In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams

by Amy Martin

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Book 1 of the In Your Dreams series.

Sixteen-year-old Zara "Zip" McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone's known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip's life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed.

Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip's heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret--he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams.

But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt when Kieran's parents reveal that his sleeping disorder is not what it seems and may be putting them in harm's way. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams, she must decide if she can live with knowing the future in advance when she's afraid of what might happen.

*Recommended for Young Adult readers 13 and up (mild cursing, some adult situations)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044791671
Publisher: Amy Martin
Publication date: 08/11/2012
Series: In Your Dreams , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 92,428
File size: 346 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Amy Martin wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of ten and gave it to her fourth grade teacher, who hopefully lost it in her house somewhere and didn't share it with anyone else. The first book she published as a grown-up, In Your Dreams,was a semi-finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. She has published four books in the In Your Dreams series. She is also the author of The Perfects series, which currently contains two books (Perfectly Normal and Perfectly Weird). Amy currently lives on Long Island with her husband and a ferocious attack tabby named Cleo. When not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching sports, drinking coffee, or indulging her crippling Twitter habit (and, sometimes, doing all three at once).

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In Your Dreams 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Nikki Leigh Willcome for Readers' Favorite Amy Martin’s In Your Dreams follows teenager Zara “Zip” McKee as she navigates the small-town high school of Titusville, Illinois. Although Zip is the basketball star and top of her class, Zip’s junior year is anything but typical after she meets new kid Kieran Lanier. After he passes out at his desk on his first day, Zip befriends him and finds out that he has narcolepsy, a disorder that causes him to randomly fall asleep. This in itself is enough to make Kieran stand out, but Zip later finds out that there is more to him and his curious family than she could ever prepare for. After building trust and a blossoming teenage romance, Kieran reveals to Zip that he has visions of the future during his narcoleptic episodes. This revelation plunges Zip onto a dangerous path, especially after a secret is revealed about a mysterious man Kieran keeps seeing in his visions. I loved Amy Martin’s first installment of the In Your Dreams series. The novel was paced perfectly, making for a quick read that was hard to put down. The plot contained just the right amount of intrigue and Martin did an incredible job of dropping clues at the right moments, while introducing new mysteries for the characters. Now let me gush about these characters for a bit: I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised by the nuances of these characters, especially Zip. Martin writes in the first person from Zip’s point of view, and captures the teenage vernacular wonderfully, without compromising the quality of the narrative. Zip and Kieran navigate the real and fantastical curve-balls that Martin throws at them with a fresh, down-to-earth approach that is attractive and easily relatable. I am looking forward to reading the next installment and seeing what the future has in store for Zip and Kieran.
BigDG More than 1 year ago
The story was different, which in my opinion, made it refreshing. No one is running around struggling with the fate of the world on their shoulders. No vamps, werewolves, angels, girl hiding on the social fringes, etc. Just a girl who loves basketball in love with a boy that can't stay awake surrounded by an interesting cast to characters. The plot, which has a few gripping moments, had me quickly turning pages and buying the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was interresting and kind of funny i dont know what am i supposed to say?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really good omg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little choppy but good
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
LibraryThing Book Review~ Zara "Zip" McKee lives in a small town called Titusville where everybody knows everybody since birth and thensome. So Zip learns most exciting news in awhile two new students Kayla and Kieran Lanier. Kieran makes his grand entrance into school life by falling asleep in class which freaks Zip out badly. Zip fears are put to rest when Kieran explains that he has narcolepsy. Kieran and Zip become fast friends that develop slowly into a relationship. Kieran shares a secret with Zip what he dreams come true. At first Zip is skeptical but comes to see that Kieran is telling the truth. When Kieran's past collides with his future he becomes upset and withdrawn from his family. What to Kieran's dream tell him? Your answers await you in In Your Dreams. I'm kinda speechless because I've often that dreams tell alot about a person and their surroundings. I found the story to be fascinating, intriguing, and compelling. The story drew me in from first word to last word. The characters are real, down to earth, interesting, and full of mystery. I look forward to reading more from this author. 
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The writing was good, a few typos, but did not distract from the story. My only complaint is that it was a little slow, and I wished to have seen more action.
KingPea More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic YA romance! I love when an author surprises you, and Ms. Martin did just that. 'Zip' is a unique and lovely young lady. She is smart, sporty, and well mannered. I loved that she was willing to see through Kieran's disability, when many girls would have avoided him, or made fun. I enjoyed the slightly paranormal/almost unexplainable phenomenon aspect of the story, and the unexpected twists and turns the plot took. The romance was believable, and age appropriate. While the ending was no cliff hanger, it doesn't wrap up neat and tidy with a bow either ~ so book 2 will be a must read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves YA, but also craves a well written story.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
I'm acquainted with narcolepsy and I'm glad to see some of the symptoms being explained to a younger audience but I wish for two things. One, that the symptoms Kieran displayed were named (cataplexy) just because no one ever talks about it and, two, that Kieran's symptom onset was more 'normal' to help kids recognize the signs of a sleep disorder. That being said, I liked the characters, especially Zip - she's a bit of a goody two-shoes in that she doesn't rebel like many teens but she's focused on basketball and strives for good grades so being the nice girl works for her. She doesn't have special powers or magical abilities - she's just a normal girl in small town America that a lot of readers can relate to. The writing itself is good, but the plot drags a bit and would benefit from more conflict to keep up the pace. Ms. Martin spends a lot of time setting up characters and background so I expect her to do something with all of this building when future installments are released. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. It was such a fun story to read. The characters were great. I liked Zip a lot. She was a cool female lead. Just a normal girl with big dreams. The mystery of it all was quite intriguing. It definitely had me trying to figure things out. It wasn't just a boring ol' coming of age teenage novel. There were lots of twist and turns to keep you interested. Also, I loved Amy Martin's writing. Her descriptions were amazing. Her imagery was fascinating. There were plenty of times I felt like I was in the scene I was reading about. Actually, I felt that way about the book in general, I felt like I was there. That I knew Zip and Kieran and had been in Titusville with them.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I'm very interested to see how things pan out for Zip and Kieran. They were such lovable characters. I'm definitely going to recommend this one for the school's library.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank the author for giving me In Your Dreams, in exchange for an honest review. When I first started this book I thought it was about two people seeing each other in their dreams, and then finally meeting and falling in love. Boy, was I wrong. It is not about that at all. Kieran and his sister Kayla are the new kids in school in a small town. On their first day at the new school, Kieran passes out while talking to Zip, and totally goes into stiff dead person mode. Too funny. Zip decides to check on him, which leads her to learn he has narcolepsy, and falls asleep at inopportune times, sometimes losing body function and becoming stiff. Zip accepts him and they become quick friends even though he is kind of an outcast with the rest of the school. He soon reveals to Zip that he has dreams when he sleeps that are a sort of glimpse into the future. This leads to the discovery of a big reveal about Kieran's past. And brings on a little mystery and suspense. I found this book different and quite enjoyable. It was fun trying to guess the mystery of what was going to happen, and what the suspense would bring. Luckily it wasn't too scary for me:) And there was just enough romance that it is still appropriate for younger teenagers or adults. Kieran was a cute character that seemed so innocent since his parents had protected him all his life with his sleep disorder. It was fun seeing him try to flirt and date Zip since he has had no experience with girls. My only complaint was them not getting help from adults when things started getting hairy. I look forward to future books by Amy Martin and I recommend this to teenagers.
rainsir6 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review and I have to say that this book has one of the most inventive story ideas that I have read in a long time, if not ever. Kieran is the cute new boy that just moved to a very small town and the first day of school he makes a huge impact by having an 'episode' in class. What are his episodes? He has narcolepsy. For anyone that does not know what that condition is, it basically makes a person fall asleep at random times. You could be walking down the hall, eating lunch, having a conversation, and scarily, driving and just fall asleep. As you can imagine this causes huge problems in Kieran's life. He has very over protective parents and a sister that is more like a bodyguard and his condition prevents him from being a normal teen. As I started to read about his situation I was thinking it would be refreshing to hear about a teen relationship that has to deal with the real life situations medical problem can cause. I was right about that. It was heartbreaking at times to think about how much it already impacts his life, and how uncertain his future as an adult will be. Most of the time the situations caused by his narcolepsy are funny, but only because Kieran has such a great attitude about his condition and can easily laugh at himself. Zip is the other half of this teen romance. Obviously Zip is a nickname, but it is all anyone has ever called her. I fell in love with her character right away. She is the typical girl next door, future valedictorian, head of the girls basketball team, but still sweet and humble. This was refreshing because it seems like most of the time the girls in teen romance books are on the fringes of the school population. If a girl is smart and captain of the basketball team they would be written as part of the 'in crowd' and would be very stuck on themselves. It was refreshing to have a girl that was popular and at the same time be a normal, nice person. Zip never once considers Kieran's narcolepsy a reason not to be his friend. In fact through much of the book most of the other kids at school won't even talk to Kieran. Zip's acceptance and unshakable loyalty to Kieran will make anyone fall in love with her character. Just when you think the narcolepsy is the only twist in this story of teen love you find out that Kieran's family has been keeping a huge secret. This throws the whole story in to a new direction. Zip gets pulled in to a crazy situation because of her relationship with Kieran. This is where you truly see how much Zip cares about Kieran and how far she is willing to go to protect him. There wasn't anything about this book that I disliked. All of the characters are well written and the story is told in such a way that everything that happens is believable even if it seems so strange at times. This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read with a new twist on the typical teen romance.
Missibea More than 1 year ago
"Zip" Mckee has spent most of her life just waiting to get out of the small town where she lives. She's known all her classmates "practically since birth", and nothing ever seems to change. That is, until a new family moves into town, and one of the kids, Kieran, turns out to be a handsome classmate of Zip's. On his first day, Kieran falls asleep right in the middle of a partner activity with Zip. Zip and Kieran quickly form a bond that allows for the sharing of dreams and secrets, such as Kieran can see the future in his "sleeping episodes". He's seen Zip before in his dreams and has other visions that frighten him. Throughout this story, the teen age love angle is sweet and very believable. I found some of Zip and Kieran's quirks endearing and reminded me of other teenagers I have known both recently and long ago. I wanted them to come out of the story together and relatively unscathed by the events unfloding around them. This book was well written and I felt I was with them from the first page. There were laugh out loud moments as well as some nail biting "please don't let anything bad happen" moments. I was right beside them through all the twists and turns of the story. For a first attempt at young adult novel writing, I feel that Amy Martin hit all the right notes! I will look for other books by her in the future.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written novel. I never once got lost trying to figure out what the author was trying to tell me. Descriptions are very clear (and basketball related) and all of the characters have complete personalities of their own. I absolutely love the fact that this is not one of your typical alpha male stories. The main character is a sports star in the local high school and is also female. I must say, however, that I did find the storyline a bit slow. Nothing much happens for the bulk of the story. When the story finally begins to build it ends just as suddenly as it had started. Don’t get me wrong, I was never actually bored while reading this story, but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t put down either. That said, Martin does an excellent job of portraying actual families. I found it very reassuring that the characters in the story had to face actual consequences when disobeying their parents, or just simply doing things that they should not. Unfortunately, the characters spend a great deal of time lying to their parents as well. As a reader, you can see their reasons for doing so, but they put themselves in harm’s way in the process. All in all, this novel gave me a great deal to think about while reading it. It was also reminiscent of how little there is to do on the weekend when growing up in a small town.
brittdelys More than 1 year ago
I give In Your Dreams a 4.5 rating. So I was so excited that Amy let me review her book for her. The synopsis for the book caught my attention because it was so different from anything I'd ever read. The concept that not only does the main male character have narcolepsy but he can also see the future...I mean that right there is enough to make you go "I so want to know his story." The way the characters developed and grew throughout the book was amazing. I absolutely love Zip's relationship with her Mom and Grandparents and of course with Kieran and even Kayla. And of course I'm in love Kieran he is just awesome as a character. I think I love everything about him but especially the way that he deals with what is happening to him. The story progresses in such a way that you want to keep reading. Little hints are dropped here and there about something or something unexpected is thrown in that you really just want to know what happens at the end. I think the book peaks at just the right moment and then you are given a satisfying ending. Overall this book was very well written and I can't wait to read other works by Amy Martin. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It was a great read.
TracieC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Zip was really normal teenager with normal teenager feelings and emotions. I loved that she wasn't a 30 year old woman in a high school situation. Kieran was a really interesting character. I loved that he needed help, and was willing to accept it. I liked how their relationship developed. Both their families were believably unique. It's rare that a book can surprise me, but I was surprised by the "twist"! I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.