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Book Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

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Book Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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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?


MY THOUGHTS

I’ve always been very intrigued by the concept of dreams. I just find them so fascinating and… random. I remember having a “dream journal” a few years back because I constantly experience such clear and lifelike dreams. Unfortunately, I have only filled in a couple pages of the notebook before getting tired of it and trashed the idea all too quickly. I never really remember much after several minutes of waking up anyway. (Do tell me if you want to hear about the dreams that I manage to jot down in the “dream journal”, I’ll gladly share them with you as they’re so odd.)

Anyway, when I first read the summary of this book, I just knew that I have to read it as soon as possible. And I’m so happy to have finally read and LOVE it. I loved it so much, I read it in a day.

The plot, I can’t really say much more of other than it’s quite unique and it’s interesting to see how it would be solved. With that said, I really wish that the solution was more elaborate. I wanted a bit more explanation as to what was done to stop them from losing their grips on reality altogether.

I don’t know if this is a spoiler or not because it’s kind of obvious anyway but just in case, please skip this paragraph if you’re interested in reading this book. I don’t get how Celeste can spout all the bullshit about “I thought we were friends, Alice” when they weren’t even that close. Alice clearly tried to stay out of her way but Celeste keeps coming to her. And they hung out, what, 2 or 3 times—and one was Celeste forcing Alice to let her stay at her place before a party! I probably would’ve appreciated Celest more if her character was given more depth, not just a few sentences going on about how she basically changed Max’s whole life.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I love how bizarre dreams are, so you can imagine my delight and entertainment while reading about Alice’s dreams. They’re the next level of unusual and extremely cute.

I think what mostly contributed to the speed of my reading is the fluidity of the writing. The book was written oh-so adorably which makes the readers want to read more and more.

When asked to pick a favorite character, I will definitely say Oliver. I know from the very beginning that I would love him. He’s just my type of (fictional) guy, all smiles and adventure; the one who captures his heart, aside from Alice, is one lucky person. I would’ve liked more showtime for Oliver in this book but then again I would’ve loved for him to have his own (Dreamology is about Alice and Max anyway).

Another character that needs more showtime, in my opinion, is Alice’s best friend Sophie. She is a star. I may be biased but she’s like the fictional version of my in real life best friend. Although Sophie wasn’t really around for most of the book, and I would have loved it if her character was given more depth/background info, they just seem so alike.

Alice and Max. *sighs dreamily* From the very first page, Alice and Max just click. I find this quality quite rare in books, when the couple just feels right from the start. I usually need to get to know the characters first before settling in to their romance. Maybe the fact that they’re already in love when the book started (they just don’t know each other exists yet) contributed to how I feel about this but I don’t care at this point. They’re just so damn perfect for each other.

I actually learned quite a few fun facts from this book: about brain mapping, fetal positions, even alpacas!

I highly recommend you check this book out if you love contemporary romance. Now excuse me while I do some research on how to dream of a hot boyfriend, like literally.

All book cover photos and book info (such as summary, publication, etc.) are taken from Goodreads.

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Tag: Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

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Welcome to the first ever book tag I’m posting on this blog! Although admittedly, not the first one I’ve done as I sometimes answer book tags in my spare time. They’re just so fun, I wonder why it took me this long to post one. Anyway, no one actually tagged me to do this one, I just saw Melia’s post at The Immortal Readers (do yourself a favor and check it out) and thought I’d do it to.

  • Randomly choose 3 books. (You can use the “random” option on your Goodreads read shelf but I didn’t do that, I let my sister pick randomly instead.)
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread. (Who in their right minds would let me rewrite these books?! But let’s just pretend I’m an amazing writer for the sake of the tag.)
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds. (I’m gonna do five just because I can, plus it’s really fun.)

No books were harmed in the making of this blog post.


ROUND 1

Ooh, this one’s quite easy!

BURN: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I pick this one for “burn” simply because I got bored halfway through the book. The 45%-ish of the book is interesting but after that, my attention was completely gone. I was so disappointed.
REWRITE: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – As I said earlier, I am by no means a decent writer, much less an amazing one who would rewrite a Rainbow Rowell book. So let’s just pretend, folks. I enjoyed this book so much, but I would like to give it a bit more plot.
REREAD: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – I actually reread this book quite a lot. This is by far my favorite book in the contemporary romance genre. Every time I read this, I instantly brighten up a lot more. This is my go-to book whenever I’m stressed, in a bad mood or just wants to feel loved (even though it’s not directed at me, if that makes sense). I highly recommend this one.

ROUND 2

BURN: Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – This I would burn because I’ve encountered multiple problems while reading this. I gave this a rating of 2/5 stars because I only enjoyed the parts wherein Matt was still alive (I promise that’s not a spoiler).
REWRITE: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby – Although I absolutely loved this one, I’ll have to “rewrite” this to lessen the problems that Andrea Hamilton is juggling. As much as I believe that she’s strong enough to handle the dilemmas thrown at her, I’ll feel more comfortable about myself if I do poor Andie a favor.
REREAD: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – This is a favorite of mine. I’ve read this fairly recently but I’ll be no doubt rereading this multiple times in the future. This is such a lovely story and such lovely characters and such lovely writing. If you haven’t yet, I recommend reading this one because this is one of those books that speak to you (well, at least to me it did).

ROUND 3

I think my sister purposely chose these books she knew I love to see me suffer.

BURN: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – I’m so sorry for this. I seriously never would have thought that I’d put this book in the “burn” category. I love this book to pieces! Caymen! Alexander! NOOOOOO! Okay, I may be getting carried away, but I really do adore this book. The only reason why I’d put this as burn is because I know that I’m not gonna be actually burning it I’d be reading more books by Kasie West. And I’ll buy another copy!
REWRITE: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins  I really want this to be rewritten purely because I wanted more action for bad-ass Harper Price.
REREAD: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken1000000% reread. If that’s not enough zeroes for you to think that this is one, if not the only one, of my favorite dystopian series of all time, here’s some more: 100000000000000000000000%. I can’t express enough how much I love The Darkest Minds trilogy. Maybe I can, but that would take ages so you would have to do with those digits I left you.

ROUND 4

BURN: Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik  I gave this 4/5 stars—I can’t remember why because I currently think this deserves only 3 or, 3.5 tops. But I would burn this instead of rewrite it (I don’t want to!) because I see more potential in the other one. Read below.
REWRITE: Reboot by Amy Tintera – This I would rewrite because, as I said, I see potential. I only gave this a 2 out of 5 because I couldn’t bring myself to care for the most part. The first part of the book really got me going, but it fell through for me starting from the middle-ish part.
REREAD: Untethered by Katie Hayoz – This one, although I would’ve like several aspects to be altered, I would still gladly reread this.

 

ROUND 5

BURN: Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson  When I saw that this book is included in the group that was randomly picked, I knew right away that I had to burn it (not literally). The book was just too problematic for me. I didn’t like the main character, not one bit. And that’s one of my bookish pet peeves, not liking the main character/the person narrating.
REWRITE: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I actually really liked this book but I’d like to rewrite it for a couple of reasons. First is to fucking put a reminder of some sort of whose POV I’m reading because I got so confused. And the other is to discard of the cringey romance.
REREAD: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie – Another 5 star read for me. I am a huge mystery/crime novel fan. This book really thrilled me, although there were some parts wherein all they talk about is whiskey which I’m not a fan of, but I don’t see that as a problem of the book. Basically, this is just really great. And it takes place in Scotland’s Highlands!


So there we go. This was so much fun to do. Thanks again to Melia @ The Immortal Readers for introducing me to this tag. Do you agree with my choices? Why or why not? Let’s talk, leave a comment below! 😀

Book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

 

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2016: Update Post #1

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Wait… what?! How is it already the 17th? Time goes by so fast, don’t you think? But anyway, here is an update on how I’ve been doing in the first part of the Summer TBR Wipeout 2016 challenge! If you haven’t already, and would like to see my full TBR for this challenge, here’s my introductory post.

I haven’t done as much reading as I would’ve liked to. In my defense, I have been enjoying the last summer days before our school starts. Does that count as an excuse? I don’t think so as I would much rather prefer staying indoors with a great book instead of drowning swimming or getting a sunburn tan. (I can’t really do both because it’s the start of the rainy season here although it’s scorching here, but you get my point.) Also, I’m sorry for the lack of content, I guess you can say, on my Goodreads page. I really suck at updating my reading progress. Okay, I’ve rambled long enough, here we go.

Books I’ve read:

  • Me Before You (5 out of  stars) is such an amazing book. If you haven’t read it, please do yourself a favor and READ IT. It is breathtakingly spectacular. Magnificent. Stunning. Hold on, I’m running out of synonyms for “amazing”. But seriously, it is beautiful. It is now in my favorites shelf (both on Goodreads and in real life) and I highly recommend it. As I’ve said on Goodreads, I don’t know if I’ll be posting my review because it’s so all over the place—I may or may not have been sobbing uncontrollably while drafting it—and quite frankly, I don’t know if my review will give justice on how incredible the book is.
  • Dreamology (4 out of 5 stars) is a fun one. I bought the eBook of it and I’m now regretting that decision because the hardback looks so pretty! I delved into this one without expectations and I think that’s just perfect. I’ll be posting a review on this sometime in the future, not sure when because I don’t have a schedule, if you want to hear my thoughts about the bok.
  • I received an eBook copy of Valley of the Moon (3 out of 5 stars) from Xpresso Book Tours (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. I have mixed feelings about this and if you want to know more, watch out for my review coming up soon.
  • I’ve only got one word for Fangirl (4 out of 5 stars), ADORABLE! When I read this, I had the aim of finishing it before our family road trip (which is yesterday) but I haven’t acheived that goal and I can’t stop reading this book to save my life so I brought it along with me even though I get carsick when reading. I endured a whole lot of dizziness but it was well worth it. I’ll have a review of this up soon also, once I actually start drafting it. Please force me into doing so or else I’ll end up forgetting.

Books I’m currently reading:

  • If you look at my introductory post, Love, Lies and Spies isn’t on my TBR for this challenge. But when I was scrolling through my TBR in search of my next read, I just didn’t feel like reading any of them so I took to my bookshelves and saw this gem and decided that I’m in the mood for historical fiction. Now, I haven’t read ANY historical fiction. Crazy, I know! But I’m loving this so far.
  • The Bookshop on the Corner also isn’t included in my TBR but I’ve been dying to read this one and now I finally got around to it, yay. The story’s been great so far, too!

Books up next:

Although I probably won’t be able to finish all the books in my To Be Read list, I’m hoping to at least read the following:


Overall, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read. There’s no 2-star ratings yet which is so pleasant. Who would want to read books that they hate? Have you read any of the books listed here? Are you joining this challenge too? Let’s talk in the comments below!

All book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2016: Introductory Post

Hello, human being. Welcome to another blog post! This blog post will serve as my introductory posts for the the Summer TBR Wipeout 2016, a reading challenge hosted by the lovely The Candid Cover and I am very excited to be participating! In this post, I will be sharing what books I plan to read!

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For those of you who don’t know what the purpose of this challenge is, well, let me explain. This is basically a challenge to “wipeout” your TBR (To Be Read list) hence the title. A great thing about this is it’s simple and inclusive to everyone. You don’t even need to have a blog or website to participate! All you need is a social media platform wherein you can make your posts (examples are Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.).

Another amazing thing about this challenge is it is very laid-back and your TBR can be as big or little as  you want. This is very important for me since I don’t really have a ton of books in my TBR that I own, I mostly just borrow books from one of my best friends and we swap most of the time. Another thing is that my family booked a lot of activities for us this month. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family but I think they were a bit too ambitious.

For a better explanation, head on over to the sign-up post!

I think I’ve rambled enough so here are the books I’m hoping to read. This is a bit of an ambitious list, but whatever.


All book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Probably, because I’m always late to the bandwagon. Did you love or hate them, or are they just meh? Are you going to join this challenge as well? Let’s talk, leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by!