BOOK REVIEW: Dream a little Dream by Kerstin Gier

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title: Dream a little Dream (Silber #1)
author: Kerstin Gier
publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (US) / Fischer FJB (Germany)
publication date: June 20th, 2013 (Germany)


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….

[source: http://www.goodreads.com]

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Even though I’m German I hardly ever read German books especially when they are written by German authors and I have no idea why. Last week I decided to support German authors more and I also decided to read more books in my mother tounge so I gave Dream a little Dream by Kerstin Gier, a german bestselling author, a go. This first book in the Silber trilogy was sitting on my shelves, waiting to be read for so long and since I really really loved Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone trilogy so much I thought it was about time to finally give this pretty book a shot as well.

And well Kerstin Gier does it again. This series is about Liv, a girl leaving one place for another but when her mother finally decides to settle down in London, England Liv isn’t so sure if she’s very happy about her mothers decicion. Her and her younger sister Mia are constantly traveling and moving due to her mothers job as a famous professor and even though getting used to all these new places and people isn’t quite easy, the thought of staying in only one place doesn’t seem like the perfect desicion to Liv and her little sister, especially not if it means that they have to move in with her mothers new boyfriend and his two teenage kids.

So there is Grayson, her soon-to-be stepbrother, a strange, pretty weird and quite boy and her soon-to-be stepsister Florence, who’s all pushy and a bit rude. So as she attends her new school she immediately meets Grayson’s friends – Arthur, the prettiest boy in the western hemisphere, Jasper, the dumbest boy in the western hemisphere and Henry who loves to dream. When Liv starts dreaming, things get weird, because all four boys keep showing up in her dreams, talking about things she couldn’t possibly know about them so she starts to wonder if they all had the same dream at the same time. When the boys want her to join their strange dream group, Liv is skeptical first, but she doesn’t hesitate and joins them because she loves secrets and she loves it even more to reveal them.

What I love so much about Kerstin Gier’s books is her humor. I love how Kerstin Gier makes Liv a little bit awkward, sweet and also a bit sarcastic, I love how she writes her in such a funny way and I definitely love all her crazy and funny thoughts.

To be honest, the book was a lot darker than I expected. I didn’t really know what to expect in the first place but it definitely wasn’t that at all. I don’t want to give away too many information but Dream a little Dream is definitely not the cute and light read I’ve expected it to be, what doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. I actually liked it a lot. I couldn’t put it down.

I really liked Liv. She likes logic and science, she’s into solving mysteries and loves to figure things out. She joins the boys and their bizarre rituales in order to find out more about them and about their rituals. Last Halloween the boys summoned a demon who will grant their hearts‘ desire and now Liv made it her business to prove herself and the boys that demons aren’t real.

I like the boys. All of them but mostly Henry, he’s my secret love. He managed to capture my heart in only a couple of pages and oh my goodness he’s the sweetest and he gave me so many feels I can’t. He’s not just a sweet guy, he’s also pretty adventures, he’s sassy, mysterious and interesting – the most interesting character so far because it seems he has the most secrets. Jasper is pretty rambuntious and he doesn’t really take things seriously, he’s also not the smartest and just doesn’t care much about anything. Grayson, who happens to be Liv’s new stepbrother is a bit protective. Even tho he kind of just met Liv he feels like he needs to protect her especially from his three best friends. Arther is a pretty odd one, he’s described as the prettiest boy in the western hemisphere but he also gave me the creeps to be honest. I wasn’t a huge fan of him.

What I really loved about this book are all the relationships between the characters. I mean Liv’s mom is kinda weird, she wants her 15 year old daughter to go out, she wants her to stay out late, to have fun, to even meet boys and all which I found a little crazy but maybe she’s just a very cool mom. I also liked the sister-sister relationship so much because usually if there’s a little sister in a book most of the time she’s so annoying but not Mia. Mia is soo cool and seems so grown up already and she’s such good friends with her sister, I just loved it.

There is also romance in this book. There’s no love triangle YAY and even though Liv becomes infatuated with the love interest pretty quickly, it’s not an insta-love. There aren’t any declarations of love or even serious feelings or whatever, they are just interested in each other, getting to know each other and that’s what I found very very sweet and what I liked a lot because there’s nothing I hate more than two people knowing each other for like a day or two and already declaring their love as the one true love. So there’s no insta-love in this book. The romance was actually very sweet and enjoyable and I hope to see more of it in the second installment.

The story itself was very interesting, thrilling, intriguing and also a little scary at some points. Dreams can be beautiful but also very very scary places.

What I didn’t like that much is that sometimes I found the characters a little flat. I mean we got to know a lot about them, especially about Liv and the four boys but sometimes it just wasn’t enough. I still have so many questions but I hope that we’ll find out more about the characters in the next two books. I love when I read a book and it makes me feel like I know the characters; like they are actual friends of mine and I didn’t have this feeling reading this one, they just were book characters you know?

But it’s still a great paranormal fantasy read. It was so much fun and such an easy and quick read I just couldn’t put the book down. Kerstin Gier’s writing is beautiful, I love her humor, I love her dialogues, I just love everything about her writing. I’ll definitely be reading book two as soon as I can get my hands on it. I wish I had it already because I really really want to continue with the series but unfortunately I don’t and I have to order it first so … but I cannot wait and I’m so excited to go on with the series.

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