Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Early Review: Dream A Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream A Little Dream
by Kerstin Gier
(Translated from German by Anthea Bell)
Read: December 21 - 23, 2014
Published:  April 14, 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) 
Source: Macmillan (THANK YOU!)
Category: YA, London, Dreams
Series: Silver #1
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Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals. 

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .

As expected, Dream a Little Dream was delightful. Author Kerstin Gier is the master at combining amusing heroines with clever, twisty plots that somehow manage to be fun and also surprising. 

I wish that Liv was my friend in high school. She is both hilarious and intelligent, and it was endearing and fun to live inside her head for a while. When the book begins, Liv and her sister have just moved to London with their mother, who has just gotten a job as a professor at Oxford. They thought they were going to be living in a cute country cottage, but instead they're in the city meeting their mom's new boyfriend and attending a posh private school. Not at all what they expected, but after constantly moving with one or the other of her divorced parents, Liv is nothing if adaptable. She's 15 when the book begins and turns 16 during the story. That's a little younger than I prefer in YA, but Liv's age worked well for her voice, and the fact that people are constantly underestimating her.

On her first day at school, Liv encounters four blond boys - Arthur, Jasper, Grayson and Henry. One of whom is likely to become a stepbrother, and another a love interest for Liv. Although it is a little strange that all four boys and Liv have the same colored hair, it's also fairly amusing (ironic?). All four boys are also involved in a secret club of sorts that involves visiting each other's dreams. I really liked the dreams element of the story. Figuring it all out was one of my favorite parts of reading this book. I am quite intrigued by the whole concept, and can't wait for more. I was surprised by the turn of events near the end of the story, and didn't see some of the dangers coming. 

There is one thing that bugged me in the story, but it's slightly spoilery so I'm going to hide it. Also, it's more of a personal preference thing than a huge issue.

No love triangle, and I'm crossing my fingers there won't be one. The romance is sweet but the guy in question has a lot of secrets, which makes me nervous. However, knowing Gier, that's all part of her plan.

Like with Gier's last series, I'm regretting the fact that I don't know German and can't obtain the next installment immediately! 

A note on the translation: This book is translated from German, and while it doesn't have the same overuse of exclamation points that the Ruby Red series did, there's definite confusion about Liv's school year. Actually, about the whole education system in the book. Liv attends a posh private school in London. She's 15 when the story begins but turns 16 a few weeks into the school year. The book mentions that she's in "class eleven," but she's not in the "upper school," she's a "middle-school girl." It doesn't seem to equate to the German or English system. Despite the strange language, it's clear that Liv is in high school. My guess is that she's a sophomore (grade 10) and the "upper school" comprises the junior and senior classes. But it's not clear. Hoping that is changed in the final version. (It's funny how something small like that can really throw off one's reading experience - or at least mine!)

Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Low/Medium - Book doesn't end at a high stress moment, but Gier carefully weaves her series together, so we know there's more to come. 


  1. Love your review. Looking forward to reading this book :) The ryby red series is one of my favorite fantasy series. Love it so much.

  2. So glad you enjoyed this book! I loved it as well. I'm a huge fan of Gier's books, and I hope the USA pubs pick up more books for publishing in the states! I'm really excited about book two of this series :D

    Excellent review, Lauren!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I'm so glad you liked this! Your reviews tend to reflect my tastes quite a bit, so I'd be disappointed if you had any strong reservations. I've wanted to read this book since I saw the cover for Silber, long before I knew it'd be translated into English. I'm so excited to get my pre-order! I also didn't know that Gier had another series; I'll be checking it out now.

    Sarcasm & Lemons

  4. I loved the Ruby Red series so I'm definitely looking forward to this one. Glad to hear you liked it so much! The visiting each other's dreams does pique my interest. The best thing about the Ruby Red series was the main character's voice, and it sounds like the main character is similar…funny, etc. Great review! ~Pam

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  7. Gorgeous review Lauren :D I'm so glad you loved this book! Now I'm wanting to read my ARC copy after all, lol. I had been planning on not reading it.. but now I shall. Sometime soon :) So glad you loved the girl. <3 And yay for good romance with no triangle :) Crossing my fingers book two will be amazing for you. <3 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about this book sweetie :) I'm now excited to read it.

  8. Can't wait! Thought the same thing about knowing German!

  9. I'm pretty darned excited about this one (I need to get out of my reread fascination in order to pick up a new book...maybe over spring break I can get it back together). I'm definitely voting for no love triangle, though. At least there's not in this one!

  10. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this book! I have seen some mixed reviews on this one! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Loved your review, and now I'm intrigued! Have added to my Goodreads to-read shelf! I like the idea of the dream club and interested to see how she explores the dream worlds of other people!

  12. So glad it doesn't have a love triangle. I really should my kindle copy I have now.

  13. Oooh, I love a surprise ending! I hope I enjoy this book as much as the Ruby Red trilogy.

  14. From the synopsis I was a little concerned about a love triangle (which I'm a little tired of by this point), so its really nice to know there isn't one so far!


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