Saturday, September 12, 2015

ARC Book Review: Dreamland by Robert Anderson

Title: Dreamland
Author: Robert L. Anderson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publishing Date: September 15, 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


I received an advance copy of this book for review from HarperCollins International. I thank them a lot for entrusting me the advanced readers copies (ARCs) of the books they publish and believing in me that I will make a good book review to encourage more readers and share the book love to people. All thoughts and words on this review are my own.


            Odea Donahue has been able to travel thorough people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dreams. Dea has never broken the rules.
          Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town. For the first time in her life, Dea feels normal. But as she is increasingly drawn to Connor’s dreams-and nightmares-the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate, putting everyone she loves in danger.

Favored Quote:  “Maybe everyone was carrying ugly monsters and dark little corners, nightmares and broken pasts.”

This wasn’t really a new concept of a book that I’ve read. It is kind of the same with Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike. Though not as much. But walking in people’s dreams to find out the killers and to solve the mystery it is like that.

Dea may be weird, yes. Her life is. Her mom is. Her friend-Gollum-is too. Good kind of weird, with a huge reason behind it. She had spent her life running from something she doesn’t exactly know what they’re running from. She was tired of running and everything and decided she wants to experience what are real teenager was supposed to be like, to be doing, to be experiencing. I’ve decided that Dea is one of the characters in books where she’ll do everything to find out the truth, no matter how hard and brutal it is. She’s also the kind that does everything for the few people she loves. No matter what comes the cost.

Connor is the boy next door, and the love interest that in the first seems to be like freaked out and detached of the girl’s secrets once she’d revealed them already to him but deep inside he doesn’t care because why? He had getting a hang of loving her. Also Gollum is the perfect book sidekick best friend.

Aeri, though is the character I sought after the most. I’m rooting for him. He’s the literal dreamboy from the literal dream world. The kind guy who makes the girl confused and wonder if she had liked a guy in default. The kind that makes the girl, have no control of her heart, mind and body. These are my kind of fictional guys.

So, the plot was steady and really intriguing. You have to read, and try not to stop for the anticipation of what’s coming next. Robert did his trick to-slowly but surely unfold and reveal what comes next. It won’t be a shock on the plot twists because everything will just fit and click in to place. Its theme is fiction, suspense, mystery and love rolled into one dream, one book. It’s been a while since I’ve read a happy ending from a book, even if it’s only in a dream. If you’re a very much reader on mystery I insist that you read this book. You’ll like it like I did.

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