Just Breathe is the first book in the Earthen Witch series by Sarah Doughty.
Aisling Green has been having a tough time all her life, but a new tough chapter begins when she turns 21. However, not long after, her grandmother dies and she loses the only family she’s got left and the only one it seemed that had any answers for her. As a coping mechanism she forces herself not to feel anything. The only one she will let get close is her friend, Angela, a librarian in the town where she lives.
As she goes about trying to find the answers about what she is, and failing, she is attacked by a dark witch. Thankfully, the handsome Connor, a light witch, is close by and he rescues her. Only then, with his help, does she finally discover what she is and what she can do.
But things are not that simple. Word spreads that an Earthen Witch walks the earth for the first time in three hundred years, and she very quickly comes to understand that people want her dead and will stop at nothing to make it so. Can she learn how to master the power inside of her before her enemies catch up with them? And can she protect her friends, the only family she now has left?
I can’t believe how much I loved this book. I loved it so much that I am almost finished the second book in the series, Focus (look out for that review over the next couple of days).
The book is extremely well written, and each chapter flows nicely on to the next. The characters the author has created are truly engaging, be they witches, vampires, werewolves, or any other supernatural being, or human. They simply bring the story to life and what helps is that she has taken these paranormal creatures and made them her own, creating her own set of rules for how they and their magic function. This makes the book such a refreshing read.
As for detail and description, the story is rich and vivid and consistent throughout. It is hard not to empathise with Aisling as we discover her traumatic past. Equally, it is hard not to root for her and her friends as she and they have been through so much.
If you enjoy paranormal romance, I highly recommend giving this a read. The book manages to capture the imagination from within the first few pages and holds on until you reach the end. And if you are anything like me, it will compel you to go and start reading book two in the series before you’ve even written the review of the first one! If this book is anything to go by, this will be an amazing series and I’m looking forward to read the other stories set in this amazing world. This book is definitely one of my favourite books of the year so far.
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