Out of Breath (Book One of The Lithia Trilogy)

Out of Breath (Book One of The Lithia Trilogy)

by Blair Richmond

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Deep in the hills of Lithia brews an epic battle between evil and nature...
Nineteen-year-old Kat Jones has been a competitive runner since she was a young girl, but after her mother’s death, the path her life was supposed to take begins to crumble around her -- until one day, she finds herself on the run in a literal sense, this time in a race for her very life…

Kat’s journey takes her to the Pacific Northwest town of Lithia, the place of her last good memories, of the days when her mother was still alive. But soon after her arrival, strange things begin to happen in Lithia -- and when one of her new friends disappears under mysterious circumstances, Kat begins to realize that Lithia’s inhabitants are not all of this world. Worst of all, she is falling in love with one of these otherworldly locals, and the friend who hopes to save her has secrets of his own…

As Kat tries to rebuild her life, she is also training for a race that will turn out to be her biggest challenge yet, as she must outrun not only the demons of her past but the demons of the here and now, who threaten her very existence and that of the entire town…

At once a paranormal love story and an environmental allegory, Out of Breath offers an exciting new voice in young adult fiction.

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BN ID: 2940155137894
Publisher: Ashland Creek Press
Publication date: 02/09/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 75,024
File size: 336 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Out of Breath 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
1000-Plus-Books-to-Read More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Out of Breath. From the very first page you get hooked into this book. This story of Kat, a runner, who is running from her past by returning to her hometown. With no money to feed or shelter herself you are instantly pulling for Kat.. wanting to help her. Much like those in the town of Lithia who do reach out to her and take her in without questions. I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen and was oddly pulled into this book even though the actual story was one more of life than anything else. Day to day events, that is until murder hits a little too close to home. This is a book to add to your collection. A unique paranormal twist added into a spectacular story of an odd town with good hearted people. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read Check out more of the Review on our Youtube Channel
Humbee More than 1 year ago
One of the very wonderful things about reading books is that they take us into worlds we might never be able to experience and into the heads and hearts of characters we wish we could be. That being the case, it was a fascinating place to find myself inside the head and physical surroundings of Kat Jones. I'm not and never have been a runner. It's something that has interested me over many years because I've come across friends and acquaintences who love to run. What makes "Out of Breath" so unique is the experiences shared about this lifestyle and its character building benefits. It was an educational and emotional experience to read. From the perspective of strictly a YA novel, you'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a "Twilight" venue. There is the dark and handsome vampire, Roman; the somewhat innocent and caring nature-boy-cum environmentally aware, Alex; and Kat, who is new to town, a loner and quietly beautiful. But from that point the novel takes a direction that is explosive in character pulling us into the world of running, vegan lifestyles versus blood-feeding, and murder in the woodlands above the town called "Lithia" for its calmning drinking water. Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable, but engaging and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers that she poses in her story. I was hooked from the beginning, and I found the mysteries she posed in the novel grabbers! Her characters are also likeable; even the strangest of the vampires, and I'm anxious to know more about all of them. This is the first in a series around Kat, Roman and Alex. I'm very much looking forward to reading more about them and the town of Lithia. There are open-ended questions I have and I'm dying to know the answers to. Ease of reading and a great story will make this a sure-to-be loved novel and series. I recommend it for those who love vampires! I also recommend it for YA who love to run and are concerned about our environment, as well.
MRShemery More than 1 year ago
Cover - I like the cover. I've always found cement angels slightly spooky. It fits well with the book. - Plot - Kat is a runner. It's evident when we meet her because that's what she's doing at the start of the book: Running. Running from life; Running from emotions; Running from everyone and everything she knows. She winds up in the town where she was born, Lithia. Once there, she starts to notice that the people act differently from any other place she's been. People joke it's the water making everyone so friendly. Fortunate to have found a new place to live and a new job in one day, Kat's life picks up some semblance of a normal routine. Then she begins investigating the recent murders and suddenly Lithia doesn't seem to be as friendly as she thought. - Main Characters - Kat - A runner; a vegan. Slightly skittish when it comes to men. She's an only child whose mother died eleven years before. - Alex - A runner; a vegan. He works at the local co-op and shows Kat some kindness on her first day in town. - Roman - A carnivore. He's a local theater actor who lives in the castle at the top of the hill. Dark and mysterious. Doesn't like to talk about his past much. - Overall - Minus the two or three proofread mistakes (please keep in mind I was reading an ARC and not a final proof), this book is extremely well-written. I became engaged in this story from the first page. When I had to put it down (one must sleep and work!), I was eager to pick it back up again as soon a I could. The story has some familiar elements, but with a new twist that I wasn't expecting (and that I think vampire-story/book lovers would appreciate). I would definitely recommend this book to readers of YA and mystery books. Although it wasn't indicated anywhere in the book, that I can recall, I just know there's going to be a second book and I am impatiently awaiting its debut so I can read it!
6868 More than 1 year ago
Blair Richmond did an outstanding job with the novel "Out of Breath". This novel had be eagerly turning the pages- I couldn't put the book down and ended up finishing it within a day. Katherine Healy is a nineteen year old girl who is running away from her past and ends up in the town where she was born- Lithia. In this town she finds some comfort until tragedy strikes and she can't help but feel guilty. To complicate matters, she's attracted to attention of two guys who both have secrets that they rather keep hidden but Katherine is determined to find out. Out of Breath is just a glimpse into the promising of a great trilogy. I can not wait to see what will happen in the next novel.
DARKANG3L on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blair Richmond did an outstanding job with the novel "Out of Breath". This novel had be eagerly turning the pages- I couldn't put the book down and ended up finishing it within a day. Katherine Healy is a nineteen year old girl who is running away from her past and ends up in the town where she was born- Lithia. In this town she finds some comfort until tragedy strikes and she can't help but feel guilty. To complicate matters, she's attracted to attention of two guys who both have secrets that they rather keep hidden but Katherine is determined to find out.Out of Breath is just a glimpse into the promising of a great trilogy. I can not wait to see what will happen in the next novel.
howcaniexplain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a bit of a let down. It started off interestingly enough, but seemed to take forever to get to the supernatural element. Once it got there, I was unable to suspend my disbelief to the point necessary to enjoy the rest of the book. Unfortunately, this reader was not intrigued by the prospect of a trilogy.
MayaArb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Out of Breath was a refreshing read in the Young Adult genre. The tale of Kat, a young woman running away from BIG problems she doesn't know how to resolve, finds herself returning to her childhood hometown, Lithia, Oregon. She feels drawn to the place, and discovers the people of this quaint small town are friendly, welcoming, and generous. She begins to allow herself to feel safe again, rediscovers her passion and aptitude for marathon running, and even allows herself to become attached to some of the people, until the small town's dark side begins to show itself. Kat finds herself wanting to run away again, but guilt, fear, and the attentions of two of Lithia's most eligible young men keep her from leaving, and place her right in the middle of Lithia's darkness.As a parent, I appreciated that although the main character, Kat, is over the age of majority, she is not the heroine so common in so many Young Adult books these days. She doesn't drink underage, she isn't hormonally driven to jump her boyfriends, and although she has had a difficult life, she still feels and takes responibility for her actions and strives to improve herself. This is a heroine with potential, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Melanie_McCullough on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kat has been running her whole life. Not just competitively, but recently for her life. Her latest journey leads her to the small town of Lithia, a place she recalls from her childhood. But shortly after her arrival, strange things occur and Kat comes to realize that the inhabitants of this town are not what they seem. This book was much better than I expected it to be. When I received it as an ARC from LibraryThing I figured it would be a decent book, but I found that it was one that I was unable to put down. The characters are engaging and likeable and the story was filled with enough surprises to keep me guessing and on the edge of my seat. Would definitely recommend to fans of the paranormal. I personally can't wait to get my hands on the next installment in this series!
BookishDame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the very wonderful things about reading books is that they take us into worlds we might never be able to experience and into the heads and hearts of characters we wish we could be. That being the case, it was a fascinating place to find myself inside the head and physical surroundings of Kat Jones.I'm not and never have been a runner. It's something that has interested me over many years because I've come across friends and acquaintences who love to run. What makes "Out of Breath" so unique is the experiences shared about this lifestyle and its character building benefits. It was an educational and emotional experience to read.From the perspective of strictly a YA novel, you'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a "Twilight" venue. There is the dark and handsome vampire, Roman; the somewhat innocent and caring nature-boy, Alex; and Kat, who is new to town, a loner and quietly beautiful. But from that point the novel takes a direction that is explosive in character pulling us into the world of running, vegan lifestyles versus blood-feeding, and murder in the woodlands above the town called "Lithia" for its calmning drinking water. Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable, but engaging and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers that she poses in her story. I was hooked from the beginning, and I found the mysteries she posed in the novel grabbers! Her characters are also likeable; even the strangest of the vampires, and I'm anxious to know more about all of them.This is the first in a series around Kat, Roman and Alex. I'm very much looking forward to reading more about them and the town of Lithia. There are open-ended questions I have and I'm dying to know the answers to.Ease of reading and a great story will make this a sure-to-be loved novel and series. I recommend it for those who love vampires!4 stars a runningDeborah/TheBookishDame
Stephanie_Ward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first in a trilogy, Out of Breath follows Kat ¿ who is has been on the run for a long time and finds herself in her hometown of Lithia. She is embraced by the townspeople and settles into a normal life, until her friend Stacey is brutally murdered while they are running in the forest. When Kat looks into her friend¿s mysterious death, she finds out that Lithia isn¿t the quaint small town she believed it to be. There are vampires hiding outside the town limits and they are killing people. How is Kat going to accept the fact that vampires are a part of Lithia, especially since she is falling for one?Richmond¿s novel is another YA paranormal romance that seems to blend in with all the others in its genre. It has some different elements that set it apart ¿ Richmond focuses on the beauty of nature and the healing effects of running. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on vegan lifestyle ¿ almost to the point where it seems to be pushing vegan ideals on the reader. The characters were mainly flat and had no depth and the plot had some intriguing aspects that went unexplored. The novel might have held more interest if it had not introduced vegan vampires from the Pacific Northwest ¿ it seems it is just trying to be an eco-friendly version of Twilight but with a few different details.Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Library Thing¿s Early Reviewer program. However, this had no effect on my opinion of the book or my review.The first in a trilogy, Out of Breath follows Kat ¿ who is has been on the run for a long time and finds herself in her hometown of Lithia. She is embraced by the townspeople and settles into a normal life, until her friend Stacey is brutally murdered while they are running in the forest. When Kat looks into her friend¿s mysterious death, she finds out that Lithia isn¿t the quaint small town she believed it to be. There are vampires hiding outside the town limits and they are killing people. How is Kat going to accept the fact that vampires are a part of Lithia, especially since she is falling for one?Richmond¿s novel is another YA paranormal romance that seems to blend in with all the others in its genre. It has some different elements that set it apart ¿ Richmond focuses on the beauty of nature and the healing effects of running. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on vegan lifestyle ¿ almost to the point where it seems to be pushing vegan ideals on the reader. The characters were mainly flat and had no depth and the plot had some intriguing aspects that went unexplored. The novel might have held more interest if it had not introduced vegan vampires from the Pacific Northwest ¿ it seems it is just trying to be an eco-friendly version of Twilight but with a few different details.Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Library Thing¿s Early Reviewer program. However, this had no effect on my opinion of the book or my review.
BevyAnn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is classified as a young adult but it seems like a hard written book for young adults unless they are avid readers. It has a smooth beginning but you are dropped into a story line with only a bare history. I prefer to know where the main character is coming from and why I am following her story. The characters did grab my attention but I kept wondering why I was following along with them. The main character comes across as an adult however she is only 19 and fully independent, but for living on her own it does not give a clear picture of how hard it is for a young girl to get along on her own cross country. I didn't get a feeling or a good description of what was around her at all. The author kept teasing with little phrases on the past but never fully clarified even in the end which leaves me with alot of questions. I understand this will be a series however it doesn't give me much anticipation for the next one because it is so blase about everything except the main character. There was enough interaction with other characters however they never really got a chance to become a connection through the book.On the flip side I did like the spin on vampires that was mentioned, as well as the focus on running. It made me want to go out and start running every morning. For as bland as most of the book was the descriptions and emotions really came alive when she described the main character and how she was connected to her surrounding while running. The other topic I really enjoyed was the mysterious beings in the woods and mountains. I hope she can go further into detail in the next book on them.
Humphreys3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was different. Another twist to the many vampire tales. Why I found it interesting, I don't think I would really continue with the series. However I will recommend it as a light/quick read, or at least a book to borrow from the local library. While I may have not liked it, doesn't mean you won't. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Till I can write a proper review, which will hopefully be real soon.
Bookingly_Yours More than 1 year ago
Out of Breath tells the story of Katherine, a vegetarian runner from Texas. She was born and raised in Lithia, a town in Oregon, but when her mother died, his dad lost his job and believed that life would be better outside Lithia. Too many bad things happened in Texas so Katherine decides to return to her hometown to start a new life, this time without his father.  At first, after reading the first three chapters, the story line didn't appeal much to me. Thought it was just an ordinary story for a paranormal-ish book. When I get to read the part where Katherine met Stacey and David, Out of Breath became a page-turner. I didn't stop until I read the whole book. I love how the author wove the story. Normally, paranormal romance books depend on the love story but Out of Breath is different. The story could actually stand out even without the main character's love interest/s. This is what I'm looking for in a novel. You don't have to wait for the romance part every single page. The story could be very well accepted as it is and the romance part is just a bonus to the readers. I love Katherine's personality, she's tough and strong for a female lead. If there is hesitation on some things, it would easily be resolved. What else? I love how the setting of the story is described. Imagine a place with forests, environmentalists, vegan people, etc.   As for the book cover, nice right? The paranormal part was surprising. With the book cover in mind, I thought differently. I'm not gonna spoil it for you so you decide which otherworldly beings are in this book. And would you believe these  otherworldly beings are also vegan?? Interesting story! Okay, while I loved this book, I just want to say that I had a little "connection problem" with the "romance part".   It's just that I can't feel excitement with Alex and Roman, Katherine's love interests in the story. I love Alex (not sure about Roman though) but I felt something is lacking, probably because I have this delicate heart *wink*  when it comes to dealing with love triangle issues in books.  Overall, I truly loved Out of Breath. If you are looking for a series to start, pick-up this book then! Now so happy to be reading book 2, Ghost Runner ;)! 
funsiized08 More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that the cover is a bit creepy! Porcelain dolls, statues with no eyes, *shivers* creepy! Aside from the cover, this book was great! The beginning was so heart-wrenching! I kept thinking, "That could happen to me" and it made me sad because not everything goes according to plan and it's even worse when things go so far down south that they reach Antarctica! Well that's pretty much what happens with Kat. She had such a bright and promising future planned out and then one little incident changes it all. She ends up bumming it on the streets not knowing when her next meal will come. She decides to move back to Lithia and thus begins our adventure. Kat has had a rough life she thought it was going to get better but there is always something to mess up your happy times. For having no one in the world to help her or even care what happens to her and having to live on the streets she's strong in every way. Many would have crumbled and given up but she has life by the horns and is not letting go! She is a real trooper. Heroines are not always those that have the superpowers sometimes it just those that can get themselves ahead in life and Kat is one of those heroines. She's such a great character that she's made into my top 20 favorite heroines. So the plot. It goes from really bad where we learn Kat's history to a great change for her where she manages to get herself a job, a little cottage, and friends that care about her enough to help her. A bit of up and down but not one that will get you sea sick. Very rare sort of plot because even though there is a love triangle...or maybe even a love square....it still has you turning the pages (or in my case swiping my finger across the screen). The only thing that bugged was if she had lived there before with her mum how did she not hear anything about vampires in that area? I guess I'll have to read the sequel to find out if maybe they explain this question of mine. Now who would've thunk that vampires could come and interfere with this great little life she's made. These aren't even your normal vampires who drink blood...well not all of them...but vampires that need trees! Did I get your attention now?! Yes trees! You must read this book to understand what I'm talking about. Trust me you've never encountered vampires like the one mentioned in this book so far! 
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bookishJE More than 1 year ago
This book goes beyond the vampire genre and talks about the importance of nature and how it influences all of us. The heroine Kat is a competitive runner who is actually running away, only to end up in her mysterious hometown which she left as a child. There is a lot in her past that isn't revealed until much later, and it definitely keeps the pages turning -the book is very suspenseful and a good, easy read. It's a great book for anyone who loves paranormal romance and a good mystery, and also for readers who appreciate nature and the environment.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
'Out of Breath' by Blair Richmond is set to be released at the end of October and all of you 'Twilight', 'Vampire Diaries' fans out there are in for a treat. I have no idea why I agreed to read this ARC despite my hard line against all things vampire/werewolf/etc (must have been a moment of weakness), but I started it yesterday afternoon and was up till midnight finishing it. I admit, I liked it. What I liked about it: 1. The cover. I hope they don't change it. 2. The fact the Katherine is has a secret and an agenda of her own. It is actually a secret that an entire novel could be written around without the addition of otherworldly beings. 3. Mr Richmond's writing style. The characters are well developed and the story flows beautifully. I was hardly aware of turning pages. 4. The addition of running as an activity. These are hard core athletes that comprise a society of their own within the town. They are connected by the sport in a way we see every day with skiers and rock climbers, hockey players, etc. 5. The way running and the beauty of the mountains and nature become characters of the book in their own right. 6. The ending wasn't a cliffhanger but left me ready to read the next book of the trilogy. (Oh, did I mention that this is the first book in a trilogy?) 7. The fact that the press release says for ages 12 and up and it is totally appropriate for ages 12 and up - maybe even 10 and up. What I didn't like: 1. As an older reader it was blatantly obvious that many of the ideas and characteristics of the vampire world were incorporated from both 'Twilight' by Stephanie Meyer and 'Vampire Diaries' by L. J. Smith - this would not likely be an issue for younger readers and maybe not even for readers who are fans of these other books. 2. The fact that I liked the book! I was kind of enjoying my anti-vampire book stance till now.
Stephanie_Ward More than 1 year ago
The first in a trilogy, Out of Breath follows Kat - who is has been on the run for a long time and finds herself in her hometown of Lithia. She is embraced by the townspeople and settles into a normal life, until her friend Stacey is brutally murdered while they are running in the forest. When Kat looks into her friend's mysterious death, she finds out that Lithia isn't the quaint small town she believed it to be. There are vampires hiding outside the town limits and they are killing people. How is Kat going to accept the fact that vampires are a part of Lithia, especially since she is falling for one? Richmond's novel is another YA paranormal romance that seems to blend in with all the others in its genre. It has some different elements that set it apart - Richmond focuses on the beauty of nature and the healing effects of running. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on vegan lifestyle - almost to the point where it seems to be pushing vegan ideals on the reader. The characters were mainly flat and had no depth and the plot had some intriguing aspects that went unexplored. The novel might have held more interest if it had not introduced vegan vampires from the Pacific Northwest - it seems it is just trying to be an eco-friendly version of Twilight but with a few different details. Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. However, this had no effect on my opinion of the book or my review.