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Hold Me Like a Breath: Once Upon a Crime Family by [Schmidt, Tiffany]
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Length: 399 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Penny Landlow was born into the "family business"; her dad oversees a vast empire of illegal organ donation. Patients pay heartily for this life-saving service. Penny lives on a lavish estate that sports top-notch security and hired staff. She has limited interaction with the outside world, which is compounded by her disease; Penny suffers from a rare condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Her body destroys its own platelets for no known reason, and the only treatment is healthy blood infusions every few weeks. Her life revolves around her blood tests and infusions. Penny's greatest desire is to go away to college and live like a normal teen, but her doting parents will never allow this. Carter, her older brother, is home from college, along with his trusted bodyguard, Garrett Ward. Garrett's dad is head of security for the business and his three brothers are employees as well. It's assumed that the Ward family will take over the organ business once Penny's father retires. When the Wards are not named as heirs to her father's empire, the action boils over. Her brother, mother, and father are brutally murdered, and Penny is forced into a heart-pounding, adrenaline-fueled race to discover the true murderers and survive the treacherous New York landscape on her own. Penny comes to recognize her limitations and have faith in her ability to make decisions, learning from her mistakes. The plot is contrived in spots, such as when Penny just happens to run into and fall in love with the son of one of the rival organ empires. Loaded with twists and suspense, this is the first in a series, and teens will anxiously await the next book. VERDICT A crime narrative that satisfies a craving for suspenseful romance, entertaining adventure, and edge-of-your-seat survival drama.—Julie Shatterly, W. A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC


"Ambitious and original, Hold Me Like a Breath captured my attention before I even turned the first page. It's a thriller in every sense of the word, and I can't wait to see what Schmidt has up her sleeve next." ―Michelle Hodkin, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Mara Dyer trilogy

"The tightly coiled suspense and superb romance had me holding my breath!" ―Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of DON'T LOOK BACK and the Lux series

"This book swept me off my feet! Deadly family secrets, tense situations, surprising truths, and captivating romance kept me in suspense from 'Once upon a time' to 'ever after'. Hold Me Like a Breath is a gripping modern thriller for readers who still love fairy tales and people who think they've outgrown them. This is an offer you can't refuse!" ―E. C. Myers, author of THE SILENCE OF SIX and FAIR COIN

“This is a sometimes violent, sometimes teen-angsty, sometimes sigh-worthy, and pretty dang awesome modern fairy tale. . . Add this to your must-read pile!” ―USA Today's HAPPILY EVER AFTER Blog

"Heartfelt and haunting. Penny is a heroine to root for, a princess who creates her own ever-after." ―Jessica Spotswood, author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles

“[A] fairy-tale romance with gangster set dressing . . . . [The] swoonworthy story will appeal to romantic-suspense fans.” ―Booklist

“Action, mystery, and perhaps some romance combine in this thriller reminiscent of Gabrielle Zevin's Because It Is My Blood and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.” ―VOYA

“With its unusual premise and memorable combination of gangsters, deadly secrets, and subtle fairy-tale allusions, this novel offers an adventure with broad appeal. . . This first in a new crime-family series will also thrill romance-loving adventure readers and leave them holding their breath for more.” ―BCCB

“A fairy tale retelling that involves crime syndicates and illegal organ smuggling--that is a badass way to revamp a classic story.” ―Paste Magazine

Product details

  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (May 19, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 19, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UX2UR5I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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