Series: Once Upon a Crime Family #1
Published by Bloomsbury on May 19, 2015
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
This might be closer to 3 and a half. I really enjoyed the first half… but things got a little weird in the middle and I’m still not sure I like how lovey dovey the plot got. I guess I was expecting Penny to become more of a boss (like Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright series). So, mixed feelings. More organized crime, less whining about boys and bruises (although I did enjoy Penny’s ailment and all the mayhem it caused even when it made me cringe). There were also some side characters that I would have liked to see more of, most were underutilized, like Nolan and the VP’s daughter, and the Wards. The jump from Garrett to Char felt jarring, but maybe pretty realistic for a 17yr old girl. Definitely a bit of fairytale to Penelope’s story, which is fitting. Schmidt creates an interesting world here, and it was worth the read even if it left me wanting a bit more. I’m on the fence as to whether I’ll read the next book in the series, but there’s a good possibility I will. Stick around for the Author’s Note, which was one of my favorite things about the book and I almost wish I’d read it before starting the story. Also, really consider becoming an organ donor.
Hold Me Like a Breath gets a Midnight Book rating of: