ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Posted March 23, 2015 by Debby in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin GierDream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Series: The Silver Trilogy #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on April 14th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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. . . .

4 Stars

As a huge fan of Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone Trilogy, when I heard that Macmillan would be releasing the Silver trilogy as well, my heart LEAPED in delight. Dream a Little Dream was a super fun adventure that I just tore through.

What appealed to me most about this book is the cool, creative concept of lucid shared dreaming. Honestly, it’s just such a cool freaking idea, and the execution was excellent! I loved getting the flashes of Liv’s dreams and the recurrence of the door that would allow her to enter the shared dreams. The settings in the dreams were wonderfully vivid, and I was overall just completely delighted by this story – especially the first part, where she’s discovering all these things about the dreams.

Where it gets a little complicated, though, is the fact that this shared dreaming concept lands Liv in a select group of teens purportedly trying to unlock a demon. It started off as a game on Halloween, much as friends at a sleepover may play with a Ouji board, but it’s been going on for months when Liv gets there. They steadily unlock the seals holding back that demon, in exchange for which they would get their wishes granted. I found it a little hard to swallow that people would go through with this for so long. When it becomes evident that this demon may actually be *real*, I would think they would stop, considering it’s potentially bad news for the WORLD. To an extent I could understand that they fear repercussions if they stop – though I don’t feel that fear was conveyed really well in the story – but that doesn’t explain why Liv would join in on it.

And that’s kind of my issue with Liv. In a lot of things, I could see that she was like Gwen from Gier’s Precious Stone Trilogy – she’s curious, a little naive, but she doesn’t back down from a challenge. But she is so unbelievably stupid sometimes. I still feel like her character could be plausible, but she’s just not quite as endearing as Gwen was.

I’m of two minds about the romance, to be honest. At first, I thought this was a reverse harem situation, because hello, Liv lands herself in a group of four ultra hot guys. Each of them has a certain appeal, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t truly curious about Grayson, her future step-brother, because I could potentially ship that. But the romance ended up being more straightforward than I was expecting, and though I thought the ship was cute, it wasn’t MAJOR FEELSVILLE – it felt a tiny bit rushed. Who knows where this will go in the rest of the series though? I’m pretty darn excited to find out. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind a love triangle/square/pentagon in this series. I think Kerstin Gier could pull it off.

What I do feel is stronger than the Precious Stone Trilogy though is the storytelling. The time travel concept was just not exactly plausible and the explanations in the world building kind of lacked throughout the whole series. In Dream a Little Dream, I feel like the construction is much stronger. I love the concept of the dreams, and already there are more explanations to give the story more cohesion. Dream a Little Dream clearly has its own story arc, whereas the Precious Stone Trilogy felt more like one long book chopped up into three uneven parts. But what both series have in common is that they are just super duper fun. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to pick this book up again when I put it down, and I blazed through the pages in record speed. This author is one I’m definitely keeping my eye on.

Summing Up:

If you want a fun, different kind of urban fantasy and love the idea of shared lucid dreaming, you absolutely must pick up Dream a Little Dream. In all fairness, the characters aren’t the most memorable (though I’m hoping my reverse harem pulls through), and there are more than a few clichés (I mean, new girl at a new school being “special” and absorbed into the group of popular guys? A school which has its own version of Gossip Girl?), but it’s a fast-paced fun adventure. I can’t wait for more. I need more. I need it like yesterday.

GIF it to me straight!

Recommended To:

It’s like the dreaming in Inception matched with the doors of Monsters, Inc., and the teens go to a school with a Gossip Girl and basically have their own Secret Circle. So. Like. If you like those things. GO FOR IT.

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8 responses to “ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

  1. I read this one back in October and have the worst bookish memory, but I remember really liking it! I agree about Liv as a character and it was kind of unclear about how old she actually was? The way the school system works confused me. (Maybe I’m the only one!) The dream aspect was SO beyond cool and I’m really excited to see where this one goes. I haven’t read her other trilogy yet but I’ve acquired the first two books so hopefully I’ll get to them soon!

    • AND OMG YES I forgot about the “Gossip Girl” aspect. I can’t wait to see where that heads! It seemed slightly random throughout most of the book but I’m sure it’ll all tie together soon enough.

    • I think Liv was 16-17 – I think at a certain point she mentions one of the guys is a year older than her and in his last year of school. But I could be completely making that up. The UK school system is pretty different.

    • I don’t know what to tell you ;______; I thought this was super fun. The concept and plot were stronger than Ruby Red, but the characters and feels a little weaker. But yeah. I just love the concept. A lot. A lot a lot.

  2. Loved your review! I’ve read about 50 pages of this so far and I’m not totally sure about it… the writing is a little off to me… but I want to get to the dreaming part at least! I love lucid dreaming and adventure! I only read the first book in her other trilogy but it was awesome. Going to keep giving this book a shot. I hope I end up liking it as much as you did! 🙂

    • Yeah, the writing was a bit clunky at times, and I dunno, I felt that way about the Ruby Red books as well. I think/hope it’s a translation issue? Particularly from going from German to British English that sometimes felt much more Americanized than necessary? I decided not to mention it in my review because it felt so random and I couldn’t put it into words quite right.

  3. Thanks to Inception, I have found that dreams are becoming more in style, and I can say that I love it. I’ve not heard of this book, but now I have my eye out for it. It sounds like something I need to break up the string of contemps that I have burned through recently.