Friday, January 18, 2013

Young Adult Novel Reader Blog Tour: Review of Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

Title: Stealing Breath
Author: Joanne Brothwell
Pages: 258
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had. Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning? Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence. Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

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About Joanne Brothwell

Joanne Brothwell lives in the country on the Canadian prairie where her stories are inspired by the dead things that appear at her doorstep on a daily basis.

My Review:

This book was so good! It exceeded my expectations and I think it may have led to a new book crush. Evan made me swoon in so many of the scenes. The book kept me guessing and it was left open-ended enough that I’m really hoping there’s a sequel in the works.

The premise for Stealing Breath is what really pulled me in. I’ve never read a book where the focus is on Indigo Children and Skinwalkers. I loved learning about these new supernatural creatures and what types of powers they had. I especially liked learning about Evan’s background and his ties to warlocks that were based out of Italy.

Sarah was a very relatable character. She had a very every-day girl feel to her and I found myself liking her early on. At times, some of her actions were a little reckless, but I think she became blinded by her feelings for Evan. It was interesting to see her develop her powers along with the progression of her relationship with this mysterious guy.

Evan was such a great character! I couldn’t for the life of me get a read on whether he was a good or bad guy. Usually I’m good at figuring out the motivations of a character, but I was stumped until his family history was revealed. His scenes with Sarah were so sexy and romantic! Between the author’s description of his good looks and heart-wrenching background, I was melting.

The pacing was good except for a few scenes on the Reservation that I felt were a little rushed. I liked how the author incorporated Native American rituals like smudging into the plot. I was never bored while reading and I flew through the book in a couple of days.

A must read with a great cast of characters! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a paranormal romance with a unique plot.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. hello! new follower here, i saw your blog link in goodreads..

    -Algel from

  2. Great review! I also loved this story and then passed along my paperback to my sister-in-law! Spreading the love, as it were ;-)

    1. Thanks, KatieO! I'm delighted to hear you are passing it along!

  3. Love it when a book is better than you thought and give you a new book crush.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brandi. I'm heading over to your blog now...

  4. Thank you for the fabulous review, Heather! I'm so happy you enjoyed it! *Happy Dance*

  5. Very nice review! For it to get 4.5 out of 5, it must've been an excellent book :) Well done. WRITE ON!