Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Posted August 19, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream

by Kerstin Gier

Series: The Silver Trilogy #1
Publisher: Fischer FJB on March 8, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Target Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★½

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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....

 

Dream a Little Dream is fun in the way that a light story about a new town and sisters and new families and balls and demonic rituals.  Just your casual contemporary novel, right?

Just kidding!  It’s a mix of mystery, contemporary, and fantasy.  Kerstin Gier’s writing continues to be delightful and magical, and while I enjoyed Dream a Little Dream, it’s not quite Ruby Red.  It’s good, but it’s a very different story.  Both books have a wonderful collection of characters, and I’m looking forward to knowing more about each of them.  In particular, Liv’s family – blood and extended – are a group of really fun and interesting people and I liked them all.  Even the pets!

The writing and translation of this novel makes very easy, quick reading.  Additionally, the lucid dreaming storyline is interesting. The only qualm I really have with the pacing of this one was that it only felt like the beginning of a story.  If I had to guess at this stage, I’d say that Dream a Little Dream is book one of a trilogy that feels more like a single story split into three books.  This is a similar feel to the Ruby Red trilogy, and I’m 100% okay with it.  We really were just getting into the story, but I already want more.

However, my relationship with Dream a Little Dream is more like my relationship with Die For Me.  This is a fun book without too much substance but likable characters, and it’s just a little too cheesy to really, really take seriously.  The romantic elements happen way too easily and way too quickly and there are some lines that are just… so tacky.  Adorable, yes, but tacky.  It’s good, it’s an entertaining read, but it’s nothing incredibly special or memorable.

I did like it, and if you’re looking for something a little fluffy – or as fluffy as you can get with a blood ritual, but also the resplendent autumn ball! – you’ll enjoy this book.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★
Plot: ★★ 1/2
Characters: ★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★
Narrator: ★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

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