Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: "Dream Girl" by S.J. Lomas

Happy Wednesday, my booklings!

It's a Review today!

18133040Title:  Dream Girl
  S.J. Lomas
Genre: YA
Publication: November, 2013
Pages:   258


For Christine, dreams have never meant much. Until she meets Gabriel. Everyone thinks Christine should stay away from her new coworker at the library—thanks to his bad reputation—but when her dreams grow more vivid and she becomes entangled in a dangerous dream world with Gabriel every night, she can’t stay away. Soon it’s clear there is far more to dreams than Christine ever imagined, and now she’s on the path to making the biggest, and strangest, decision of her life.

I was a little disappointed in this work.

I premise sounded so very interesting and I was ready to be taken away into a world of strangeness and dreams and harrowing adventure.

I didn't find these things within the pages, unfortunately. The IDEA of the story itself is terribly intriguing but it seemed somewhat lazily constructed. The author obviously is capable of writing because there were snatches of the book where I really felt the story was alive and then it was over and the book went back to being quick-fast-and-in-a-hurry.

The first person point of view from both of the main characters was an interesting idea, but it's difficult to execute without disconcerting the reader. I was unable to make a strong connection to the characters because I was too often jumping back and forth between their brains for never enough time to get a deeper idea of who they were.

The interactions between the characters were predictable for the most part, though I was surprised to find that there was actually a "Choose" moment. I appreciated this "wrench in the works" as a reader.

Christine comes off a little bit desperate seeming towards Gabriel, which is somewhat explained but not nearly enough to keep them both from being more awkward than endearing. Gabriel is a "misunderstood" guy, and a potentially very interesting character... but again as a reader I didn't feel like we were given the opportunity to get to know him due to the hastiness of the story.

So much was crammed in to such a few pages and moments where I was getting ready for some sort of revelation or climax... the author chose the "short way" through.

"Top Secret Government Agency"? I felt this really fell very flat and seemed almost to be a joke. There could have been a lot more development regarding some of the major points of this work. This book reads like a young-reader as far as the quickness of the plot and if it weren't for the romance and age of the characters I would classify it as a chapter book set-up.

This story had a lot of potential to be phenomenal.  The author doesn't have a bad writing style style, so it wasn't that. It just feels RUSHED, like this version was the very first draft of the book and was hurried through to publication without further expansion or consideration. This book was a great OUTLINE for a potentially incredible story.

Until Next Blog,

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