Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Restless souls and empty hearts.
Synopsis: Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca died a year ago, and now their friend Gabe has died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe's ghost is there, waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn't Lucca chasing her through her dreams.
Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying so hard not to feel the pain of missing Lucca. But when he begins receiving messages from his dead brother, telling him to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.
As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they're being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.
If you are a Lisa Schroeder fan (*raises hand*), this book will not disappoint. It differs from her other novels only because it switches POVs (from Brooklyn to Nico and back again). I've read novels where authors seem to struggle with this, but Lisa does it with such finesse and gives each character a distinctive voice.
There are critics out there who do not appreciate novels written in verse. I must admit, I was the same way at first. I thought "How can the author paint a clear picture with such few words?" Lisa completely changed my mind. What some authors do in 5 pages, Lisa can do in 3 lines.
The synopsis does a fabulous job of summarizing the book. I don't want to go into details without getting too spoilery. What I will say is this: the story had me thinking for days. It's jammed packed with not action, but emotions. Much like poetry! Both Brooklyn and Nico are beautifully portrayed. And yes, I did have a crush on Nico. How could you not? He's funny, kind and warm.
I recommend this to all Lisa Schroeder fans. And if you have yet to read a book written in verse, this one's a great one to start!