and then she meets Jack. He is a mysterious boy from her history class. Unfortanately Ever has no idea what she wants. She feels things for Jack that she can't explain. They get to know one another and she ends up falling hard for this perfect boy. Then Jack drops the bomb on her and her life changes drastically. Ever is a descedant of the mer people and he is her gaurdian. He is supposed to protect her until she is to make her decision of sea or land. What they both didn't expect was to feel so much for one another. With only two weeks till her eighteenth birthday and the biggest decision of her life looming, she has no idea what to do. There is so much to the world in the sea that she never imagined was possible. Along with special powers associated with being a mermaid she also is able to swim like no other. Being immersed in this new world has given her a sort of happiness she never expected. Meeting Jack is one of the most amazing things that could of happened to her. Her happiness just may be short lived when she finds out some of the people she has trusted the most have been keeping her in the dark. Now how is this girl supposed to make an informed decision without all the facts?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!! April 9, 2013
By Jess
Format:Kindle Edition
Be submerged into the magical world of a mermaid! You will be pulled into the depths of the sea with beautiful images swimming through you mind.

I was struck stupid by how good this book was! You know that feeling you get in your gut that makes a huge grin appear while you are reading and you can't wipe it off your face? Well I got that with this story, big time!! 5/5 stars!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story! April 15, 2013
Ever has just been dumped. So the year her and Michael were to rule the school has been squashed the minute he says he wants a break. How could she know, in the midst of her depression, that her savior would be soon entering her life. From the moment Ever makes eye contact with Jack she is taken. Those gorgeous blue eyes do something to her and she loves the warm feelings he brings about when he smiles at her. But Jack is a bad boy with a police record. Her friends and brother want her to stay far away. Only thing is...she can't. She won't.

Days before her 18th birthday, Ever learns she will have to make a decision that will greatly impact her life: stay with her family on land or go live in the sea as a mermaid. The choice is one that is thrown upon her and she must make a decision quickly. But Jack and Gam-ah leave out crucial information that might have sealed the deal and helped with her choice. Since the choice has been made, Ever must make the best of it and just deal with it. It is not going to be easy, but Ever is bound and determined to be with the one she wants. Sea/Land laws be darned. Sheesh. What has she gotten herself into?

This would have been a rather quick read for me, but I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer last night when I went to finish the book. No. Definitely not the book or the author's fault. It was all on me. Because this book was so good and had my attention throughout. I like the author's writing style and it was easy to fall into. Such a good read. And since it is about mermaids I knew I would just adore it. There is just something about mermaid stories that I go crazy for.

I really liked Ever's character in the story but her parents are a little odd for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good YA Book January 27, 2013
By Olivia
Format:Kindle Edition
I am giving this book 4 stars because the writing was very good. I did have a hard time at the beginning of the book connecting with the main female character Ever. That could be due to the fact that I am far removed from being a 17 year old girl who just had her first heart break. As the book went on and the choices Ever had to make became more adult I started to connect with her. There is really nothing special about the plot of this book but it was still a good YA read. I do stress the YA in this because it is definitely written for a younger (15-17) audience. There are a few plot twists that will keep you guessing. This book is the beginning of a series and there is a cliff hanger.
Ever is the main heroine in this book and when we meet her she is experiencing her first heartbreak. She eventually meets our main male character Jack. Jack is there to help Ever make a decision that will change the course of her life forever.
Jack is Ever's guardian she is told. They form a "forbidden love" that goes against all the rules. Jack is supposed to be there to help Ever make the "right" choice. There is more than one choice Ever has to make and Jack is there to help with both choices.
We also meet Ever's brother James who ends up being a bigger part of the family line than Ever and Jack's sister Aubrey who learns things about her own family that will shock her.
This book was a good quick read. It only took me a couple of hours from start to finish. I recommend this book for anyone who loves YA books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 24 days ago by JESSICA BICKFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this world!
This story was so unique and magical. I love Ever and Jack's journeys both together and apart. Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Breathe
A wonderful book full of adventures, thrilling twists and teenage love.
Ms. Allen's description of life under the sea made me want to be there fighting the good fight.
Published 2 months ago by Christine Bullion
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I have to say say I was a little disappointed with the plot twist
I mean the author could have been a little more creative with the characters but it was good never the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brianna Bungard
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I chose five stars because this book made me feel like I was becoming a mermaid myself even thought I'm not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Monie D Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Sea
Just Breathe was an interesting story. I haven't read much in the Young Adult genre so I chose this book because of my love of the sea. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Life goes on.....
A fun afternoon read for a rainy day. There are always two sides to any story, but sometimes one is more colorful.
Published 4 months ago by Doris K. Cagle
5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA READ IT NOW..... NOW .... READ IT NOW!!!--
You must must must read this book it is amazing and just super awesome!!!!
Published 4 months ago by Gee Force
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I like the story about the "mer-people"
It's different than any story I've read about mermaids. It's was very quick read, for me.
Love it (:
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrible
I'm glad this book was free, it was awful.
The writing was what I would describe as a amateur writer on Wattpad. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

Heather Allen is the author of The Just Breathe Trilogy, and newly released- The Sound of Shooting Stars. Heather finally realized her dream of becoming an author only recently with her mermaid trilogy. She savors every moment on this new journey and the wonderful friends she has met along the way. She has many more books planned. More ideas pop up than she has time to write about.

Heather currently resides in the scorching hot state of Florida with her husband and three children. She holds degrees in education from The University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University. She is a hopeless romantic who loves to read just about anything, coffee and Jelly Belly jellybeans. When she isn't teaching, writing or reading, Heather can be found at the beach or out on the water boating.
You can also find her on her blog,, Facebook and Twitter (Kelconcar)!

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