Title: Break My Heart 1,000 Times
Author: Daniel Waters
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Lyrical, creepy, dark and thrilling, I loved Break My Heart 1,000 Times--easily one of the best ghost stories I've ever read, and a new favorite!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Everyone's way of life has changed after The Event--a horrifying crisis that took, some say, over five million lives all around the world. The result of this tragedy has become a fact of life: ghosts, faint memories of the dead taken in The Event--have become commonplace. But something's different: The ghosts are gaining power, and Veronica Calder is now sharing her bathroom with a ghost. Leap Day is approaching--one of the few that Ronnie actually gets a birthday. But with it comes dark, terrifying truths: August Bittner, a local teacher, has become obsessed with the idea that his daughter can come back. But only if August can give her a host.. And it just so happens that Veronica's a prime candidate..
What I enjoyed:
-The creepy, frightening, dark atmosphere that Waters paints: a world where ghosts and humans coexist, fragile and frightening and existential
-The pacing of this novel was amazing--it was absolutely breakneck and I was frantically turning pages trying to figure out what was happening
-Ronnie, a complex, multi-layered character full of depth--she was a great main character and I really enjoyed her
-Kirk, the boy trying to get close to her and lower her defenses, as well as trying to figure out why the ghosts were here
-Bittner was a huge selling point for me in this novel--he was an amazing villain and I enjoyed him, even with his frightening, up close and personal descent into madness
-I liked the way everything unfolded--I couldn't see anything coming and that really sells me on horror novels
What could've been better:
-I wish there had been more background on August, as well as the ghost that haunted him and his family
I loved, loved, loved Break My Heart 1,000 Times! A gripping nail-biter of a horror story that had me riveted! I wish there were more books like this out there. Next on deck: Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford!