Book Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

31 May 2011
Title: Chasing Brooklyn
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date: Jan. 5, 2010
Pages: 412
ISBN:  9781416991687
Source: purchased

Chasing Brooklyn
Summary From Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts: 

I have read a few reviews of this book, and even before that I had it in my TBR pile. I actually haven't read any of Lisa's books; but I had heard that she writes in what I believe is called prose. This book isn't like your normal YA books. At first when I saw how many pages were in it, I was a little daunted. I know I read a lot of 400+ page books, but after finishing a 325 page read I was wanting something light.
So after flipping through the book, I was glad to see that it wasn't pages upon pages filled with tiny little test!
Chasing Brooklyn is the story of two teens that are struck by tragedy twice. Once when Lucca, Brooklyn's love and Nico's brother dies on New Year's. One year later Gabe, the driver of the car and a friend to both Brooklyn and Nico; dies of a drug overdose. The story alternates what would be considered journal entries of Brooklyn's and Nico's thoughts. With both being "haunted" by the ghosts of Lucca and Gabe, the story has a great start.
It starts of with Gabe haunting Brooklyn in her dreams and then slowly escalates, I was confused as to why exactly Gabe was haunting Brooklyn and what he meant by the things he would say to Brooklyn, but by the end of the story I began to understand.
Nico is haunted by Lucca; his brother. Lucca comes to Nico with the plea "Help her", talking about Brooklyn. I thought maybe at first that Brooklyn's dream hauntings from Gabe may injure her in some way; but soon realized that maybe Lucca just wanted Nico to help Brooklyn learn to live again.
All in all, I really enjoyed the book and I now have Lisa's other books on my TBR list!

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Book Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Reckoning
Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #11
Publisher:  Ace
Date: May 3,2011
Pages: 325
ISBN:  9780441020317
Source: purchased

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)Summary From Goodreads:

With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

My Thoughts:

I have been an avid reader of the Sookie Stackhouse books for about 5 years now. I was late to the game and caught up with everyone right before "True Blood" came to TV.
I fell in love with the first 8 books, but lately it seems that Mrs. Harris is just filling the books with whatever she can. I have read books 9 and 10; and will continue to read any of the books that she puts out in this series, but I can't seem to get as excited about a new book as I used to. 
In the 11th installment of Sookie, we see a person from her past come back, even though I had really forgotten about the Pelt's, I actually had to skim through a few books to get updated on the back story there. 
I liked that Mrs. Harris brought back Amelia and Bob, but I was not in the least bit happy about them figuring out how to break the bond between Sookie and Eric. And don't even get me started on the whole Eric being arranged for with the Queen of Oklahoma!! I swear, Sookie just can't catch a break with the vamps in this series!!! Maybe she should actually give a were a shot!

The conflict with Victor was brought into this book, but I felt the demise of Victor and his "crew" was too fast and way too neat. I mean really, I understand that the scene couldn't last for that long, but it wasn't even a full chapter; or so it seemed to me.  
I was left wondering about a lot of things through out the book, and I feel that a few things could have been cleared up in this book; like really, what was up with Claude and Dermot? I understand that Mrs. Harris needs to leave some things up in the air so that she can continue the series, but still, some things could have been either cleared up as I said earlier, or answered altogether. I felt that the book just really dragged on way too much.

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