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Posted March 16, 2015
I’ve had trouble getting into books these days. I’ve been reading so much for my internships, for school, and for work. I’ve been loving the work I have, but when I sit down to read something for fun, it’s hard to turn the editor or writer brain off: How can I make this better? What can I learn from this? So, when I settled into DARE TO DREAM, I was worried I would run into the same problems. Instead, I submerged into a well-told story with a heroine that I felt so much for that it hurt.
Maggie is dealing with a lot: school, boys, being one of five kids, and being raised by her single mother. But that’s all before her dreams about the apocalypse start. When Stonehenge starts falling down, and she starts waking up from these dreams covered in the cuts she receives during the dreams, she starts to think that these dreams—no, nightmares, are something more.
Written in such a way that I could only describe as a Rowling-esc voice, Maggie’s story touched on something that many can relate to: How do we find comfort from the bad, or from the unknown? In her search for answers, Maggie tries everything: Church with her best friend Dawn, sleeping pills, even changing where she sleeps. The more pillars of Stonehenge that fall, the more she’s convinced that her dreams aren’t just dreams, but a premonition of the end of the world. So when it turns out that she’s right, I felt conflicting things for Maggie. First, sadness, because of what the destruction takes from her. But also happy that Maggie turned out to be right, and that she wasn’t going crazy like she feared.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dare to Dream today. It won’t disappoint.
Posted March 14, 2015
“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”
Dare to Dream starts us off with young Maggie Trafford. She’s a middle child, good in school, mostly ignored… There’s nothing extraordinary about Maggie. At least, not until she starts having dreams. Vivid dreams. Red lightning, destruction and devastation. Normally, she could probably shrug them off as just a nightmare, go back to sleep, and never bother her again. Unfortunately, this dream appears every time she closes her eyes. It plagues her, affecting her sleep as well as her waking hours.
Dare to Dream has been one of the best apocalypse books I’ve read. I won’t lie and say I wasn’t one of those people who was terrified of 2012. I lied about it then, but now it doesn’t bother me at all. This book preys on that fear. It’s fiction enough for the reader to remember it isn’t real, but you relate so well to Maggie, in spite of her age, that in the back of your mind you wonder if the events in her dream could really happen. Maggie’s very mature for fourteen years old, and it’s not totally unreasonable for her to not fear these dreams. People fear dreams all the time, but then again, most people don’t get premonitions.
There’s little I dislike about this book. There may be a few plot holes, but the way the ending is, it seems as if there might be a sequel?
Normally, this book wouldn’t have been one I’d read, simply because of Maggie’s age. I usually like to stay more in the upper teens than lowers, but the summary gave me chills. I’m really glad I read this, and it was definitely worth staying up until 4 am to finish reading!
I could see myself reading this one again, definitely if there was a follow up. But even if I don’t read it again myself, I will definitely suggest it to other people.
Thank you, Carys, for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
Posted March 2, 2015
I was given a eARC, for my chance to read and review.
It began with a dream, Maggie's dream, of red lightning flashing from a dark sky, turning buildings to ash. A dream that shook her to her core. It began with the falling of the massive structures of Stonehenge, one by one.
The image of the dream will stay in my head forever. Just so cool.
The book is told through Maggie, but switches point of view, nearly omniscient POV. We end up in the mind of the therapist, the news reporter, Maggie's mother, and friends. The switching did bother me a little, keeping me from really connecting to the characters, leaving me wondering why I needed to see into the mind of the therapist for that one moment, or get a view from the head of the news reporter a few times. However, when we move into her father's mind, I am intrigued!
I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. Maggie's family life, the chaos of five kids and a single mom living in a small house felt true. The need Maggie had to find her absent father, certain that he could fix everything, made my heart ache. Maggie's struggles in school, and not grade-wise, people, she's a smarty-pants, but with her peers. Her best friend, surprisingly a popular girl, hung by Maggie's side, even believed her when she spouted crazy talk of the end of the world.
And when the world ends, cause it does... she saves her friend and one other, a boy who has had a crush on Maggie forever. The dreams give her an image, a place to go, lead her to safety. They walk miles and miles, slowly realizing what has really happened and the impact it has on their lives. Their reactions are all different and believable.
And the alien orbs flying through the wreckage... completely creepy and awesome.
The way Maggie immediately connects the falling of Stonehenge to her dreams seemed fast to me. Her certainty that they would be safe at the caves, which she had seen in her dreams, bothered me a bit. I guess I needed more there.
However, I continued to read, because I needed to know. What had happened? Why? The scene with her father... he better not be dead, because I need more of him.
And the final scene. The final line of the book sent my heart a flutter. I love it when books do that. And when she publishes the sequels, she has told me there will be (cause I asked), I will read them.
Because there are things I need to know.
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This story transported me to a more innocent time, where there was room to grow and time to share, without the hustle and bustle we have nowadays. It was a story of true love and honor and gallantry, that gave me sighs and goose bumps, and left me with a good, cozy feeling all over. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.