Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

April 28, 2014 Review 47 ★★★

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker
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Publisher: Atria
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 288
Release Date: September 24th, 2013
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Genres: Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Social Issues
Four years after losing her parents, best friend, and boyfriend in a drunk driving accident, twenty-year-old Kacey Cleary runs away to begin a new life in Miami. Hardened by the tragedy, she’s determined to keep everyone at a distance—until she meets an irresistible and mysterious neighbor who is determined to melt the ice over her heart.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.


As some of you know, I dislike new adult, but the hype made me curious. My overall feelings about TEN TINY BREATHS are mixed. The part of me that just sits down to enjoy a novel would give it five stars, but the side that notices things like the poor portrayal of PTSD and a main character who shames other women would give it less.

“No human can bury their past indefinitely.
It’s only a matter of time before you crack.”

TEN TINY BREATHS does talk about some important issues but sometimes the message comes out wrong. There is a lot of judgment of women, whether it be by the males in the book or the main character herself and the humor can sometimes be inappropriate and cruel. However, there are parts about learning to come to terms with things like loss and beginning to accept yourself too.

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Kacey is one of those characters that puts on a false bravado, a brave face, to hide what she is feeling inside. In this case, I think a lot of people can relate to her because we’ve all had to look strong in the face of a tragedy or difficult event. She’s lashes out a lot, especially with her humor. A lot of it is truly funny, and got a few laughs out of me. But sometimes the jokes went too far, they were either made to hurt or could be taken offensively.


It was all fun and games until that twist.

Trent is… Wow, how to describe Trent. Well, in the book, he is basically described as the perfect guy. And I was all in, he seemed great: nice, handsome, sympathetic to Kacey, caring, and open. Then BAM! TWIST. A twist that I did not see coming at all. Probably should have, but that was great.

But then there was A.T.: After Twist. A.T. was a period of the book towards the end that really brought it down for me. There were some things about therapy portrayed that I did not like at all, as well as the believability of how Kacey was “healed.” And the ending wasn’t what I expected at all, especially after the truth came out.

Overall, I think this one is almost a guilty pleasure,
it’s a fun read if you don’t look too much into it.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

47 Responses to “Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    I’m not that into New Adult either, I think I’ve read one. Waaaay out of my comfort zone. I try to stay away from more “serious” ones anyway, depending on my mood, but I did want to read this one. What happened to her sucks, but yeah, not a reason to be mean. Bitter, yes, but don’t be actively mean. And aren’t we supposed to be “older and wiser” by then, you get it in YA, I didn’t expect to have it still in NA. And when shit like that happens anyway, I know it’s awful, but you can either let it lead you down a bad path or learn from it. I think the therapy part would annoy me a lot more though (if the miraculously “healed” part is to do with therapy)because if it is, just no. That is not how it works. If all of us were all better just by talking the world would be a better place. I kind of want to read it now just to find out what that twist is though…
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    • Alise

      I tried to read Easy as my first one-bad idea. It jumped right into rape and I was like “No, thank you.” So I put that down. But I’m glad I read this one! Ha. Ha, ha. NA can sometimes (sadly) be worse in that aspect. Exactly! Yeah, it’s a long journey and in the book it was almost a joke. THE TWIST IS CRAZY.

  2. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Ah. I understand why this book didn’t work for you, Alise. While I relatively had a more pleasant time reading this, the points you made are dead on. It’s such an issue with these types of characters though, and more often the judgment comes from themselves more so than the people around them.

    I hope you’ll have a better time with some other NA (should you choose to continue perusing the genre). :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, books like this are tough to really pin down or give a set rating to because I really liked this book even though I mentioned more than a few negatives.

      I definitely will be! And I’ll be heading over to your NA tag to some ;)

    • Alise

      Haha, yeah, my thought on this one are kind of all over the place. NA is tricky because it can so easily become repetitive.

    • Alise

      Pretty much. The characters are what made this one stand out to me but otherwise I think it’s similar to a lot of other New Adult books.

    • Alise

      That’s what is probably going to happen to me, too. Then again, I tend to be pretty forgetful no matter the book, that’s what the blog is for ;) Thank you!

    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah, I think it I had just sat back and enjoyed the book on the surface I would have loved this one.

    • Alise

      Yep, so much hype. It’s still a pretty enjoyable book but the deeper issues… not handled very well.

      Fear the twist. Fear. The. Twist. Haha, nah, it’s pretty surprising but everything sorts itself out in the end.

    • Alise

      Haha, thanks! RIGHT? I don’t get how he was even allowed near her, much less have that ending. Yeah, it definitely was a pretty fun book otherwise.

  3. Romi Foster

    I can understand the issues you found with Ten Tiny Breaths, Alison, and while it probably would have been nice if you could just read it and enjoy it five stars like you said you would have before, I think it’s also quite important to be picking up on these issues, and I certainly don’t like the sound of many of the things you mentioned, I think they’d turn me away from reading this if I were going to.

    I enjoyed your review!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Plus I think that’s somewhat inevitable to be thinking between the lines about those things, especially if you know you have to talk about them in a review later on.

  4. A Canadian Girl

    I don’t typically read NA because I find it so romance-centric – exceptions: Fangirl and Raw Blue. I’ll probably pass on this one too because I don’t think I’d be happy with all the judgements made about women. Also,considering I have a background in psychology, if aspects of PTSD and therapy aren’t portrayed correctly, I’m going to end up being very annoyed if I do read this one. Great review though, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Fangirl will always be a favorite of mine too! Haven’t read Raw Blue but I’ve heard of it, although I had no idea it was NA so that’s cool! Ooh, yeah… It bothered me with my limited experience so I’m not sure what you would think. Thank you!

  5. Melliane

    Oh difficult, so many different feelings here. I don’t read a lot of NA I confess, I think I only read 2? lol maybe 3? One was really good, the other was a sequels and wasn’t that good at all. I’m sorry for the other parts you didn’t really like. I confess it would have annoyed me to have some cruels comments like that… It would have so upset me! Thanks for your review, I saw the cover but don’t really read a lot of reviews about this one.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I was kind of all over the place with my thoughts haha. I haven’t read a lot of NA either. It didn’t make me too upset, I think it was mostly like “Wow, I can’t believe she said that!” things. Sure! Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Faye @ The Social Potato

    I’ve always thought this one was a Young Adult than New Adult! Not sure what to feel about Kacey, though. I get that sometimes heroines and heroes go through something, and there are days when I get irrational as well, but I can never really go through characters that lash out on purpose or to hurt deliberately. There’s just something really awful about that that I don’t find endearing at all :(

    Not sure to check out this one but I’ll keep your points in mind when I debate about it someday ;p
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    • Alise

      The content isn’t too bad so it could be YA. The main character was twenty I think, though. Yeah! For example, (not a spoiler, in the synopsis) her sister almost gets raped by their uncle and later on the MC says something like “You want to make friends with old men, Livie? If that’s the case, we could have stayed home.” And I’m just like O.O

  7. Barbara

    Great review, Alise. I love new adult books, but I’m still not sure about this one. I’ve read so many mixed reviews. Not sure what to think about it. I don’t have much luck with hyped books lately, maybe I’ll skip it. Or not. As you can see, I still haven’t make up my mind. So far it’s on my maybe shelf :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! I was reading a few reviews for this one too, and even the negative ones tended to say it still was readable or had value if that helps you decide ;) Haha, I’m indecisive about this kind of thing too.

  8. Andreea

    Ha, I remember that post.

    Haven’t read too many NA books either, and I enjoyed some of them, but others were just bad and dealing with the same drama.

    I don’t think I will read this one, as it doesn’t intrigue me.

    But I will probably read more NA in the future if I am in the mood for it.

    Anyway, great review!
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    • Alise


      Exactly! They so easily get repetitive because they deal with the same issues. Me too! I really want to find some books in the genre that stand out.

      Thank you!

  9. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Damn, another book with female shaming – why, authors, WHY?! I’m intrigued about that twist, I really like twists that make you put down your book in awe because it just smacks you in the face without you knowing. Wonderful review Alise, not sure that this is something I’ll pick up though
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it’s treated like a jealousy thing in this book but I don’t think it was necessary. Right?! Love that feeling. Thank you!

  10. Lupdilup

    I listened to this one a while back, I remember enjoying it a little more than you did. Sometimes the narrator can make the tone of the heroine more acceptable and by that conveying a more likable heroine. I wonder if I would have liked it as much if I have read instead. I totally understand your points and why it didn’t work for you.
    Great review Alise, as always :)
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    • Alise

      I can imagine! I might even try this out on audio someday, I’ve been meaning to listen to more books too. Thank you! :)

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