If dreams can come true…then so can nightmares
One night Annabelle dreams of the perfect boy: tall and handsome with impossible blue eyes. Then, just as suddenly as he appeared, 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.” Suddenly, Annabelle’s got the perfect boyfriend and a date to homecoming. Her life is like a dream come true...until her dreams stop and the nightmares begin.
I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.
It was all just brain waves, I thought—disconnected, like the notebook that my friend Talon keeps. She draws a line down the middle of the page; on the right she writes everything she remembers about a dream, and on the left she puts notes about the stuff that’s happening in real life, things that might trigger her subconscious. Reality on one side, dreams on the other—a clear line between the two.
But it turns out there are no clear lines, just a jumble of what is and what might be. And all of it is real.
“Dream Boy explores the mysterious world of dreams, where we access our deepest desires…the authors expertly weave fantasy and the real world in a perfect blend.” -- Erica Orloff, author of In Dreams
"Eerie, twisty, fast and funny, Dream Boy will forever change the way you see your dreams--and your nightmares. An exciting, imaginative look at what might happen when people from the corners of your mind suddenly show up in your real life." -- Lois Metzger, author of A Trick of the Light
"Hits the chick-lit and romance buttons, adding suspense and an intriguing idea as well for nicely rounded entertainment." -- Kirkus Review
“Five stars... Perfect writing, perfect characters … perfect plot.” -- Paperback Wonderland
About Mary & Madelyn:
Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.com and www.madelynrosenberg.com.
DREAM BOY - by Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenberg - available July 1
Dream Boy was an interesting YA read with a great premise. I loved the idea of dreams coming to life and it’s not something I’ve seen a lot of in young adult books. I particularly enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book and I also liked the will they or won’t they between Annabelle and her love interests.
Annabelle was a good narrator and I found her to be a likable and a strong female lead. Annabelle also has a great set of friends and the authors did a terrific job at developing the secondary characters. I found all of the characters relatable and it really drew me into trying to figure out along with them why their dreams were entering their reality.
Dream Boy felt a little younger than other books in the genre I have read lately, but as an adult I was still able to enjoy Annabelle’s story. I think younger teens will especially like the romantic angst between the characters. The relationships were all very sweet and I loved Annabelle’s best friend Will.
Dream Boy was a quick and captivating read. I liked that it was a standalone and all the plot points were neatly resolved at the close. I’m looking forward to reading more of the authors’ works.
Rating: 4/5 Stars