Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1), by Kerstin Gier
Publish Date: March 8, 2013 (audiobook published April 14, 2015)
Published by: Macmillan Audio
Translated to English by: Anthea Bell
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Pages: 319 (approx. 10 hrs)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
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….
So after being completely sucked into the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, I knew I had to continue with her work in Dream a Little Dream. And from the description alone it was already giving me some Raven Boys vibes, so I was excited to get into it. And it definitely did not disappoint.
To start, my first idea of it being along the lines of The Raven Boys was only mild, but that doesn’t bother me, because the story and plotline in this were just as intriguing. I loved the whole mystery and supernatural aspects, and how they mixed in so well with the every day lives of Liv and the boys. There were times when I felt like not much was progressing in the demon-side of the plot, with Liv just sort of wandering through dreams trying to understand everything, but otherwise I found myself constantly interested and intrigued in the mystery of it all. I did think that it took a while before things of the paranormal sort started happening, though, with much of the beginning feeling like it was just establishing the scene. But once it did start playing into the plotline, things definitely took off and kept me enraptured for the rest of the novel.
I thought Liv was a great narrator, with some great quick wit and a love for solving mysteries. It was kind of nice to have a narrator who was very observant and was able to put clues together to come up with conclusions, rather than waiting to be shocked all the time. I love her relationships with those close to her and how much she cares for her family, and I especially love her growing sibling-ship with Grayson (I’m a sucker for found families). She is a fun character with much to her background, and despite my slight annoyance with her adamant disbelief in the demon – but, since she is a devout investigator and detective who adheres to logical conclusions only, it is understandable and makes complete sense for her character- I really enjoyed her narration.
I thought the romance was great, despite it feeling a little fast for the time frame that Liv and Henry know each other throughout the novel. I’m a sucker for slow-burn romances, but I really liked the chemistry between these two so I was willing to let that slide. Normally I can’t stand the broody, secretive type of love interests, but for someone like Liv, I think Henry is just right for her.
Overall I just really enjoyed listening to this story. It was definitely a unique plot, with lots of mystery and intrigue to keep me invested, and that perfect touch of paranormal to wet my fantasy-loving appetite. The combination of dream-walking and demon-raising is perfect for my love of magic and thrills, and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.
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