Dream a Little Dreamby Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell
Published by Macmillan on April 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.
The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....
Totally unexpected. That is the best way to sum up ALL my feelings about this book. This is a tough review for me because I always like to review books objectively. At the same time, there has to be some of my opinion in the review or else I’ll end up sounding like every other generic review. But in this particular story, there was a quirky little point of fact that I kept having a problem looking past the entire time I was reading the story. Hence my 3 ½ star review. I really liked the story, but I can’t go overboard on the “love”.
I can definitely share many things about this story that I DID like and that kept me reading all the way until the end. The plot itself is a unique spin on the shared dreams theme. As mentioned in the synopsis, Liv suspects that she is eavesdropping on four boys from her school in her dreams. What caught me be surprise was how quickly the plot unfolded and we find out how and why the boys actually know things about Liv when they see her in the daytime.
Because dreams are involved, the story gets somewhat complex (or it could be my addled-brain thinking it was complex). It also packs a lot of “story” into it’s measly 336 pages. Both of these made me unable to put the book down at times. I’m fairly certain I stayed up late to finish the book.
The characters are well thought out. Each one serves a very specific purpose in the plot. Some are extremely annoying, some are endearing, and some will hopefully rise to the occasion in later books. And despite the fact that not every character gets completely fleshed out (ummm, needed to know more about Henry!!!), we knew enough about each one to tell the story. There are just too many characters to get into the details of every one of the them. Obviously, because Ms. Gier has a “Cast of Characters” list at the end of the book.
Alright, so the story had a unique spin on an old theme. The characters rocked. So what was needling me as I read the story?
STOP READING HERE if you don’t want your enjoyment of this book possibly colored by my quirkiness!!!
Liv, the protagonist of the story, is only 15 years old, just about to turn 16. The boys she eavesdrops on are all seniors, or the equivalent in England. Do you kind of see where I’m going with this? One young girl and four older boys… I was kind of getting creeped out, especially during a scene where all five of them were having a meeting. There are a few other facts that I can’t mention without spoiling the plot.
I will say this, by the end of the story, some of the issues I had got worked out, but not all of them. I’m really torn about continuing this series. On one hand, the story rocks and the ending of the book was extremely fab-u-lous! But on the other hand, I’m not sure about one of the facts still remaining unresolved.
Ugh… I hate being one of those women who can never make up her mind…