Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#Thursday Review - Dream on by Kerstin Gier (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: The Silver Trilogy # 2
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and CO (BYR)
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

Dream On is the second installment in Kerstin Gier's The Silver Trilogy. The story picks up two months after the ending of Dream a Little Dream. 16-year old Liv Silver exploits continue as she weaves her way through a dangerous dreamland just teaming with foreboding shadows that seem to be stalking her. While in real life, Liv, her sister Mia, and Au pair Lottie are learning how to live with her mother's new beau and his family which includes twins Florence and Grayson. 

While Liv has been spending a whole lot of time with Henry in their dreams. In fact, she's got even better at shape-shifting into other things not just owl's. What makes this story different from the first one, is that Liv's sister Mia is haunted to the point where she starts to sleepwalk. On top of Mia's distressing situation, and the fact that someone new is stalking the halls of dreams, someone is leaking personal information about Liv and Mia to Secrecy who runs the Tittle-Tattle Blog. 

At this point, I have given it my best guess and have narrowed down Secrecy's identity to two people. But, I won't make my guesses public. I'll wait until I read the third book to see if I was right or out in left field. Dream On has so many different issues going on at the same time, that you really need to put them in perspective and not ignore them. Liv and Mia's exploits against "The Boker", for instance, begged for more time. Personally, after the way she treats Liv's family, including own mother, I would have taken it even further. 

Henry's secrecy when it comes to his family issues gets even crazier. How can one have a relationship with someone who keeps dark secrets and refuses to speak about them? And, why is Henry being so secretive to the point where he has a highly unusual encounter with someone who isn't Liv. The last issue is the most important. Who is really behind Mia's distressing situation and why her of all people? Is is someone who Liv pissed off? If so, that really only leaves a few people right? 

Let's put the possible romance between Liv and Grayson to bed, shall we? Especially now that the parent units are supposed to be getting married. Why would anyone in their right minds root for these two to have a romantic nature? Not only is it not right for siblings to think of the other like that, but ick! I do like the fact that Grayson, Mia, and Liv have become friends. Friends! When the sisters do something funny, he doesn't seem to mind all that much.

I dare say that the last part of this story was the best. It also leaves an ending that pretty much guarantees that you will read the final novel in this series to see how Gier wraps things up. 

1 comment:

  1. I saw book one around a lot when it was released, but I'm more interested in reading the series after this review. I need to add it to my list!

    Kate @ Ex Libris