Friday, October 18, 2013

E-ARC Review + Giveaway ~ Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf


Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 379
Publication date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Self

Goodreads Description: 
One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.

The race for Earth has begun.
Source: I received an e-ARC from the author.

*The quotes in this review are from an e-ARC and may be altered or deleted in the final copy.

Unbreathable is a super exciting read. There were many wow moments--especially towards the end where my eyes were just glued to the pages (erm . . . screen) because I a) didn't want to miss a single thing, b) was extremely worried about what could happen to the characters, and c) was bracing myself for tears. Thankfully, the flood of tears never had the opportunity to release (though a few drops were threatening to do so--I felt really sorry for one of the characters, and I was really worried something bad would happen to him)!

First, I want to say that the writing in Unbreathable was wonderful. I have a thing for good descriptions, and this book had them!
"Maybe it wishes it were orange, for it sputters and reaches up to the sky with angry fists of blue and purple. It still doesn't know we can't all get what we want." 
I don't know exactly how to describe why the writing was really good--it just seemed like the author knew how write well. It kept me engaged. It made me highlight a few passages simply because I liked how they sounded.
"Sometimes," he says softly, his fingers trailing along the wing, "you only see the beauty of something once it's broken."
Sounds great, right?

Now . . . onto the romance . . .

There's a love triangle. Wait, don't turn away! I know many people loathe love triangles, or at least prefer to not read them, but this was a really good one. The one in this book made me realize deeper meaning and uses of having a love triangle in a book. It can give a character a choice--like a crossroads--between, usually, good and evil, heart and expectation, right and wrong. The two choices in Unbreathable were complete opposites of one another, but they were really similar in some ways. It was like Lissa was only in love with one guy, but was torn between the light and dark versions of him. It felt like it was important for Lissa to be torn between two guys.

In short, I thought the love triangle was really done, so please, please don't not-read Unbreathable because you're hesitant about that part of the story.

Why else should you not miss out on this book?

1) The world is so cool. If you like a really interesting and different world, this is the book for you.

2) Strong, admirable heroine. Lissa definitely belongs in the ranks of strong great heroines.

3) Brilliant ending. I love strong conclusions, and this book had one of the. Plus, it was a moment where the strength Lissa had shined. (note: I don't know how much ARCs can change before it's released, but the ending may have changed.)

4) Likable characters. I fount it hard to dislike even the seemingly-all-evil characters.

5) . . . Which reminds me, the evil characters were pretty bad, but they had moments where they seemed to have hearts.

6) I made some connections to two awesome series. The type of love triangle was like the one in Shatter Me, and the world and queen reminded me a little bit of the Lunar Chronicles. So, if you like a book that is a cross between those two series, but is still its own story, you should check this one out!

7) The romance. I forgot to mention just how romantic this book is. It's very swoon-worthy.

8) I don't usually write reviews this long. The fact that I could write all this about a book shows that it was worth my time, and that it will be worth yours, too.

Overall, Unbreathable was a really great book that many readers would enjoy. The combination of the great writing, characters, writing, and world made this book a well worthy read.


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Not too long after Hafsah announced her book, I decided I wanted to give a copy of this book away for my birthday theme this month. And now it's time to do that!

Because I really like you international people, this giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. It's open until Unbreathable releases on October 29th. Read my giveaway policy here.

*If there's a US winner, I may order the book from Amazon if the price is better.

Good luck!

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37 comments:

  1. This book looks really good! I first heard about this on Twitter, you guys have all been raving about it and the cover looks beautiful <3 great review!

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    1. The cover is gorgeous! That's why I'm giving away a physical copy. :)

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  2. I'm always iffy about starting a new fantasy/sci-fi (especially sci-fi) because I'm a little picky when it comes to world-building. But, from your review, it sounds awesome~ So I'll definitely give it a try ^^

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    1. Hmm... I didn't answer that question.. Uhh... I've seen the cover on twitter but didn't really think much about it until your review ><

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    2. I'm glad you're considering it more now!

      I believe Hafsah has been working on the world building since I read it, so it should be better than before in the finished copy.

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  3. I've seen Unbreathable on a few blogs this week because of the tour and it looks really interesting! It looks like everyone enjoyed it generally. Thanks for your review Kaitlin!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. You're welcome. Most of the reviews I've seen for it have been pretty positive which makes a lot of sense because it's a really good book!

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  4. I heard about it when she posted about it on twitter! And I've been excited ever since!

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    1. Twitter is such a great place to discover new books, huh?

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  5. I can't recall anymore! I think I may have seen a friend add it on Goodreads, or maybe in an advertisement on Goodreads? I saw it when the cover was revealed (Isn't it beautiful??!?) and then when it took me to Icey Books I thought, I didn't know she was writing a book! And then I discovered that it was a YA sci-fi book and I freaked. I think this is going to be really good. From all the incredible hard work and effort Hafsah has put into this book, I just have a really good feeling about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It does have a beautiful cover! It's a cover worthy of a giveaway of a physical copy. :)

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  6. I first heard about it on the author's blog and I can't wait until it comes out. Wish there was a way to preorder it(:

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    1. I found out about the book on Icey Books too. :)

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  7. I absolutely loved Unbreathable and would love to own a paperback! I heard about it from Hafsah, on Twitter :)

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    1. It's a great book to have in paperback. :)

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  8. I heard about it from Hafsah on twitter! (: I'm so excited to read it!

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    1. I hope you'll like it when you do read it!

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  9. Wonderful review Kaitlin! Oh I love interesting evil characters who are more than just evil. Liked the quotes you shared. I find it difficult to say why I like writing styles too.

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    1. Thanks! Evil characters are so much better when they have a soft side. They're more real that way.

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  10. I heart about it on twitter. Sounds exciting!

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  11. I saw it on a friend's blog and I went to goodreads to read about it.... And now I'm dying to read it *O*
    Thanks for the review ;)

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    1. I hope you do read it! It's a great one. :)

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  12. I love this book, I read an arc. I first heard about it on the authors blog. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  13. I saw it on a blog when I was blog hopping. Hahaha. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  14. I've only seen this one for the last month or so, (best kept secret for me.) but glad you enjoyed it! The world seems really interesting, and I love a strong heroine. I actually don't mind a love triangle as long as it's done good, and by the sounds of it, it looks like it is, definitely going to give this one a try. Great review! :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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  15. I first heard about the book on twitter! I'm really into dystopian books right now so I think this one sound exciting! :D

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    1. I hope you like it when you get to reading it!

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  16. I'm on the street team, so I heard it from Hafsah herself! :D

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  17. I first heard of it on Twitter. (:

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  18. I have seen the cover around, but here was where I really learned what it was about.

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    1. Well, I'm glad you learned more about the book here. :)

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