Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Shimmer (Breathe #2) by Elena Dillon - Review

Shimmer (Breathe #2)
by Elena Dillon
Published: August 28, 2014

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take.

When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

My review:
In Shimmer, we get to meet back up with Caedan, Lily, Abby, and Finn, who we first met in Breathe. But now "Chandler" is about to come in and shake things up a bit. The reader finds out early on that her name isn't really Chandler, the man she is with isn't really her dad, and that she moves around a lot with a new identity every time because they are running from someone. 

This story takes place 4 years after the events in Breathe, so our cute little pre-teens have grown up some. Lily and Abby are still best friends, and they immediately take Chandler in as their new best friend. Chandler is ecstatic because she mostly keeps to herself and has few friends because they don't stay in one place for very long. On the other hand, Chandler isn't so sure what to think about Caeden, who has grown into a smart, sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy. Plus, Caeden is fiercely protective of his family because of their past, and he is suspicious of Chandler and wonders what she is hiding.

As I said in my review of Breathe, I wish the feel of Southern Louisiana life had come through more in this story. Regardless, I still really enjoyed Shimmer. I loved the friendship between the girls and was really glad we got to see more of Lily and Caedan. I think the suspense and the love story was even better than in the first book. I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. 

This book could technically be read as a stand-alone, but you will want to have read Breathe before you read Shimmer just so you can get to know Caeden and Lily better.

A copy was provided for review.

About the author:
Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles.  She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her three kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage.

A self-proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends.  They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

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