Break Me Like a Promise picks up after Hold Me Like a Breath. It’s actually been over a year since I read the first book so I was didn’t exactly remember everything. I think the book does a good job of jogging my memory though, for the key things at least.
by Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Retellings, Contemporary
No one is unbreakable.
All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.
She’s given an ultimatum: shape up or step aside.
Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data. Maggie agrees, but has no intention of keeping her promise or every seeing him again. That night Alex shows up at her Family estate with copies of confidential Family files and a shocking revelation—the kidney is for him.
The Vickers aren’t willing to let Alex out of their sight, so he moves onto their estate and Maggie is assigned to be his keeper. A task she resents and he enjoys making as challenging as possible. But procuring black market organs is becoming increasingly difficult, and as Alex’s health declines, she’s surprised to find herself falling for him.
Like it or not, Maggie must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for both.
Although the events happen with the crime families and in the same world. The story felt very different from the first book. Magnolia is grieving over the loss of Carter and also dealing with a changing world. The Organ Act is going to change the way the families operate and what Magnolia originally thinks the impact on her life will be drastically changes when she meets Alex.
I loved Magnolia. She is a fierce and strong woman but she is also dealing with the loss of her first love. I loved that Carters death is not glossed over and forgotten. Its not like she just wakes up and moves. I like that when she forces herself up she still have lapses where she wants to crawl back into bed and hide. We really get to see her work through the motions of grieving and finding a way to live on. She makes some dumb decisions at times and can act like a brat but I never found her annoying.
Alex is also a great character because not only does he challenge Magnolia he is dealing with an illness that could kill him. It gives him a freedom to be risky but he’s still honorable. He offsets Magnolia well and the relationship between them feels very organic They go from dealing with each other, to getting to know each other and then finally more.
I really like the plot and felt like it was fast paced. I really like Tiffany Schmidts writing and the fact that she can keep me intrigued and reading.
I think I might actually like Break Me Like a Promise more than Hold Me Like a Breath. I feel like there should be a third book. I’m not sure if there is going to be.
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SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.
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