Unbreathable: Review (w/ Giveaway)

Cover & Synopsis

One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human. 

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

But the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Worse, the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process. 

The race for Earth has begun.
Okay, so here's where the world may think I'm a partial reader. I kind of am, but I am definitely honest with my feelings about the books I read. Now, that being said, Hafsah is a very dear friend of mine -- almost sister-like! Although, with our age difference, I could be her mother...even though she is so much more mature than I! I did receive an early copy of this book to read. Receiving the early copy, the ARC, and being friends with the author have not persuaded my decision, thoughts, or rating for this book.

I am not a big feedback person and I'd never make it as a Beta reader. However, I remember telling Hafsah that I "liked it!" when I finished reading UNBREATHABLE months ago. Hafsah, who is full of thought and words, was not impressed with that answer. Hehehe! I hope I can satisfy the answer in this "review."

Lissa (who I pronounce as Lisa and think that Hafsah named after me...hahaha!) is our main character. She makes some discoveries as the book moves along. Some HUGE discoveries! Lissa keeps unveiling more and more of the treachery that is the Jutaire government? Royalty? Whatever you want to call it. Royalty, really. You just don't know about the royal mess until you get farther into the book.

There's so much to find out about Lissa!

Now, let me get to Julian. Julian. I could just stop right here and say, "Julian!" and y'all would just have to read and find out. I need Julian and Lissa to kiss. I asked Hafsah when I could read more about them. I need them to be happy. And kiss! A lot! You just need to know that Julian is a rebel, helps Lissa, and needs to kiss Lissa. :)

UNBREATHABLE is a well-written story with a thought-out plot. The reader can tell than the author planned each step along the way. I honestly thought the story had a seamless flow. All of the surprises that seemed to come all came at a pace...until the ending. 

The ending. Dear, Lord! That ending needs for me to have a next book in my hands...like yesterday! Earth. Lissa and Julian. The Jutes. The Earthlings. So much that can happen!

UNBREATHABLE definitely falls in between the "Absolutely Loved" and "Amazing" categories!

About the Author
Hafsah Laziaf was born on the east coast on a hot summer day in 1993, raised on the west coast and is now stuck in the middle – in Texas – with more books than she can read. She’s the designer behind IceyDesigns and the blogger behind IceyBooks.

UNBREATHABLE is her debut novel.

Everyone should be picking up a copy of this book to read. It will release on October 29. It will be available through Amazon and The Book Depository!

For now, The MerpSquad is giving away a couple of copies!
  • US residents have an opportunity to win a paperback copy of Unbreathable plus some swag!
  • International readers have an opportunity to win an ebook copy of Unbreathable!
Enter the Rafflecopter below! Make sure to follow the rules so you don't disqualify yourself. That'd be sad!

(Pssttt! You could also win a copy of UNBREATHABLE from my October New Release giveaway post here! Enter both! Show Hafsah and the MerpSquad some love!)


  1. I really want to read this book. I hope I win the print copy; that would be GREAT. This book sounds wonderful! I've a good friend who writes sci-fi and the brilliance behind such creativity astounds me. I look forward to reading this book with bated breath.

    1. It's a great read! Good luck on the giveaway! Make sure to enter the other giveaway I have for it, too! It's on the October New Release post. It'll be another chance! :)

  2. Okay, I want to read this! Not only cause Hasfah is awesome, but it actually looks really good!

  3. You have me even more excited for this. I can not wait to read it. Glad that you enjoyed it so much, wonderful review. :)

  4. UNBREATHABLE does sound like such a great read.

  5. I recently read this and really enjoyed it too! I can't wait for more!

  6. I think it sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance to win