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Breathless Hardcover – January 1, 2010
“Breathless is a book you will fall in love with and want to read over and over again.” Bite This! Vampire Book Blog
“Breathless is a breath of fresh air and a truly captivating read. Scott Prussing’s use of vivid visual details and captivating, moving characters made it very easy to step into the story. The characters are impossible to forget.” VampireRomanceBooks.com
“Breathless has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very last page has been turned. A riveting tale of passion, danger and forbidden love, Breathless breathes new life into the vampire genre.” BookFetish.org
"This book was for sure a page turner. When I finished, I wanted more. Make sure you pick this book up -- you will not be disappointed." Paranormal Book Club.
“Breathless is an excellent book. I could hardly put it down and kept reading to find out what was going to happen. I can't wait for the next book.” ReadersFavorite.com
“Breathless was fantastic! A unique, creative, fresh approach to the vampire genre.” Literal Addiction Paranormal Book Club
“Breathless takes you on a spellbinding adventure. A story of passion, young forbidden love, danger, vampires — it captures the reader and does leave them truly Breathless. The characters are amazing.” SassyBookLovers.blogspot.com
“With a descriptive writing style, Scott Prussing delivers a refreshing spin on vampire reads.” Lovetiggi’s Book Reviews
"Breathless is a unique take on the vampire novel with spins and turns and a new twist of what goes bump in the night. Leesa is a phenomenal character. With romance, suspense and goosebumps, Breathless is a sensational debut." Minding Spot Blog
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The book did start off with a lot of background and there was alot of descriptions in the book; clothes people were wearing, the characters surroundings, the way people looked.
There was enough acrtion to keep me interested but I didn't feel like I was bogged down with useless fights just to make the story seem action-packed. The characters were believable. They were sweet, annoying, sad, mad and selfless when it was appropriate for them to be and the leading lady WASN'T this whiny tool of a girl who had me rolling my eyes at every turn becasue of her stupidity and flippant attitude. She was damaged but strong and likeable.
But ultimately I found myself in love with it. Especially the last half. I will definitely be reading the second book, Deathless, and would recommend to others as well.
Great job, Scott!
From the minute I picked this book up I did not want to put it down. The characters were well written and you actually could imagine them as real people.
The one good think about coming into this series late is that I was able to buy the next books in the series right away! I couldn't imagine having to wait for the next one.
It's a sweet story with just the right amount of action, emotion and suspense to keep it going. You'll definitely want to read this because after all..don't you deserve to be Breathless too??
(((Blue Fire Hugs))) Scott... Well Done!
Vanessa Strickler aka Skyeangel
A one-fanged vampire. This is genius. Vampires are usually placed in one of two categories, absolute perfection or disgustingly violent monsters.
The vampires of YA are the Stephanie Meyer versions or the Julie Kagawa/Holly Black, the beautiful, statuesque, glittering, objects of carnal desire or the decaying, angry, blood thirsty sadists who love to toy with their victims. An imperfect vampire, one who is deformed in a sense is pretty awesome. Mutated vampires are not really a new thing but I’ve never heard of one with only one fang until this series. Somehow, the fact that there is only one puncture mark is even more disturbing than usual. These vampires are the mistakes of the vampire world, they have barely any powers and though they thirst for blood, have very little ability to create other vampires. A vampire without the power to grant immortality is a being without purpose, a lonely, pitiful creature but still has the ability to kill and destroy lives.
Volkaanes. This takes the traditional vampire adversary to a whole new level. Usually, the immortal enemies of vampires are werewolves or vampire hunters but Volkaanes are vampire hunters with a blue fire that not only heats their bodies but is used to fill vampires and suck their life-force out of them, causing them to collapse into a pile of dust. Like the one-fanged vampire this is creative and just different enough to make it exciting and draw the reader in, wanting to know more about these anomalies.
Rave is a member of the elusive yet infamous Mastens. The Mastens are a group of red-skinned people whom many speculate about with wild tales of human sacrifice, cults, and haunting noises that seem to shake the foundation of the earth. They abhor technology and it is said that their kisses kill. The Mastens are a cover for the Volkaanes and yes, their kisses do kill. Rave is sexy, loving, devoted, and funny. Although he’s stalkerish in an Edward Cullen way, his willingness to help Leesa and to research all options for them to be together, is enough for you to fall in love with his character.
Mild rant coming, if you’d rather not hear the rage skip this. On the subject of virginity; there’s a point in a book, this may happen often or rarely really it depends on the person, when you read something, could be a single sentence, could be a theme, or scene, whatever, when you are tempted to put down the book and move on with your life. My moment has everything to do with how virginity is dealt with by the main character. She talks about being a virgin like it’s no big deal, which is a little odd, but what she says is so callous that it is completely at odds with her character. She says something along the lines of, I’m a virgin, I have a limp, but I’m sure I could find someone to do me. Whaaaaa…someone to “do” me?! I was shocked by this blatant, vulgar attitude towards her future sexual experience. Literally mouth agape, reread the sentence, face palm. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, I understand that some girls don’t attach significance to their virginity but her character is the epitome of the girl who is an in-between person, she’s not quite nerdy, not quite hot, not quite popular, she wants to fall in love but rejects all peer pressure from her friends to dress like a slut and yet, having sex is NBD? It just doesn’t make sense.
The ending. One of the greatest disappointments when reading a book, is when you get to the end and suddenly, a random magical element is thrown in and everything is miraculously fixed. There’s a technical name for this but I’m blanking right now. While a happy ending is always nice, it doesn’t have to be easy. The struggle is half the battle to perfect happiness.
Weird word choice. It almost feels like the author meant another word that would fit better and that is close to the word chosen but simply used the incorrect one. Like ignition instead of initiative.
The vampire coven wasn’t scary.
Leesa is a wishy-washy character. Her exhilaration at her first kiss, at holding hands, is adorable. Her devotion to her brother is admirable and that she is willing to sacrifice herself for her brother is wonderfully brave. However, she is often outshined by her best friends, whose characters are far more vibrant, and have many interesting qualities, where it seems like the only thing Leesa likes is walking and Rave.
Leesa tries to solve all the mysteries that plague her family: the mysterious illness of het mother and the disappearance of her brother.
She meets 2 special guys: a vampire hunter and a vampire. Both are willing to help her.
The story is well told. Sometimes a bid slow. No sex scenes, but lots of wardrobe try outs and fashion and boys discussions with girlfriends.
Most recent customer reviews
The idea of someone like Rave as a different kind of vampire hunter is refreshing.