November 12, 2012

Review of Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters


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?

Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Publication Date:  October 16, 2012
Publisher:  Hyperion

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions ** 

How would I classify Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters? A morbidly dark Dystopian type read.  After what is called as the “Event”, ghosts are popping up everywhere.  Ghosts of loved one, ghosts of people from the past…even ghosts of those who have been murdered.  The event annihilated millions of people, leaving in its wake, those who now have to live day to day with daily ghostly encounters.

The way in which Break My Heart 1,000 Times opens up, you think that you are watching the everyday morning routine of a regular family, primarily Veronica’s family.  But to my surprise, the everyday routine of your father sitting at the kitchen table reading the paper and drinking from his cup of coffee, is one that is being repeated daily by the ghost of said father.  I admit that after reading that, I was left with some chills.  Not only do we witness her watch her father relive the same moment over and over again, we are also introduced to a ghost that has newly appeared in Veronica’s home.  A ghost named Brian, who plays a major role in the events in Break My Heart 1,000 Times.

Where most everyone who has been affected by the “Event” is, more or less, going through their daily motions…surviving another day amongst these ghosts, Veronica is more alive than the rest.   But despite her lust for life, there are those who seek to snuff her candle out because of their own hidden agenda.  Enter super creepy teacher, Mr. August Bittner.  Having lost his daughter, post “Event”, Mr. Bittner is lead to believe that the only way for him to be able to have his daughter, Eva, back he must take a life…on February 29… every leap year, believing that the veil between our world and the world beyond is most thinnest on February 29.

Sadly, poor Veronica’s birthday is February 29 (a leap year baby), and so Mr. Bittner is convinced that Veronica is the key to getting his daughter back, and he will stop at nothing to make it happen…even murder… And perhaps with the help of Veronica’s friend Kirk and her ghostly friend, Brian, Veronica may live to see another day…

The chapters are extremely short, and jump from the point of views of Veronica, Kirk, and Brian the ghost.  You would think that it would get confusing, but not at all.  In fact, it made the book even that more interesting and addictive.  I was always curious to see how long I had to be in this individuals head before I was thrust into a different mind.

I will tell you right now, this book creeped me the funk out at times!  Mr. Bittner is one hard core villain that I would never, EVER, want to cross paths with.  You know in movies, you are usually safe if you are with someone else (pairs and groups are safe people!)?  Yah, it didn’t seem to matter that Veronica was with Kirk, and how safe they felt with each other’s company, that darn Mr. Bittner seems to find his way to try and get to Veronica!  Seriously, he is one messed up teacher.  He reminded me of that creepy murdere Mr. What’s His Face in the Lovely Bones?

Author, Daniel Waters, weaves a creepy, addictive tale where ghosts are an everyday reality and that even the tiniest spark of hope where a lost loved one could have a chance to come back causes one to go to the dark side…or cause one to re-visit the dark side every four years.  A perfect late at night read, Break My Heart 1,000 Times absolutely had me jumping at little sounds in the middle of the night, and looking over my shoulder for … who knows what!

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  1. Natalie Cleary

    I have to say when I first saw the book cover and the name, I hadnt read the blurb, I thought it was a contempory :) It sounds so good and Ill definitely add it to my list!!! Great review.

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    I know right! When I first saw the book I totally thought it was a contemp too! It was a pleasant surprise :D

  3. Natalie Cleary

    Just realized I spelt contemporary wrong!! My 4 boys are running around playing “Zombie” and its very distracting!! lol.

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    LOL no worries! There’s no spelling police around here ;P

  5. Karina A.

    The girl in the cover looks like Molly from ANTM. Anyway,I really thought it’s a contemporary romance book. I’m not expecting that dark vibe of the book. It sounds great! Thanks for sharing! :)

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