• Alex Lopez

Every Stolen Breath

Kimberly Gabriel's debut novel, Every Stolen Breath, was a relentless journey that absorbs you from the very first line. Life and death engage in a high wire dance where the protagonist, Lia Finch, pirouettes against these forces in order to unmask the orchestrator to this choreographed game in the midst of Chicago's landscape. Despite the dire circumstances surrounding her life, Lia takes command of her future and finds the drive and focus to continue onward. This determination to rise amidst extraordinary challenges truly made Lia a fierce female that readers can certainly engage with.

Additionally, after reading Every Stolen Breath, I'd like to venture forth and relay my observations that author Kimberly Gabriel has a great strength in creating immersive literature that I'd absolutely recommend readers to experience for themselves. I found that the narrative was filled with dynamic action where every line was executed with purposeful force into order to drive a plot full of exciting unpredictability and nail-biting moments.

Every Stolen Breath is a story that will take your breath away until the last inked page.

Just beware the Swarm.


Every Stolen Breath

by Kimberly Gabriel

Publisher: BLINK

Release date: November 5, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis: The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim. Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. 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. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own. 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 mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.


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Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance issues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

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Finished copy of Every Stolen Breath

by Kimberly Gabriel

+ signed bookplate + poster (USA)

Starts: 11/4/19

Ends: 11/14/19


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