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In Dreams Paperback – January 9, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Iris wants more than anything to have a decent night's sleep but not if it separates her from the man of her dreams, Sebastian. Utterly confused by the craziness of her life, she is shocked to discover she is the daughter of the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus. Unfortunately, Iris's very existence has created conflict among her father and his brothers. Is there a way for her and Sebastian to be together, despite the war she struggles to survive? An entertaining twist on the conflicts and issues among different Greek gods and goddesses, In Dreams looks at the power of love and friendship versus hatred and greed. With interesting characters, a fast-moving plot, as well as the modern setting with mythological elements and quite readable storytelling, this title is especially appropriate for reluctant readers.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT
Iris is no ordinary high-school girl driven to insomnia by horrible and repeating nightmares, and it’s only during winter vacation from school that she and her best friend, Annie, discover the true depths of her unusual problem. It turns out that Iris has quite the family: her long-lost dad is a god; her mortal mother suffers from a sleeping sickness; her flamboyant aunt, Aphrodite, parades around with a mortal boy toy; and her wicked uncle, Epalies, pursues Iris in her dreams. But she’s no victim of circumstance; rather, she’s a brave and capable heroine who takes her life-changing discoveries in stride. Orloff spins this with well-realized characters, which helps integrate the fantasy elements into a story rich with romance and classical themes. This blend of Greek myths with twenty-first-century teen life also manages to slip in a bit of humor—Iris’ true love, for instance, becomes a teenage mortal and can’t get the hang of school. Hand this to fans of Stephanie Spinner’s Quiver (2002) or Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty (2012). Grades 7-10. --Francisca Goldsmith
Top customer reviews
So, this YA has adventures (a few fight scenes), smart characters, a couple of plot twists, great family relations, and just enough romance to make me happy.
Iris has been having the same dream for a long time. She's always in this hallway surrounded by doors and a guy's voice. After a few chapters it seems repetitive, and then there is finally a face to the voice. Things start to pick up, her dreams are becoming real, and next thing you know, you're finally hooked.
When her dreams start to become real, Isis starts to freak out, but no matter what her best friend believes her about her dreams and about being a half-goddess. Yup turns, out there is a reason for her mom to always be asleep and Isis having these dreams. Her dad ends up being the god of dreams.
Once the god of nightmares figures that his brother had a kid with a human, he tries to get rid of her. He is not happy, builds an army and thats when Isis's dad comes back into the picture more. A battle will break out, Isis gets to see the man of her dreams in person, gains family and finally has everything she's wanted for a family.