Title: Out of Breath
Author: Blair Richmond
Genre: Young Adult; Paranormal
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Kat, a runner who is literally on the run, returns to her hometown of Lithia, Oregon with nothing except the clothes on her back. She befriends a woman and her fiance who give her a job at their running store and a place to live. She soon finds herself attracted to Roman, a mysterious actor while also attracting the attention of Alex, who warns her to stay away from Roman. Kat has found a place she thinks she can finally call home, tragedy strikes.
Running. Vegans. Vampires. You can see why I picked this one up, right?
It is hard not to compare this book to Twilight. New girl moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest where she is attracted to two boys who hate each other. And there are vampires. But Out of Breath has a bit more depth. By presenting vampirism and veganism side by side, the book poses a philosophical question for all of us: do we take the lives of lesser creatures to strengthen ourselves?
While at times a bit preachy – there is a scene where Kat argues for her vegan diet with Roman that was a bit over the top (especially when she then reaches for her wine which I’m sure is not vegan) – there is still an entertaining story going on. And I really enjoyed the running culture that provided the basis for much of the character interaction (although it made me long for my pre-pregnancy running days).
If you’re looking for something a bit different in your next vampire book, Out of Breath might have the unique twist you want. Just keep in mind that it is the first in, yet another, series.
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Interesting cover. I’ll keep an eye out for it. I had no idea that wine wasn’t vegan.
This does sound a little more unusual than most of the vampire novels out there, and I actually love the vegan perspective. Might be something that I should check out. Great review on this one today! I am glad that it kept you enthralled and that it was a good read for you. On the wish list it goes!
I’m slightly creeped out that wine isn’t vegan…
Thanks so much to Michelle for such a thoughtful review of Out of Breath!
And just to respond to Linda and Jen … many wines are vegan! (Phew.) And it’s not that there are animal products in the wines but that sometimes animal products are part of the winemaking process — so some wines are vegan and some are not. If you’re interested in making sure beforehand, check out the link below — it’s a fantastic resource for figuring out which wines, beers, and liquors are vegan:
Happy reading…and wine drinking!