For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can't tell anybody about what she does—they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can't control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant …
Topics: Dreams, Female Protagonist, Supernatural Powers, Trilogy, Debut, Single Parent, High School, Outcasts, Love, Secrets, Drugs, Michigan, Angsty, Gritty, Spare, First in a Series, and Dysfunctional Family
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And it's not as cringey.
Basic plot: a girl gets sucked into people's dreams if they fall asleep near her. This is a problem during high school of course because everyone is sleep-deprived. (ask me sometime to give you my whole rant about how teenagers would be so much less horrible if they didn't have to get up practically in the middle of the night to go to school)
Anyway, there is also a boy! And terrible parents! And mean rich kids!
The dialogue is pretty unbelievable, but you know, whatever.more
You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short? You start playing around with the margins, change the font around, block quote a few times, and ta-da! You're suddenly at the length requirement. That's what this book felt like--a substandard research paper. Sure, it was enjoyable but when you hold it up against other YA lit, it falls short because it's missing something. (40 more pages)The central characters were well done but the brevity of the book made me want more in terms of plot development and several of the side characters were brought up but they didn't add much nor do we learn much about them. Frustrating. Also, though I enjoyed the development of Janie and Cabel's relationship, it was lacking the attraction for me.
The pacing is lightning speed--I think someone could read this in an hour and a half, no joke. I'll finish this series because the story is interesting and it won't take much time. Honestly, though, I'm sorry to say I could really take it or leave it.more
This book had promise. It seemed like it was going to be really cool. A girl who gets pulled into other people's dreams? Count me in.
Until I opened the book. It is broken up into this weird diary-esque style. Some sections have dates, some have times, some have dates and times. It is very inconsistent and it doesn't make for writing that flows.
And then it is written in third-person. OK, who has ever heard of a third-person diary?
The third point of the writing style that bothered me so much took me about 1/4 of the book to figure out. I couldn't put my finger on it. Something was off. And then it hit me like a lightning bolt. Present tense. The book is written in freaking PRESENT TENSE!
And then there is the story itself. It fell SO flat that I was just feeling very blah. I mean, with a main character named "Janie" can you really expect great things? The dream-sucking thing doesn't play much of an integral part, and there is this weird don't do drugs message and supblot added.
Oh, had to edit this to add. The romance? So forced. Nice break from the OMG I LOVE HIM I NEED HIM NOW mentality in most YA, but it went too far the other way and was forced and flat.
So overall? Big letdown. Will not be continuing with this series.more
Which I won't be reading.more
I hadn’t read many reviews about this before reading it and had vague idea about what’s it about. And what a mistake that was.
I had problems with the writing style which was choppy and there was lots of short sentences one after another and there’s date and time told when everything happens.
She sees it, vividly.
Cabel, leaving the house. Slamming the door.
The man on the steps, yelling. Following.
The punch to Cabel’s face.
The lighter fluid to his belly.
The fire and screaming.
It grew old very quickly and plainly started to annoy me pretty soon. It also made it sound like children’s book more than ya book. Actually my friend saw me reading it and seeing how the pages looked said that it looks like children’s book.
I absolutely loved that after reading few books from library about dreaming of course solves all the problems and she learns all about her gift and all. Why is it never that easy in real life? And the twist near the end is the most ridiculous and so not needed in long time I’ve read.
I believe this is the first in a trilogy but I’m not planning to read the rest. This was more than enough for me.more