Thursday, December 4, 2014

Breathless by V.J. Chambers

★★★★★
Azazel lives in a wholesome small town where the most exciting thing has been finding Jason. He's on the run from danger and Azazel wants to keep him safe with her family. She's determined to uncover the secrets that haunt him but soon finds that their lives are intertwined in a horrifying plot between a violent religious order and a satanic cult. This is the first book in the Jason And Azazel series.

Breathless is a dark, young adult story that explores mature and controversial themes. The narration is engaging with a genuine and unreserved voice that isn't often found in traditional young adult books. The characters are all wonderfully developed and the world building is fantastic.

The first part of the book has a slower pace focusing on high school life while building up a sense of foreboding and mystery. The second half of the book is a dramatic explosion of action, violence, and shocking revelations. 

I loved the amount of detail and research that went into the portrayal of the religious group and satanic cult. I liked that the initial focus was what their base values were before interweaving their lore, history, ideologies and structure. It was interesting to note overlapping similarities and I loved that there was an uncertainty about which one was in the right.

Breathless hints at an ominous future for the main characters and I look forward to reading the rest of the Jason and Azazel series.

Related Posts:
Trembling (Jason and Azazel, #2) 
Tortured   (Jason and Azazel, #3)
The Stillness In The Air (Jason and Azazel, #4)
Between The Heaves Of Storm (Jason and Azazel, #5) 
That Last Onset (Jason and Azazel, #6)
Shudder (Jason and Azazel, #7)
Falter (Jason and Azazel, #8)
Gasp (Jason and Azazel, #9) 

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