Breath (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters, #5)
A note from Audrey: Some series can be read out of order - this isn’t one of them. Start with Alpha and welcome to Ghost Mountain! Shelley Martins thinks she needs sensible and practical and steady—but that isn’t what the big truck from HomeWild is about to deliver. Ghost Mountain is getting their school, the first building of their new den. The construction teams are ready, the big strong men are planning to be as useless as possible, and Shelley has the kitchen piled high with baked goods to fuel their work. Except what comes off that big truck isn't just a building. And Shelley, who walked into hell six years ago to save her pack, isn't just a baker.

Breath (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters, #5) Details

TitleBreath (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters, #5)
Author
ReleaseOct 17th, 2019
PublisherFireweed Publishing LTD
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Shapeshifters

Breath (Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters, #5) Review

  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    An emotional rollercoaster of a story. Five stories that have time spent with the Ghost Mountain Pack whizzing by. I definitely recommend this story and all the previous ones, as the author is correct in stating that these are not stand alone stories. I confess that I'm addicted to these characters and want to watch their pack grow and be happy, Overall a positive story, negative consequences and thoughts still arising due to the trauma of Samuel's actions. That man was waste. Shelley's story. An emotional rollercoaster of a story. Five stories that have time spent with the Ghost Mountain Pack whizzing by. I definitely recommend this story and all the previous ones, as the author is correct in stating that these are not stand alone stories. I confess that I'm addicted to these characters and want to watch their pack grow and be happy, Overall a positive story, negative consequences and thoughts still arising due to the trauma of Samuel's actions. That man was waste. Shelley's story. Did book 4 say this would be Shelly's story? I don't remember but I do know that Shelley, like Lissa, is one of the characters that hold the pack together. Her inner strength is amazing. What she did to try to salvage the destruction that Samuel was creating, that was more than most of us would be able to think of doing much less actually doing it. And Shelley sees herself as just a homebody, not realizing her roles in the pack. Fortunately the pack does. I'm an even bigger Shelley fan girl by the end. And stopping here because it's much better when Shelley's secrets explode on the page than being told about them. We witness the arrival and installation of the greenhouse and school. We find more out about Myrna and her boys, some of the Dunns, Hayden's thinking outside the box...Adding to my comments from my review of book 4 Raven. Every story rests upon people and actions in previous books. The core characters of each story so far, Alpha = Hayden, Heart = Lissa, Rebel = Kennedy and Raven = Fallon and Ben. And now Breath = Shelley. Viewpoints and thoughts of other characters are spread through every book. The next book is one of the ones I've been waiting for - Bear. Ronan arrives. I hope that there's many more books to come after it, please and thank you Audrey Faye. Audrey Faye continues to be one of my favorite auto-buy authors. I love that her stories are character driven and have come to care about all of her characters. As always thanks for the great read. cross posted goodreads, bookbub, amazon
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this installment of the Ghost Mountain Wolf Shifters. In this we learn Shelley's story and more of Myrna's history. Although, this book focuses on Shelley it still contains points of view and builds on the stories of others in the pack. These books need to be read in order and this book is an emotional roller coaster that would not make as much of an impact if read out of order.
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  • Shasha
    January 1, 1970
    Small things matterThis is a beautiful story of small things that make ordinary people extraordinary. There are a bunch of characters and points of view, but the plot flows well. I will read the next!Read in KU
  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    About 3.7 Goodreads stars.Ms. Faye is one of the few authors who manages to use present tense smoothly and richly enough that it is not a negative factor in my reading experience._Breath_ has a lot of thematic metaphor, about nurturing vulnerable growing things (seeds, watering, etc.) as well as the genre-typical physical descriptions of the non-physical reactions and interactions among/with their inner wolves (pats, bites, etc.), which is probably the main reason I can't quite stretch to a full About 3.7 Goodreads stars.Ms. Faye is one of the few authors who manages to use present tense smoothly and richly enough that it is not a negative factor in my reading experience._Breath_ has a lot of thematic metaphor, about nurturing vulnerable growing things (seeds, watering, etc.) as well as the genre-typical physical descriptions of the non-physical reactions and interactions among/with their inner wolves (pats, bites, etc.), which is probably the main reason I can't quite stretch to a full Goodreads 4. (I realize that I often tend to be star-stingy.) Nonetheless, never doubt that I care about this whole recovering pack, despite my weakness with names (and the time and other stories intervening since Book 4) which required me to read for a while before getting some of the secondary cast straight again. As the number of pack members actively participating in the life at the new den increases — each new face a victory — it is getting a bit more difficult.The featured character this time is Shelly, baker and artist, who for six dark years held strong as a mother and grandmother figure, doing her best to protect the rest after having voluntarily become the mate of the evil alpha, but who lost so much of herself while she endured. There isn't a central romance in this volume (just some tenderness between established mates), because that's not what she needs right now.There are once again a number of other PoVs, too, including beloved new alpha Hayden and sentinel Rio, and everyone old enough to understand is working delicately and hopefully to support the pack's "ghosts" (such as guilt-ridden grandfather Cleve) as some step forward at whatever pace they can bear.This is another low-conflict tale, without any "baddies" on-scene. The "action" revolves around the modern equivalent of a barn-raising; the submissive and/or young members of the pack are given most of the leadership responsibilities for assembling the long-awaited custom pre-fab school-plus-greenhouse, building up their confidence.It's funny: I'm a dedicated genre-fiction fan who rarely picks up and reads a stand-alone "literary" novel (i.e., psycho-emotional human drama only), yet if an author gets my attention by making the characters supernatural, and perhaps giving them a violent antagonist to face in the beginning (Alpha), I'll happily follow "my" characters as they move on, and the intimate, personal developments are frequently what I remember most, and most fondly. This series is an example of one which neither rushes shallowly nor manufactures conflict just for the sake of "excitement".I was delighted to receive a read-for-review copy of this latest installment. (I apologize for taking a couple extra days to get it finished, but the Kindle app is intentionally less user-friendly for personal documents, and I forgot to bookmark where I left off a couple times, leading to an annoying hunt upon re-opening it.) I'm not sure whether my file is of the final release version, but I only noticed three minor typos, so editing is not a concern anyway. I look forward to the next book, which will bring a polar bear (whom they've dealt with online) to meet Ghost Mountain's wolves, bears, ravens, and cats in person.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    This series is so not what I normally read, but I love it for the world this author has created and the wonderful characters, some strong, some damaged, and some of both, who occupy this world. Remember when Jerry Seinfeld said that his show "Seinfeld' was a little show about nothing? In a way, so is this series. There isn't much 'bang, bang, shoot-em-up' type of action. Instead, it dives deeply into the lives of people who have been abused and hurt: those who did their best to help others, This series is so not what I normally read, but I love it for the world this author has created and the wonderful characters, some strong, some damaged, and some of both, who occupy this world. Remember when Jerry Seinfeld said that his show "Seinfeld' was a little show about nothing? In a way, so is this series. There isn't much 'bang, bang, shoot-em-up' type of action. Instead, it dives deeply into the lives of people who have been abused and hurt: those who did their best to help others, those who just tried to survive, and those who broke; along with those who are trying to heal and help heal. They all have strengths and unknown depths of character. The added compelling twist is that these people are all shifters of one type or another. The author writes them so well that they feel like friends by the end of the book. One caution: read this series from the beginning or it will be difficult to follow the characters. It's well worth the time.
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  • Matt Cory
    January 1, 1970
    Unfailingly instincts...How Audrey Faye continues to have such unfailing instincts for what her characters and readers need is beyond my ability to fathom, but she does.I won’t say that Shelly Martins was very much on my radar of characters I thought I wanted to read about next, but it turns out that her story was the story of the pack’s origins and outliers, so yeah - it was the right character’s story to tell, and boy is it beautiful and painful with all the necessary pieces of both.I hate one Unfailingly instincts...How Audrey Faye continues to have such unfailing instincts for what her characters and readers need is beyond my ability to fathom, but she does.I won’t say that Shelly Martins was very much on my radar of characters I thought I wanted to read about next, but it turns out that her story was the story of the pack’s origins and outliers, so yeah - it was the right character’s story to tell, and boy is it beautiful and painful with all the necessary pieces of both.I hate one when I come to the end of one of these novels. As fast as she is, Audrey Faye never writes fast enough to keep up with my voracious appetite for her stories.
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  • Persnickety
    January 1, 1970
    Just special ... and then some.Audrey Faye continues to create a place that is so filled with love, healing, discovery, and joy that you just want to spend time there and move in for a while. Good to be reminded that you never know how many people are quietly living truly heroic lives; or that considerate ethics really do matter. I was truly caught off guard by her exceptional invitation in the afterward. I suspect this series is going to touch a lot of people in so many unexpected ways. The Just special ... and then some.Audrey Faye continues to create a place that is so filled with love, healing, discovery, and joy that you just want to spend time there and move in for a while. Good to be reminded that you never know how many people are quietly living truly heroic lives; or that considerate ethics really do matter. 😻 I was truly caught off guard by her exceptional invitation in the afterward. I suspect this series is going to touch a lot of people in so many unexpected ways. The ripples she is creating might go on for a considerable distance. Respect.
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  • Maria Elmvang
    January 1, 1970
    A 4.5 star review.Every bit as good as I have come to expect from this series. It's so amazingly heart-warming to see how the pack slowly but surely walk away from the years of abuse towards healing. The school decoration reveals (both of them!) had me in tears. My only problem with these later books is that there's far too little Hayden and Lissa. Those were the two I originally fell in love with, and those are the two whose POVs I most want to read. Not that I don't LIKE Shelley, Kel, Kennedy A 4.5 star review.Every bit as good as I have come to expect from this series. It's so amazingly heart-warming to see how the pack slowly but surely walk away from the years of abuse towards healing. The school decoration reveals (both of them!) had me in tears. My only problem with these later books is that there's far too little Hayden and Lissa. Those were the two I originally fell in love with, and those are the two whose POVs I most want to read. Not that I don't LIKE Shelley, Kel, Kennedy and all the rest, I just miss Hayden's voice.
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  • Mireille
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book as much as the previous ones in the series. Shelley’s story was one I hadn’t expected but enjoyed tremendously as it brought a whole lot of the pack story into focus.I would Love to see some kind of “family tree” for lack of a better word. The kind of thing you get a lot with historical writers where they tell you how everyone is interconnected. That would be my primary complaint about this series. Well, that and the teaser that Ronan is visiting and now having to wait!
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  • Earline Moreland
    January 1, 1970
    Great series!This is a wonderful series! You must start at the beginning, because this series can't be read out of order, but it's well worth the time. Watching the Ghost Mountain wolves grow and heal touches my heart. Every book reveals more of the horrendous past this group survived, and charts the healing path chosen by the new leaders, and those who don't realize they are leaders.
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  • Virginia Daugherty
    January 1, 1970
    Backwards and FarwardsComing together. A look at where they came from, where the were, where they went, and where they are going. This book explains why this pack is so very special and who each and everyone of the members are...even the ones that have traveled on. A must read to discover not only the Ghost Mountain pack but what each of us bring into a family. Audrey Faye is a brilliant author.
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  • Karla Alexander
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you again for writing and sharing!To anyone reading this review trying to decide if you want to read this book.... I can only say.....Start with the first book, prepare to laugh, to cry, to feel.... Know that you will want to rush to get the next book, the second you find yourself on the last page of each one and will consider re-reading each one to make sure to didn't miss anything!
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  • Marjorie Smith
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!After 5 books I'm still trying to grasp why I like this series so much. The writer's style is unusual. It's almost like poetry but not. Her style brings each character alive. The whole series is about rebuilding something that was badly broken but it kept me engaged. I keep expecting the normal run of the mill shifter stories (nothing wrong with those, I love them) but this is so not run of the mill. You'll have to read the series!
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  • Tony Hisgett
    January 1, 1970
    The centre of this book is Shelley as she tries to find ways to heal herself and the rest of the pack. The story is very emotional and probably for me, a bit over sentimental. This doesn’t stop me from enjoying the story, but after five books I wish the author would concentrate more on the pack accomplishments rather than the damage that was inflicted by Samuel.
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  • Lydia Porter
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pack worth being part of, even as just a reader.Not only do I find great enjoyment out of visiting the Ghost Mountain pack, I love how the lessons these wolves learn are also speaking to my oldest Daughter. These quiet lessons are good for Human families also. This is how were stories should be told.
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  • Jeni
    January 1, 1970
    Huge steps hereThis series builds on the previous books so thoroughly it's a bit like each book is a 300plus page chapter. It's really seamless. In this entry, I really like Shelly.... and oddly enough I'm finally starting to like Bailey a bit. Can't wait for book six, and Ronan!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing!!!!!This series just gets better and better. The story flows with intricate sidelines . It grabs at your emotions and makes you feel the pack dynamics and troubles. Each character has their own story, carefully woven into a single tale. I didn't want the book to end and look forward to reading the next one.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Laugh, cry then laugh, cry moreEvery sentence in this book is crafted in wisdom. Though the story is about the growing of Shelley, we see the bits of growth in each character. I really do need a Dunn family tree though. Sometimes it's hard to remember how people are related or who is gone. Can't wait for Ronan's story!
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  • Elizabeth Choi
    January 1, 1970
    Yes!Just breath , it's funny how hard that can be when guilt and gravity piles up on you. This is a very touching story that shows the negative effects of abuse, and your love,patience and time came make the sun shine again!
  • niki robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Great addition to seriesLooking forward to the next instalment, only found the series recently and read back to back! Love the characters and would love to see the Dunn family tree.
  • T. Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Book 5 ghost mountain shiftersOh Lordy..I was catching my breath and near tears of happiness right from the first page. It ended way too soon!!!The next book with Ronin???? I can hardly wait!!!
  • Pena Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Love this oneI love the heart warming and regular everyday characters . I love reading their up lifting stories. I give hope and how the spirits can over come problems. I can’t wait for the next story.
  • Jim Fok
    January 1, 1970
    More insight into the PackEach new book expands our understanding of who and what it means to be Pack.It's time for a character list and a Dunn family tree to help us follow along the path, though.
  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    BreathShelley is the breath of the wounded pack members. She fought to protect as many as possible from Samuel at great cost to her own soul,, she's working at healing herself to serve the pack.
  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Stellar Book - Bring TissuesI've reviewed so many Audrey Faye books I feel I'm repeating myself. Her world-building. Her characters. Her glorious, lyrical prose. Her depth and detail. Read this series! Start with book #1. Bring tissues for happy crying.
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  • Wayne Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I read all she writesI have read all the different series of books Ms. Faye has written . I miss the Witch Central series by Deborah Geary. I understand her reason for stopping it but I still miss it. I look forward to seeing new books by her.
  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Another "I-couldn't-put-it-down"Could barely wait to finish this one, just like the others before it. Series is wonderful and I absolutely cannot wait for the next.... please make it a short wait!
  • Crystal Ledbetter
    January 1, 1970
    Ghost Mountain and Baby AlphasWho doesn’t want to visit Ghost Mountain, I know I do! Another great story to read and be swept away to Ghost Mountain, eagerly waiting for the next book!
  • KDinSC
    January 1, 1970
    Loved itI loved this one too! So intense, so much going on! Stories unearthed, beliefs upended, growth and seedlings everywhere. Silly alphas, wise betas, and incredibly strong submissive wolves. I love this healing journey, so authentic.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Shelley’s storyI was surprised that Shelley was next, but it made sense once I read it. She’s the thread that holds all the further out pack members together. A sad, but gentle, book.
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