Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream a Little Dream (Silver #1)
Behind 336 Pages
Released: 1 May 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Henry Holt / PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
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 are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute....

Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults. 

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A fun and addictive series starter with a fabulous heroine with an itch for a good mystery to solve.

This was my first book by Gier, and I was really impressed. I enjoyed this book immensely, and now cannot wait to read the Ruby Red trilogy. This book was addictive, humorous and romantic; basically everything you would like in a book and more. I did have a few small issues with the book, but nothing that turned me off reading this book or even really annoyed me that much.

First of all, I thought that Liv and Mia were too young in age compared to how they acted. Liv definitely acted like she was 16 turning 17, and Mia acted like she was around 15, yet in actual fact Liv is 15 and Mia is 12. Sure there are small moments that flick past where you can kind of get why they are aged that way, but then immediately it’s gone. The other little problem that I had was that we were told so many times by Liv that she knows Kung Fu, yet we only see a small bit of it at the end. Throughout the book it felt like she was making it up because you don’t actually get any kind of hint that she does know it. Maybe a few paragraphs could have been taken up where we would be seeing Liv at her Kung Fu lessons? Not to forget that Mia talks excitedly about all her spy gear and how she is going to find out who Secrecy is, but we never get to see any of it after she mentions that she has the gear and is going to find out who she/he is? I would have liked to see this as well, because it felt like its own little tittle-tattle. Finally, I was a little disappointed with the ending. It only lasted one chapter, especially when everything was leading to it. I thought that it could have at least spanned over a few chapters. When things started to really heat up, it was pretty much over before it even began.

I really loved Kerstin’s writing. It was really informal, yet it suited Liv so well. As soon as I started, I fell into this book deeply and I couldn’t get out of it for 2 days until I finished. I jumped to the same conclusions that Liv did, and I didn’t feel that far off from her character as well. I was so caught up in her world that I most probably forgot my own. Another thing was that this book wasn’t predictable. Sure there were things that you would figure out before it happened, but then Liv figured those things out as well, so there is no loss. Not to mention that even when it does happen, you still feel shocked and taken aback by what has happened. 

I absolutely loved Liv and Henry. They are such a cute couple and their romance really brought this book up for me. I’m so freaking happy that the main character didn’t get with ‘the most hottest guy ever’ because it’s so bloody cliché that it would have brought the book down. I can’t wait to read the second book so that hopefully we get to see what’s behind Henry’s door, and what secrets he is really hiding. When he knows practically everything about her, yet she knows basically nothing about him doesn’t mix well at all and causes some serious warning signs. 

Even though the ending felt like it was cut short, I’m really happy with how the plot line went. I really enjoyed getting to know Liv and Mia’s life (including her shitty mother that I wanted to slap), and the struggles of constantly moving around because of her parents’ wanderlust. I liked getting to know who the girls were and how they were trying to fit into their new life and everything strange that came with it.

I cannot wait for the second book in the series. Kerstin has got me hooked and I so desperately want to find out what happens next. In the meantime, I will definitely be looking around to getting some of her other books.

This novel was received for review via PanMacmillan Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.


  1. Awww, this sounds so good, especially the romance!!

    1. it was really good, I hope you get the chance to read it.

  2. An unattractive snort left me when I read the part about Liv knowing Kung Fu, but not seeing any sign of it. A bit schoolyard, I know Kung Fu, stand back! I love a bit of well written shippable romance, and it definitely sounds as though it benefited from it. The cover would have been enough to draw me in, but your review has me excited to grab a copy now too. Awesome review Gina <3 <3

    1. That's exactly what it felt like, and I'm pretty sure I even let out a snort when she said she could but never actually did anything, especially in situations when she could have. Thank you! <3 <3 Yes, the cover is gorgeous, even better in hardback ;)

  3. This one definitely sounds very interesting! I am glad that you enjoyed this one. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. It's definitely different and interesting. Thanks! Hope you get the chance to read it one day :)


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