Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: IN YOUR DREAMS by Amy Martin


IN YOUR DREAMS (IN YOUR DREAMS, #1)
by Amy Martin

PUBLISHED: August 16, 2012 by Amy Martin
GENRES: YA • High School • Sports Theme • Mystery • Supernatural Abilities • Romance 
SOURCE: Author via Goodreads for honest review 


 Technically 3.8 rounded to 4

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.

*Recommended for Young Adult readers 13 and up (mild cursing, some adult situations)
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Thank you Amy for providing me a copy. I honestly enjoyed the book with its unique story line. The emphasis on the girl (instead of the guy) being the school "jock" was different and refreshing. Narcolepsy was a new term for me and I was intrigued by the condition. I did have a few concerns about the book. One concern was the lack of meat to the story. I felt that some aspects of the book were glossed over. 


Kiernan was my favorite character. He knew who he was and he didn't apologize for it. I loved how he did what he could for Zip. His condition, I felt, could have been handled with more depth. Instead of just saying he passed out, maybe we could have felt what it was like for him. As written, the facts were a bit dry. It was touching to hear Kiernan struggle with people's perception of him as being different.


Kayla was a top favorite of mine but we only got to spend time with her towards the end of the book. He spitfire nature and interesting quirks were engaging. I hope to see much more from her in the second book.

Another concern of mine was the mystery.. or lack thereof. The book was not that suspenseful and there was only one scene that was interesting to me. Sorry, can't spoil it and tell you which one. The resolution proved tame to me. I kept thinking there had to some other twist to the story.


The romance was quaint, light and mostly enjoyable. It was nice to see a romance that didn't include the "hottest" guy in school. Zip's feelings for him were somewhat vague though. The parents were the weak link in the novel. I think with some polish, they

could shine in the next installment. The grandparents on the other hand were hilarious. I LOVE Gramps. He could go to my events and I would be proud to have him there. 

I couldn't really tell if this was more science fiction or paranormal. I tended towards science fiction due to the cause of his illness. However, the other side effects had me thinking paranormal. If Martin could flush that aspect out in the next novel she'll be cooking with gas.


There was some great humor throughout the book that brought a smile to my face. The characters are realistic teens with normal responses. How refreshing. The fact that Zip is the school basketball star is icing on the cake. Martin really knows her basketball terminology... I sure don't. That was a bit hard to follow... but I had hubby on hand to fill in the blanks for me. For all those sports enthusiasts out there, this book will fit the bill for you.

This is a fun, light read and would be great for the beach/pool. Enjoy.