Book review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry

Title: The Air He Breathes
Series: Elements #1
Author: Brittainy Cherry
Daniela’s rating: 3.5 stars

Daniela’s review


Well, I’ve seen this book around for a while and the cover itself got my attention more than once, but I’d never given into it, until one day I saw it for free on Amazon and thought “why not?”.

So, here I am 🙂

Blurb:

I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.” 

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me. 

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

 

This is my first time reading a book by Brittainy Cherry and I’ll admit I enjoyed it. I’d read the blurb and it sounded pretty interesting to me. We had a woman and a man, both destroyed and shattered because life is such a pain in the ass. One was the sweetest and the other one was called a monster, so of course, opposites attract, right?

This book is about grief and overcoming it. Sometimes, when something bad happens, our first thought is to give in, because how could we overcome tragedy? And sometimes, it’s so hard to imagine life after that, that you succumb to numbness and anger and sadness. But yeah, everything is part of a process and even though it might be hard, I’m all about “everything’s going to be fine, eventually, someday, everything will right itself up.”, it might sound way too optimistic, but hey, we all have to believe in something. And that’s how I could relate to Liz, the main girl. But if I’m being completely honest, I could also relate to Tristan. I sure don’t know how I would react in the face of something as sad as what they had to go through, but man… I could totally understand his reaction and the way he was handling it. Sometimes it’s just easier to bolt and, and maybe for a while it’ll be okay, until it isn’t.

So, we have these two. Liz and Tristan. Both with a shitload of baggage on their shoulders, but each carrying it in different ways. One was trying to remember the good and the other one couldn’t leave the bad behind. Both were clouded and haunted, but in different ways and I thought that made it more interesting, because we could see both sides of grief which allowed us to understand each character better. You never truly know how you’ll react to certain situations, not until you actually have to face them yourself.

“You know that place between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, and it’s easy to breathe? 
I want to live there with you.”

Tristan is as intense as they come. He has a good heart, only it’s been in the shadows, lost, for so long, he doesn’t know how to go back. I loved reading about him. He’s passionate about everything and there’s good in him. The shitty part is knowing that people will always judge the cover, not the story inside.

“Even though I was death, she took the time to resuscitate me. She breathed life back into my soul. She brought me back from the shadows.” 

Like I said, I really enjoyed reading this book. There were parts though, where I found myself rolling my eyes, and some things I just couldn’t agree with, but hey… that’s my opinion. Overall, the book itself was good, the plot and the characters’ backgrounds were great and I felt they all blended in perfectly around the story. Yes, I can’t say it’s something completely new or anything, but then again, what is? I felt the writing was great and the narration itself made it easy to get lost in the book.

I liked the way their relationship grew into something more, just a little bit each day. It didn’t happen overnight and sure, I don’t think it started off with the right foot, but it started to take form when they allowed themselves to heal. My problem wit the book was that, towards the end, things started taking some twists that I felt were a bit unnecessary and it distracted me from the original plot. I won’t say much about it, because I hate spoilers, but yeah. It’s the main reason of why my rating isn’t higher. I guess, it felt over the top and so out of the blue.

I’m actually really excited to continue this series. I’ve read good things about the rest of them, and the blurb of the second book sounds even better than this one.

This book can be read as a standalone.

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