Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating


Publisher: Harper
Author: Lucy Keating
Release date: 12/04/2016
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Synopsis: Goodreads

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Review: 3 out of 5 stars

What initially drew me to Dreamology was the wonderful premise, it sounded quite unique.

Dreamology is about sixteen year-old Alice who has been dreaming about a boy named Max for as long as she can remember; but that’s all he has ever been – a dream; that is until she starts at a new school and discovers Max is in fact very real but the boy of her dreams is nothing at all like she expected.

Alice was a nice enough character, sweet and imaginative but she put herself out there for embarrassment a little too much, she was overly eager. Max was an ass at the beginning of the book, but he did grow on me as the story progressed.

The plot is character driven and is what let it down for me, there were many sweet, cute and light-hearted moments but I felt that any conflict that arose was solved too easily. Despite the dream sequences being quite interesting, I still don't fully understand the explanation and how Alice and Max ended up being in each other’s' dreams. I wish this aspect could have been explored further.

I really enjoyed Lucy Keating’s writing style, some of the chapters were Alice's dream sequences which I quite enjoyed. It was a light and easy read with an entertaining storyline that kept the pace moving at a steady pace.

The side characters were all quirky and likeable, I thought Oliver and Sophie were great friends to Alice. Alice’s slobbering puppy Jerry was great!

Overall, Dreamology was an interesting, imaginative and entertaining contemporary YA romance. If you are after a quick and easy read, I recommend this book.

Thank you to HarperTeen via Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Dreamology.

Lucy KeatingAbout the author: Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much. 

When she's not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.

You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns

1 comment:

  1. I was so looking forward to this one because That Premise. Wow. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. Like you mentioned, it ended up being very character-focused which felt like an odd choice when you have such a creative and imaginative plot! I never really connected with Alice and she felt like a very young sixteen year old. The whole book felt very young to me, almost middle grade instead of YA. Max grew on me, and I loved Oliver, but overall I just wanted more. Enjoyed reading your thoughts, Sharon!



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