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What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won't sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won't say where he came from or who's chasing him. He's a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quo What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won't sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won't say where he came from or who's chasing him. He's a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quoting Plato to justify his actions. Azazel is drawn to him. She's obsessed with finding out his secrets. What she doesn't know is that Jason's secrets are entwined with her own town's secrets. Her friends and family have conspired to use her as a pawn in a violent scheme. Soon, she will have to choose between protecting Jason and staying loyal to everyone she's ever trusted. A story about forbidden love, fate, and free will, Breathless is Rosemary's Baby meets The Da Vinci Code.


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What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won't sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won't say where he came from or who's chasing him. He's a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quo What if the messiah and the anti-christ fell in love? Azazel is seventeen and sexually frustrated. Her biggest issue is trying to figure out why her seemingly normal boyfriend won't sleep with her. Then Jason races into her life. He won't say where he came from or who's chasing him. He's a delicious puzzle, a boy who has no problem using his fists to solve arguments or quoting Plato to justify his actions. Azazel is drawn to him. She's obsessed with finding out his secrets. What she doesn't know is that Jason's secrets are entwined with her own town's secrets. Her friends and family have conspired to use her as a pawn in a violent scheme. Soon, she will have to choose between protecting Jason and staying loyal to everyone she's ever trusted. A story about forbidden love, fate, and free will, Breathless is Rosemary's Baby meets The Da Vinci Code.

30 review for Breathless

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=fuck+f... That's how I feel about this book. I feel yucky for even reading it. Can I please have my money back...oh yea it was free but please I would like some kind of refund after reading this toilet water clusterfuck of a book. Here's my description of this book. We start out with Azazel in her boyfriends truck "Toby" and she's trying to fondle him when clearly he doesn't want to get it on with her. He has told her over and over he does not want to have sex with h http://www.google.com/imgres?q=fuck+f... That's how I feel about this book. I feel yucky for even reading it. Can I please have my money back...oh yea it was free but please I would like some kind of refund after reading this toilet water clusterfuck of a book. Here's my description of this book. We start out with Azazel in her boyfriends truck "Toby" and she's trying to fondle him when clearly he doesn't want to get it on with her. He has told her over and over he does not want to have sex with her. Note that the first half of the book is of Azazel complaining about how everyone in the whole world has had sex except her. Ok back to the truck....after Toby has shut her down for the umpteenth time they see a boy running through the woods, Azazel jumps out and tells him to get in the truck. My problem with that is who in there right mind just sees someone running in the woods and decides this stranger needs to get in the truck and take him home with her....CRAZY! Ok back to this atrocity, Toby and Azazel take this boy back to her house to talk to her parents. They find out that his name is Jason and that he was running from someone, but he won't elaborate who these someones are. They can't find any records of him,not transcripts,no birth records, nada zilch. But Azazel's parents take him in as one of their many foster children. At this point Azazel is pretty much obsessed with him, ah did I mention that she's also obsessed about wanting to have sex ALL THE TIME Pretty much nothing happens except the whole town acting strange, they keep saying strange things and are keeping a close eye on Jason. They have been holding back from Azazel saying strange things. Ok about halfway through the book is when it starts getting really freaky, I'll spare you the details and just say it involves satanist rituals, SEX rape,and murder.(view spoiler)[Jason has a God complex and Azazel is some sort of vessal for the demon Azazel (hide spoiler)] It's safe to say this book was not for me. It was Stupid, emphasis the STUPID. I didn't care what happened to the characters, I just wanted it to be over or for someone to poke my eyes out with a fire poker, which ever came first. I would rather cut my own tongue out than recommend this toilet diarrhea water to anyone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krissy P (Kris)

    This book was Crazy Cuckoo Bananas, but I really really liked it... Wow, I am speechless after reading this story. I really loved this book. It was raw, compelling and gritty; had surprises at every turn. I am truly impressed with this author. ***** WARNING THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS******** This is the story of Jason and Azazel. Azazel is a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life, perfect boyfriend, perfect parents and perfect BFF. Boy is she ever WRONG. She meets Jason when he li This book was Crazy Cuckoo Bananas, but I really really liked it... Wow, I am speechless after reading this story. I really loved this book. It was raw, compelling and gritty; had surprises at every turn. I am truly impressed with this author. ***** WARNING THIS REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS******** This is the story of Jason and Azazel. Azazel is a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life, perfect boyfriend, perfect parents and perfect BFF. Boy is she ever WRONG. She meets Jason when he literally stumbles into her life; frightened and fearing for his life. He is a mystery to her and she feels compelled to help him. Much to her boyfriend Toby's dismay, she brings him home and her parents essentially add him to the many foster kids they already have. Azazel is sexually frustrated. She wants her boyfriend Toby, but he thinks they should wait. Her friends, parents and boyfriend constantly have some strange comment that she does not quite understand and she feels like something completely weird is going on. She grows closer to Jason as he seems to be the only other person out of the loop in what is going on with those closest to her. Jason constantly fears for her family as he believes his presence in her home is a danger to everyone as he escaped from a secret society called The Sons of the Rising Son. Halloween rolls around and that is when everything really starts to fall apart. Her parents, friends and neighbors are satanists who gather in her home to conduct a ritual where she is to be raped by her boyfriend to invoke the demon whom she is named for and then kill Jason. They escape and go on the run and essentially go on a crime spree, stealing and killing those who are a threat to them or get in their way. On their journey, they discover who they are, fall in love and try to survive by any means possible. This is a very very mature YA-Adults only story. The two follow up books are fantastic as well and worth every penny.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Click Here to read more YA reviews at READING, EATING & DREAMING My review is of the entire Jason & Azazel trilogy!! ****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, BUT IT ALSO GIVES LIGHT TO THE TRUE SUBJECT OF THIS TRILOGY…I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT THIS TRILOGY WAS REALLY ABOUT BEFORE I STARTED IT…SO CONTINUE PAST THIS POINT WITH CAUTION!!**** (view spoiler)[A crazy town full of Satanists who want to rape and kill innocent people, the “Messiah” who happens to be killing machine and satanic “hippies” who Click Here to read more YA reviews at READING, EATING & DREAMING My review is of the entire Jason & Azazel trilogy!! ****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, BUT IT ALSO GIVES LIGHT TO THE TRUE SUBJECT OF THIS TRILOGY…I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT THIS TRILOGY WAS REALLY ABOUT BEFORE I STARTED IT…SO CONTINUE PAST THIS POINT WITH CAUTION!!**** (view spoiler)[A crazy town full of Satanists who want to rape and kill innocent people, the “Messiah” who happens to be killing machine and satanic “hippies” who conceive the child of the Devil…this trilogy wasn’t for me!! Breathless, Trembling & Tortured by V.J. Chambers missed the mark in my book. Breathless, the first in the trilogy, is the best of the three books (and that’s not saying much). By the beginning of the second book in the series, Trembling, I desperately wanted to turn off my Kindle and be done with it, but I stuck it out until the end (partly because I am sort of OCD and I HATE to leave things unfinished). I wish I could say that after concluding this series everything came together and I saw the light, but that wasn’t that case. Frankly, I didn’t like what I read. The biggest disappointment, in my opinion, was how misleading I found the book descriptions. I understand you don’t want to give too much away, but based on these descriptions I expected: a love triangle, a mysterious bad boy, romance and suspense. Don’t get me wrong, this trilogy contains almost all of that, but it is more strongly based on Satanism, a secret society who have, literally, created the “Messiah” and parents who try to force their daughter (the reincarnation of the devil, of course) to participate in a satanic ritual. During this ritual, she is expected to be raped and to commit murder. Oh, those parents I mentioned …yeah, those same parents are foster parents who have taken in numerous children over the years. What a horrible message!(view spoiler)[ I gave the Jason & Azazel trilogy 1 STAR. I think some people might get a kick out of this story; I was not one of them. If after reading my review you are still interested in this trilogy then I highly recommend you read it, but if my review created any doubt for you then I wouldn’t think twice about reading this series. -XOXO READING, EATING & DREAMING (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kept me up all night...I seriously could not put this down. **more to come** Ok, so now that I've managed to get a little shut eye...let's tackle this review, shall we? Where on God's green earth do I begin? Holy crap! What a ride! A seriously twisted, freaky, laugh-despite-your-discomfort, mindboggling, WTF, and OMG roller coaster. I started this at around midnight and chain-smoked, caffeine-dripped all the way to the end (which I reached at 10:30 this morning. Now, here's the thing. I was raised Kept me up all night...I seriously could not put this down. **more to come** Ok, so now that I've managed to get a little shut eye...let's tackle this review, shall we? Where on God's green earth do I begin? Holy crap! What a ride! A seriously twisted, freaky, laugh-despite-your-discomfort, mindboggling, WTF, and OMG roller coaster. I started this at around midnight and chain-smoked, caffeine-dripped all the way to the end (which I reached at 10:30 this morning. Now, here's the thing. I was raised Roman Catholic (I am now a recovering Catholic...no offense to anyone). Satanism and the anti-Christ usually scare the bejesus out of me. Surprisingly, this did not. While I was slightly uncomfortable with the whole ritual sex, attempted rape scenes (warning: this is not for the under 18 crowd), it wasn't so graphic as some other reviews have portrayed it. The only thing that really bothered me at that point was the blasé attitude Azazel took when her so-called bestie Lilith explained what was going on. It was just a little too relaxed for my liking...probably because I would've been kicking ass and taking names while drinking a 2-liter of holy water. But that's just me... Anyway, the first half of the story introduces us to Azazel--normal, average small-town teenage girl with the perfect family, boyfriend (who doesn't pressure her for sex even though SHE wants it), and friends. Her parents are, for the most part, awesome. Liberal hippie/psychologist types who focus on choices/consequences where it comes to raising her and the many foster kids they take into their home. They're loving, attentive, and the kind of parents any kid would be lucky to have. Of course, until they're not... Enter Jason, the super-mysterious boy who literally bounds into Azazel's life on a dark, desolate stretch of road one night. A bunch of dangerous baddies have been tracking him, and he's been running from them for months. Since her parents are super-cool and used to strays, Azazel immediately insists that he come home with her. After a little hesitance on Jason's part, he finally agrees and her family welcomes him with open arms. Long story short, Jason and Azazel get to know each other and form an attraction which continues to intensify until right before the town's big reveal (I'll let you guess). Needless to say that once this happens, the two of them get the hell out of dodge (no pun intended) and try to survive. Here's the kicker...Jason has a big secret too. All we know about Azazel at this point is that she's supposedly the "vessel" meant to bring the demon she is named for to the earth. She was meant to kill him. Why? Well...he's apparently the messiah of the New World Order. Anti-Christ and Messiah sitting in a tree...k-I-s-s-I-n-g! < Anyway, so these two are running for their lives both from the Satanists and the NWO. They're in love with each other. Star-crossed lovers doesn't even begin to cover it...sigh. Ok, so what did I like so much about this book? 1) Jason: I seriously have a deep love for mysterious bad boy types. It's really an obsession of mine. Every single time that boy was near Azazel, my heart went all aflutter. He's sweet and considerate where she's concerned, and yet he's totally "bad" for her (at least for the first half). He's super smart (nerdgasm). And I love how he tries so hard to keep his cool before a fight. It's freaking sexy. Period. 2) Azazel: She's just so damn clueless that I couldn't help loving her. She tries so hard to figure out what the hell is going on, but she's always "just that short" of the truth. 3) The writing was excellent (save for a few errors in grammar and spelling that really didn't bother me much). I'm always a little leery of indie authors because the quality of the writing is usually sub-par, in my opinion. I'm anal when I write and I expect other authors to be the same. I was pleasantly surprised at how well-written and well-plotted the story seemed. While the surprises were predictable, I still gasped and yelled out WTF whenever they popped up because the author managed to put a twist on them that sent my mind reeling. When a book can evoke a strong emotional reaction in me (whatever it is), it easily becomes one of my favorites. This one did not disappoint. 4) The impossible relationship: YES! ANGST! MORE! PLEASE! The one thing I didn't like: 1) A few reactions from Azazel were just...unbelievable. Like I said before, if my parents, best friend, and boyfriend (and the whole football team, half the school faculty, police, etc) tied me up, showed up in black hoods, told me they worshipped the devil, and tried to have my ex rape me while they had an orgy upstairs? Yeah, calm wouldn't cover it. I mean, she cried and screamed a few times. But seriously...she'd lived her entire life not realizing that any of this was going on around her? Seriously? Yeah...calm would've gone right out the freaking door along with my sanity. Also, I felt like her reactions to seeing people she loved shot and killed in front of her were a bit too ho-hum. I get that they were trying to rape her and kill Jason, but sheesh! Show a little more conflicted emotion girl! Ok, so my eyes are crossing and I can't think straight anymore. But I think y'all get the gist of how I feel about this book. It was awesome! There was action, suspense, intrigue, laughter, romance, sexual tension (the good kind, not just the creepy kind). Overall, a great read. I will definitely read the next book in the series...although I'm fighting the urge to download it until tomorrow. After I've gotten some much needed SLEEEEEEEEP! Happy reading folks!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nurlely

    I am falling for Jason. A killer who tried to figure out his life and found his love on the way. Azazel was made for him.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Xyra

    2 1/2 - 3 stars. While I liked this; it needs more work. I don't know how eBooks come about; however, if they are derived directly from the hard copy with no additional typing, copying, or pasting then the editing/proofreading staff needs to be fired. This book was littered with punctuation errors, missing words, phrases that shouldn't have been there, etc. It was awful, annoying, and distracting. Now to the actual writing. The author failed to make me really care about her characters and what th 2 1/2 - 3 stars. While I liked this; it needs more work. I don't know how eBooks come about; however, if they are derived directly from the hard copy with no additional typing, copying, or pasting then the editing/proofreading staff needs to be fired. This book was littered with punctuation errors, missing words, phrases that shouldn't have been there, etc. It was awful, annoying, and distracting. Now to the actual writing. The author failed to make me really care about her characters and what they were going through. She told me everything without the details that would have the reader connect with the characters, their surroundings, and what is happening to them. However, my interest was slightly peaked at the end of the story so that I might just look into reading the second and third installments. I understand that the point of view is limited to that of a naive, overprotected, relatively innocent 17 year old girl; however, most of the time Zaza sounded like she was 13 or 14 that was a little hard to take or believe. Plus living with a house filled with that many boys would take some of the naivete out of her...she'd be more brash. Not saying that the very opening scene doesn't show her as brash... This is most definitely a story that should NOT be labeled YA, unless bookstores create new categories for Tween YA and Older Teen YA. This is the latter all the way - rated R or NC-17 if it were a movie. [Spoiler alert] Let's get to the nitty gritty, shall we. I was completely floored by the main focus of the story being sex. It might be appropriate to call that part of the book 17 Shades of Grey. The plot twist...I found it neither disgusting nor appalling mostly because I picked up on the HUGE clues 1) the main character is named after a demon, 2) her best friend's name is the same as the mother of all demons, 3) the texts and emails included the "number of the beast" and mentioned "the vessel," 4) her parents mentioned Samhain (sp?), 5) Homecoming was on Halloween [which is way too late for a high school homecoming], 6) there are no churches in town, 7) Zaza chose to be a Vestal Virgin for Halloween, and 8) Zaza's mother gave her a pentagram necklace to wear. All that adds up to no good. A town full of Satanists is not a new plot point. I think there a few horror movies out there like that. And the main scene could have been so much worse than black rose petals, candles, and "black mass" rituals. not to mention that the violence that follows Zaza and Jason's escape is the same as any R-rated chase or gangster movie (thinking Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, etc.). What I found most disturbing were the clues Hallam was putting together with regards to Jason's conception...I started thinking that the two were brother and sister. That would truly have been icky. I know people who have thrown books where that allegation was made a plot point. Will I read it again? No. Was it a waste of time? Meh, not really. Will I read the remaining two books? Maybe if the eBooks get to $.99.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Benefiel

    Azazel has a funny name, but the rest of her life is pretty normal. She’s been dating her football player boyfriend, Toby, since Freshman year, she has a fun BFF named Lilith, and she gets good grades in school. Her only real problem is that she wants to lose her virginity to Toby like, yesterday, but he keeps telling her he wants to wait. During one of their frustratingly chaste make out sessions, Azazel spots a boy running through the woods toward their truck, looking like he is being chased. Azazel has a funny name, but the rest of her life is pretty normal. She’s been dating her football player boyfriend, Toby, since Freshman year, she has a fun BFF named Lilith, and she gets good grades in school. Her only real problem is that she wants to lose her virginity to Toby like, yesterday, but he keeps telling her he wants to wait. During one of their frustratingly chaste make out sessions, Azazel spots a boy running through the woods toward their truck, looking like he is being chased. She immediately goes to help him and get him in the truck. Toby helps too, if not reluctantly. The boy’s name is Jason and as is the way with YA, he’s a hottie. A mysterious hottie. Because Azazel has adopted brothers and a few foster brothers living at her house, she takes Jason home with her. Her parents are totally cool with this and try to become Jason’s guardians. The only problem is, Jason doesn’t exist. After this point there is a lot of good build up. You know Jason is “something” but not exactly what and Ms. Chambers teases us with lots of meaningful looks between Azazel and Jason to the point where I was like, “Can somebody kill Toby please, he’s getting in the way of true love.” At the Homecoming dance, Jason admits to Azazel that he has feelings for her and they kiss…and then things get super freaky in a way I was not expecting at all. The stakes are suddenly ratcheted up ten levels and much craziness ensues. I can’t tell you what because I am so not a twist ruiner. The next book, Trembling, picks up a few months later and is an equally fun ride. If you enjoy stories about secret societies, you will really find these books interesting. They’re like the Da Vinci Code, but with 17-year-old hotties and lots more making out. They’re also pretty violent, which I like, but if you’re looking for something strictly romantic, just be warned.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JJ

    Oh, hell no. I won't be reading any more of this series. (view spoiler)[ The pentagram on the front and the subtle hints throughout should have been heeded, but I kept reading anyway. I held out hope that it wasn't going to be what I feared it was. I love paranormal of just about any type but I won't touch flat-out devil worship with a 10-foot pole. There are some places I just will not go. (hide spoiler)] Don't get me wrong, V.J. Chambers is talented and knows how to write an engaging story. Thi Oh, hell no. I won't be reading any more of this series. (view spoiler)[ The pentagram on the front and the subtle hints throughout should have been heeded, but I kept reading anyway. I held out hope that it wasn't going to be what I feared it was. I love paranormal of just about any type but I won't touch flat-out devil worship with a 10-foot pole. There are some places I just will not go. (hide spoiler)] Don't get me wrong, V.J. Chambers is talented and knows how to write an engaging story. This is just not a subject for me. After reading this, I needed to calm down and not worry that I would be accosted by demons while I slept. Making the sign of the cross and throwing a healthy dose of Holy water around my bed didn't hurt either. *shudder*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really don't think this should be a YA book. In that genre I find it completely inappropriate. I wasn't even able to finish. Once I hit the plot twist halfway through I literally felt sick and had to stop reading for fear I would lose my lunch. What seems to be billed as another mysterious paranormal romance with love triangle turns into a completely horrifying tale that I would not feel comfortable having my children ever read. Place it in in a different genre and please change the misleading I really don't think this should be a YA book. In that genre I find it completely inappropriate. I wasn't even able to finish. Once I hit the plot twist halfway through I literally felt sick and had to stop reading for fear I would lose my lunch. What seems to be billed as another mysterious paranormal romance with love triangle turns into a completely horrifying tale that I would not feel comfortable having my children ever read. Place it in in a different genre and please change the misleading description.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Muse Here

    Ok, in the first chapter I pretty much hated Azazel. A near perfect person with a seemingly perfect life. Plus, she whined a lot. I thought it a bit odd that she immediately offered refuge to some strange boy, without giving it a second thought. However, once we meet her family and get to know more about her (particularly how she was raised) that decision made complete sense to me. It seemed likely that someone who was raised the way she was, would indeed do that. And once she slowed down enough Ok, in the first chapter I pretty much hated Azazel. A near perfect person with a seemingly perfect life. Plus, she whined a lot. I thought it a bit odd that she immediately offered refuge to some strange boy, without giving it a second thought. However, once we meet her family and get to know more about her (particularly how she was raised) that decision made complete sense to me. It seemed likely that someone who was raised the way she was, would indeed do that. And once she slowed down enough to stop whining/gushing about everything and actually started to question things, well, that's really when it got interesting. I thought it was very realistic, how even though some things rated noticeably odd to her that she didn't stop to examine them more closely, or that once she did, she quickly dismissed them. But I was raised in a very sheltered, religious home where things were not quite right and I suppose, I had the same attitude. I didn't really want to question things, possibly because I didn't want to rock the boat and somewhere, deep down, I think I knew (just as she did) that to question things would indeed rock the boat and change my entire life. I also enjoyed how she fell in love with Jason without even noticing it. That part was sort of funny, but again, I have been in a similar predicament, believing someone to be a close friend, only to realize one day that my feelings ran much deeper than that. The pace of the novel was great. I was sucked in without even noticing and had great difficulty putting the book down. Very intense! Easily the best story I've read on my kindle in quite some time. And I kind of liked how she was the one who kept wanting sex, only to be turned down. The entire plot was something completely unusual and new. Very interesting. However, there were a few times (when they meet up with Hallam and again with another character who's name I can't recall) where there was too much rambling, I thought (however, that could just be my impatience) it just seemed to take too long to get to the explanations that were promised. I only found a couple minor errors throughout the entire book (i.e. two uses of the word "chose" which should have been "choose") but it wasn't enough to make me cringe, like so many others I've attempted to read on my kindle. I don't like that this book is rated as 'young adult'. I think the contents and subject matter should be for adults only. (I might be biased, though, now that my 13 year old reads YA.) (view spoiler)[I kept waiting for the rape that some other reviewers mention, however...there is NO actual rape in this entire story. It is hinted at in several places, but it does NOT happen) (hide spoiler)] There are several twists in the novel that I found surprising, a few parts that were a little predictable, but mostly just enjoyable. The ending was everything I was hoping for (by the time I got there) and very satisfying. I read the free preview for the second book since it was included afterwards and now I can't wait to read that!

  11. 4 out of 5

    audrey

    Azazel lives in a wholesome small town where the most exciting thing has been finding Jason. He's on the run from danger and Azazel wants to keep him safe with her family. She's determined to uncover the secrets that haunt him but soon finds that their lives are intertwined in a horrifying plot between a violent religious order and a satanic cult. This is the first book in the Jason And Azazel series. Breathless is a dark, young adult story that explores mature and controversial themes. The narra Azazel lives in a wholesome small town where the most exciting thing has been finding Jason. He's on the run from danger and Azazel wants to keep him safe with her family. She's determined to uncover the secrets that haunt him but soon finds that their lives are intertwined in a horrifying plot between a violent religious order and a satanic cult. This is the first book in the Jason And Azazel series. Breathless is a dark, young adult story that explores mature and controversial themes. The narration is engaging with a genuine and unreserved voice that isn't often found in traditional young adult books. The characters are all wonderfully developed and the world building is fantastic. The first part of the book has a slower pace focusing on high school life while building up a sense of foreboding and mystery. The second half of the book is a dramatic explosion of action, violence, and shocking revelations. I loved the amount of detail and research that went into the portrayal of the religious group and satanic cult. I liked that the initial focus was what their base values were before interweaving their lore, history, ideologies and structure. It was interesting to note overlapping similarities and I loved that there was an uncertainty about which one was in the right. Breathless hints at an ominous future for the main characters and I look forward to reading the rest of the Jason and Azazel series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀

    I normally don't have spoilers in my reviews, but this time, I'm going to have to make an exception. I only got part-way through this book, before I had to put it down, and go take a shower. Once I reached the vivid and graphic description of the main group of people being Satanists, preparing to rape the main character in a Satanic cult ritual on Halloween, I stopped in disgust. Not my kind of book! I really would have liked some warning that this book had that sort of thing in it, and I never I normally don't have spoilers in my reviews, but this time, I'm going to have to make an exception. I only got part-way through this book, before I had to put it down, and go take a shower. Once I reached the vivid and graphic description of the main group of people being Satanists, preparing to rape the main character in a Satanic cult ritual on Halloween, I stopped in disgust. Not my kind of book! I really would have liked some warning that this book had that sort of thing in it, and I never would have picked it up. The description/synopsis should mention something about cults, Satanists, witch-craft, demons, something! Parents need to be aware of that in this series, because it's listed as YA. The story itself wasn't even that good- the main character is an idiot. She's a vapid, immature girl who was written to blindly miss completely, painfully obvious events and circumstances, in order to propel the story forward. I can not think that any one in real life would be that stupid... Overall, this book was horrible, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone...

  13. 4 out of 5

    deby-fray-white

    I loved the three books that completed the Jason and Azazel Trilogy, i read them all in a week, i coudn´t stop! The author created a true story, with real characters, real places, and for God´s sake, a real lenguaje and normal sexual tension!!!! This how the teenagers actually are, of course it has a lot of violence, rudennes, sex and feelings, but it is all put in the right place so it all has sense. For my was refreshing, new, young, alive!!!! I loved it for real, i really hope she write someoth I loved the three books that completed the Jason and Azazel Trilogy, i read them all in a week, i coudn´t stop! The author created a true story, with real characters, real places, and for God´s sake, a real lenguaje and normal sexual tension!!!! This how the teenagers actually are, of course it has a lot of violence, rudennes, sex and feelings, but it is all put in the right place so it all has sense. For my was refreshing, new, young, alive!!!! I loved it for real, i really hope she write someother book for this trilogy, promise i will read it for sure!!!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deyna

    Who is giving this book so many 4 and 5 star review here and on Amazon? Thirteen-year-old girls, maybe, as the book sounds like it was written by one. The plot is ludicrous, the heroine too stupid to believe, the writing juvenile, and the editing barely passable - errors like "your/you're" and "then/than" are common. I wouldn't have finished it except I was away from home without a book. Should have known there was a reason this book was free for Kindle - sometimes you get what you (don't) pay f Who is giving this book so many 4 and 5 star review here and on Amazon? Thirteen-year-old girls, maybe, as the book sounds like it was written by one. The plot is ludicrous, the heroine too stupid to believe, the writing juvenile, and the editing barely passable - errors like "your/you're" and "then/than" are common. I wouldn't have finished it except I was away from home without a book. Should have known there was a reason this book was free for Kindle - sometimes you get what you (don't) pay for.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Riz

    I like the plot and the characters of this book, they all have different and powerful characteristics. You could distinguish one character from the other. It always put me on the edge of my seat. Its so good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Well,... it was good,... but for me very drawn out and the words feel like they are just taking up space in a book to lure you onto book number 2. Um,... and I don't want to read book number 2 enough,... so.... it was OKaaaayyyy. Well,... it was good,... but for me very drawn out and the words feel like they are just taking up space in a book to lure you onto book number 2. Um,... and I don't want to read book number 2 enough,... so.... it was OKaaaayyyy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katelynn Schultz

    It was alright. I liked the idea of the story line, but the writing was a bit melodramatic for me. It didn't quite seem amateurish, but I've read better. Maybe it is supposed to be a young adult book, and so it is overly dramatic?? Either way, it wasn't horrible, but there were parts that I struggled to get through. I liked the main parts/ideas of the story, though. It was alright. I liked the idea of the story line, but the writing was a bit melodramatic for me. It didn't quite seem amateurish, but I've read better. Maybe it is supposed to be a young adult book, and so it is overly dramatic?? Either way, it wasn't horrible, but there were parts that I struggled to get through. I liked the main parts/ideas of the story, though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    This book was the most amazing thing I have read. I read it during a time where everything was dark and it kept me going. The amount of time the author took to write the trilogy was evident and I was happy to spend the time reading. I was not as happy reading the other six books that followed but I enjoyed them well enough

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hopkins

    Good It was interesting, really disgusted with Azazels parents. I mean that was really messed up. Jason certainly has led a different life also. They are intriguing characters, amid the fanatics around them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sally May

    Kinda boring Kind of boring and uninteresting. It never caught my attention. And believe me I tried to get into it. unsucessful though

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brianne

    Weird....? 🤷🏻‍♀️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lily at Bookluvrs Haven

    Interesting story line but writing needs some good polishing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LaDonna

    Honestly I want to give this book more than 3 stars because I love the writer's style and voice. It was very readable, and it did certainly draw me in. I did not give it more stars simply because it is not my genre of book, and I am definitely too old to be the target audience. I read it because I was interested when the author posted in group I participate in here on GoodReads that she had written a book in that genre, and that this one was available as a free download. The genres this book enco Honestly I want to give this book more than 3 stars because I love the writer's style and voice. It was very readable, and it did certainly draw me in. I did not give it more stars simply because it is not my genre of book, and I am definitely too old to be the target audience. I read it because I was interested when the author posted in group I participate in here on GoodReads that she had written a book in that genre, and that this one was available as a free download. The genres this book encompass fall under YA and SciFi - two genres that just are not my style. Admittedly I've read a bit of YA in the last year, because I have a tween daughter who either wants me to read what she's read or leaves them lying around and I end up picking them up. Nothing wrong with YA, just I am simply not the target audience. I will say of the smattering of the YA books I have read, this one was the most enjoyable (although I would not want my daughter to read it, at least not at this age.) The SciFi, if you want to call it that, is what truly affects my rating. Just not my thing, but I am always fairly open to reading just about anything. Ultimately I suppose this book is good vs. evil, but the plot becomes so twisted that it is really hard to decide who is good and who is evil. This is actually a plus in this situation, and what makes it so hard to put down. I do want to say that this book deals with a skewed view of satanism and secret societies, as I was taken rather by surprise on that. Didn't really bother me; it is evident early on that this is not a reality based book and therefore I don't take any of these things seriously. I guess that comes from being more aged than the target, and though it certainly wasn't a dealbreaker for me, I can easily see that it could be for some. The same can be said for the level of violence. It does deal with attempted rape, murder, police corruption, assorted lawbreaking while fleeing those who would inflict further damage, sexual situations (but nothing too graphic.) Another reason I didn't give it more stars was that I could not really relate to any of the characters or forge real emotions toward them (and that I will blame wholely on my being so far removed from adolescence.) I give the author much credit for writing the teenagers as teenagers. I try daily to remember what it was like to be one as I own one and another well on her way to being one, but I tend to find them mostly on the obnoxious and vain side - which they are; it is why they are not adults yet. Many times it seems that teenagers in books are either much more or much less mature than what reality is in the times we live in. Ms. Chambers does a fantastic job of keeping them "real" even though they are faced with very surreal life obstacles. I will definitely be picking up the author's thriller soon, as I did love her writing style, but I doubt that I will pick up the rest of Jason and Azazel's trilogy (although I am tempted....I couldn't resist reading the excerpt at the end of this one for the second one.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madison Ridge

    Title: Breathless Series: Jason and Azazel series, book 1 Author: V.J Chambers Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Rating: 3.5 - 4 stars This book wasn't what I expected, with the whole satanist act and Azazel worshiping and blah blah blah. But the I did like it, a lot, the fact that it was completely different to most of the other books in the YA paranormal Romance genre, it gave the reader visuals on both God and various worshipers and religions. The whole meant-to-be relationship thing took a bit long for Title: Breathless Series: Jason and Azazel series, book 1 Author: V.J Chambers Genre: YA Paranormal Romance Rating: 3.5 - 4 stars This book wasn't what I expected, with the whole satanist act and Azazel worshiping and blah blah blah. But the I did like it, a lot, the fact that it was completely different to most of the other books in the YA paranormal Romance genre, it gave the reader visuals on both God and various worshipers and religions. The whole meant-to-be relationship thing took a bit long for me, how about we go through each of the characters, hey? Azazel - Azazel was the main character, she was confident, but way too sexually frustrated for my liking, she was continuously trying to make her boyfriend Toby go all the way with her, which lowered my respect for her. She was faithful, confident and completely understanding and sympathetic to other characters if they needed it. Toby - Toby, Toby, Toby. Oh how I didn't like you from the start. Toby was Azazel's boyfriend from the very start, in which you meet right at the beginning. I kind of got the impression that he felt continuously awkward around his girlfriend, I was like... mate, she's your girlfriend, chill out bud. But you know. My initial impression of him at the ending of the book was anger, fury, hatred, you know all those raw negative types of feelings, yeah he got under my skin with his little innocent act, always going against Azazel for helping Jason out, ugh, just go die in a hole already, man. Jason - Oh Jason, where do I begin? *Sigh* Okay, so Jason was the second main character in the book... obviously.... Jason and Azazel #1 Ah man, anyway. He was the protagonist/antagonist, it's really hard to choose when he holds so much mystery. Yes, that's right girls. We have a hot, mysterious, dark male, holding the age of eighteen. So line up! He was a sensitive character with all his emotions held in check and everyone else's safety kept as first priority, before his own. The storyline itself was intriguing..and interesting I suppose, fan's of Falling under-by Gwen Hayes may enjoy this book, minus the underworld trips. I actually thought the way the author made some of the students stay nasty things about Azazel when they found out Toby wouldn't comply to her...sexual urges..or intentions? They all started to say things that I thought weren't too realistic. But I forgot all about that when hotty mchotterton came over and save the day. *Sigh* Wait, what? Oh and another note, made tone down on the sexual activities and expections. I mean the whole TOWN was sexually frustrated, I don't even wanna know anymore. So they you have it, I give this book about 3.5 stars for the storyline, but perhaps 4 stars for the characters, they weren't as bad as I put them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarika

    Honestly, I don't know what to think of this book. I've had it in my kindle for literally over a year, maybe two, and I decided to read it because I realized there's A LOT of books in my kindle that I bought and never read ('cause I'm a book hoarder like that). Starting this book, my first thought was 'oh my gosh, why didn't I start reading this before'. Azazel was funny and adventurous, her boyfriend, Toby, was kind of a wuss, and at times a dick, but that was okay because Jason was sweet and f Honestly, I don't know what to think of this book. I've had it in my kindle for literally over a year, maybe two, and I decided to read it because I realized there's A LOT of books in my kindle that I bought and never read ('cause I'm a book hoarder like that). Starting this book, my first thought was 'oh my gosh, why didn't I start reading this before'. Azazel was funny and adventurous, her boyfriend, Toby, was kind of a wuss, and at times a dick, but that was okay because Jason was sweet and funny and made up for the things Toby lacked. Now, where the book lost me was the satanists thing. That literally came out of nowhere and, to be honest, I'm not sure how that really fit into the story at all. It's almost as if the plot started as one thing and then changed into an entirely different story using the same characters. If you were to separate the first half of the book from the second and read them as different books entirely, you'd see what I'm saying. Things were, LITERALLY, one way in one paragraph and completely different by the next sentence. Everything was spilled out all at once, explained in a rush, and practically forced down to swallow. There was no pause for the dust to settle. It was chaos. My second issue is that towards the end, it seemed like Azazel didn't care at all. Her family and everyone she once held dear Is killed by her now boyfriend and all she can think about us how she's gonna move forward with him. Jason, took their deaths harder than she did, and he's the one that killed them. My third problem is that despite EVERYTHING going on with the death, the demon rising rituals, and the satanists, the one thing that remains on everyone's mind especially Azazel's is her virginity. But where as the satanists wanted her to remain a virgin, the only thing she had on her mind, from the first sentence of the book to the last, was who was she gonna give it to and when. I get she's a hormonal teenager, I get her virginity is needed for the ritual but come on Azazel, there are other, more important things to worry about than what's going on between you legs (or rather, what isn't). She finds out Toby is a satanist, she not upset because she almost had sex with him NOT the fact that he wants to put a demon in her body. Jason knows nothing of his past and wants to find out so they run together, she keeps thinking about having sex with him NOT the fact that he's practically a ghost. Her friends and family die, she has sex with the guy that killed him. AZAZEL, YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE DEAD. YOU SHOULD NOT BE HAVING SEX RIGHT NOW. I'm sorry, but that was really aggravating. I would've liked to have been reading about what her next plan of action was and how she was feeling about the whole ordeal, not how much she wants to jump Jason's bones.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ramie

    Being one of those adults who likes to read YA the first thing I should say is this -- For adults who monitor what the kiddies read and don't want them reading dark things? Skip buying this one for them. Language is the least of the issues parents would have in this book. When it comes to the YA / childrens books you really never know what you're going to get. This book? It's definitely for the older end of YA spectrum and could be tough for some adults. Azazel lives her life in a small town. It's Being one of those adults who likes to read YA the first thing I should say is this -- For adults who monitor what the kiddies read and don't want them reading dark things? Skip buying this one for them. Language is the least of the issues parents would have in this book. When it comes to the YA / childrens books you really never know what you're going to get. This book? It's definitely for the older end of YA spectrum and could be tough for some adults. Azazel lives her life in a small town. It's boring. Nothing really happens except for the occasional sneaking out after curfew to attend parties at farms. She doesn't do anything too wild. No one lets her, not even her boyfriend. So when a guy comes darting out of the woods like a mad man, as though someone were chasing him, well that's just about the most exciting thing she could imagine. Lucky for him and her, Azazel's parents tend to take in foster kids - especially the kinds that would be on the run from something. Of course he (Jason) ends up staying with them. Jason isn't very open to telling them what he's running from beyond the fact that it's dangerous men, and no he's not a criminal. Azazel is fascinated while everyone else seems either convinced he won't be a part of her life for very long so she shouldn't get too close or almost jealous. As no facts about Jason are learned (literally -- no one seems to find any proof of his existence), little clues that something just ain't right in town keep getting thrown in Azazel's face. But those clues have nothing to do with Jason, they seem to be about her own life. Problem is she's so obsessed with Jason and frankly just so oblivious that even when it is really obvious that she should be paying attention and asking questions -- well, she's not. Then Halloween hits and all hell breaks loose. Azazel finally learns that the mysteries behind Jason's life can't hold a candle to the secrets that her own town, her own family were hiding. Threats of Satanic rituals, rape, and murder send Azazel and Jason down a dangerous path as they both try to find truths that may better left unfound -- but they don't really have a choice. Apparently part of a series it was actually pretty good if you don't mind a dark read. It actually feels like a complete story so I'm undecided about whether or not I need to read on. In that sense the author did a good thing. If you don't like the book but feel like you have to read any series you started because of that to be continued thing -- well this really can stand on its own, you won't feel like you have to continue on. But if you fall in love with the characters so much you have to know what's next well, there's more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I gave this book three stars instead of two because it has a lot of potential, but doesn't deliver. It starts off light-hearted enough, with a teenage girl and her teenage problems and, of course, there's a secret being kept from her. Chambers does well, dropping enough hints at the secret to keep us interested without giving away what it is until the very last second. The plot movement was simple, yet believable, and the premise hooks you in pretty much immediately. I really thought I had a win I gave this book three stars instead of two because it has a lot of potential, but doesn't deliver. It starts off light-hearted enough, with a teenage girl and her teenage problems and, of course, there's a secret being kept from her. Chambers does well, dropping enough hints at the secret to keep us interested without giving away what it is until the very last second. The plot movement was simple, yet believable, and the premise hooks you in pretty much immediately. I really thought I had a winner here. However, the book does a complete flip-flop. The whole first half of the book suggests something fairly innocent and fun to read; but, when the secret is revealed and everything is laid out on the table, you realize it's something much darker and more sinister than that. Then, after everything goes to hell, we are thrust into a whole new story with new people and new circumstances. Everyone from the first half of the book is either killed or forgotten about within a chapter or two of the secret's exposure. The second half of the book was so different from the first half that I couldn't even attempt to reconcile it. It all went downhill so fast. The worst part was how morbid everything became. Jason and Azazel's circumstances turn into something so tormented and sad that I felt like there was no hope for them, like they had no way out. Not to mention their characters have a polar shift in personality, too. Anyway, I began to feel like the only way this book would end was with Jason and Azazel's suicides; it was that depressing. They didn't end up killing themselves; however, the real ending was so contrived, ridiculous, and unbelievable that I almost wished they had. Which by the way, this book is supposed to be part one in a trilogy, but the way Breathless ends seems like it should just be the one book. It turned out so bad that I'm not going to read the next book anyway. In short, it had a lot of potential, but turned out to be something way more dark and depressing than I expected. Proceed with caution. I might also mention that the sample will not give you a good idea of what the book is really like. Since the first half of the book - and the portion of which the sample is taken - is completely different than the second half, there is no way you would be able to get a good feel for the book by reading the sample. Especially since the first part of the book deceives you into thinking it's a good book. P.S.- If you're at all religious, this book will probably offend you.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book was a freebie, and I often have lower expectations for freebie books (I know this is a form of book snobbery, but it is what it is). I still like reading the freebies though, because I do find books that surprise me with how much I enjoy them. This was one of those books. Other than the fact she can't get her boyfriend to sleep with her, Azazel is pretty happy with her life, which includes unconventional parents, foster siblings, and a pretty uneventful existence. But when Jason runs i This book was a freebie, and I often have lower expectations for freebie books (I know this is a form of book snobbery, but it is what it is). I still like reading the freebies though, because I do find books that surprise me with how much I enjoy them. This was one of those books. Other than the fact she can't get her boyfriend to sleep with her, Azazel is pretty happy with her life, which includes unconventional parents, foster siblings, and a pretty uneventful existence. But when Jason runs in front of her boyfriend's truck, things change. A mystery unfolds that involves a strange human war between Satanists and a Christian group, and the two teenagers are caught in the middle. The story drew me in from the beginning. The writing is solid and not overly dramatic. It's definitely told from a teenager perspective, but I found that I wasn't annoyed by Azazel's character (yes, most teen characters annoy me to an extent, even though I enjoy YA fiction). I liked the weird twists and turns the story took and I thought the basic premise was interesting. To an extent, I thought the way the author handled sexuality was decent. She didn't flower it up and make a first time encounter sound like a magical event. I do feel like there are missing aspects to this theme in the book, though. Azazel talks about feeling unfulfilled, but then the subject is dropped, not resolved. Which might be okay, because this is the first of a trilogy, so I can only assume at this point that the subject will come up again. The pacing was a bit off. Though the story moved along well for the most part, there were a few places that seemed to drag, and certain scenes that felt like they went longer than they needed to. I also don't feel like this one lends itself to be easily classified in either a genre or an age group. The characters are teens, but the subject matter and certain scenes definitely go to a dark place. I suppose this could be classified as an action adventure story, but there are elements of romance, supernatural, and religion that just touch the fringes of classification. While this doesn't bother me too much, some readers might find it off putting. The pros definitely out weighed the cons though,and I'm hoping I like the other books in the trilogy just as well.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Let me start by saying that I loved this book. I think however that it's getting a bad rep. And here's why. There's devil worship in it. And yes, people seriously do that. But all I'm seeing in the comments and reviews is people FREAKING out talking about having to douse themselves in "holy water" and junk. Look, yeah it's real, but can I just say... I didn't feel that need. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the moment I believed that he died on the cross for me and took on every sin that I hav Let me start by saying that I loved this book. I think however that it's getting a bad rep. And here's why. There's devil worship in it. And yes, people seriously do that. But all I'm seeing in the comments and reviews is people FREAKING out talking about having to douse themselves in "holy water" and junk. Look, yeah it's real, but can I just say... I didn't feel that need. I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the moment I believed that he died on the cross for me and took on every sin that I have done or will ever do, he covered me with His blood and he WILL protect me from Satan. Yes Satan is real, but so is Jesus Christ. If you actually believed in Jesus, you'd know that there's no need for "holy water", just for Him! :) I'm not saying that ya'll are horrible for being Catholics and stuff because you're not, I'm just saying, don't give this book a bad review because you're scared that because you read it you've been violated by Satan's devils and they'll possess you. Yes, I believe that things have happened and I believe they still go on today, but I'm not afraid! I know that I have the power of the blood on me and I have no need to be afraid. Sadly this book isn't getting many good reviews. I think it's brilliant. It makes you WANT more! I mean seriously! What is going to happen to Jason and Azazel?! What's the deal with their "powers" and are they who everyone thinks they are? Makes you want to read the next book so bad! <3 And btw. Just to write this review, I've waited almost two days. My computer wouldn't bring up the website.... yeah I believe that Satan the prince and power of the air, didn't want me to praise the Lord for His protection from Satan. But after thinking it through and prayer that if God wanted me to put this up, he'd help me get goodreads up it finally worked! You can get mad all you want that I may have offended you, but I'm just saying that if you put your trust in Jesus Christ and believe on His name, Satan hasn't got a chance! <333 Sorry it's a long review, I just seriously was concerned going through the reviews and seeing how many people were either not finishing the book, or freaking out about evil spirits. So don't let those reviews get you down =)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Keire

    Holy #$%^! Where has this book been in my indie author wanderings? V.J. Chambers pushes YA to the absolute edge. The sweet, delicious edge. This is one of those books that crosses over- paranormal, urban fantasy, thriller, YA, adult, romance, horror, apocalypse, conspiracy, adventure, and more. Wow. I don't even know how to categorize this. Other than brilliant. It's definitely that. Brilliant. Tell your friends. Tell total strangers. This book rocks. What begins as a sweet but compelling YA roma Holy #$%^! Where has this book been in my indie author wanderings? V.J. Chambers pushes YA to the absolute edge. The sweet, delicious edge. This is one of those books that crosses over- paranormal, urban fantasy, thriller, YA, adult, romance, horror, apocalypse, conspiracy, adventure, and more. Wow. I don't even know how to categorize this. Other than brilliant. It's definitely that. Brilliant. Tell your friends. Tell total strangers. This book rocks. What begins as a sweet but compelling YA romance morphs, midway through, into something dark but even more romantic and, at the same time, sickly humorous. I cannot count the times I found myself laughing out loud then looking over my shoulder a little nervously because Chambers manages to make the inappropriate and the forbidden approachable and even funny. If it shouldn't and can't be happening, it will and does. Azazel and Jason both make compelling romantic leads. Both are strong, intriguing, and have great chemistry. Jason is spot-on as the strong, mysterious, but oddly vulnerable boy who defends Azazel from bullies and even relatively mild insults with militaristic fervor. His intelligence and logical arguments are refreshing in a YA romance. Azazel is bewitching as the center of her offbeat hurricane of a family. I did find fault here, though; How could either one be so gullible? Jason's longing for normality is understandable, but Azazel? Come on! How could she not have seen something like this coming? Beyond that, though, they aren't entirely likeable. They aren't meant to be. They are... complex, and therein lies their charm. Azazel and Jason do not move in a good v. evil, black v. white world, although everyone around them behaves as if they do. It drives them closer together, but it also forces them into choices that mark and scar them. Chambers leaves us with the hope that together, there is not only healing, but destiny as well. However, she leaves us hanging as to whether that destiny will be a happy one, or a further descent into chaos and destruction.

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