Friday, October 30, 2009

Review: Last Breath (The Rayne Tour Book 2) by Brandilyn and Amberly Collins

Last Breath (Rayne Tour, The) Last Breath by Brandilyn Collins

My rating: 5.0/5.0

I received this book through FIRST Wild Card Tours for review for a blog tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in The Rayne Tour but I was blown away by the second book, Last Breath.

About the Book:
With his last breath a dying man whispered four stunning words into Shaley O’Connor’s ear. Should she believe them? After two murders on the Rayne concert tour, Shaley is reeling. But she has no time to rest. If the dying man’s claim is right, the danger is far from over.

My Review:

I enjoyed the past/present switching that the authors used in this book.  It worked really well to explain Rayne's story to Shaley.  I also liked how the book mainly focused on the two main characters so I really got to know them.  It's very fast-paced and enjoyable.

Since it's the second in a series, I believe the first book, Always Watching needs to be read first.  That's not always true in series, but this series builds on each book and even though things that happened in the first book are alluded to in this book, I think the reader benefits more from reading Always Watching first.

The wonderful characterization started in Always Watching continues in Last Breath and the suspense kept me turning the pages.  This was less a mystery like the first one, but it still has mystery involved in the story of Shaley's Dad that Rayne tells.

Since it's Christian Young Adult it is definitely clean, though the characters are not perfect. Rayne is a single-mother.  Shaley continues to try and figure out how God fits in her life.  She's getting closer in this book and I enjoyed watching her learning about God's love.  The book is not preachy - the Christian focus is there, but not in every word - it's just there as a background to the story.  No one is perfect in these books and everyone is struggling.  Some are believers and some are not.  It's just a wonderful story.

So come get lost in a great series for a few hours - I can't recommend The Rayne Tour series, which includes Always Watching and Last Breath, enough.  I can't wait until the next installment either.

See more information and a chapter of the book here.
See my review of the first book in the series, Always Watching, here.

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Martha Eskuchen said...

Crystal - I had not heard of this series but it sounds very good from your review! It sounds like the characters have a "realness" to them. Thanks for the review.

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