Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Shimmer by Elena Dillon

Shimmer (Breathe Book 2)
By Elena Dillon
Publisher: Elena Dillon
Published: Aug. 28, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. 

When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough? 

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My Thoughts:

I have to admit that I was hesitant at first about reviewing Shimmer because I was told that it was similar to another book that I had previously reviewed and I didn’t want to read another book that was too similar in plot line. However, I was wonderfully surprised and most delighted that I chose to read this book because only on the surface is it similar to the other book. In reality it is much different.

Chandler Raines is 16 and has been on the run with her dad for the past 4 years ever since the murder of her mother. This is book 2 in the Breathe series, but does perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. Some of the supporting characters in this book were the main characters in book one. The main characters in this book are new. Chandler and her dad land in Lafayette, Louisiana. Chandler takes some risks, makes some friends and begins to enjoy life a little. But her past and her lies catch up to her in a giant collision.

Shimmer was such an excellent book! Ms. Dillon had me wondering most of the way through it wondering what Chandler and her dad could possibly be running from. The characters were realistic and down-to-earth. They seemed like real people. The friendships and conversations flow smoothly and have the feel of real relationships of real people.

This was an excellent romance novel too. Plenty of romance, but it was pleasantly clean and sweet. No smut needed! I loved that the characters had a good vocabulary and didn’t need to talk with a lot of expletives either. It made for a fun relaxing read. It’s a book that I would encourage my teenage daughter to pick up and peruse. I’m sure she would enjoy it.

The pacing was excellent in Shimmer. In fact, I didn’t really want to put it down. I did have to however, yet I finished the book in two days because I read it every moment that I could. The action was fast-moving and exciting too.

I would highly recommend Shimmer to anyone whether young adult or middle-aged if they enjoy romantic suspense. This book is a winner! I gave this book 5 stars out of 5!

Thank you to Mark My Words Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I'm a nerdgirl and proud of it. I've been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.
I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I'm in.
I write from my home office in Southern California with our English Bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at
I love to chat with other readers and writers. Find me on Facebook and Twitter as Elena Dillon

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