Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 19th 2015
Genres: Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Law & Crime, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
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In Penelope Landlow's world, almost anything can be bought or sold. She's the daughter of one of the three crime families controlling the black market for organ transplants. Because of an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise easily, Penny is considered too "delicate" to handle the family business, or even to step foot outside their estate. All Penelope has ever wanted is independence-until she's suddenly thrust into the dangerous world all alone, forced to stay one step ahead of her family's enemies. As she struggles to survive the power plays of rival crime families, she learns dreams come with casualties, betrayal hurts worse than bruises, and there's nothing she won't risk for the people she loves. Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kimberly Derting, this first book in the stunning new Once Upon a Crime Family series from acclaimed author Tiffany Schmidt will leave readers breathless.
Official Book Playlist
Hold Me Like a Breath playlist
Music is an essential part of my writing process. Whether it’s the sound of a song or
the words in its lyrics, I need to find a perfect match for the mood and key scenes of
each of my books.
I’ve listed not only the songs, but where they go in the story (in case you want to
pair them with your reading) and a little bit about why I chose them.
The whole playlist with videos can be found here:
Jana Kramer – “Love” — Chapter 1— The first line in this song is “I still believe in
fairy tales” – it’s the perfect song for starry-eyed, romantic, sheltered, optimistic
Penny at the beginning of the book.
Metric – “Gold Guns Girls” Chapter 3 — You can’t be part of a Crime Family without
getting your hands dirty sometimes…
Daughter – “Touch” — Chapter 9— This is a ‘Please, pass the tissues’ song for me.
Avicii – “Hey Brother” – Chapter 18—This song makes me cry every time I listen to
Taylor Swift – “Eyes Open” —Chapter 20 —I’ve yet to write a book that doesn’t
have a T.Swift song on the playlist. This one has two. And this song makes me cry.
Maroon 5 – “Payphone” —Chapter 21 —Yes, I know this song is soooo overplayed.
But I’d just starting writing Hold Me when it first released and some of the lyrics
overlap eerily with scenes from the book. EERILY.
Matthew Nathanson – “Headphones” — Chapter 22— For the first time in her life,
Penny’s in charge of her own decisions. This is such the perfect song for that time.
Howie Day – “Collide” — Page 201—There’s a very literal collision in the book.
Every time I worked on that book I listened to either this song or Dave Matthew’s
Band’s “Crash Into Me”
Coldplay – “The Scientist” – Chapter 24—Char is such an adorable science geek –
this is the perfect song for how he feels.
Twenty One Pilots – “Guns for Hands”— Chapter 27 – This song is on both the Hold
Me playlist AND the playlist for its sequel BREAK ME LIKE A PROMISE.
Taylor Swift – “Today was a Fairy Tale” – Chapter 29— Things are super sweet for
Penny here, but stuff’s about to go DOWN.
Bastille – “Daniel in the Den” – Chapter 31— This was the most played song on my
playlist. It also makes me cry. I cried a lot while writing this book.
Katy Perry – “Wide Awake” – Chapter 37— Penny has spent so much of her life
being sheltered and protected. When the pieces of the puzzle are revealed to her, it’s
a huge moment of awakening.
Jack’s Mannequin – “Bruised” – Chapter 39— I’m literally incapable of writing a
book without some form of Andrew McMahon music on the playlist. This one is
pretty darn perfect.
Something Corporate – “She Paints Me Blue” – Chapter 43 —One of my all time
favorite songs. I can never decide if it’s a sad song or a love song. Or both. Here I use
it as both
He is We – “Happily Ever After” – Ending.
We all want to know how it ends.
Oh, happily ever after, wouldn’t you know, wouldn’t you know.
Oh, skip to the ending, who’d like to know, I’d like to know.
Author of the moment, can you tell me, do I end up, do I end up happy?
I guess you’ll have to read it to find out