22 November 2009

Review: Chasing Brooklyn By: Lisa Schroeder

Title: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 432 Pages (January 5, 2010)
From: Won in a Book Tour, read and passed on.

Synopsis: Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can't sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just 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 visiting her dreams.

Nico can't stop. He's always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca's ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico 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.

Review: 4 Stars - Chasing Brooklyn was one of those stories that allowed me to feel the various emotions that the characters -Brooklyn and Nico were going through a year after a death that affected them both in very different ways. A supernatural twist to the story had ghosts to help pave the way for both Brooklyn and Nico, in what would be a quest to find a life not only worth living, but a way to live without Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother. They each had such different ways to deal with death, even after a year had passed. They might have both been still alive, but were they really living? I liked how you could feel the struggles to let go and lean on each other, to understand that they were both going through many of the same things. To be able to see both characters change and grow with the turn of each page and as more time passed in the story.

The author - Lisa has a unique writing style that at first glance made me wonder if there would be gaps or missing pieces to the story. I have to say that after reading the first few pages I knew there wouldn't be anything left out. It was a fast read that had me wanting more and fearing it would end to soon.

Written in alternating chapters from Brooklyn and Nico's journals/thoughts it gave me such an amazing insight to just what each was going through. You could feel each and every phase of grief they were feeling from one moment to the next. The struggles are true to life - often at times heartbreaking, yet at other times I found it light and fun.

I can say that Lisa has written a story that to me was emotional, powerful, and strong and filled with love. I look forward to the day when I can purchase this book and read it again. Whether you read it before it comes out or when it's released, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see just what she writes next.

Disclaimer: I did not pay for, nor did I keep this book. I have not been compensated at all for reading and writing this review.

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  1. Great review! I'm counting down the days until i can have this x

  2. Thanks! You should enter the book tour contests. My friend Kari will be hosting the next contest. She's I think going to be the 6th stop. She just won it from who I passed it on to, so yeah... stalk her blog. :o)

    Plus, she's got 2 other great contests going on there right now you should check in it. A link to her blog is up at the very top middle here. She's the one who's holding the Fallen contest. If you haven't entered, be sure to mention I referred you and we both get extra entries! Thx!!!


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