Review: Dream A Little Dream

dream a little dream review by Kerstin Gier

Author: Kerstin Gier

Age: Young Adult

Genre: Supernatural, Romance

Click here to read summary from Goodreads.

First off, a big thank you to Macmillan for this ARC! Release day for this book is January 6, 2014.

What first drew me to this book was the cover. I thought it was so pretty with that bright purple door and the bubbles and butterflies. It looked so dreamy, which I’m pretty sure was the point.

Then, I saw the name of the author. Kerstin Gier! I LOVED her Ruby Red trilogy, and wanted to give Dream A Little Dream a try. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t live up to my expectations, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Ruby Red.

Things I liked:

  • Olivia’s family. I loved the relationship between Olivia and her sister and their Nanny. So adorable!
  • Swoonworthy boys. Yes, plural, because there were lots of them!
  • The idea of being able to enter other people’s dreams. Sure, things can go terribly bad because of this, but it’s a really cool concept. It’s amazing what you can learn about someone if you visit their dreams.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Creepy stuffs. I knew going in that there was a possibility of some questionable content, but I hoped that a more reasonable explanation would be provided. Basically, (this is a little spoiler-y, but not too much) they end up making a deal with the devil to make their wildest dreams come true. I hoped that maybe there was some misunderstanding and there would be some other explanation for what was going on, but nope. That’s totally what happened, which is quite creepy.
  • Too much talk of sex and virgins. How have I not gone on a ranty post about sex in YA yet? Because I want to really bad. So yeah, that’s definitely a negative point.

The ultimatum:
3.5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the characters and the dream sequences, but there was some iffy stuff that I didn’t like.

You can download the first five chapters for free if you’re interested.

Content Advisory:
Language: 3.5
Uses of h, s, d, and a scattered throughout.
Sexual: 3
Some innuendos; talk about virgins and sex
Other: 
Characters drinking at a party; some scary elements

>>>Kerstin Gier is also the author of the Ruby Red trilogy, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Read our review of Ruby Red HERE.

>>>Buy this book HERE {disclaimer: This is an affiliate link, meaning we could make a small (like really really small) commission should you choose to make a purchase.}

Our Christmas Giveaway Winner!

Early Merry Christmas to you all! And a big thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway. Before we announce the winner, we’ll remind you of what the winner will receive.

Christmas giveaway from The Girls in Plaid Skirts(Oh, and that copy of Legend is SIGNED!)

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HANNAH MILLER!

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books I Read in 2014. A big thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting Top Ten Tuesday!Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier, The One by Kiera Cass Top Ten Books

(Yes, I put all these covers on the same row because PRETTY DRESSES!)

1) Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger | The writing style in this book is so humorous and enjoyable. I’ll definitely be checking out the rest in this series. (Read my review and Jules‘!)

2) Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier | Honestly, I loved this entire trilogy and binge read it in a weekend (oops). Lively characters and time travel make this a fun read! (Read our review.)

3) The One by Kiera Cass | When I read this on release day, we thought it was to be the last book in The Selection series. I’m so glad there will be two more books about America’s daughter! (The fourth book, The Heir, releases May 5, 2015.) (Read our review.)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis4) The Princess Bride by William Goldman | This book definitely goes onto my top favorite books of all time. There’s humor, romance, fighting. Something for everyone! (Read our review.)

5) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | This book broke my heart and convinced me I’m not that great of a friend. It’s historical fiction (which I don’t really like), but Rachel and Jules forced me to read it and I’m so glad they did.

6) The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis | Okay, so this may be a strange one to add, but I’m reading the entire Chronicles of Narnia series, and this is the first book. It’s Narnia’s creation story. I’ve seen the movies (and am now reading the books, of course), and it’s amazing how much more I appreciate Narnia having read the story of how it came to be.

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7) The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | 2014 will forever be known as the year I fell in love with Kasie West. I read all of her books this year, and I’m anxiously awaiting The Fill-In Boyfriend that won’t release until May 5, 2015. (Yes, the same day as The Heir. Guess who will be at the bookstore first thing in the morning?) (Read our review.)

8) Talon by Julie Kagawa | This was my first dragon book to read! Needless to say, I loved it. Although I’m not entirely thrilled that there are going to be FIVE books in this series because I want the rest NOW!

9) Champion by Marie Lu | So, confession. Somehow I accidentally read this book first. Which is a problem, because this is the third book in the trilogy. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed it and went back to read Legend (though I haven’t read Prodigy).

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell10) Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell | This was by far the biggest surprise for me, but I absolutely LOVED this book and am already itching for a reread.

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What was your favorite read of 2014? Did you read any of these books?

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Christmas Presents for Your Nerd

Are you a nerd? Or maybe your best friend is? These gifts are perfect for your favorite nerd! (We know, because we’re nerds ourselves.)

1) Adipose Plush | What Whovian wouldn’t want their own squishy Adipose?

2) Sherlock journal | If your mind palace isn’t quite as impressive as Sherlock’s, this journal will certainly help you keep your thoughts straight!

3) Star Trek pillows | The perfect room accessory for your favorite Trekkie.
Trekkie Pillows4) Library Card Tote | Because all book lovers need a bag to carry that huge stack of library books we inevitably check out.Library Card Book Bag

5) Narnia Map | This gorgeous map of Narnia is printed on vintage dictionary pages!Narnia map6) The Little Prince t-shirt | Because some children’s stories are for children of all ages.7) Classic Books | This adorable flashdrive contains over 3,000 classic books by Authors such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and many more! 8) Library Embosser | Surprise your favorite reader with a personalize embosser to use on their book collection!library embosser 9) Minion Bookends | How to make your bookshelf adorable: add minions.minion book ends10) Camera Lens Mug | For the photographer in your life, check out these awesome coffee mugs!

11) 3D Glasses Contact Lens Case | Coolest. Case. Ever. (P.S. That’s an affiliate link back to Amazon, so we would get a super small percentage of your purchase.)
3-d contact lens case12) Periodic Table Shower Curtain | Because it’s way more fun to shower in the elements.

 

A Christmas Giveaway!

We owe you guys a huge thank you for supporting us over the last year and a half. Y’all are awesome! And to say thanks, we’re having a Christmas giveaway!

The winner will get some swaggy goodness from TTBF (including a postcard signed by Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice!) AND a signed copy of Legend by Marie Lu! 

(Swaggy stuff includes: A sampler from The Young Elites by Marie Lu; some book postcards; bracelet; pencils; Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend chapstick; and pins from Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After)

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There are lots of opportunities to enter! First off, you get an entry just for being your awesome self! You can also get entries for following us on our various social media accounts.

The giveaway ends Thursday, December 18. Winner will be picked randomly and be announced on Friday, December 19! If the winner doesn’t contact us within 3 days of winner announcement, we will choose another winner. Sorry, but this giveaway is for US participants only.

Click here to enter. <—this link will lead you to our Rafflecopter giveaway entry page. This is our first time using Rafflecopter, so please let us know if you encounter any issues!

Merry Christmas to you all! 🙂

Swap From The Swamp: Books We Want for Christmas!

Hello! Xander here. It’s December! That was fast. 2014, where did you go? Today the Girls in Plaid Skirts are here with me and we are discussing the books on our Christmas wish list! So, light the fire, grab some hot chocolate and take a look at the books WE want for Christmas. And as always, check out their picks on my blog!

The Creature Vault by Jodi Revinson

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YESYESYESYESYES

Summary:

Dementors and House-elves, merpeople and Chinese Fireball Dragons—these are just a few of the magical creatures and frightening monsters populating J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Harry Potter: The Creature Vault is a fascinating look at how this menagerie was brought to life for the blockbuster Harry Potter film series. Detailed profiles of each creature include rare concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photography, and filmmaking secrets from the Warner Bros. archive. A removable poster picturing each of the creatures and an interactive Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog complete this must-have package.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The praise for this series never stops and I am intrigued.

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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I have heard so many amazing things about this and I like a good love story.

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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Yay! Fun, adorable, holiday love stories with lots o’ authors. I’m in!

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Sounds awesome, have book 3, can’t wait to read it. I’ve been spoiled though. Grrrrrr.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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OBVIOUSLY NOW. TLC IS THE BEST.

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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I’ve heard FABULOUS things about this book and I have the sequel. Yay!

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved before by Jenny Han

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This. Sounds. Awesome.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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A BUNCH of amazing authors with behind the scenes and deleted scenes? YES PLEASE!

The science fiction/fantasy anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS, is kind of like a bonus DVD full of deleted scenes and alternate versions of some of your favorite authors’ books.

Taken by Erin Bowman

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I have the last two and it sounds like an awesome dystopian. With gorgeous covers. *hem hem Erin Fitzsimmons* 🙂 I’m in!

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnighton his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

The Lost Hero Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

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Graphic novels! Yay!

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea–except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all–including Leo–related to a god.

The Sea of Monsters Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan

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Gotta love graphic novels!

Seventh grade has been surprisingly quiet for Percy Jackson. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In the follow-up to the wildly popular The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Featuring a faithful adaptation by Robert Venditti, stunning artwork by Attila Futaki, and sumptuous colors by newcomer Tamas Gaspar, Rick Riordan’s blockbuster book comes to life in The Sea of Monsters, The Graphic Novel.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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This sounds adorable!

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Those are my picks! Lots of love in the air, huh? LOL. What are your wish list picks?

Xander

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