Title: Dream a Little Dream
Author: Kerstin Gier
Genre: YA Paranormal
Number of Pages: 336
My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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 this 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 are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv could never resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute…
Writing this review physically pains me, because I feel so bad for not liking this book. I don’t write bad reviews very often at all. This book had so much going for it. I mean, look at that cover! It’s freaking gorgeous! I know that everyone loved Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red trilogy (which I haven’t read yet) so I figured that this book would be awesome without a doubt. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
I nearly DNFed this title quite a few times, but I ended up finishing it. When I finally reached that last page, all I could think was: “What the hell did I just read?” Unfortunately, I didn’t mean that in a good way. I just felt like the storyline was much too jumbled and crazy for me to be able to follow what was happening. I found myself having to go back a few pages to try and understand what’s happening and why, and oftentimes I simply couldn’t figure it out at all.
My other problem was with the characters. Their dialogue felt stilted, and I couldn’t connect with any of them. In fact, I had a difficult time liking any of them at all. The only character I can truly say I actually liked was Lottie.
I’m beginning to wonder if my issues aren’t simply because this story didn’t translate from it’s original German text very well. If that’s the case, then I apologize. However, I just didn’t enjoy this story much at all, so I’m going to have to give it one out of five stars.