Book 57 of 2015: Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

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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 arein her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

This is the fourth book by Kerstin Gier that I’ve read. Under a recommendation, I found this book in the library and quickly got a hold of it. Though I technically started it a while ago, I didn’t really get time to delve into its world(s) until just recently.

Dream a Little Dream is a young adult book that is part paranormal, part romance, and part mystery. The main character, Liv, and her younger sister, Mia, live their lives moving around. They’ve been to many countries and schools… too many to count. When the plans of a forever home is changed, they feel their lives changing once again. Change is normal for Liv, except when it deals with a new family, new school, and a mystery.

I love Liv. She is a smartass, intelligent, and doesn’t let the typical teen drama get to her. When a mystery comes into her life, she’s even more alive. This girl seems to thrive in dangerous or potentially dangerous situations.

The big mystery is the group of four boys in the school. No, they aren’t vampires. They are regular rich popular boys, but they have a secret. Every boy has their own personality. No two boys are the same. And before you start worrying about a huge love pentagram. . . nope, not there either. In fact, the romance is solidified to one boy. The other three are important though. They are central to the mystery and, to be honest, they were enjoyable to read. I absolutely love Jasper and Grayson (two complete opposites).

The good thing about Kerstin Gier is that it’s easy to get into her worlds. Granted, she’s a German native and the book I read has been translated, but so many things can get lost in translation. I wasn’t lost in the book. I could understand everything and wanted to continue. So, for native English readers, fear not!

The concept of dream worlds is very interesting. It made me wonder what my dream door would look like. Each world was inventive and interesting. Though you may or may not know the exact detail of everything, Gier was able to give an imaginative and believeable situation. Well, believeable in a fantasy style.

In all, I am interested enough for the second book and will have to wait patiently for it. I actually liked this book better than the Ruby Red trilogy and I really like that series. The ending was a bit abrupt, but I feel that if it wasn’t, it would start to bore the readers. However, the ending hints that there’s more to the mystery than what Liv thinks. Which makes it exciting.

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