What Liv Silver dreams of is a real home. And the dream seems fulfilled when her mother—a college professor—rents an eighteenth-century cottage for Liv, her sister Mia, and Lottie the au pair to stay at while she teaches at Oxford. But that comes crashing down as soon as Liv lands in London and is introduced to her mother’s new boyfriend, Ernest.
The cottage is cancelled and instead Liv moves in with Ernest and his two children, Grayson and Ann. This move triggers some pretty strange dreams—of mysterious doors, lizard knobs, talking statues, and four boys conducting a ritual in a graveyard.
Even stranger is that Liv recognizes the dream boys—including her possible stepbrother Grayson—from her new school and they seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know unless they are actually in her dreams.
It turns out that the boys made a deal with a demon and are looking to replace a member of their circle. And Liv, as fearless and disbelieving as she is, signs up.
I absolutely loved Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stones Trilogy, so when I saw Dream a Little Dream on Book Outlet I just had to buy it. That and the cover is just gorgeous.
Gier does an amazing job weaving fantastical elements into an otherwise normal and modern world. Basically Liv—and the four boys—are aware of their dreams and can travel out of their own dream door and into others’. There are some restrictions of course. And then there’s the demon the boys summoned. It started out as an innocent party game, but now they’re in deep. The boys must break each seal in the summoning book—and with a full circle—in order to complete their service to the demon. In turn he granted each of them their deepest desire, with the consequence of failing being that they lose what they love most.
Liv was a great main character. She’s a little awkward and plenty sarcastic—Gier is amazing at creating a relatable young-adult voice. I also liked how she so readily steps up to join the boys’ demon-summoning circle—mainly because she doesn’t believe in demons. It shows how strong-willed she is and I like her rational and Sherlock Holmes-esque approach to situations. Her younger sister Mia was also a lot of fun, with the same spunky and detective spirit.
Grayson was interesting. He instantly stepped into this protective big brother role, trying to warn and stop Liv from joining the circle. I’m not sure if that’s just his character—he’s portrayed as overly trusting—or if something more is going on that might be revealed in the subsequent books.
Then there’s Henry, the love interest. I really enjoyed how even though there was a love interest it wasn’t the main point of the book nor was it insta-lovey, more so instant interest.
“Dreaming somehow wasn’t any fun without you,” he said. And then he leaned forward and kissed me carefully on the mouth.”
All in all, it was a fun read that had me on the edge of my seat and unable to put it down. I literally binged it in one sitting. I can’t wait to read the next one. If you didn’t know, Gier is a German author. So while the sequel is technically out, it hasn’t been translated into English yet.
You can find Dream a Little Dream on Amazon. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments. Plus leave recommendations for my next book!