Sunday, 6 January 2013

Review: In Your Dreams by Amy Martin

Title: In Your Dreams
Author: Amy Martin
Publisher: Self-published
Rating: 5/5 Stars


 Sixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.  Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret--he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.  But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran's parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm's way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she's afraid of what might happen.

 (From Goodreads)

My thoughts:

"Hand shaking, I reach out to his raised upper arm, but instead of responding to my touch,  his fingers remain balled into an immovable fist, his skin feeling stiff and cold on my fingertips.  The term rigor mortis pops into my head.Oh my God, I think.Way to go, Zip-he's dead.  You killed the new kid. But how? Did I literally bore him to death?"

I received this book from the author Amy Martin from a discussion thread on Goodreads.  This is the first book I have read from her. It is written from Zip's perspective.
There are several characters involved. You have the main character Zip, the brother and  sister who start at Zip's school: Kieran and Kayla, Zip's mum, her grandparents and Kieran's parents. 
I really liked the characters in this. They are all strong, and I felt a big connection with them.  I could feel what they felt throughout the story. I believed and followed the characters so well  that I felt an emotional connection. I felt my heart leap and jump around, and I even found the  character Kieran adorable. He was so sweet and courageous, and his sleeping disorder didn't let  him down. I really felt happy for Kieran and Zip when they got together. I could feel the sparks  between them, and when they kissed, I was like "yay!". You can see Zip has a good relationship  with her family, which is nice. Kieran's sister Kayla starts off not warming to Zip, as she is being  protective of her brother, but when she realises Zip is actually decent, she then begins to trust her.  There is also a mysterious character who you meet near the end, but I'd rather let you read to find  out who that is, rather than ruining it for you. 
I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It's an interesting one, and I haven't read a novel with this sort  of synopsis before. When I read what it was about, I jumped straight on it and requested to read it,  and I'm really glad that I did. 
I like the overall structure to this book. I really liked the ending, and I can't wait for the sequel,  which is due to release this year. There was so much going on in this book that I was drawn to every  page. I couldn't stop, and found I was reading until the early hours of the morning just to see what  happened next. I honestly didn't want it to end. 
The cover design to this book is nice. It's a simple, but unique picture of a closed eye. 
Overall, I'm going to give this book a well-deserved five stars because I simply loved it so much  that I know I will read it again. It made me feel all sorts of emotions and I loved the storyline. All  the characters were amazing, and I most definitely recommend to anyone. If there was a sixth star,  I would probably give it, as it was that awesome. 
If you like stories with narcolepsy, romance, family mystery, then this is definitely for you.  Well done Amy Martin =D

Happy reading =)



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