I will kill you in my dream Kindle Edition
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About the Author
I live in Croatia. English is my second language. I was always rebellious, and I am working on my progress. After gaining experience with blogging, I became an indie author. I am multi-genre from self-help to horror. My stories are based on real events.
All names have been changed because I always protect my sources.
Enjoy reading, and I would appreciate a review.
- Publication Date : February 14, 2019
- File Size : 2249 KB
- Print Length : 55 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07NRZBNVC
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #882,708 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Quite a bit of backstory is dedicated to the lives of high school teenagers and common activities, such as visiting a club or dating. This gives each character depth and realism. Characters are well developed. The plot moves along nicely without stalling. There are several protagonists which present challenges for Helena.
Overall, this is a good read. I give it five of five stars. It is short and sweet. It has enough development to be interesting. I would buy other works by Ms. Gallo and will follow her development as a writer.
Genre: YA Horror Story
Release date: 2019
🕯Reading this book was like being glued to a burning candle; when it almost burns out, it appears you can’t unglue the fingers from it.
🕯The Plot: Helena is a pupil, bookworm, and shy girl with a rebellious soul. Her teenage life is not as ordinary as it may seem at first sight. She has a gift that makes her life incredibly complicated. Understanding that she can’t get rid of her ‘magic powers,’ Helena tries to find out how she can control it or at least to manage to live along with the gift she didn’t ask for.
🕯The Writing Style: This story differs considerably from other books by Kristina Gallo. Emotional, vivid, provocative, and touching writing style, dynamic, and the tense plot is enriched with a lot of historical facts. The writer so masterfully depicts all the inner tortures of the main characters that I thought my phone would melt in my hands because emotions run high on every single page.
🕯The Characters: The main characters aren’t numerous. On the other hand, there are a lot of sub-characters. But if you do a ‘deep dive’ into this fantastic story, you’ll understand the lay of the land at once; because the writer succeeded in integrating all of them at the right time in the right place.
🕯Triggers: Death, bullying, children’s abuse.
🕯My fave quote: I have none in this story. BUT I do believe that this book will get a fantastic movie adaptation someday!
🕯Would I read other books by this author: Definitely yes!
🕯My humble rating is: 5.5/5
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However, there is a deeper substance. This story details the life in Croatia at the beginning of the war. It deals with dark subjects beyond the surface horror premise – school sex, alcohol, bullying, bribery, and violence. Thus, it is a story of coping and relationships.
Without revealing the ending, I’ll say it is a quick read. Perhaps too quick. I would have liked to see more development of the characters and settings.
This is what Helena did, killed and hurt in her dreams. A wish was enough to make it happen, for a dream to turn into reality.
I Will Kill You in My Dream is a young adult short story about Croatian teenagers at the beginning of war in Croatia and Kristina Gallo’s first story with the taste of supernatural and horror. I’d say a rather successful one.
I will kill you in my dream is a pleasant read for teens as it tackles, toxic friendships, bad boys, and finding peace within.
The setting is in Croatia. I've never been, so it was interesting to see the few differences in culture on display. My main critique for this book is how it's written. It reads almost more like it is a detailed outline for a story rather than a normal flow of prose. I still liked the story and it held my attention, but this could easily have been two or three times longer with the story fleshed out some more. As it is, it's still a quick, fun read.
Moral of the story here: if you wrong someone, make sure they don't come to haunt you in their dreams.
Top reviews from other countries
It is clear that the protagonist Helena is an unusual teenager, but she is really just a girl who wants to be herself. Unfortunately, due to peer pressure, she’s trying to satisfy societal convention and even more so, expectation of what she’s supposed to be. Despite her activities, I really warmed to Helena, and I felt her pain from being someone who just couldn’t fit in, no matter how hard she tried. She was portrayed in the book as having darkness around her, but at another level, she was a girl who was never really understood. The manifestation of her abilities, to turn her dreams into reality was borne out of her need to change things in her world.
There was a sense in the book, that Helena wasn’t in control of these dreams and visions, and they happened, irrespective of Helena’s intentions to prevent them. Scenes in this book reflect a cold horror, describing a girl pushed out by spiteful, vicious teenagers, on the edge of a mental precipice, staring into the abyss, and somehow, through supernatural means, discovers a route to retribution.
Helena’s tormentor, Sandra is depicted as the rich, slutty school bully. Every town has one, and it’s a case of who stands for or against her pack. The stark originality of Ms Gallo’s writing sheds a veil on human nature, illuminating the uglier side of family and friendship. The best friend who secretly wants all the attention; the handsome boy who mocks Helena behind her back, befriending her only to get his classwork done by her. All the lies, cheating and manipulation suffered by Helena by others who should be on her side, demonstrates the darker side of teenagerhood. An age where displays of cruelty are sought to be wrought on those less fortunate, less able or just plain different.
As a reader, I do love Ms Gallo’s books, as they take one into Croatian society and culture, and show a way of life that is woven into the very fabric of her stories, bringing a lively colourful element and authenticity that is beguiling, as much as it is enthralling. A view that enriches but never detracts from the central story.
In all of Ms Gallo’s stories, the denouements are unexpected. Although such ends are potentially intimated, when the reader arrives at those final pages, the shock endings always pack a decisive punch. I Will Kill You In My Dream is the same, delivering an incredible ending to a fascinating , superb book. Highly recommended.
Today I received her fiction book and was astonished by it, not only in how much her written English has progressed beyond anything I would have imagined, but by the way she merges fact with fiction, giving a view of Croatia, where she lives, that is at once informative and seamless. Make no mistake this is a story which falls into the supernatural horror genre yet has the same reality that she expresses in all of her other works, giving it that edge (for me) over so much that is written in this genre.
For many weeks I have had a ‘reading’ block; I have never had a writer’s block but imagine it to be similar. I haven’t been able to read any of the many books I have waiting so I had no hopes for this one. I dipped in to take a peek at the author’s fiction offering; it was much like being grabbed by something supernatural and pulled into another world. I read it in one sitting, letting it take me on a trip through Croatia and some of the historical political implications she so skilfully weaves into this story, whilst leaving me with the overwhelming thought that ‘this might really have happened’.
Kristina Gallo is not an author to be overlooked. (Pat McDonald British Crime Author)
‘Helena’ like a lot of teens has potential but is otherwise engaged, for this she is berated by the school while also made to feel invisible. She’s not a bad student but perhaps she attracts bad things and then the dreams begin…
‘I will Kill You in My Dream is an engaging and satisfying short story with a supernatural edge about the struggle of being a teen.