5/7/13

Breath


Author: Jackie Morse Kessler 
Pages: 336
Publisher: Graphia 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal? 

Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world’s only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Throughout history, Death has been there. Watching. Waiting. He created the Horsemen and fought with them to keep the world in balance. But lately something has changed, and Death doesn't see any reason to go on any longer. It is time for the end of Death - the end of life as we know it.


Xander is an average kid with everything going for him. So why does the fate of the world rest with him of all people? Why is it his job to keep Death from ending the world? Because Xander has a secret - one that could change everything.

My Thoughts: I was so pumped to read this installment. Throughout the entire series, Death has been one of the most intriguing and interesting characters. Never really center stage, it seems as if we're always catching glimpses of Death in the other books but never really interacting with him. His dark sense of humour has always been one of the things that made me like him, so I was glad the author didn't overlook that aspect of his personality. Death has always been my favourite horseman, and this book definitely didn't disappoint. 


Xander was an awesome character as well.  He was extremely well-written, and although I enjoyed Death's narratives a little more, Xander is not one to be forgotten. 

Another aspect of this novel I really enjoyed was the peek into the history of the Horsemen and how they came to be. I loved the way the author wove the story together, and I really liked getting to see just how the Horsemen had been created.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone looking for an edgier paranormal YA, as well as anyone looking for a unique series to get wrapped up in. 

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