by Kerstin Gier
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: The Silver Trilogy (Book 1)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 14, 2015)
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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....
Cute and quirky, Dream a Little Dream reads like a favorite such as the charming Anna and the French Kiss or The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Although there is one caveat: This story has a dark twist, not for the faint at heart. Considering, I will also add the doppelgangers Suspicion and Night School to a list of similar books.
What I didn’t like
There were a few things that annoyed me:
- The main character does not think through anything. Major warning bells might ring, and she just ignores them! Always!
- She hangs out with older teenage guys who don’t have her best interests at heart. This is obvious, but again, she could care less.
- It was rather dark and demonic at times. I wouldn’t really consider this a major paranormal or anything, but if you don’t like devilish mysteries or if you frown on conjuring from Hades, maybe you should avoid it. (Although, I am not in the practice of applauding demon conjuring and I still read it.) If you want to avoid a tidbit of blood oaths and pentagrams, here is you fair warning.
- If you saw my review on Suspicion, which did freaked me out as I slept, Dream a Little Dream did not give me the willies, which is ironic, due to the book’s premises. Maybe because it was more straightforward? It just didn’t end as cleanly, whereas Suspicion seemed to twist into fantasy at the end (relievingly).
What I did like
- I adored the dialogue. I find cute, sweet dialogues very hard to write, so I am in awe when I find perfect funny ones. In awe with jealousy!
- Location--again, Brittan. Sigh. I just love the idea of England.
- The sister. She was just cool. I kinda gotta say, this is the first book in awhile where I liked a side-character more than the heroine.
- The love story. It has me on my toes, wrapped in confusion, but it my opinion, it was totally worth cuddling into, in a blanket, on a couch by a roaring fireplace, holding a mug of Wassil (yes, I am pulling out my Britishisms for you)!
- Actually, I found most of the characters incredibly interesting. There was such depth, and a place for each one, even though there were quite a few people!
- This book was never boring. I love captivating quick-reads.
- The gossip column: Very high-school and very fun.
- The sorta brother-in-law I liked. In fact, I loved the whole crooked family dynamic.
- Mystery: It was very non-figure-outish-able. I was surprised, and I wasn’t sure who was bad and who was good for pretty much the whole book.
Are you going to read it?
I definitely recommend this! It is pretty clean, an easy read, and cute characters and the love story make this book a winner. Tell me what you think! I am curious!
- Sexuality- Moderate
- Language- Mild
- Violence - Moderate
- Notables: Definitely underage partying and drinking going on in here. Also, an essential element includes staying a virgin, so that comes up a lot.
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