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?


  1. says

    Uhh.. I DNFed the first book to this series last year. The only nice thing I can say is that the covers are pretty lol. It was actually my first DNF ever and felt so guilty about it but it was so mind-blowingly slow. It was torture! xD I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one after liking the first book. I’ve been there and it really sucks 🙁

  2. Meike says

    I’m from Germany and I’ve read all three books of the trilogy. I really liked the first one and the idea of the dream corridor, but in my opinion the sequel was weaker. Unfortunately, the third book was even worse and it really disappointed me because it didn’t fullfil my expectations. The relationship doesn’t develop, the protagonist Liv is more passive than active and there are no answers to my many questions regarding the existence of the corridor and the demon.
    I really like Kerstin Gier’s writing style and I’ll definetly buy other books she’ll write in the future, but this series isn’t her best word.

  3. says

    Sorry you didn’t like it 🙁

    I actually did try reading the first book. But while I loved the writing style I didn’t like the plot. If you’re still interested in finding out what happens then I say you should just skim the book. And then do the same for the third book if you want to know how it ends. I’ve done that with a lot of books and it works out just fine. But again it’s up to you.

    I hope your next read is better! Great review 🙂

  4. says

    Aw, sad face. I’m so sorry you had to DNF this book sweet girl :\ That is never any fun. But sigh. When nothing had happened after 70 pages, I don’t blame you at all. I would have quit it too, lol 🙂 I haven’t read book one.. but I have an ARC of it.. but wouldn’t mind trading it away, lol 🙂 Not sure they are for me. Sigh. Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts about this one sweetie. <3 I hope your next read will be much, much better 🙂

  5. says

    I’m sorry you couldn’t get into it! I still need to get the first book and read it, but I’ll keep in mind that the second book may be slow. I might wait for all the books to be out before reading them though and get them from the library.

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