I'm glad I didn't give up after the first book in the series. In this, the second in the trilogy, Liv has settled into her life in London, but she hasn't given up roaming the dream corridors with her boyfriend Henry. Is the adventure over? Of course not.
I love that Liv has normal teenage problems. She and her sister decide to pull a prank, and as sometimes happens, it blows up more than she ever anticipated. Everything from the planning of the caper, to the blow back, felt so real. Liv worries about her boyfriend. Why is her Christmas gift so thoughtless and why can she never go to his house? Like a regular teenager, she assumes the answers are all about her, and never considers if there might be something Henry is trying to deal with on his own; however, Gier doesn't make Liv annoying and self-centered, but a real teenage girl. She also has to deal with the school's secret blog and people questioning her choices about sex. Beating, a dead horse here, but again, handled so well.
On the other side, while Gier slowly builds the dream world, a lot of the action happens offstage. It's only in the last few pages that the adventure side of the story begins to gel, so as usual, in my bitter way, I'm knocking off a star for a cliff-hanger ending. This story DOES NOT stand on its own and you need to read the first book in the series first. Despite that, I still highly recommend this book and think it would be a great series for teen girls, since Liv is strong and caring, despite her self-doubts.
This idea behind this book is actually kind of great. A realm where in your dreams you can access the dreams of others? Where there are strange hallways with everyone's rooms, mysterious creatures, and customized doors? Who wouldn't want to try that? After reading this book I felt a little disappointed as I had expected more from it, after reading the first. The romance in here seems to be going all wonky, if I had to choose one word to describe it. More complicated twists and turns are added in that appear either interesting to some, or unnecessary to others like me. Perhaps you would have liked it more than I did. 3.5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
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