20 June 2015
Dream a Little Dream
Author: Kerstin Gier
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Liv is used to moving around. With a mother who works as a college professor, they move to whichever country holds whichever university her mother decides to teach at. It's tough, of course, starting over almost every year with new friends at a new school, always the outcast and never feeling at home. But when Liv's mom picks out a cottage in the outskirts of London, Liv can't help but hope that it will finally be a home.
What she gets instead is a rude awakening, when she lands in London and her flaky mother's plans have changed... to include a man with a fractured family of his own. So not only does Liv have to deal with a new school, but she has to navigate the halls with her new potential stepbrother to be. And when Liv starts having strange dreams that include him and his band of gorgeous male friends, things start to get interesting for Liv.
It has wit, it has charm. It has a likable enough female narrator who, though falls to the charms of a certain blonde boy, seems to be able to keep her wits about her (sort of) around members of the opposite sex. It has an interesting mystery that heads in the paranormal realm. Gier even touches on the concept of a collective consciousness in the dream state, which I find fascinating.
Liv gets a little too much like the girls she and her sister endlessly mock, but at least the romance stays just a side plot of the story and not the center of the attention for the story. The ending seems just a tad far fetched and perhaps slightly a bit out of character, but I've read way worse surprise endings to mystery/suspense novels before, so I'm willing to let it slide. I'm a little curious as to how Gier is going to flush this out into a trilogy, but I'm willing to read along for now. As for the demon aspect, that is perhaps the most fantastical portion of the novel, and makes it a little hard for me to suspend my disbelief. But all and all, a rather unique and for the most part well written novel. Definitely one of the most bizarre concepts of new releases I've read this year.