What I Loved:
The fantasy world that has been created in The Spirit Breather is intense and wonderful. I loved the Native American aspects that are so perfectly placed in the story. They complimented the overall plot and gave the world a base for the reader to understand the story through.
How I Felt:
This book was so much fun! I felt completely drawn into the story from page 1. The first moments are filled with action and character development, I felt immersed immediately!
The characters are built to make you want to connect with them. Joseph seems dark and broody, but you also want to get to know him. He can easily be a character you end up with a crush on. Emily is just this wonderful girl with a determination and fire that was intriguing and made me like her so much.
The bad guys were the Raven Mockers. They are these terrible shape-shifting creatures that get their energy and sustain life through human souls. From the first action scene in the book, the reader gets a terrifying view of how these creatures shift and what they are capable of. Hats off to Bekah Harris’ descriptive abilities here too. I could visualize every change in their body as they morphed from human to bird. I’m still shivering a bit as I write this. These powerful storytelling skills continue throughout the entire book!
The story was filled with action and excitement, and it created such a sense of urgency throughout the book. I felt the concern that the characters felt and their need to understand the answers to all the secrets. This was a fast-paced read that kept me turning the pages.
Overall, I enjoyed The Spirit Breather so much! I loved the world the story takes place in, the characters, the balance between storytelling and exciting action. It culminated in a wonderful fantasy that has me looking to find book 2!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Spirit Breather to YA fans that are interested in the dark, magical aspect of fantasy. I believe that YA Fantasy fans will be so excited to get their hands on this book!
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The Vampire Diaries meets Native lore in this dark fantasy romance.
An immortal guardian.
A soul-stealing enemy.
A dangerous, new power.
Only the Spirit Breather can stand against the darkness…
Months after surviving an assault that nearly claimed her life, Emily Morrow’s summer goal is to forget about the memories that lurk in her nightmares. So when her friends invite her on a post-grad camping trip in the mountains, she jumps at the chance to escape her haunting past, even for just a few days.
But even miles from home, Emily’s past is closer than ever.
When her best friend, Kadie, is snatched by the dark creatures nesting in the forest, Emily comes face to face with the truth behind her chilling past. Together, with the mysterious Joseph Stomper, who is much more than he seems, Emily must find the courage to embrace her role in a centuries-old prophecy and harness a dangerous gift before she loses everyone she loves.
With Kadie’s life hanging in the balance, will Emily learn to control her new power? Or will the darkness destroy them both?
Filled with deadly magic, frightening folklore, and forbidden romance, The Spirit Breather is a spine-tingling paranormal fantasy that will keep you turning pages well past your bedtime.
- The Spirit Breather by Bekah Harris
- Series: Native Guardians Book 1
- Genre: YA Fantasy
- Page Count: 252 pages
- Publisher: Dreamlake Media
- Pub Date: October 1, 2017
Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, Bekah Harris has been writing since she could hold a pencil.
The beauty of her home in the Appalachian Mountains, along with the legends, myths, and folklore of that area, is what inspires the unique plots and settings captured in her young adult fiction.
In addition to her love of all things fictional, Bekah is also a freelance writer and editor, an occasional adjunct professor, and a high school English teacher.
When not working, Bekah can be found at home building block towers for her son to knock down, drinking coffee and watching Netflix with her husband.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.