- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
- Series: The Silver Trilogy (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627790276
- ISBN-13: 978-1627790277
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Liv Silver has lived all over the world, but upon her arrival at her new home, the 15-year-old 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 stepsiblings Grayson and Florence attend. Grayson runs in a conspicuous quartet of fellow handsome upper-class boys at "Frognal Academy"—Arthur, Henry and Jasper. When Liv falls asleep in a borrowed sweatshirt, she finds herself in a vivid dream with Grayson, Henry, Arthur, and Jasper. It becomes clear that these are not ordinary dreams. The protagonist learns that the boys, along with Arthur's ex-girlfriend Anabel (who has since moved away), conjured a demon that grants wishes and allows access to shared dreams. For the "magic" to work, at least one of the five members must be a virgin. Anabel was the only virgin of the original group, but when that changed, the girl's beloved dog died, presumably as punishment. Liv can fill the virgin void and does not believe in demons anyway, so she takes the blood oath and makes one (clever) wish. Gier's series opener offers the right ratio of closure to still unanswered questions (a rare feat in today's vast pool of sequels). Plot twists, dream make-out sessions, a touch of humor, and a scary culmination make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Give to fans of light paranormal romance and to those who enjoyed the author's "Ruby Red Trilogy" (Holt).—Tara Kehoe, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Trenton
“Teen romance readers will enjoy the clever writing and repartee between Liv and her love interest, Henry . . . A smart twist at the end will make readers eager to see what the future holds for the pair and what new plot surprises will be conjured up in the planned trilogy.” ―Booklist
“Plot twists, dream make-out sessions, a touch of humor, and a scary culmination make for a thoroughly enjoyable read.” ―School Library Journal
“Feisty Liv conveys the curiosity, humor and bewilderment of a contemporary schoolgirl navigating a strange dream world while coping with her first romantic crush.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Gier has created a smart heroine who loves a good mystery and has her wits about her.” ―Publishers Weekly
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You know those books that you know you'll love as soon as you see the cover? Then you spend a year anticipating them, and when you finally read them . . . they're even better than you'd dreamt. Such is Gier's novel. I've been waiting for it since it was just Silber in German; I nearly died of joy when I saw they were translating it. I raced through it, delighting in every page of the bubbly, exciting plot. All the ingredients are there: an innovative dream world, a sinister plot, a curious and independent heroine, and an adorably healthy romance. Seriously, all the swooning. (Did I mention they're British?) Moreover, the writing is that dryly humorous, subtly pretty style that I love. Finally, the book has this magical quality. I can't put my finger on how, but it gives off the same feelings of bubbly whimsy that I get when reading Howl's Moving Castle. My main complaint? The sequel isn't out yet.
I guess I'll learn German?
plot . 5/5
If I didn't hate the use of the word "romp" so much, I'd invoke it here. Gier has created a wonderfully intricate plot that alternates between hysterical comedy (seriously, I'm actually laughing as I write this review) and spine-tingling mystery. Liv is used to moving around, making new friends--but she never expected to meet them in her dreams. Grayson, Henry, Arthur, and Jasper are upper school gods with a problem: they've gotten themselves mixed up in some dangerous stuff, and they need Liv's help. Liv finds herself embroiled in a game of intrigue that tests the limits of her skepticism, culminating in a frightening finale. It's lighthearted throughout, and the big reveal was both surprising and quite satisfying. Despite a few cheesy elements and strained plot points, it's a sharp, fun tale.
concept . 5/5
Who hasn't thought about lucid dreaming? Gier takes the concept to its logical conclusion with her clever dream worlds. In her mythos, there are normal dreams and then there are the special dreams. These are the kind where you know you're dreaming. You can share dreams with others, even infiltrate dreams--for twisted or innocent purposes. Accessing someone else's dream is as simple as having a special totem and finding their dream door. Ah, the dream doors! Everyone has their own door, arrayed and decorated to fit their personality. So very cool. On top of that, add your typical high school students, black magic, and wishes, and you have a very original fantasy. It gives off an Alice in Wonderland vibe, in the best way.
characters . 5/5
I loved every single character. Gier's players are entirely believable and individual. Liv herself is the heroine that young adult deserves. She's clever and curious. She can be a little judgmental (I was quite mad at her for not being nicer to Persephone), but she has a big heart. She's also very independent, unlike many a YA heroine. She knows that the boys' game is dangerous, but she doesn't choose to help because she feels "compelled" or because she's in love with them--she helps because she believes that she can, and because she fears that they're in over their heads. The boys are all delightful, though perhaps a little too wonderful--I mean, blonde basketball-playing charmers? Really? But Gier keeps them feeling real. Jasper is a bit of an idiot, Arthur is creepily serious, and Grayson is the big brother every girl wants. I wish that Jasper and Arthur got more screen time, but I suppose you can't have everything.
Then there's Henry. Oh, dear Henry. He's a genuinely nice guy who appreciates Liv's independence and thrives off of their intellectual repartee. He quotes poetry, plays guitar, and is ridiculously freaking adorable. Did I mention he's sarcastic, too? Seriously, marry me now. The smaller characters are equally vivid. Liv's sister Mia is a little firebrand who abhors girlishness and fancies herself a detective. Liv's mom is oblivious but well-meaning. Persephone is endearingly insecure and vain, and Florence is flouncy and snide. And Lottie, dear protective German Lottie! Are you sold yet? I want to know these people.
style . 5/5
Gier doesn't overshadow Liv's authentic teenage voice with an excess of poetry. This sounds like a critique, but it's not. I love my dense, lyrical authors as much as the next nerd. I cut my literary teeth on the Victorians, and have always had a preference for clever turns of phrase. However, even moreso, I love language that gets the job done and fits its situation. Such is the writing here. The whole time, I could imagine myself in the head of an intelligent, witty teenager. The dialogue was absolutely brilliant. I laughed out loud a number of times, which is rare for me, and I dog-earred so many passages that I might as well have marked the whole book.
mechanics . 4/5
There was really only one element of the book that I struggled with, and that was Secrecy. She's the school's queen of gossip. She knows all, and writes up the juiciest rumors on her online publication, the Tittle-Tattle blog. Everyone in school follows her gossip. I liked the idea of her, but thought that she was underutilized. Her blog entries spread throughout are interesting, but I'm not sure how necessary they are, particularly since the identity of Secrecy herself never makes an appearance. I wanted her to be more like A from Pretty Little Liars, whose missives have important plot repercussions.
take home message
Dream a Little Dream is a whimsical, romantic fantasy with hints of Alice in Wonderland and a whole heap of mystery and suspense. Its humor, strong characters, and twisty plot make it a gem among urban fantasies.
Olivia "Liv" Silver is the protagonist and she maybe pretty but she wears glasses big o' nerdy glasses, is clumsy and doesn't have a sense of direction. Liv is a character that seems closer to a real person, she doesn't believe in the plot of the story the guys tell her things and she just refuses to believe in the supernatural, saying that there has to be a reasonable answer. She makes fun of things have trouble saying what she is feeling and is a little bit surprised that she like a boy and she is a little shy about it. Liv is also funny, brave, smart, snarky and she can handle herself.
As for the four boys (quartet of hot boys), they could use a little more of a deep dive into their characters. From what I can tell so far, Grayson you can sort of tell he is the decent guy who tries to do good, Arthur I don't even know what his type is besides love-struk, Jasper who is a girl-loving party boy and last but not least is Henry adorable but mysterious.
While the writing was a little off for me, but I think that the reason for that was because this book was originally written in German and it translated a little funny. Also for a good chunk of the book nothing really seemed to happen and so much could have, I mean we are talking about dreams here. However the plot didn't go how I had expected, I mean WTH! I didn't think that the boys were up to that and then the two plot twist that took the book to a new level.
Dream a Little Dream was an interest look into dreams and how people connect. There was dreams, love, danger, mystery, action, romance, and a plot from Hell. I will be reading the next book in the series Dream On, as the ending stated "It's only just begun".