Sunday, 16 December 2012

In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams by Amy Martin

Release Date: ... 2012
Pages: 253
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Copies were provided for review from the author

What It's About!

Sixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret--he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran's parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm's way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she's afraid of what might happen.


I took this book to work every day to read on my breaks, thinking it wouldn't be that much different than a lot of books I've read about dreams and premonitions and stuff, but I got totally addicted to it and couldn't wait to get on my breaks to read it.

Amy Martin is an amazing writer, the writing easily created a clear picture in my mind as I read, and the storyline flowed really well. This is one author that definitely knows what she's doing! A lot of the authors that send me books turn out to be *okay* but Amy's book was really amazing.

Before I started it, I thought it was probably something paranormal that was the reason Kieran was having these dreams that predicted the future, but it actually turned out to be something else that added a nice twist to the story. Right away I felt like I already knew Zip as a character. She was really quirky and funny, and it was really easy to relate to her personality. Kieran was the other main character that Zip gets to know when his family moves to her small hometown. Instantly he became my new fictional boyfriend! Basically he was the perfect guy, aside from his "narcolepsy". He wasn't bad-ass or was hard to get or anything, he actually really cared for Zip and that made me just love his character even more.

In Your Dreams has a lot of mystery, thrill, romance and shockers that are all laced together to make this amazing story. I was intrigued until the very end, and was really sad when it ended. I didn't even know it was just the first book in a series until after I finished it, so I'm super happy it's not THE END! It was a really nice surprise to end up loving this book instead of being frustrated, or let down with it, like I have with a lot of books I've been reading lately.



Guest Review by Ellen Wookey

I was preparing for another paranormal story. I didn’t go into the book expecting much. But, again I was thrown against the wall, brick wall at that for judging the book beforehand.

Basketball = LOVE IT (my favorite sport)
Medical Twist = Perfect

Page one had the talk of basketball, and I was drawn in. I myself have been a basketball fanatic. Zip and Kieran meet off the wrong foot. Who just ups and dies in class? Well so Zip thought. But after talking with Kieran, Zip became the go to person that could answer the classmate’s questions.

I liked how the characters seemed their age; the romance grew as the characters got to know each other. The more Zip and Kieran get to know each other the more there is to his Narcolepsy.I loved learning about Narcolepsy. Once I heard of Kieran’s journal I was scared that this down to earth novel was going paranormal, but the twist following the journals kept it in the young adult genre. I thought this book could do well as a standalone story.

Amy Martin did a job well done and I just loved her writing style. You get romance, sports, and mystery all in one book. 4STARS

Ellen's Rating 

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Publisher: Viking Juvenile 
Release Date: May 21st/2013
Pages: 240
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What It's About! 

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.

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