Obituary-reading emo girl Edith Small is broken - the end result of forcing herself inside a mold that doesn't fit. All she wants is to conform to her strict sergeant stepfather's rules long enough to make it to graduation day.
But a boat accident threatens to unravel the life Edith has worked so hard to keep. After waking up in a hospital with a lacerated shoulder, Edith fakes amnesia. Because admitting she received her injuries from a blue-haired girl who breathes underwater is all the reason Sir needs to send Edith on the first bus to military school.
Safe at home, Edith struggles to put the nightmare behind her. But the mysterious creatures that live in the ocean aren't about to let her forget.
After meeting Bastin - a strange boy with silver hair and black eyes - on a secluded dock, Edith learns about the war raging undersea to end human existence. A war that Edith, unwittingly, has become the key to winning.
In a world where death is an ever-present shadow and motives are as dark as the bottom of the ocean, Edith must decide if her life is worth risking for a love that can't survive past the shore.
Paperback 270 pages
Published March 21, 2012
Crescent Moon Press
I’ll be honest. I haven’t read a lot of mermaid stories, so when I dove into Breathless I didn’t really know what to expect. After reading it, and being completely blown away, I fortunately can tell you exactly what to expect. Awesome world building. A beyond hot merman named Bastin. Totally swoon worthy kissing scenes. A heart breaking and heartwarming story with a protagonist that I could totally relate to. Did I mention the hot merman Bastin? Seriously. He is my new book boyfriend, so hands off ladies. ;)
Breathless had everything you could want out of a YA paranormal romance and more. Not only did this one leave me a fan of mermaid stories, but it left me desperate for more of Cole Gibsen's work! I loved this book so much and really hope that Cole has a sequel in store for us. I recommend Breathless for fans of YA and paranormal romance.
Miniview with Cole Gibsen
1.) You get to host an epic dinner party and can invite any 5 authors you want (living or dead). Who do you pick to party with for the night?
Cole: Oh, wow. I guess if I could, I’d really mix it up. My guest would be 1. Mark Twain 2. Dr. Seuss 3. Miyamoto Musashi 4. John Steinbeck and 5. J.K. Rowling
That party really would be EPIC.
2.) You have stumbled into a puddle of radioactive goo and get one super power. What super power do you want and why?
Cole: I really would love to have the ability to change the color of my clothes depending on my mood. One of my favorite superheroes, Jean Grey, turns her outfit red when she becomes the Dark Phoenix (this usually occurs before she goes on a killing spree.) It would be awesome, say if I was having a bad day, if could turn my outfit red and then people would be like, “Uh-oh. Look at Cole’s outfit. She’s Dark Cole now. We better leave her alone or else she might light us all on fire.”
3.) You get to pick any book boyfriend you want to bring to life and be your real boyfriend for the day. Who do you pick?
Cole: Oh my goodness, I do love me some Eric the vampire from the Sookie Stackhouse books. Hellllllo. **swoons**
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