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Friday, February 1, 2013

Blog Tour / Book Review: Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons

I'm thrilled to be the next stop in Kristen Simmon's BREAKING POINT blog tour hosted by Jean Book Nerd. If you haven't yet, check out the entire tour schedule here

By: Kristen Simmons
Published by: Tor / MacMillan
To Be Released on: 2/12/13
Series: Article 5 #2
Source: arc from publisher to review
4 stars: I Enjoyed It!
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The second installment in Kristen Simmons's fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.
After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.
Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion…. Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

Talk about an exciting, heart breaking, action packed sequel! Breaking Point is one of those get your adrenaline pumping kind of reads. I loved Article 5, and given all that happens in that book, I was both eager and scared to read what was going to happen to Chase and Ember in this one. Let's just say Kristen throws all the cards at them. There are betrayals, twists, plenty of shocking revelations, and emotional gripping moments that clawed their way out of the pages and got to me. Can some of these characters get any more twisted? I swear there were a few I wanted to take out and I can't say I wasn't silently cheering Chase one when he might have punched one or two of them. Given what happens leading up to those moments, you might be cheering him on too.

Here's the think I liked about this book. The fact that Kristen kept the same desolate, desperate, terrifying feeling that was established in Article 5. It went in line with what the characters were feeling and dealing with, and I loved that these characters acted in a manner that felt realistic and suitable given all they're dealing with and have dwelt with up to this point. It's a little agonizing seeing how much Ember and Chase have changed, yet there are these moments when they're together that they ground each other and you can see their former selves coming out. I loved the way Kristen portrayed that. The war they're up against isn't something they could walk away from unscathed.

Chase's brokenness really got to me in Article 5. I felt helpless as I came to understand him and why he had changed, and I admired him for fighting to resist that change all at the same time. He continues to do that in Breaking Point as well. Ember. Ember is such an amazing fighter. This girl takes action, and isn't afraid to do whatever she can to protect those she loves, and I admire her for that. She's a scrapper, a survivor and that quiet unsung leader who's a hero in her own right. Even though the characters are literally in the middle of dealing with hellish events, I loved, loved, loved the sweet stolen moments that Chase and Ember had. Their raw, emotional, and brutally honest moments with the two of them only make me cheer for them that much more. Their fierce love and wanting to protect the other person is what drives this storyline.

There is so much that happens in this book! Oh wow, talk about those twists and betrayals! I didn't see those coming. I mean I excepted them, but I had my hunches, but when they happen I sat there in shock. There are still a few things I'm left wondering about. I can not wait to read the next book!! If you're a fan of Article5, I highly recommend that you pick this book up when it's out in a couple weeks!

Check out my 5 star review for Article 5 here.

About the Author:

Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband Jason and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida

You can follow Kristen via her: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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  1. Loved this book! Thought the series is very well done. I would read anything this author writes. Well developed story line, character development, and an excellent read.

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