By: Melanie | July 14, 2014 | (18) Comments

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, BreatheBreathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks, #5
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 15th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 306
Source: For tour
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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

~Thanks to the lovely Giselle @ Xpresso Books Tours for organising this tour!~

Currently, I have only read two of the Hundred Oak series and it definitely seems that I should remedy that because this series is so much fun. While a have a few of my criticisms, whether you are a sports junkie or not–this is worth checking out.

Annie was a very easy character to click with for me. I used to run long distance a lot two years back (now not so much because of school and homework and new interests, though I still enjoy running occasionally) so before even picking this one up, I had a feeling I would adore it. And I was right! Ever since her boyfriend passed away, Annie has been determined to finish what he started: a marathon. So Annie, despite hating running herself, begins training with Matt and week by week she trains hard, increasing her stamina so she can finish the marathon that is 6 months away. Annie’s unrelentless determination to finish what her boyfriend started was touching, and while she did have her ups  and downs, you can tell how strong and real Annie’s relationship was. Annie’s regret and guilt about her boyfriend’s passing being mainly because of her rejection to a marriage proposal was also well addressed.

While I loved Annie, less ideal was the love interest, Jeremiah. WAIT! Don’t start running towards me with pitchforks and knives, YET. I have reasons. Personally, I felt like Jeremiah was a little too typical; perhaps I’m being over-crtical however I struggled to warm up to him throughout the entire novel. He’s a bit of a cocky person–adrenaline junkie (goes high on adrenaline) and has scars all over his body. I am absolutely sure that a lot of readers will love him but I have seen this character trope more than the fingers on my hand and if you get me, it becomes boring and unoriginal. I also think I failed to image Jeremiah as a real person, he didn’t feel as well and thoroughly constructed like Annie and several other characters in this series. Aside from that, I thought the romance was pretty cute, and I preferred it so much better than Racing Savannah. Their relationship is best described as realistically developed, though I wasn’t a huge fan about their first kiss–which is a shame because it would have been a-freaking-dorable if they did not go as out of hand as they did.

I loved the sports side to this novel. While I don’t really talk about it much online, I do love some sports, and running is definitely one of my top ones. I have become a total pig over the last two years *big proud smiles*, but before that, sports I loved and did as frequently as reading. I could totally understand Annie’s stress about her running and I think the way Kenneally developed it was fantastically drawn out. It’s not everyday you get fun contemporary romances with a huge dose of sports, and this series does great justice of it.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe was a highly entertaining contemporary romance that had an excellent and strong sport component. It’s my favourite Hundred Oaks novel so far and I will definitely be checking books 1, 2 and 3 now.

~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for supplying the review copy!~

3.5 Stars

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About Miranda Kenneally

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.

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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18 Responses to Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe

  1. I’ve read a couple books in the series and am glad that the series keeps going strong! I agree that one of the attractions of the series has been the sports angle, and I’m interested in seeing how the running plays a role in the story. I’m not sure if I’ll like Jeremiah though. I’ve seen enough of the cocky bad boy. Great review, Melanie!
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    • Melanie says:

      I wouldn’t call Jeremiah a bad boy but I wasn’t a huge fan of his cockiness even though there was a reason behind it because I’m rather worn out of them. I hope you enjoy this one Kris

  2. This series seems great. Although I’m not really into sports, it would be interesting to see how they are incorporated into YA fiction. This series seems to do that really well. Thanks for the review!
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    • Melanie says:

      This book actually made me feel a little tempted to start running regularly again lol, but as if that’s gonna happen! I love my bed too much for that 😛

  3. Siiri says:

    I don’t mind typical if it works for the story and for my at the time. It really depends on the book, tbh. I’m sorry Jeremiah wasn’t your ideal love interest. I love the sports elemnt to these novels. As a sports lover (*high fives you*), it’s so awesome to read about it. I’m glad you ejoyed it as a whole, Mel! 🙂
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  4. Giselle says:

    It’s funny how IRL I’m the least sporty person ever and I can’t even watch sports games to save my life, but I looove books and movies about sports. I’ve loved every book in this series and this one sounds like it’s this is the new fav of this series for a few people today so I’m really excited to dive into it, myself!!
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    • Melanie says:

      Books to do with sports are pretty awesome! They make me thinking twice about my life choices which is to huddle up under my covers 24/7. Looking forward to your thoughts on it, Giselle!

  5. I shudder to imagine what the kiss out of hand became… O_o

    I’m not really a sports fan, and to be honest, I’m terrible at sports in reality. Actually… I don’t mind reading about Ice Skating or Swimming. Never football (American, not American Soccer, lol) or Baseball and all that jazz with a bunch of rules, XD
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  6. Zoe N. says:

    I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews for this series, yet, for some reason, I never pick up a copy. I’m so glad to hear you found this to be a good addition to the series Mel – despite the minor flaws it had. Thanks for sharing, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  7. So these don’t need to be read in order? This makes me very happy!! I’ve wanted to read this series, so knowing I don’t have to start with book 1 sounds good. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall! It sounds so good!
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  8. I’ve heard so much about Miranda Kenneally’s books that I’m kind of surprised I haven’t bothered giving any of them a go yet! I haven’t been seeing that many reviews for Breathe, Annie, Breathe yet, but I’m glad that you had fun with this one overall. Relatable characters are the best, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to click with Annie as well as you did, I’m not a very athletic person, lol.

    Ugh, stereotypical love interests… I kind of have a love-hate relationship with them. They’re fun to read about when they’re done in a nice cliche way, but if the author makes just one mistake with them, they turn out to be unbearably annoying and boring. Too bad Jeremiah felt pretty much like a stock character; I probably wouldn’t enjoy the romance much because of this, too.

    I love that the sports aspect doesn’t take a backseat here, though! It would be a shame if the romance took over instead, so I’m glad that that didn’t happen. Thanks for such a lovely review, Mel! 🙂
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  9. Great review Melanie, how amazing that you used to be into running long distance, I remember always being puffed at cross country lol. Glad to hear you could connect with this book!
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha! Well I did get tired after cross country but after I did netball training and ran 22 times around two Netball courts, I never complained about that again >.<

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