Saturday, January 17, 2015

Early Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Title: Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1)
Kerstin Gier & Anthea Bell (Trans.)
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. BYR (Macmillian)
Release Date: 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....

My Review

First off, I want to say that I think there has been a cover change. Since I'm not sure, I'll just include it in the review here:

Having read the book, I must say that I prefer the purple one a little bit more (except for the butterflies), but I totally understand the newer one from a marketing standpoint.

I've never read the Ruby Red series by Gier, but I own them all because the premise was interesting. I'm a terrible person and still trying to make time to read them. Anywho, I'm really glad that I didn't put off reading Dream a Little Dream. It was a light, fun fantasy that was such a blast to read.

Olivia "Liv" Silver is main character, and I loved her dry sense of humor. She was very self-aware, and because of this, there wasn't a character that I didn't enjoy her interacting with. Being as she was a fairly normal girl, she didn't really let the paranormal aspect of the novel overwhelm her or even take it very seriously. Also, she had enough sense to not be losing herself while swooning over a boy.

The other characters in Dream a Little Dream were just as fun. Mia, her little sister, helped keep Liv grounded (not the "in trouble" kind, mind you). Lottie was the perfect nanny, and I wish that she had been mine. And the boys - Jasper, Arthur, Grayson and Henry - were a lot of fun to read because Liv kept them on their toes. But I'm not going to go through everyone, so don't worry.

Dream a Little Dream would be a great middle grade/young adult crossover novel because there is barely any drinking and just a little kissing. I think younger readers will eat the book up because it's got the aforementioned kissing, gossip, very light high school drama, and hot potential book boyfriends. It will read a little young for older YA readers, but I think they could still enjoy it for the writing and Liv's great personality. I supply a lot of books to my friend's twelve year old twins, and they will definitely be getting Dream a Little Dream from me when it comes out.

Dream a Little Dream is a book that I can't wait to have in my library system because I will be giving it my readers. I'll also be recommending it to moms to read for themselves and their littles. So basically, this is a book you need to read. It's a lot of fun, and I cannot wait until the second book in the series is translated.

- 3.5/5 Stars -

Buy Links
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an advance copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.

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