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Early Review: Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters

Title: Break My Heart 1,000 Times

Author: Daniel Waters

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 1423121988 (Hyperion)

ISBN-13: 978-1423121985 (Hyperion)

Reviewed by: Michelle


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?

From critically acclaimed Generation Dead author Daniel Waters, comes a delectably creepy and suspenseful thriller. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will leave readers with the chills. Or is that a ghost reading over the page?

Quick & Dirty: A suspenseful thriller filled with wonderful writing, only to leave you wide awake at night and unable to sleep.

Opening Sentence: I walk through walls.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

The infamous Daniel Waters has written another paranormal masterpiece. Break My Heart 1,000 Times is filled with thrills, chills, and a large paranormal presence, that it will leave readers transfixed. Seeing the dead is a part of life, and since the “Event,” the aftermath has continued. Ghosts were not an abnormal part of life anymore, it was now a part of the norm. Even in Veronica’s household, her father’s ghost is a constant reminder of how life was now. Sickness and lingering death, environmental damage, and chaos were the result of the horrific “Event.”

Mr. Bittner, one of Veronica’s high school teachers had lost his daughter, Eva. A ghost named Mary Greer, a remembrance of Bittner’s daughter, was killed in February, eight years ago. Mary had been one of the first ghosts to make regular appearances, immediately after the “Event.” Mary had appeared to Mr. Bittner before her death, and led to allegations of her murder. Every teen at Montcrief high school had accused Mr. Bittner as Mary’s killer, and only a poem that someone mysteriously left on his desk, was the proof of his innocence. Veronica and Kirk take it upon themselves to investigate, and in doing so has uncovered an unimaginably dark and dire plot.

Ever since the “Event,” Veronica Calder stopped fearing ghosts. For Veronica, the ghosts were irritating results of the “Event.” The most disturbing thing for Veronica was knowing that like her father, people she knew were gone, and they were not. Everything that has been thrown Veronica’s way adds to her character, her personality, and her strength.

Kirk Lane is haunted by many things. For forgetting the anniversary of the “Event,” for not telling Veronica that he likes her, and for wanting to push all ghost-related things out of his life. Kirk represented a certain type of strength, of acceptance, and of a person who wanted to move on, past the “Event.” Mr. Bittner, to me represented the sorrow in the world. To me, he was the percentage of the population that couldn’t accept and move on. He was stuck, with his nagging wife, searching for his daughter, and constantly seeing reminders of who was missing. Janine represented the other percentage of the population that just couldn’t accept, period. Fear ruled her life, as well as never allowing herself any strength.

Waters world is amazing. From the “Event” to the ghosts, he spares no expense at the detail of this world. The history of how it all came about was interesting, to say the least. I feared for my dreams each time a ghost would appear in the story. There were definitely goose bumps that crawled up my skin, and I loved every minute of it.

Like Waters’ previous works, his writing is superb. There is a shift in tone when the point of view moves from character to character. Each voice has a definitive personality, reflective of the characters’ persona. Even when talking about a ghost, there’s a definite chill factor that I experienced, and as a reader, that is wonderful writing skills. Break My Heart 1,000 Times has a perfect pacing to match the theme and tone of the story, slowing down when need be, but always and consistently moving at a constant pace.

Break My Heart 1,000 Times is a great paranormal story, with many promises of psych serial thrills. Throw out your expectations, and live in the moment. But don’t wait too long to pick this up. Like Waters says, “Life is short, and death is forever.”

P.S. Break My Heart 1,000 Times will be a movie. I cannot wait, especially after reading the amazing story!

Notable Scene:

He had a couple of weeks. Time enough for her to reveal to him the patterns of her life, so that when the day of Eva’s death and pending rebirth—leap day!—arrived, he would be ready. If the opportunity presented itself, he would take her early and keep her alive and hidden until the 29th.

“The stroke of midnight,” Madeline said, and August thought he could feel her breath on his ear. “On the 28th. That would be the best time.”

August nodded in agreement and then took a drink from his cup.

He watched Veronica wave through the window at Kirk. She went back across the lot with a little skip in her step. She paused at the door of the movie theater and looked up and right into his eyes. He felt a tingle at the back of his neck.

FTC Advisory: Hyperion provided me with a copy of Break My Heart 1,000 Times. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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