Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Summary (from Goodreads):
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....
I just about lost it when I learned that Gier was writing another YA series. Seriously, my fangirling reached a whole new level. I absolutely loved her time travel series, and for all I knew that would be it for her. As soon as I heard of this one, I knew I would have to get my hands on it. Thankfully, it was sent to me for review. And I may have had a role in my library ordering a copy as well.
Did I love it as much as Ruby Red? Not quite. However, some of the things I loved about this author’s other books were definitely hanging around in this book too. There’s an interesting family dynamic. I love when families play roles in YA books (and aren’t just not in the picture). I loved Liv’s relationship with her younger sister. It reminded me a lot of a past best friendship. I also loved the girls’ relationship with their au pair. There was plenty of humor and sarcasm too. And the characters, overall, were amazing. This is an author that does not hold back on character development.
I’m not sure I was quite as into the plot or romance as I was before though. The plot was sort of the standard YA paranormal romance (with twists and turns that I was guessing the whole time). Though, there were some Maggie Stiefvater-ish moments that gave it the good kind of paranormal romance vibes. But, still it was a little too normal and not enough unique for my tasting.
And as far as the romance goes, I just wasn’t feeling it. I knew what was coming with the reveal at the end, and I’m not sure I like it. I’m actually hoping for a triangle later in the series, in a weird hope that she ends up with someone else.
There’s some interesting stuff about going into other people’s dreams. There’s also some interesting things about raising demons. There is a heavy supernatural element. I found the boys super interesting. And I kind of wish I got to know more about them, and I have a feeling I will in the later installments. All in all, I really liked this one. I was just hoping for a little more. I give it an 8/10.

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