Rummanah Aasi
 I thoroughly enjoyed Gier's time traveling romance series and I was very happy to hear that there is another series that centers around dreams that is just as delightful. Dream a Little Dream is the first book in the Silver Trilogy. Please note that this review is based on the advanced reader's copy of the book provided by the publisher via Netgalley. The book is currently published and now available in libraries/bookstores.

Description: 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.

Review: Liv Silver is an unconventional teenager. She has lived all over the world thanks to her mother's constant job changes. Her arrival at her new home has a new surprised in store for her, Liv is shocked to learn that not only does her perpetually single mom have a serious boyfriend (a widower with twin 17-year-olds), but that their families plan to "merge." She and her little sister have to move to their stepfather's London home and be students at an exclusive preparatory school that step-siblings Grayson and Florence attend. Out of the two step-siblings, Liv's eyes are drawn to the constantly distracted Grayson. 
  Grayson runs in a conspicuous quartet of fellow handsome upper-class boys, Arthur, Henry and Jasper, who are also on the  school's most wanted list. They seem to be hiding a dark secret, which Liv soon discovers after finding herself in a vivid dream with the boys when she falls asleep in Grayson's borrowed sweatshirt.  It becomes clear that these are not ordinary dreams. With a bit of her own investigation and observation, Liv soon discovers that the boys can enter and exit the dream world but at a very high and dark cost that involves with the supernatural. The boys are now in need of another partner and Liv may just fill that void.
  Dream a Little Dream is much darker in tone than the free, light weight of the Red Ruby trilogy. The plot moves quickly because there are many things happening in the plot. Liv is an adorable character full of wit and sass, always keeping the other characters on their toes. The boys are also alluring, each with distinguishable personalities. The ones that catches my eyes the most are Henry, Liv's interest, and Grayson, soon to be Liv's step-sibling, since they interact with her the most.  This series opener offers the right ratio of answered and unanswered questions, just enough to keep us interested in the next installment. Full of plot twists, swoony romantic moments, a touch of humor, and a scary culmination make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I plan on recommending this to my students who can't get enough of paranormal romance. 

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: There is some crude humor and discussion of sex along with underage drinking. Recommended for Grades 9 and up.

If you like this book try: Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan, Arkwell Academy series by Mindee Arnett
5 Responses
  1. Kindlemom Says:

    I have been wanting to read this ever since seeing the cover (shallow I know!). So happy that this is more than a great cover! Wonderful review!


  2. I liked this one, the characters and the story were great, but the pacing was all over the place, and I thought the ending was a bit to fast paced, but I will still read the next.


  3. Jenny Says:

    Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too Rummanah! I agree, it's definitely darker than the Ruby Red books, but I love that her sense of humor is still very much present. The relationship between the two sisters just made me happy:) Fantastic review!


  4. Oh I've been wanting to read this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. I'm also happy that it is darker (strange to be happy about that... but that's me...). Will move it up my wishlist.


  5. Aylee Says:

    I haven't read the Ruby Red series, but I've always been curious about it. Are all her books translated from German? For whatever reason, that is one aspect that intrigues me, that they're translated. Anyways, this new series definitely seems to have promise! And I tend to prefer reads that slant more towards the darker side, so I may want to start with this new series of hers first.


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