DNF Review: Dream On by Kerstin Gier

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By: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at page 70

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home (and her new family) in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over–in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

My Thoughts:
I read the first book, Dream a Little Dream, and enjoyed it. I felt that there were some things that might have been lost in translation but overall I found it to be a very interesting and entertaining read. I hoped that this sequel would build on the elements I enjoyed (the dream world) but sadly it fell flat for me.

I think my biggest issue was that the pacing was very slow. By page 70 not much at all had occurred. I didn’t have any connection to the characters so following them along and listening to Liv talk about a fancy tea party, kissing Henry in the dream world etc wasn’t enough for me. I kept hoping with each turn of the page something would grip me. There were scenes that took place in Liv’s dream and I could see that if I’d continued I’d probably have enjoyed these sections (there seemed to be some sort of mysterious thing following her in her dream) but right now I couldn’t push through it.

Have you read Dream On? Should I pick it up again and give it a second chance?

Review of Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

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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.