Imagine a world where not only dreams become reality, but so do nightmares…
It all begins with Josh, a blue-eyed hunk who appears in Annabelle’s dreams. Never believing for a moment that he could ever be real, Annabelle’s shocked when a boy who shares his exact physical appearance shows up at her school, introducing himself as Martin Zirkle, the new guy in town. Annabelle can’t help but stalk him every chance she gets, trying to get a closer look, and through her efforts, she discovers that Martin is her blue-eyed Dream Boy.
When she discovers that Martin did appear from of her dreams, the next question becomes, was he the only one?
I really appreciated the concept of the novel; Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett created a world where both dreams and nightmares could become reality. Now, I have to ask, how scary would it be if that could truly happen? That’s what went through my mind when I read the synopsis of Dream Boy, and I immediately knew I had to request a copy. I was actually lucky enough to receive an ARC thanks to the wonderful people at Sourcebooks.
In addition to the overall premise of Dream Boy, I appreciated the character development between the main characters as well as the secondary. Among all the characters, my favorite would have to be Annabelle’s best friend, Will. He was down to earth, genuine, likeable, and regardless of Martin, he always had Annabelle’s back like a best friend would.
Dream Boy was addictive! I began reading it at 10:00pm before bed, and ended up staying up all night to finish reading it at 3:00am the next morning! The suspense kept building throughout the novel, and I was not expecting the twists unravelled at its conclusion. There were also many occasions where, despite the time I was reading, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. I would definitely recommend Dream Boy to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction with a Paranormal twist.
Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett, thank you for sharing this fun story! Now, please write a sequel?
Disclaimer: I received this novel from the author for review.
**This review is for the second instalment of the Depth of Emotion series; beware of *SPOILERS*.
ANGER. HATE. LOVE. COMPASSION. JEALOUSY. PANIC. Prominent emotions that engulfed and swirled within the characters in Positive/Negativity, which were revisited and further intensified within Selective/Memory, the second instalment in the Depth of Emotion series. In Positive/Negativity, we fall in love with Aria and Declan only to have our hearts ripped out and stepped on at it’s conclusion, when the two are torn apart.
In Selective/Memory, readers are thrown into the waves of emotions that threaten to suffocate our dear beloved characters thanks to the sadistic, manipulative, *insert B-word here*, Marisol. Together, we dive through the waves, endure the pain, and fight through the struggle with Declan and Aria as they do everything they can to regain control of their emotions.
The Characters: In Selective/Memory, we see a very dark side of Declan; a man, both tortured and vulnerable. His emotions are raw, and I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic towards him, even though I didn’t want to initially. There were many times where I wish I could have slapped or yelled at him myself for letting things get to a point where I sincerely believed there was a good chance he and Aria may never BE again…
Although Aria was shattered by the events that occurred in Positive/Negativity, she refused to let it define her and hold her back from the opportunities ahead in her future. I admire Aria for this. She took her time to let her emotions flow and take over, but then she made up her mind that she’d move forward—with or without Declan…
Both Carter, Declan’s brother, and Aria’s mother stepped up and became very important characters that would help mold the paths for Declan and Aria. I enjoyed that we got a solid glimpse of who the characters were through alternating point of views. Carter experienced a very traumatic and tragic event in Positive/Negativity and I believe there’s more to him than what was revealed in the series so far. I look forward to learning more of this character in upcoming instalments.
Then there was Marisol…this woman—THIS MONSTER—made me curse out every swear word I could think of (in three different languages). Having read through her character’s POV throughout several chapters of Selective/Memory made me feel a little psychotic—even tainted—with each chapter she narrated. She made no attempt to conceal the hatred, selfishness, and jealousy she held within (except in front of Declan). Worse, she felt she had every right to do the things she did, without feeling any remorse.
Elements That I Appreciated: The effort D.D. Lorenzo put into these two instalments, every detail—subtle or not—was what I appreciated most. Simple things like naming the chapter titles in Positive/Negativity with different emotions and Selective/Memory with components of memory to not disclosing what exactly happened to Declan’s leg, or having readers second guess the events that led to the accident was genius. I especially appreciated that D.D. Lorenzo didn’t disclose whether Declan’s leg was in fact amputated or whether it was simply mangled, leaving it to the imagination of her readers.
D.D. Lorenzo was able to capture the various emotions and deliver them through her writing flawlessly. There were many instances where I had to reach for a box of tissues or share my anger for Marisol with the author. I was especially effected by the instances where a memory of a loved one was shared through the eyes of Aria, given the recent passing of one of my family members. It was one of the many ways I was able to easily relate to Aria and truly understand her as a person/character.
Recommendation: Emotional. Heart-wrenching. Suspenseful. Edgy. I definitely recommend Selective/Memory for those who enjoy experiencing an emotional ride with engaging characters and a story with incredible depth.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! **Please Note: Although I was the co-editor for Selective/Memory, this review is my honest opinion.**(less)
I was immediately drawn to the story from the moment D.D. Lorenzo contacted me about the novel, especially to the Positive/Negativity aspect. Story as...moreI was immediately drawn to the story from the moment D.D. Lorenzo contacted me about the novel, especially to the Positive/Negativity aspect. Story aside, the meaning of the title is very powerful and present within the all of our daily lives.
There are several elements of the novel in which I appreciated as a reader; the most important element being how relatable the characters were. Their emotions are raw, real, and excluded all the fluff you would normally see in contemporary romance novels. There were several instances where I felt emotionally connected to the characters; I could feel the pain and loss Carter felt, the hatred for Marisol, the villain of the story, which was felt by many, and betrayal which is experienced by characters within the concluding chapters of Positive/Negativity. The use of alternating POVs was brilliantly executed as it offered readers direct access to those raw emotions, and it gave the characters the depth readers crave when jumping into a new series. I also enjoyed how each chapter title is a different emotion, giving the reader a little hint of what to expect, without being predictable with the story itself.
Contrary to most Positive/Negativity fans, Declan’s brother, Carter, stood out to me most, therefore, being my favorite of them all. I would personally like to see Carter becoming a more prominent figure in the second installment of the series. He’s a character everyone can easily relate to, and I believe that his character has much to offer.
Before the novel was released, I made sure to re-read the story while listening to the music guide she provided for each chapter, from beginning to end. I must admit that she was right; the reading experience is that much more rewarding when combining the music with the story. I would definitely recommend readers to follow D.D.’s guide while reading.
I would also like to mention that the author behind the story is not only an incredible writer, but a truly great person, which I have been blessed to call a friend. I look forward to reading more from D.D. Lorenzo, and eagerly await for the next installment of the Depth of Emotion series.
Positive/Negativity is a beautifully written debut by D.D. Lorenzo, and I definitely recommend this novel.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! **Please Note: Although I am the editor for Positive/Negativity, this review is my honest opinion.**(less)