Thursday, October 18, 2012

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters.
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH.
Pages: 352.
Release Date: October 16th, 2012.
Source: Publisher.
Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren't disappearing--they're gaining power. When Veronica and her friend, Kirk, decide to investigate why, they stumble upon a more sinister plot than they ever could have imagined. One of Veronica's high school teachers is crippled by the fact that his dead daughter has never returned as a ghost, and he's haunted by the possibility that she's waiting to reappear within a fresh body. Veronica seems like the perfect host. And even if he's wrong, what's the harm in creating one more ghost?

It seems Daniel Waters has a knack for throwing teenage protagonists into terrifying situations because just like the Generation Dead series, I quite enjoyed Break My Heart 1,000 Times.

There are some good things and some iffy things for me when it comes to this book. One of my favorite things was that the story was coming at me from all different perspectives, one of them belonging to the book's resident crazy killer. It totally jacked up the creep factor to read from his point of view because, as I said before, the guy is a big, steaming bowl of crazysauce. The other thing I really enjoyed was the main character, Veronica. There were some moments where I didn't like her so much, but overall, I love how the author made her so confident and not just for the scary parts. And the third thing that I really loved was how subtly terrifying the ghosts - or "images" as they're called - were. Especially the murdered ones. *shivers*

Onto the iffy. The first thing that really struck me odd is that a big part of the plot was already told in the very beginning. There was no mystery because I knew what August had in mind. Luckily there was a small twist at the end that completely took me by surprise so I'm not 100% sour grapes over that but it still took away a lot of the shock factor that would normally keep me reading. I also thought the book lacked intensity at times. In what should have been heart-pounding moments, I soared through the scenes with little to no emotion about what I was reading at all. I just would have loved that little bit of extra emotion to really get me affected.

Overall, I did enjoy Break My Heart 1,000 Times even though it wasn't one of my favorite books in the world. It's ridiculously creepy and cool and absolutely perfect for a Halloween read!

Other reviews for Break My Heart 1,000 Times:
Icey Books.
Basia's Bookshelf.

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