Dream A Little Dream
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Silver #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
A girl with a hatchet. Doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. 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. But what’s really scaring Liv is that these 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 mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute…
First Sentence: The dog was snuffling at my bag.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I was always interested in Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone trilogy after hearing nothing but great things about it, but I just haven’t had the time to read it yet. When I heard about Dream A Little Dream, I was automatically interested in it because hello, who wouldn’t be interested in a mystery revolving around quirky dreams and four cute guys? The only thing was, the cover turned me off completely (all that pink! Honestly, it looks like a cover for a middle grade book), but I was willing to give it a chance anyway. In the end, I’m glad I did.
Persephone was touching up her lips. At first I admired her for doing it without a mirror; then I realized that it was a colorless lip gloss, so it didn’t matter if she smeared it right up to her nose. (ARC 20)
Right from the very first chapter, I met and fell in love with Liv’s sense of humor. She’s just so sarcastic and speaks her mind whenever she wants to, two traits I really admire in anybody. Liv had me chuckling several times in the first three chapters and it was plain fun to read about her adventure.
As for the four cute boys mentioned in the summary, I didn’t fall in love with them, but I have to admit that one of them is more intriguing than the rest (you guys can probably guess who I’m talking about once you’ve read the book). That one intriguing guy didn’t have that special quality to capture my heart though sadly. He was just intriguing and that’s it.
The one downside to Dream A Little Dream and probably why its release date was pushed back three more months is that the German to English translation in the book definitely needs more work. If you guys don’t know, Kerstin Gier is a German author and her books are translated into English by a translator. The translation in Dream A Little Dream was bad – words didn’t flow and at times, the words was mixed around, making everything sound incredibly awkward.
“Is this a cemetery?” I asked.
Grayson swung around, shone the flashlight on my face, and let out a small sound of alarm.
I smiled at him.
“What the hell are you doing here?” He rubbed his forehead with his free hand. “Go away again, would you?” (ARC 57)
Dream A Little Dream has a huge middle grade feel to it (maybe that’s why the cover looks like a middle grade book?) with the exception of the romance. I’m not exactly sure of Liv’s age, I’m guessing she’s sixteen or fifteen, probably the latter, but she has this innocence childish feel to her personality that makes me think that Dream A Little Dream was more like a middle grade book than a young adult one.
Overall, despite its translation problems, Dream A Little Dream is a cute and fun read that’ll definitely bring a smile on your face and brighten your day. I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the sequel, but after reading the author’s letter at the end of the book, I’m leaning more towards a “maybe.”