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July 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally – Review and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5)
by Miranda Kenneally

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Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5)
by Miranda Kenneally
Publication Date:  July 15, 2014
Publisher:   Sourcebooks Fire

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby-2013Breathe, Annie, Breathe by author Miranda Kenneally was a read that I was a bit hesitant going into. I had never read any of her other works though I had heard good things. After reading and finishing the novel I can say that it totally exceeded my expectations. This was a great summer read and I want to see more from Kenneally in the future.

Annie is practicing for a marathon. Why? To honor her dead boyfriend’s memory and participate in the marathon he was going to be in. There’s only one problem: Annie hates running. Hates it a lot but she’ll pull through that dislike for the marathon. She’s gotten herself a membership at a gym that comes with a personal trainer whose job is to make sure that she’s in perfect condition for the marathon. And that’s how she meets backwards-running Jeremiah who is sweet, kind and more than a little bit sexy. The more time that Annie spends with Jeremiah the more she begins to wonder if her heart has healed and if she can open herself up to falling in love again.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe has a strong start and doesn’t let that pacing stop for a moment. I have to admit that I was a bit iffy considering that after only a few conversations with Jeremiah, Annie does something that had me shaking my head (and realizing that this novel is totally upper YA) but it does get better. Breathe, Annie, Breathe is funny and romantic and dramatic all at the same time. It’s a cute read that’s emotional and makes for a perfect combination for a summer read.

The characters in Breathe, Annie, Breathe are all unique. No two characters are alike. Annie is our protagonist and being in her head is an original experience. As somebody who also hates running and forces herself to do it, seeing that Annie is the exact same, made it really easy to relate to her. Then there’s Jeremiah—Annie’s romantic interest and the boy who is trying to break down her walls. I loved him. He was a very realistic character. Nothing about him was forced. It felt like he was real. The entire cast of characters is broad and various, I don’t think anybody could pick up Breathe, Annie, Breathe and find themselves unable to relate to at least one of the characters.

Romance plays a big part in Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Part of the novel focuses on Annie’s relationship with her deceased boyfriend, Kyle, and gives major feels. With his character not being present in any of the story as it happens we see most of him in flashbacks. Then we have the romance with Jeremiah. It’s a very slow-burn/organic romance. It starts with them in a very steamy situation and slowly grows to them just being friends and then into their romance. The relationship between Jeremiah and Annie was probably one of my favorite parts of the novel.

Kenneally’s writing is lighthearted and very fitting for a first-person novel told from the point of view of a teenage protagonist. It’s smooth and constantly grabs at your attention. I was instantly reminded of Jennifer Armentrout’s in-character writing style. Fans of her work and her writing should definitely be reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Just saying.

I would recommend Breathe, Annie, Breathe to readers who are big fans of YA contemporary, readers who are looking for a novel that is all about summer romance and overcoming obstacles from the past, and to any readers who are just looking for a novel that they won’t be able to put down. Readers who want a novel that is motivational should check Breathe, Annie, Breathe out. Any readers who have read Kenneally’s past works and have had their interests piqued by this review should probably get this novel as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss it.

Check out MaryAnn’s reviews of MirandaKenneally’s Hundred Oaks books:

 

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MIranda

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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24 Comments

  1. ailynk
    7/15/2014

    Wow, running towards or away is a tiring marathon to be running in ><
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  2. Karen H
    7/15/2014

    Another new-to-me author. Love the cover and the story sounds very good.

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  3. Christina R.
    7/15/2014

    Miranda Kenneally is one of the most talented YA authors and authors in general.

    Her characters are her strength and I LOVE them :)

    Thank you :)

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  4. Mary Mooney
    7/15/2014

    Sounds good, thanks for a great giveaway!

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  5. Joseph Hawkshaw
    7/15/2014

    Love the cover looks great book looks like a very good read.

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  6. Giselle
    7/15/2014

    Ooh man you so have to tread the rest of this series they’re all wonderful and with such great characters like this one (I have yet to read this one but I will soon!). I love the sounds of the romance especially – slow and sweet is always the best! Great review, Gabby!

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  7. Vivien
    7/15/2014

    Eep!!! So excited for this one :D

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  8. Amanda T
    7/15/2014

    The cover is cute but it doesn’t match the rest of the series. Despite the inconsistency in the covers, I can’t wait to read it.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I noticed that after I went onto the author’s goodreads profile. Still, I love this cover to bits (and it’s a lot prettier than the cover before it). Hope you enjoy the novel!

    – Gabby
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  9. Maureen
    7/15/2014

    I will be looking for this book after reading the review.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Have fun with it. Thanks for reading!

    – Gabby

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  10. Brooke
    7/15/2014

    I loved the concept of this book but the MC really bothered me. I understood her conflict, but I just could not connect with her. The slow down in the middle really did it in for me. The pacing went from cheetah to snail for me. And, while Jer’s “addiction” was understandable, I just didn’t find that believable either. I was sad not to like this b/c I went into it with such high expectations. This was my first book by this author. I have heard great things about the others books and will probably give the first one of this series a try to see if it’s any better.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    That sucks that you didn’t love the book as much as you hoped you would, Brooke. This was my first read from the author as well. I hope that some of her other works impress you more than this one did :(

    – Gabby
    Chapter by Chapter recently posted..Tour Schedule: Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway presented by Month9BooksMy Profile

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  11. Mary G Loki
    7/15/2014

    I usually don’t like these types of stories, but this one sounds fun!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You should definitely give it a try! It’s such a cute summer read.

    – Gabby

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  12. Elena
    7/15/2014

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by

    – Gabby

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  13. Sonja
    7/15/2014

    I would LOVE to win a copy of your book. Sounds wonderful

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  14. Adriane
    7/16/2014

    I ADORE Miranda Keneally!!!! I am so excited that she has a new book out in this series!!!!! Can’t wait to read it!!!!!!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You have gotta check it out. This was my first time reading one of her novel’s but I have to say I definitely want to see more from her.

    – Gabby

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  15. melissa cushing
    7/16/2014

    The synopsis sounds fabulous and I really want to win this! The cover is cute and looks perfect for sitting by the pool or beach! Thanks fro sharing!
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by! This is definitely a perfect read for lazy summer days.

    – Gabby
    Chapter by Chapter recently posted..Tour Schedule: Avian (The Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway presented by Month9BooksMy Profile

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  16. courtney
    7/24/2014

    It looks like a really great book!

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  17. Anne Marie Carter
    7/24/2014

    Thanks for the chance to win a new book….

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