[eARC Review] Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn RosenbergThursday, July 03, 2014
Title: Dream Boy
Author: Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenberg
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eARC received from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
When I first read the synopsis of Dream Boy I knew I wanted to read it right away, and honestly I think it was because of the prospect of a great romance. A girl dreams of a boys for months, fall in love with him in her dreams and then one day he appears at her school? Sign me up please because I wanted all the swoon worthy moments. But sadly I felt not as many swoon worthy moments as I wanted.
When I started reading Dream Boy I was so into the book that i read the first half super fast, I wanted to find out what was going to happen. But as i continued reading I found that I was getting more annoyed as the pages passed. Here are some of the things that annoyed me:
1. The insta-relationship that happened once Martin aka Dream Boy and Annabelle met in the real world. I know that they met in the dream world and all, but it just seemed to all happen so fast and I did not get to fall for Martin in the same way that Annabelle did, so my feelings for him were very disconnected from the story. I really felt nothing for him.
2. The crazy jealousy that happened to Annabelle once Martin started talking to the "Super Popular Girl" at school. Annabelle knew she was being unreasonable yet she did some really stupid things and I thought that Martin handled it well, but also did not address it at all. I wanted there to be some conflict from that but there wasn't.
3. Will. He is Annabelle's best friends, and you can tell from the first time we meet him that he is love with Annabelle and she of course had no idea until the end. And the art that bugged me the most was that (Spoiler ahead) that once she realized he was in love with she realized that she has been in love with him this whole time! I think that was what bothered me the most throughout the book was the fact that Annabelle could not see what was right in front of her.
I will say that I did like the villain and the fact that it was a little girl. Very creepy when you think about it. i do think it would go better in a screen but I did enjoy the playfulness of her character and how little regard for life she had. She was a great character to have in this story because she was so different from all the other characters, and I she my favorite.
Overall Dream Boy was a quick read that although had some issues with story and characters, was very entertaining to read. I loved the lead up to the end and the reveal that seemed to come out of nowhere, which I kind of surprised me. Although I did not particularity like the end, because it did not have as much closure as I wanted, I felt it worked for the book.