Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt

18584521 (1)When I picked up Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt, I was expecting a very different story than the one spelled out on these pages. Somehow the teaser of fairy tale retelling, left me with images of pretty dresses, princesses, and fanciful language. I was wrong, but I was not disappointed. There are echoes of The Princess an the Pea in this story, but there’s also illness, black market organ selling, murder, and betrayal. Which, let’s face it, is equally if not more compelling than the fantasy images I approached the book with. The story follows Penelope Landlow. Her father is the head of one of the three crime families that controls the black market organ transplants. She has body guards and has never been anywhere by herself. She is almost never touched by anyone (not even her parents!) because of an autoimmune disorder that makes her bruise at all but the lightest of touches. See the princess an the pea connection?  Continue reading “Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt”