Every Stolen Breath

Every Stolen Breath

by Kimberly Gabriel


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This fast-paced and immersive thriller shows just how hard one girl will fight back against corruption and violence, knowing any breath might be her last.

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable – a mob that leaves death in its wake. Public places are no longer safe. Every day is a threat. Though it’s been two years since the last attack, Lia Finch has found clues that the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.

The last victim was Lia’s father, attorney Steven Finch. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. However, the odds are stacked against her: Lia’s PTSD from her father’s attack has left her with a shaky grip on reality, and her debilitating asthma is a time bomb that could kill her at any moment.

After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the Swarm works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. If Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia will be the next victim.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310766667
Publisher: Blink
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 93,742
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kimberly Gabriel is an English teacher who writes every chance she gets and struggles with laundry avoidance issues. When she's not teaching or writing, she's enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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Every Stolen Breath 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Honolulubelle 16 days ago
Favorite Quotes: Then she hung up before I could think of an articulate rebuttal, leaving me sitting there, mouth gaping like some taxidermized fish. It’s the side effect of attending a pretentious private school, where people treat Everybody’s Business like it’s a class they can ace and add to their transcripts. I can’t help but wonder if I’m caught in some sick and twisted Alice in Wonderland dream where my world has turned upside down and nothing is as it seems. Strength isn’t defined by who can hit the hardest in a fight, but by who’s still standing at the end. My Review: I rarely read YA and to be honest, I purposely avoid it, but I’m thrilled I had the foresight to make an exception for Kimberly Gabriel’s brilliantly plotted debut. I couldn’t seem to resist the intriguing synopsis and a colorful book cover that required a full stop and several minutes to thoroughly examine. Ms. Gabriel’s storylines were diabolically clever and fiendishly crafted while populated with uniquely compelling and intriguing characters of all ages and levels of mistrust and suspicion. I was immediately sucked into Lia’s mono-focused and quivering vortex of distrust and dramatic catastrophic thinking. This mesmerizing tale was written from the first-person POV of an angsty sixteen-year-old asthmatic who proved to be rather unstable with significant features of PTSD including panic attacks, auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, and crippling anxiety and self-consciousness. She was also stubbornly persistent, grief driven, highly resourceful and had the arrogance of youth in her toolkit. With cunning and deftly written twists and turns, Ms. Gabriel has made a stunning and flawless debut. As I was making my way through this tautly penned and complex tale, I had a striking epiphany of why I tend to eschew this genre while simultaneously realizing this book was well worth the disheartening and stark reminders of the painful sense of powerlessness and nettling subjugation and disregard experienced as a teenager with two XX chromosomes. While I vastly enjoyed her work, I still haven’t decided whether I should thank the author for the personal insight or swear a pox on her instead.
BuriedUnderBooks 18 days ago
It's really hard to fathom how a vicious flash mob can happen, especially when you realize that 98% of the people involved would never do such a horrible thing on their own. The mob mentality is a very real thing and, yes, we can be sheep in the wrong circumstances. What's not hard to believe or understand is how a victim can be so messed up, mentally and emotionally, but also physically; Lia's PTSD is almost a given but it has become a part of her, a part that she has to control as best she can while she pursues justice for her dad and for herself. This is as intense a story as I've ever read and there were moments when I had to put the book down so I could catch my breath. Lia's journey is frequently a train wreck but she is a girl who won't be stopped and must be true to herself, no matter what dangers lurk seemingly around every corner. While I've never experienced anything even close to this situation, Ms. Gabriel drew me in with a tale I won't soon forget.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, I'm always on the lookout for books set in my favorite city. (They're rarer than you may think, especially ones that are actually enjoyable.) So when I came across this book, I couldn't wait to crack it open. EVERY STOLEN BREATH is a thrilling debut novel that never lets up for a minute. From the first page, EVERY STOLEN BREATH sets the stakes and continues to raise them. Danger lurks around every corner and under every hood and baseball cap. Honestly, for a Blink title, this book was far more dangerous and lethal than I was expecting. But it wasn't gratuitously so. All of the violence and depressing events furthered both plot and character development. I also really like the discussion of mental health along with physical health. The prevalence of anxiety discussion was fascinating and nuanced. But perhaps my favorite part was the two main characters and the chemistry they shared between them. I'm a sucker for canonical relationships, romantic and otherwise, and theirs definitely did it for me. My only complaint about EVERY STOLEN BREATH is the portrayal of the city. I'm not a fool; Chicago isn't all sunshine and rainbows. However, there wasn't much to balance out the darkness, danger, corruption, or griminess. The city can be threatening (and imagine it was during the years the Swarm operated; I don't remember it), but there's so much beauty and nuance to it that sadly didn't shine through here. EVERY STOLEN BREATH is an impressive debut novel that's a thrilling ride from start to finish.
BookwormforKids 25 days ago
This is the kind of book to take to a comfy chair because the tale is impossible to put down until that last page. Lia's father died at the hands of The Swarm, a group of hundreds of teens who beat unsuspecting victims to death. She's obsessed with learning who they are and thanks to help from her friend, has discovered where and when the next attack will take place. But things don't run as she'd planned, and she's washed up on shore of the mayor's house. She might have survived, but she's now attracted the attention of The Swarm. She doesn't know who to trust or what actions she should take. She only knows that she could be next. From the very first page, this read grabs and doesn't let go. The pacing holds steady, while a well-laid mystery unfolds. Lia is a wonderful heroine. She's determined, loves her family dearly, and is stronger than she appears or believes. The title hints at her asthma problem, which causes her quite a few problems and makes her an even easier target for those who'd do her harm. But it's her inner strength, which makes her a girl to root for until the very end. This is a wonderful game of cat and mouse, where it's almost impossible to guess who is on which side. There are several characters in play, all which claim to have her best interests at heart but all which could be trying to see how much a threat she truly is. More than a few moments and decisions cause reason to hold the breath, since its impossible to guess what will happen next. The press, the mayor, friends at school and even possible members of The Swarm lay around every corner, keeping their true intentions in the shadows. The ending pulls the plot around with satisfying grace. I received a complimentary copy and read this in one, wonderful sitting. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts
Brooke Allen 3 months ago
Several years ago, I think I remember, these mobs were being organized on Twitter to attack helpless individuals. In Kimberly Gabriel's Every Stolen Breath, this becomes a reality — except these mobs are getting together to kill. Lia's dad was killed by one of these mobs several years ago, and now that she knows when they're going to attack next, she's determined to gather evidence so these guys can receive justice. Only things aren't as easy as they appear. Lia finds herself in over her head. I love her strong, determined character. Even though she heads into situations that, while I'm reading, my head is screaming "don't do it!" she's not being reckless, which sometimes bothers me with characters like this. I really liked her determination and willingness to take risks. The author pulls me into the Chicago setting. Even though I've only visited once (and have experienced the city virtually through books like Divergent) Ms. Gabriel is able to make me feel like I'm there. The character's friendships seem realistic. While the book isn't focused on her high school life, there is a little drama at school that seeps into her quest to avenge her father's death. It was well-done. There was a little bit of developing romance in the story, which I also liked. The book was suspenseful and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. Even though I had an idea of what was going to happen towards the end, it didn't quite turn out as I expected it would. If you're looking for a twisty, suspenseful book that you won't want to put down, I highly recommend Every Stolen Breath.
laur3296 3 months ago
This book was original, it was suspenseful....it was redundant and boring... How can it be all of these things? Well at first it was truly different. Then I felt like it went in circles and the actions kept repeating. I went from amazed to bored to annoyed.... I do want to thank the publisher and #netgalley for the advance copy. It didn't affect my review.
Lainelombard 3 months ago
“One of these tourists is about to die. . . . They’re easy targets all of them.” Thus begins a gripping new YA mystery/thriller, Every Stolen Breath, the debut novel of Kimberly Gabriel . From this ominous opening, readers will be quickly immersed in a real “page turner” of a story, featuring plenty of suspense, menace, and surprising twists and turns. The story’s first-person narrator, Lia Finch (love this name), is a teen looking to unravel the mystery of her father’s attack and murder , committed by a flash mob known as The Swarm. With Lia’s realization at the end of Chapter 1 that, “The Swarm isn’t after a tourist. They’re after me,” the page turning begins!! Along the way Lia’s story is full of intriguing people and tense situations. The last 50 pages will leave readers “breathless” and hoping that this is just the beginning of Lia’s story, as well as the launch of a “breathtaking” new series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Amazing story full of adjectives!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for Every Stolen Breath and I dove right in! The story's fast, energetic, and keeps the reader turning pages with its sharp prose and chapter-ending cliffhangers. Gabriel brilliantly matches the pace of her main character's faulty breath with her sentence structure, proving a deft sense of how to subtly affect a read while also keeping the action on the page driving the story forward. As the protagonist gets breathless, so do we. Sentences shorten. Paragraphs condense. Action leaps forward. So often when I read, I find my inner editor wanting to slash irrelevant or repetitive content, but nothing's wasted here. Though I'm a big fan of love stories, in this particular case, the romance took a back seat for me, and I think intentionally so. This is a story about a girl driven to uncover truth. That's the engine, and one I think readers will thoroughly enjoy following. There are just enough characters to build a suspect list while the story never gets bogged down with too many names to sort out. We always have visuals to anchor to and yet not a page goes by without something happening. As a long-time Chicago-ite, I also loved seeing the city play such a huge role in the story. It's not just background. It's a character all its own. ESB is a great read for lovers of suspense and political intrigue. A strong-willed but flawed heroine. A hint of romance. A corrupt but compelling city. And a constant uncertainty about who's an ally and who's an antagonist. Great stuff. Look forward to seeing what Gabriel writes next!
Bookishly_Nerdy 3 months ago
Every Stolen Breath is a literal breath-taker. The intricacies with which Kimberly Gabriel wove The Swarm was awe-inspiring. It could have been because the majority of the time I was reading it, I was fighting off sleep (not because of the book but because of sheer exhaustion.), but I would not have guessed the person who did it. Then again, I’ve never been any good at CLUE. Every Stolen Breath’s plot was intense, and evocative, and so amazing. The character development of Lia was so great. I feel like maybe it could have been a little more apparent rather than how subtle it actually was. It wasn’t super apparent until almost the end, how much she had actually changed, but it was definitely there. Her relationships with her mother, her two best friends and the guy who’s trying to help her really changed. Like a lot. Her mother starts off super distant but throughout the book shows moments of tremendous caring for her daughter. It was honestly really, really well done. It’s a plot driven book, for the most part, meaning that the characters are trying to finish or find something to complete the overarching theme. It often means that the characters suffer. But not so in Every Stolen Breath Nor do the descriptions suffer. I could see the Chicago skyline perfectly. Honestly, I need another one. Please tell me there is more.
Sarah_RP 3 months ago
From the moment I picked up Gabriel's debut YA thriller, I was completely immersed. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I was absolutely hooked from the get-go; needing to know what would happen next. With its fast-paced plot and cast of complicated, well-developed characters, it's become a new favorite -- one of the best books I've read in a long time. Well worth the read -- Every Stolen Breath will have you on the edge of your seat!
Sami_Reads 3 months ago
Every Stolen Breath literally stole my breath away! From the first chapter there is nonstop action, danger, and mystery. Teens and adults alike will devour this book. What I loved : 1. If you couldn’t already tell, I loved the title which hints at the heart-stopping pace of the plot but also symbolizes Lia’s asthma. From the time she was a premie baby, she has stolen every breath to be here. 2. The swarm: a group of teens that beats people to death. They surround their prey like a swarm of bees. It’s such a unique and fascinatingly violent idea. But who is behind them? And why? Are there kills thoughtless or is there a pattern? 3. I loved Lia’s tech-savvy friend Adam who helps her discover clues on the web. 4. The mystery guy who saves Lia’s life by nearly killing her and who is a part of the swarm. 5. Chicago serves as a beautiful and scary setting for this modern story. 6. Lia’s dad was murdered by the swarm and no matter how much they threaten her, she won’t give up until they’re brought to justice. Caution, only pick up this book if you have time to read it all be cause you won’t want to put it down.
Anonymous 3 months ago
When I first started reading, I was hooked in the first chapter with Gabriel’s intense, fast-paced opening scene. From there, the further I got into the story, the harder it was to put down. I loved the plot and the mystery, but what kept me turning the pages were the characters. All of them, including the secondary characters, were so well written. I loved Lia—who’s both flawed and heroic, and I really loved her relationship with Ryan. I read the entire book in just a few days and am excited for more from this debut author.
CrystalKL 3 months ago
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read Every Stolen Breath in exchange for a honest review. Once this book grabbed my attention I couldn't stop reading it. I had to know who was in charge of the Mobs. The story had me emotional a couple of times. No matter how much or little a character appeared in the story Kimberly Gabriel has a way of making you connect with them. I would love to read another book with Lia and Ryan! :) I would recommend adding this to your TRB!
Meredith_Rankin 3 months ago
This YA thriller has a lot going for it: interesting premise, intense action, teen romance. The characters are a mixed bunch, though, and some of the twists are predictable. But for me, it was the type of predictable twist that I can accept and even enjoy, especially when I'm not expecting deep or insightful thoughts on the human condition (e.g., the type of reading mood I've been in recently as I've battled migraines.)  Lia, as the main character, is rather self-absorbed. This is understandable. She's a teen (what teen isn't a bit like this?) and she's still grieving the violent death of her father. She also has to deal with her debilitating asthma. Now she's witnessed yet another deadly, seemingly-random attack from the Swarm. Her PTSD spins out of control. This makes her preoccupation with her own life understandable, if not necessarily likable. Her two BFFs, Katie and Adam, seem like stereotypes of the quiet Asian girl and the gay, computer-hacker best friend. Neither felt very real to me. Cullen, her archenemy-turned-fake-boyfriend-for-the-media, felt more developed. As the mayor's son, he's hyperaware of the power of social media and need to manipulate the press to cultivate one's influence; for a teen boy, he's a savvy political strategist. Or perhaps he's just someone who's been manipulated for his daddy's "family friendly" political image a few too many times.  Of all the teens, Ryan left me with the most questions. Yes, he's Lia's insta-love interest. (More accurately termed "insta-attraction." I don't roll my eyes at this trope because I remember experiencing it as a young woman.)  Yes, he's a mysterious stranger who somehow knows her name. Yes, he throws her off a bridge into a river to save her life (or kill her, take your pick) at the end of chapter one. But he's got answers to her questions--or does he? Is it possible that he's misleading her?  The action escalates quickly. While some of it felt a bit repetitive, Lia's flights from danger (especially with street-smart Ryan along to correct her multiple screw-ups) got my heart pounding. I also enjoyed seeing how Lia and Adam, her hacker friend, try to track down info through modern technology. The Swarm is techno-savvy, and while she's technologically-literate, her adversary is always one step ahead of her. Always.  The ending brought mixed emotions for me. With certain questions left unanswered, it seemed to leave open the possibility of a sequel. Yet this book didn't "feel" like it needed to be part of a series or a trilogy or have a sequel; it felt like a standalone. Would I read a sequel? Sure, if only to make certain that the people I wanted alive stayed alive!  Overall, this is a fun novel. Suspend reality for a while, kick back, and enjoy the ride.  Note: I received a copy of Every Stolen Breath from Netgalley and Blink in exchange for an honest review. My review will be published on my blog on October 28, 2019.
KarenfromDothan 3 months ago
The victims are piling up. For eleven years the Death Mob has terrorized Chicago, brutally beating to death their targets. The subject of their attacks seem to be random citizens who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One of their more recent kills was Steven Finch, a prominent attorney and father of Amelia. Lia has been sickly since birth, suffers from Asthma, and has been having panic attacks and hallucinations ever since her father died. She thinks the Swarm’s victims aren’t random at all, and is determined to unmask the person or persons responsible for her father’s death. First time author Kimberly Gabriel has written a page-turner of a YA thriller. It’s got some romance, a lot of crime solving and plenty of terrifying action. The main character may have a fragile body, but she makes up for what she lacks in physical strength with loads of courage and determination. She’s what I would call a kick-ass protagonist. The story never bogs down, and the plot holds your interest until the final page. I thought it was a chilling concept, but totally plausible. The novel is well written and exciting. Anyone who likes mysteries and thrillers will enjoy this book.
SallyKL 3 months ago
Every Stolen Breath is a fast-paced, suspenseful read filled with plot twists and complex characters. I loved Lia-I felt fully immersed in her voice, and Gabriel’s secondary characters were just as rich in detail and depth. This is an exciting thriller that will entertain all. Very well done.
onemused 3 months ago
EVERY STOLEN BREATH is an engrossing read that follows Lia as she attempts to uncover her father's killers. Every so often, Chicago is hit by the Swarm, a large group of teenagers who attack a person, seemingly at random, by surrounding and beating them to death. As it is such a large group, there is not much that can be done to stop them, and witnesses are few and sometimes killed. The attacks seemed random until Lia's father was the victim two years ago. Her father was investigating the Swarm and was about to convict someone he thought was behind it. After her father's death, no one has been able to make the connections and piece together who is really behind the Swarm. Lia is obsessed with figuring it out- despite her asthma and PTSD. However, her determination has led her to where she thinks she may know where the next attack will be. She has contacted the police, but what they really need is evidence, and Lia is determined to get it for them, by recording where she believes will be their next attack. However, the close encounter only escalates the danger for her- and leaves her without the evidence she needs. Unable to drop her search for justice, the clock is ticking until the Swarm chooses her as its next victim or she exposes whoever is behind it. What I loved: The plot of this book was really interesting with chasing down clues, and the ways that Lia navigates this world make it really engrossing (big whodunnit mystery, plus the thriller aspects of potential targeting). She is lucky to be aided by others in her journey, and the information about cyber security seemed really well researched. The representation of Lia's PTSD was really strong, and bringing attention to mental illness is helpful- especially here, where Lia's mother is getting her help to treat it. What left me wanting more: As a minor point, there are some sections of the book that seemed to drag a little (in the middle, when not too much happens), and I would have liked to keep up the fast pacing going throughout. Overall, it kept the thriller/mystery plot line going strong throughout. I would add warnings for major character death, murder, and assault, as well as a minor warning for a not-completely-wrapped up ending. The big things are taken care of, but I wonder if there might be a sequel in the works... Final verdict: Original, engrossing, and full of suspense, EVERY STOLEN BREATH is an intense YA thriller/mystery and page-turner. I would highly recommend for people who enjoy procedurals/thrillers and a tenacious heroine. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.