I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dream Me by Kathryn Berla
Published by Amberjack Publishing on July 11th 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…
Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father's job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.
But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?
Can a dream become a reality?
Set in Florida! The best plan, if you can’t live where you’re from, is to read books that are about places you’re from. This is based in Florida, panhandle to be exact, but Florida is Florida and I loved reading about the smell of the beach, boiled peanuts (ACK! Now I’m craving boiled peanuts!), and of all things fire ants! They’re a bit of a shock if you’ve never met one before.
So the setting was obviously up my alley and a nice surprise but the entire story was fun. It is Science Fiction but compared to some other books I’ve read if sci fi turns you off I would say this is a really light sci fi. The premise is totally sci fi but it’s a love story. It reminds me of something like the movie The Lakehouse, but young adult. And if you haven’t seen The Lakehouse, go now, do it!
Many times when stories are written with multiple character point of views, I wind up wanting to read one over the other. This wasn’t the case with Dream Me. I felt that I wanted to know as much as I could about the characters, from every point of view. I loved when Zat was speaking, although he does not give much information about what is happening, there is enough to get a feeling for what he is going through but I also loved when Babe was speaking. The narration comes mostly from Babe, some through posts on her blog which adds another mixture to the story, but the perspectives are unique and fun.
I do think I liked the blog posts the most. And the comments! I want to know more about DreamMe too. Who is this person!? What threw me was that at 95% I was starting to seriously wonder if this was going to have a cliff hanger ending. It doesn’t but it didn’t feel completely tidied up. The ending was fabulous but I was left with a few more questions than answers.
I think with a book like this though, especially romance, the reader tends to be happy even with details left out. I am completely satisfied with the outcome that Kathryn Berla gave her readers. Questions, yes many but I closed this book with satisfaction! The world building would have been wonderful and I would have loved to know more about Zat’s world and what he was going through, but what the reader does know is good.
Also, there are some side characters and some differences that really made this stand out. First, I loved that this is a young adult but the parents are fully in the picture! And that the side characters are almost always around. Mai is spunky and seems like a great side kick and LeBrand wound up being a bit of a surprise. Sadly, the downside is that I wound up knowing more about these characters than we find out about Zat, even though a portion of the book was done through his pov.
What I absolutely did not like was that Babe fell in love instantly. I absolutely hate insta-love. I get insta infatuation and maybe that is how it started but Babe was saying some pretty heavy stuff for just having met this boy and in a dream no less. So, that was strange for me. I get her being curious but she started wanting to go to sleep just to see Zat pretty quickly. Again, like the sci fi underdevelopment, you just have to kind of go with it to see how it all works out. I enjoyed it. It’s not so poppy that you feel like you’re reading bubblegum, and it has a bit more premise than your average romance but I think a little bit more could have been done to develop their relationship.
Overall it was a fun read that I really enjoyed. I just want to know more about Zat! I would love a story from his perspective and world. It’s so brilliant!
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Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.