Review: Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1) by Tiffany Schmidt

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family, #1)Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia in exchange for an honest review.


‘Hold Me Like a Breath’ is a BLOODY, BLOODY, BLOODY SPECTACULAR novel! It was everything and anything that I could have hoped for and a bit more. It was an incredibly heart-wrenching read for me and I loved it to bits and pieces because of it!
Crime novels are always fun for me. As long as they are the type that:
1. Are not specifically of the crime-thriller genre.
2. And are solely YA
I know. I’m very specific that way.
‘Hold Me Like a Breath’ started off quite ordinarily. Everything that happened during the first half of the novel was something I wasn’t too surprised about. Frankly, it was just a tiny bit stereotypical and cliche. For example, Penny falls for her brother’s best friend. Surprise, surprise!
Penny is constantly cooped up and coddled by her family. She is fragile little butterfly who lives an extremely comfortable life with her loving parents who own and run an illegal organisation who helps people – or at least those who can pay for that help.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed that half. But I must admit my favourite part of the novel was the second half. There is a big plot twist in the complication which I didn’t CERTAINLY didn’t expect. There was this whole major turnabout from the first half and life for Penny got a LOT more exciting.
I felt the characters were well made but they certainly had that sort of FAIRYTALE feel to them. The series names was a dead giveaway. The whole novel actually felt like a fairy-tale of sorts with its gentle, romantic atmosphere.
There was lots of mystery in the second half which I were quite fun for me to uncover. Secrets and lies, disguises and truths. There was one character who I knew who he/she really was before the author actually revealed it. I’m still not sure whether I’m happy or disgruntled with it.
Whilst the story did feel almost fairy-tale like, it also held some important elements of truth. I loved the rush of reality I felt every now and again. It was like a breath of fresh wind. Honestly, the best way for me to describe this novel is it’s a fairy-tale retelling of Rapunzel with a dash of contemporary reality and crime acts galore.
If you’ve loved Ally Carter’s ‘Gallagher Girls’ or ‘The Heist Society’ then I would strongly recommend this novel to you!
Congratulations to Tiffany Schmidt on publishing the first novel in the ‘Once Upon a Crime Family’ series! Can’t wait to lay my greedy hands on the sequel!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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