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June 20, 2015

Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream a Little Dream
Author: Kertsin Gier
Published On: April 14, 2015
Page Count: 322

Synopsis: (Found on 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).


Overall Rating: 5/5
Finished this in under 7 hours which was the start of an amazing book reading binge. This story is so descriptive and the story flows well. Out of Gier`s works I would have to say this one is my favorite.

   
Cover: 5/5

This cover is stunning. I am glad they did a cover change from the Netgalley original version. This one just matches the plot of the book perfectly. The colors pop and the items have significance in the book itself.


Characters: 4.5/5
Liv Silver: She is inquisitive and for me very relatable. She wants to solve problems and uncover hidden gems in life. Although sometimes her personality can get her in to some trouble she seems to finally have control of her life and what she (might) want to do.
Grayson Spencer: I am torn between Grayson and Henry as Liv`s love interest. Grayson is different and sometimes sulks about life but he has an interesting past and is learning to move forward. He looks out for Liv and doesn`t want to see her get hurt.
Henry Harper: He is super secretive and you never truly know what he is thinking. Although he is Liv`s bf I still feel like he has some super dark secrets that as readers we aren`t going to like. I hope to find out more about him in book 2 (please can it be here yet).
Secrecy: Is the name of the blogger of the school Tiddle-Taddle. S/He knows everything that is going on. Liv loves mysteries so she is trying to figure out who Secrecy is. I typically hate people like this that meddle in everyone’s lives and then gossip about it. Secrecy however I think understands what is “alright” to talk about- trivial things in a person life versus something that could truly hurt them.


Plot: 5/5
There is tons of witty banter between characters and then there is a little interesting dream exploration. Gier also used the idea of doors to other people’s dreams actually being doors. People can put locks and defenses on their doors to keep other’s out. This was a fun way to sort of get a look at what type of person they would be. Some were simple others were a little more tricky. There is some high school drama but most of it isn`t your typical teen angst. There is also a bit of a romance going on here, but it progresses slowly and is sweet and seems real.


Quotes:
Pg.275
                “Whether he`ll come by way of Oberammergau or by way of Unterammergau or whether he`ll come at all isn`t certain.”
Pg. 279
                “It`s in dreams more than anywhere else that you get to know people best-along with all their weaknesses and secrets.”


TTFN,

Ashley

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