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A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when
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Hardcover, 394 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Roaring Brook Press
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Lindsay Smith Yes. Full stop. There will be a related short story available (free!) on Tor.com two weeks prior to DREAMSTRIDER's release, but it is NOT necessary to…moreYes. Full stop. There will be a related short story available (free!) on Tor.com two weeks prior to DREAMSTRIDER's release, but it is NOT necessary to read it in order to understand the book. I love the world of Dreamstrider, and wouldn't mind exploring other stories in it in the future, but this book stands completely and utterly on its own.(less)
Lindsay Smith Dreamstrider will be recommended for ages 12 and up, which is determined by the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group's guidelines.

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Faye, la Patata
I think I read this book in a span of two days. TWO DAYS! In a book nerd's dictionary, that's pretty much a synonym for "SO KICK-ASS I FLEW THROUGH THE PAGES", and no, it's not just because of the cover, which I agree is absolutely mesmerizing. To be honest, this is my first book by this author (I had wanted to read SEKRET before, but I haven't gotten the chance to buy it yet... a travesty, I know, don't remind me), so I didn't know what quite to expect. Would it be purple-prose-y? Would it be u ...more
Althea Ann
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
"Hi! I'm Livia. I'm the dreamstrider - the one and only known person in the world who can travel through the dreamworld into another person's body, controlling their actions and seeing their hidden thoughts. But although I'm so very extra-special, it has never occurred to me that I'm in a position to demand pretty much whatever I want in return for my work as a spy. Nope, instead I'm going to splash my low self-esteem over every single page in this book, moaning about how I'm just not good enoug ...more
Alyssa
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy
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❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
Livia is a dreamstrider that can take over another person's body while they are sleeping or unconscious. She is from the lower caste in her society but also the only one with her ability. She is used by the government for espionage when threats of war are looming.

I'm not sure why, but I just didn't connect with this book. I was interested in the premise, but it never really engaged me. Livia also annoyed me because she has no self esteem throughout the book. I know it the result of her poverty a
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Dreamstrider is a romantic fantasy novel with a distinctly historical feel. It is Lindsey Smith’s third published full length novel, and to her credit, it’s practically bursting with diversity and fresh ideas. It is, however, a very flawed novel that required much more work on several aspects including composition.

Dreamstrider throws us straight into a complex world with very little in the way of explanation. It’s almost entirely up to us to figure out our way around, to understand the rules and
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages read: 38

It's not a good sign when I'm already skimming before I finish the second chapter. I really want to love Dreamstrider, and I want to love Lindsay Smith's books. The concepts are amazing, but something about her writing just doesn't work for me. Once again, the voice really isn't clicking, and I'm bored and confused. I don't think I'll end up enjoying this one, so I'm moving on. :(
Emily May
DNF

I'm not saying this is a bad book, but I think it will appeal to you more if you like reading military space operas (it's not one exactly, but it reads just like it).

Sadly, the commandants, ministers and military tactics just put me to sleep. I don't think I can force myself through any more.
Dahlia
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I mean, obviously this was getting five stars from me for its perfect dedication page no matter what, but oh the beautiful worldbuilding and ohhhhh how much I just wanted to hug and protect Livia and oh yes how I maybe manufactured some less than wholesome ideas with certain characters in my brain. (I'M SORRY BUT THIS BOOK HAS QUEER GIRLS AND A REDHEAD so I am actually not very sorry at all.)
Rayne
It was just so. Damn. Boring. It felt like such a chore to get through this one, I had to literally force myself to remain focused on each page. While Smith did an admirable effort with the originality of this setting, which burst right off the page and blew away any misgivings I might have harbored over certain elements of this novel, I still derived close to no enjoyment out of this reading experience and felt completely detached from every single aspect of this novel.

The main problem is that
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Vilma Iris
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding—Dreamstrider is uniquely imagined with strikingly vivid world building and thrilling tension. You won’t read another book like it.

Rich world building, a slow burning romance and gripping tension enliven Smith’s fantastical dream world as a poor girl born to the tunnels beneath Barstadt works to rise above her caste. Livia’s life was not her own. She belonged to a gang who dictated her life. Only in her dreams did she feel the freedom she desperately longed for. When a Professor offe
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Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Espionage, Dreamstriding, Political Intrigue, PRETTY COVER.

Those are very tempting things to this reader. They made this reader's heart flutter with anticipation and made her very excited. So what does this reader think about the book? Does she think it was amazeballs or meh? Or somewhere in between perhaps?

This book was great but I also wanted a little bit more. It's harder to explain that in terms of this book becaus
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
For this book, the hype was real. It was exceptionally real. But, on the other hand, well desered. Previous to hearing about this books release I had never heard of the author Lindsay Smith. I looked up the book on Goodreads and I have to admit, it was love at first sight. Who wouldn’t fall in love with that beautiful cover? I did decide that it isn’t good to fall in love with books based on looks (or people, for that matter) so I read the synopsis and that was when I KNEW it was true love. Drea ...more
TheBlueBookworm
Jun 27, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-be-released, ya
"Graceling meets Inception"

Well damn. I'm gonna have to add this to my to-read list for sure.

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Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Looks brilliant, to be honest.
Britt
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
I am a huge fan a Lindsay Smith and also a huge fan of dreams so this books seemed a natural fit for me. While there was many thing I enjoyed I still felt a bit unsure of certain major points in Dreamstrider. I seem to always have this trouble with books involving dreams. This one at least had a great backbone of espionage to fall back on. I felt as if I was propelled through the story without ever really fully grasping the setting. There was always a hurdle to overcome and things flew by but it ...more
Andreea Pop
Mar 31, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover-love
What's up with the plethora of amazing covers lately? Not that I'm complaining because look at that BEAUTY!

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Tikaa
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at fANGIRLconfessions

Slow and steady wins the race. Or does it?

Dreamstrider was one of my most anticipated reads of this month. Besides the gorgeous cover, I loved everything the synopsis was giving me. Body control, spies, empires, even politics, it just all screamed ME. Up until part two of the story, everything was all good. The writing was exceptional from beginning to end, but the plot - the plot was dwindling fast, and it wasn't until I was around 60% when it dawne
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Fafa's Book Corner
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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KL (Cat)
A quick 5 minutes' worth of notes:

> The prose could be more polished
> No insta-love, which is brilliant
> Queer girls! Queer girls!
> Some of the villains were more interesting than the good characters, especially a certain Darkling-like character *cough cough*
> The plot twist totally threw me off, and then everything exploded at once
> I demand more world building! Further information on the priests, religious customs, the Nightmare and the Dreamer would be nice.
> Again, I wish the book could hav
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Ehhh. Not as good as I hoped it would be.

I wanted them to spend more time in the dream world so I wouldn't have to watch Livia pine over her love interest/best friend, the bland Brandt. Romance was so predictable. I wasn't even paying attention to them because I knew what would happen.

Villains were more interesting than any of the good guys. I guess it's harder to write an original, good character without them turning into every other honorable, vanilla stick figure out there.

There's no denyi
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Lindsay Smith
May 23, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote
3/25: And the cover is finally here! I've been told ARCs may be available at BEA 2015...
nick
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

3.5/5

Confession time. I only picked up Dreamstrider because of the lovely cover. I didn't even bother reading the summary. Good thing the book was a blast to read though and totally lived up to that fantastic cover!

When I first started Dreamstrider, I was honestly a little confused. The world building was hazy, and very baffling, especially since this was the first time in my reading experience that I had come across such an interesting concept of dreamwalking. Throughout the book though, the wo
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Shay
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, arcs
Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

*I received an advanced review copy of this book through Netgalley*

Can we start with the cover? Because it's a work of beauty. I would hang that on my wall, no lie.

More importantly! This book. Oh, I loved this book. I am fascinated by anything to do with dreams (though they also kind of freak me out) and a YA fantasy book about dreams? That's really all I knew about it, but it was enough!

Livia is a dreamstrider, the only one as far as she knows. This means she can go into
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Shelley
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Welcome to yet another entertaining story by Lindsay Smith, the author of the duology known as Sekret. The Sekret duology focused on teenagers who have amazing psychic abilities and are used to spy on their enemies during the cold war. Now, let's step away from the real world for a moment,
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Katherine Locke
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book a little early and I cannot say enough good things about it. It's beautifully written, inventive, lush, and Livia's a character who earns your love and respect. That's a rare gift, not unlike Dreamstriding, and Smith brings this world and characters to life with a deft hand. A must read!
Arie ☂
DNF at 46% because I am just so bored, and I've been reading this for almost two weeks. I LOVED Sekret and Skandal and the premise of this one sounded amazing, but I just can't get into it.
Ksenia
Sep 18, 2015 marked it as tbr-ebook
Shelves: cover-love
I think I have a covergasm.
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 8/2/15: I'm so sad I didn't love this one. The whole time I just kept hoping for more world-building to help establish more about Oneiros, the Dreamer, and Nightmare but the plot kept progressing and I still didn't feel like I had a grip on the whole concept of the book.
The pros: I loved the dream world. I really enjoyed the interactions there and the mechanics of how dreamstriding worked. It was interesting to see how special Livia's gift was and how the details progressed.
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Zoey Talbon
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first thing I need to say about Dreamstrider: confusing. Confusing, confusing, confusing. Confusing from page one. I'm finished with the book and I still don't fully understand the different kingdoms and how the Dreamworld works and how Livia does what she does or how the Barstadt society works. Livia came from a life in the Tunnels, but I don't know what that life was like or how people live their lives there. I have a lot of unanswered questions. Too many. I'm getting kind of irritated as ...more
Amy
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can read this review and more @Book Enthral

First Thoughts 31/01/16

Don't you just love when you pick a book up because of cover love and then it turns out the story is flipping INCREDIBLE! I was not expecting such a detailed high fantasy but that's what I got and I loved every second of it!! The ending did feel really rushed tho - and that may be because it's a standalone fantasy from what I understand. You should all go and read this!! Seriously!
RTC!

Review 10/02/16

Guys, I 100% picked this b
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