Dreamology by Lucy Keating | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

April 7, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 8 Comments

Dreamology by Lucy Keating | Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway

Dreamology by Lucy Keating | Blog Tour ARC Review + GiveawayDreamology
by Lucy Keating
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Whimsical, romantic and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel will win readers’ hearts.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

late chat with gen and gaby

Alice and Max both had very bad nightmares when they were kids that were triggered by a loss of someone close to them. Then suddenly, they start dreaming about each other—dreams that are adventures of them together. Alice thinks Max isn’t real until she moves to a new school and she sees him there. From then on, Alice starts to wonder how these dreams came about with the help of a few friends who make the story extremely enjoyable and fun.

Every night with Max, for as long as I can remember, has been a dream. Because Max is the boy of my dreams…and only my dreams. Because he doesn’t actually exist.

gen’s thoughts

Alice and Max were so cute together in their dreams. In real life, they were cute too! Yes, Max was kind of a nice jerk (weird but trust me, it fits) at the beginning but when he stated his reasons, I’m pretty sure I said, “Awwww!” Their friendship/relationship was so sweet. The reader can actually feel the attraction they have towards one another but it’s very PG…actually, it’s very G so that’s why it made the story so cute. At times, the characters felt very young for their age, which would throw me off. I mean, Alice and her best friend Sophie made imaginary clones of each other so they wouldn’t miss one another when they were away. For a second, I thought I was reading a Middle Grade novel or even younger. It was cute but weird for high school girls.

The dreams were weird for me. I know they are dreams so they are supposed to be weird, which in a way made this story realistic but they were so weird! I felt like I was imagining a movie in my head. Even with the weirdness, it was very entertaining! I really liked the scientific approach this novel took concerning the brain and the dreams. I felt a bit smart while reading and then dumb in other parts but this made the validity of the dreams and the explanation more believable in the story.

At times, I didn’t feel that this story was fantasy. I had to look on Goodreads to check if it was really fantasy because the story was very close to being contemporary. I think this made me enjoy the story even more, the fact that it had such a huge realism aspect to it with a hint of fantasy.

Overall, this was a cute and unique story. I’d say it’s more for the younger audience but still very enjoyable 🙂

gaby’s thoughts

Dreamology for me was a pretty enjoyable read, full of witty and cute moments and an interesting take in the meaning and importance of dreams. The first thing I have to say about this book is that I agree with Gen in getting a middle grade vibe from this book. I believe that is due to the fact that some of the dreams tend to turn a little ridiculous along the way and I understand where the idea came from but at the same time I feel like these weren’t dreams of 2 high schoolers. They were cute and happy but I don’t know. I feel like there was something missing for me in that area. Another thing that I must agree with Gen is that I also loved the scientific approach this novel took around the topic of dreams. I do think that it could have been showcased a little more on the book but I won’t complain over the parts we did get.

Now my major problem with this book was the characters. Personally, I couldn’t find myself sympathizing with Alice. I didn’t like her attitude towards the situation and it led me to not really liking her as a character. I felt she was a little too immature.  And then there’s Max which I’m okay with but not overly in love with. To me he felt a lot like those indecisive characters I like to call the “hot and cold ones” (Katy Perry reference right here), so yeah Max welcome to the club. He was just so indecisive and that is a little pet peeve of mine. I just can’t stand when characters say one thing and then turn around and do another—it’s just freaking annoying. Now I do have to admit that the romance was pretty cute—some moments are pretty cute and romantic. I didn’t enjoy it as much because, you know not liking the characters and all, but I can understand why people do.

Again this book was enjoyable but not completely for me. I still recommend this book, especially to younger audiences. 

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About Lucy Keating

Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.

When she's not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.

Are you one to have very weird dreams, enough to be made into a book or movie?
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  • I have this one coming up and happy it was cute but not sure about the whole younger/middle grade vibe. I am glad it was enjoyable though!!Great reviews!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Do You Remember Books Differently?
    • It really felt for younger people. Still enjoyable but not so much for teens or older.

  • I’ve been curious about this book, but I haven’t felt a great urge to read it. It does sound really cute, but that’s a shame you couldn’t connect with the characters.
    I’m glad you both liked parts of it. 🙂
    Lovely reviews!

    • I think how they were acting so childish made it difficult to really connect with them.
      Thank you!

  • Great chat and review! I kind of like books that border on fantasy/contemporary or even just contemporary with some magical realism so the dreams interest me. Sounds like it was well done and that there was a connection between the characters that was real!

    • Exactly. I didn’t even know this was Fantasy. It sounds contemporary but it was still very interesting to read.

  • I don’t think my dreams would be a good one for the big screens… unless you’re into lame rom-coms. xD Although there is this one dream that’s been bothering me since the day I dreamt it. It features one guy I’ve never honestly me before (at least, I don’t think) and we had some fun chit-chat time in that dream and it was just so weird. He also told me to call him “Dean.” >.>

    ANYWAY, enough if my weird dreams. xD It’s too bad you couldn’t connect with the characters much. Although it’s a good thing that all the science facts balanced everything out in the book so everything would make sense. I think I’ll still look forward to read Dreamolgy, but only if I ever get the chance. 🙂 Really great reviews!

    Mara @ Mara Was Here recently posted: Have You Ever Hesitated To Read A Book Before?
    • Aww I love rom-coms!!! <3 Dean is a hot name. Just picture him as Dean from The Score by Elle Kennedy and you're good 😀
      The science aspect was a really good thing that was added and I liked. Hopefully, you enjoy this one 🙂