Friday, 4 July 2014
Blog Tour: Review - Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 21st, 2014
One night Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy. She s walking alone in the woods and suddenly he s there at the top of a mountain. Talk, dark and handsome with impossible blue eyes. Then just as suddenly he s gone...until he walks into her science class the next day. Perfect and REAL. The boy of her dreams. And when he brushes past her, he whispers Annabelle. Annabelle can t believe this is happening. She s got this gorgeous guy who s totally into her and whispers the most ridiculously romantic things in her ear. So, yeah, sometimes it s a little over-the-top, but it s not like she s making him say that stuff...is she? At least her best friend, Will, won t be forced to take her to Prom this year. Her life is like a dream come true...Until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin.
I thought I'd like Dream Boy - it sounded interesting and like something a little different to what I've been reading recently. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it and really struggled to finish it, which is unusual for me. Other people have read and enjoyed Dream Boy, so clearly this is just a case of differing opinions and should in no way affect your decision to read it!
I found the whole plot of Dream Boy hard to wrap my head around. It didn't -- and still doesn't -- make much sense, and I can only think I've missed something. I do like that it's set around dreams and their exploration, but the way it's all handled honestly just left me confused. The plot is also quite rushed; had there been more explanation and build-up, I think I would have enjoyed it more.
As for the characters, I didn't form an attachment to any of them, not even main lady Annabelle. Her best friend Will was my favourite because of his sense of humour, with the beautiful, amazing Martin Zirkle coming in last. Martin's perfect, flawless appearance didn't make me like him any more, and instead it just made me see him as completely unrealistic. I can't say much more about him without spoiling the book, so I'll leave it at that.
Dream Boy wasn't the book for me, thanks to its strange plot, lack of connection with characters and the fact that everything felt rushed. I'm willing to read more by these authors but, if Dream Boy is the start of a series, I'm afraid I won't be carrying on with it. I'm quite disappointed as I usually love the YA books that Sourcebooks Fire publish, but I suppose one had to break that mould eventually!