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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  5,788 ratings  ·  1,134 reviews
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to ...more
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Published October 16th 2014 by Amulet Books (first published October 14th 2014)
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Zoe Carmichael I am reading it now. Not scary. Definitely mysterious and intriguing! The main character is a 17 year old girl so you have to read it through your tee…moreI am reading it now. Not scary. Definitely mysterious and intriguing! The main character is a 17 year old girl so you have to read it through your teenage eyes! :-D(less)

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Emily May
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Come along. Let’s get out of here and go toast to youth and vampires and rebellion.”

Cat Winters has done it again. I have been captivated by this book for every spare minute of reading I've managed to fit in. I'm not quite sure how Winters manages to so thoroughly take me out of this world and plant me into another time full of atmosphere, history and a little dash of the paranormal. But she does.

“I’ve said this before,” he said through his teeth, “and I’ll say it again: Thi
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars There were some nicely atmospheric moments and the period setting is well-detailed, but somehow this story and these characters never quite grabbed me by the throat the way I'd hoped they would. I kept waiting to feel passion and outrage on behalf of these women, and yet I read about these events with curiosity and commiseration, but without any real sense of kinship or compassion.

I think the story could have benefited from more complex plotting, more intellectual discussion, more nua
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

"As I've learned through my own ordeals, once you start viewing the world the way it truly is, it is impossible to ignore both its beauty and its ugliness. Look around you.
You can't stop seeing it, can you?"

These sentences here? They're worth 5 big shiny stars. Sadly, the book was not. If Cat Winters is without doubt a formidable storyteller and if I think the ideas she's trying to convey are absolutely fabulous (with all my heart, thank you), I felt let down by several aspects of t
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

I’m going to be the bitch today. Excuse me for a minute while I pour my Rosé wine and gather my thoughts for a minute…

What I mean is that I feel terrible that I didn’t like this book. I should have liked this book and I didn’t. I really enjoyed it at the start. Because I loved it so much in the beginning, I just didn’t think it would end so badly. So today, in this review, I’m just going have to admit: I’m a total bitch.

I’d seen many revi
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
Ooh what a wonderful, incredible, and perfectly cryptic story! It's with no surprise that I absolutely adored this novel; having loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds a year back, I already knew the talents of Cat Winters' storytelling, and I thoroughly expected to be transported into yet another fantastic tale - this time full of magic, mystery, with a dash of horror and romance.

The year is 1900, and Olivia is one of many women who's currently fighting for the rights of women. But with a father wh
Vanessa J.

3.5 out of 5 stars, but I ended up rounding to 4 because I still think everyone should read this despite the major faults I found in it.

They say the past is always better. In some instances, I can agree, but not when it comes to women's suffrage. You know how sexist society in general has always been. The time in which women have been treated as humans and not as merely bearer of children is relatively short.

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were fights to obtain better treatment,
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
I loved this book.

The Cure for Dreaming is a thickly atmospheric Victorian Gothic novel for young adults (and me). Our heroine, Olivia Mead, is an intelligent but severely repressed young woman whose dreams for equal rights of women (to vote, study, work) conflict with the misogynist views of her bullying abusive father, Dr. Mead. Dr. Mead, was doing his dental apprenticeship in Portland, Oregon, when he met Olivia’s actress mother. She was in town performing with a touring theater company; the
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book. It is a shameful reminder how badly women were treated as second-class citizens even though the women did all of the hard work and raised the men who thought that they were so superior and smarter than women Who in their opinion were not smart enough and too delicate to make decisions for themselves. I really love this story I loved how people on the other side were silenced and it made them change their mind I also love the semi non-romance, romance, i'm not a hug ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
""I love that books allow us to experience other lives without us ever having to change where we live or who we are."

As usual Miss Winters dazzles with her writing, pulling me into the story from the first page :).
Her descriptions are so rich, you literally feel as if you are there, seeing/touching/smelling everything:

"Frannie and I climbed the second flight of stairs, past piles of books perched on the rickety wooden steps--books that always appeared to have wandered in from the shop of their o
‘You will see the world the way it truly is. The roles of men and women will be clearer than they have ever been before. You will know whom to avoid.’

The Cure for Dreaming is set during the early 1900’s in Oregon where the fight for women’s suffrage is really starting to gather steam. It won’t be until August 26th, 1920 when the 19th amendment to the Constitution becomes ratified but even at this point, women are determined to speak their mind. Olivia Mead is a modern girl with hopes and dre
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The Cure for Dreaming is Cat Winters’ breathlessly anticipated sophomore novel. After last year’s brilliant debut, expectations from this book were sky high, but we needn’t have feared. Winters was more than up to the task. Although not as emotionally intense and tragic as In the Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming has a different kind of strength; the kind that inspires us to fight for our place in the world, to give everything and do everything to achieve what we think is right.

One wou
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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More like 3.5 I think, but I cannot bring myself to give this 4 stars.

I will start with the good stuff. The theme and setting is utterly original. The start of s. XX on Oregon, when suffragettes where trying to get the right of voting? Woah. Tell me more.

And the premise is very, very original too: Olivia is a rich young lady who is a little too opinionated about things that she shouldn't concern about, like studying in University, politics and equal rights. After her father discovers she not onl
This was good, better than any of her other books I have read. But it still felt lacking with the characters. I don't know, they aren't jumping off the page at me, screaming to get my attention. On to the next. ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Like any good performer, The Cure for Dreaming presents itself well. The cover of the book is eye catching and a little bit creepy. The fonts are equally interesting and the sometimes odd historical photographs in the book add to the general atmosphere of a story that takes place in 1900 Oregon and combines suffragists with hypnotism. I also loved the opening scene, where heroine Olivia Mead gets called up on stage by mesmerist Henri Reverie to be hypnotized at a performance on Halloween. It's a ...more
Mackenzie Lane
2.5/5 stars

I'm chalking my low rating up to the fact that I was expecting something totally different. And that's mainly my own fault. I picked this book up thinking it'd be more paranormal-heavy & historical fiction-lite, but it was historical fiction-heavy and paranormal-extra lite, and I really was in the mood for an eerie, creepy read. And this, unfortunately, was not it.

All that aside, the story in and of itself just wasn't that complex. The writing and plot were simple, and I never found m
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

Release date - The publishers website says October 14th, Book Depository says November 1st, and Amazon says October 1st, so I haven't got a clue.

'There is some of the unexplainable in me, ma cherie, but there is also a great deal of enchantment in you. Keep telling the world what you see. Help other to see it, too.'

One day, Olivia Mead stands outside the courthouse with a group of suffragist women shouting along with them for the right to vote
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

Right off one of the issues I had with this book was the modern writing and dialogue which comes off as both too modern and also wooden. I had this same issue with Winters' In the Shadow of Blackbirds, but it bothered me a bit more in this story because this story seems set earlier and so it was even a bit more jarring.

I will say, though, that the modern style bothered me less as the story progressed, but the dialogue was often whincingly bad throughout.

My other issue is that while I fully su
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The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Genre: YA feminist historical fantasy
My rating: 4.75/5
Short Summary: Olivia Mead is a suffragist, but her alcoholic dentist father doesn't approve, to say the least. When the new hyptoninst arrives in town, Olivia's father hires him to 'cure' Olivia of her 'unladylike' ambitions.
>>TRIGGER WARNINGS: Emotional abuse, alcoholism, sexism<<

My thoughts:
Plot: 5/5
This is a fairly quiet story, but it sure packs a punch. There is no
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
4.5 stars.

I had high expectations for The cure for dreaming, because I fell in love with In the shadow of blackbirds. I love how her work is combined with pictures to make the atmosphere complete. The art and photographs match with the story. There is something haunting about the things she writes and Cat has found the perfect way to create an interesting setting.

Olivia is everything you could ask for in a character. She is stubborn, headstrong en she won’
Lauren Stoolfire
Olivia Mead is a suffragist during a time that prefers its girls to be quiet and obedient. Olivia’s father, upset by her lack of femininity, hires a stage mesmerist to hypnotize the rebellion out of her and make her the perfect future wife for a young man. However, Henri, the hypnotist with interesting motives of his own, gives her the ability to see people’s true natures, even though she is unable to speak her mind and verbally express her anger. These challenges only make her all the more dete ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat Winters has quickly become my favorite young adult historical fiction author. Her books are consistently good and always deal with thought provoking topics. The Cure for Dreaming takes on women’s rights in the early 1900s head on, and I think this is my favorite of her books after The Steep & Thorny Way.

Olivia Mead is a young lady living in Oregon in 1900. She is living with her father, who is against women having rights, and in an attempt to take Olivia’s “rebellious” streak out of her, her
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
3.5 stars — I liked it. The author could’ve taken this story in a much deeper, more complex direction, though. It could’ve been such an incredible book, but it fell slightly short.
4.5 stars. This was a great blend of historical fiction and fantasy, at the turn of the century when women were fighting for suffrage. It is a great YA story and is available on Kindle Unlimited.
Kristen Cansler

The Good
The theme.
Yes, yes, and YES. This is the book that I want my (future) daughters to read. This is the book that I want my (future) sons to read. Cat Winters blew me away with the way that she wrapped this story around the beginnings of feminism. Just like the women Cat Winters writes about planted seeds of feminism and equality, The Cure for Dreaming can plant the seed for the newer generations.

I loved Olivia. I felt so much sympathy for her. There were times that I was brought to
★ 2016 AtY Reading Challenge ★: A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago).
SPOOKATHON 2016: red on the cover (the dress is kinda red, c'mon) + 2016 release (this edition was published in 2016 so it counts, shut up).

This is the first YA historical fiction I've read that had a strong focus on feminism and had a suffragist main character. It was refreshing to read about these themes, especially because I'm a feminist and I've never found these topics explored in this particular genre and with
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Winter's has an uncanny ability to be able to draw you right into her stories. Into the very heart of it all and make you feel like it is a place both terrifyingly new and familiar all at once.

A world where dangers seem to lurk around every corner until you feel at any moment something is bound to jump out at you and grab you in the night and suck you into the very pages you hold and you can't help but want it to happen.

A setting so rich in atmosphere that it is tangible, with characters that ar
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
It was brilliant! I freaking loved this and I need more! I know it's probably a stand alone but dang! I know I asked for a sequel to Cat's first book In The Shadow of Blackbirds and I get why that one ended. But this has series potential and I need to know more about Olivia and Henry and Genevieve!!! ...more
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Graded By: Jennie
Cover Story: Gothic Balancing Act
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Fiends and Feminism
Bonus Factors: Hypnotists, Suffragettes
Relationship Status: Be You, or Date You?

Read the full book report here.
I cannot begin to describe how much I love Cat Winters.

This is just as beautiful, atmospheric, and addicting as In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I cannot understand why Cat Winters doesn't get more attention. Her books deserve it.
Cat Winters is the queen of mood, darkness, and shadowy creepiness. She creates the coolest premises, creepiest settings, and rich storylines and characters. This book did a pretty good job of living up to her track records, but I wasn't as sold on it as I was with her prior books. I think the issue was that it felt like it dragged on a bit longer than necessary and just had a feeling of meh. I got bored quite a few times, even though I was cheering on the main character and the feminist teachin ...more
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Cat Winters is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five novels for teens: IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD & TRUE, and THE RAVEN'S TALE. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her young adult novels have appeared on Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist ...more

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