Review of Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

DreamaLittleDreamCoverDream a Little Dream
By: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: April 14th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . .

My Thoughts:
I’ve not ever read anything by Kerstin Gier and I was a tad nervous once I heard some early opinions only because of the translation. I heard some of it read a bit awkwardly so I went in expecting that. I was actually surprised that though there were a few words that stood out it really flowed better than expected.

This story was a fun, easy read that kept me interested though it did allow for me to put it aside and read another book here and there. When I came back to it though I was easily able to get right back into the story.

I enjoyed the sibling relationship between  Liv and her sister and felt that their lives were easy to relate to. I will say that there was a lot of detail given about their day to day lives and their history of moving around. This got a tad monotonous for me and I wished for some action to happen. Where things really picked up and got interesting was with the dream sequences. I loved the detail of the dreams and that many times the reader gets dumped into one without knowing it. I actually reread a section thinking I’d read something wrong. These great scenes are from about midway to the end of the novel and are worth the read.

Liv became mixed up with 4 boys from her school because of her dreams. Each of these boys had an interesting story though we really don’t learn enough about them each. I think the next book will go deeper into their pasts and relationships. We learn about them as Liv does so the reader questions their motivations which I really loved. Though there are 4 boys surrounding Liv she only has romantic feelings for one, so no love triangle. I did ship her with the wrong guy for a bit which was a tiny bit sad for me. But as things progressed I jumped on board for the other relationship.

There was a mystery surrounding Liv’s dreams and the boys and though I didn’t predict the outcome completely I was able to guess where things were headed. I felt that the resolution gave me enough closure though the door was left wide open for the next book in the series.

Final Thoughts:
I’m a fan of most things dream related so the highlight of Dream a Little Dream were the dream sequences. I felt that Gier’s imagination and creativity shown in these sections as well as her character interactions. Outside of the dreams though the story was fun but a tad bit slow for me.

This book got a cover revamp so the old cover (the one on my ARC) is this…


I’m curious- which cover do you prefer?

Me- I like the new cover much more. The ARC cover was fun but it didn’t really have the feel of the dreams in my opinion. I would more likely pick up the new cover at the bookstore too since it has a darker tone. I’ll most likely be getting the finished copy and keeping my ARC for my collection.


  1. says

    Hmmm, I had zero issues with the translation. Perhaps because I’m more familiar with Gier’s novels and writing, but I didn’t find it awkward at all. I enjoyed this book – possibly not as much as I’ve enjoyed the numerous others books I’ve read by this author, but enjoyed nonetheless. And while I like both covers, I like the new black one more. It definitely fits the vibe of the story more, especially the second half and towards the end 😀

    Anyway. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more. If you read the next book in the series, I hope you love it! Awesome review, Kristen 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • says

      I’ll def read the second book. I enjoyed it but wasn’t blown away. I did really like the bits of humor and the siblings relationship. So happy you loved it and I’ve heard great things about Gier’s other books! I’ll have to try them out.

  2. says

    Awesome review Kristen 😀 I’m glad you ended up enjoying this book a lot. <3 But aw, I'm sorry you didn't love. And hah. You shipped her with the wrong boy first? 🙁 That is so depressing when it happens. Hmph. But glad you managed to like the "real" boy too, hih 🙂 Anyway. I do think this sounds like a good book 😀 But also a bit weird. Have heard mixed things.. so still not sure I want to read my won ARC of it :p Maybe sometime soon 🙂 Will see. <3 Anyway. Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie 😀

  3. says

    Nice review! I too hear mixed things about this author and the whole translation thing. Though I still have her first trilogy in my massive TBR Mountain of Doom. So I plan to read them some day! This new one sounds intriguing too! Dreams are always a curious thing for me when reading and I do like them!

    The covers are both gorgeous. The new one definitely sells better I’d think, but the old one is still incredible! Gave me an Alice in Wonderland feel, except you know, with a door instead of rabbit hole. Though she does go through a door to get INTO Wonderland! LOL!

    Great review!

  4. Jacklin Updegraft says

    I really like the cover of the finished copy! I actually remember just glancing at the ARC copy and it never really caught my eye, but when the finished cover was revealed it caught my interest!

  5. says

    I don’t usually read translated books because I most often end up hating them and I think it might be because something is lost in translation. But the cover to this book is so pretty, and I love the title!

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