A few years ago, I read the Precious Stone Trilogy and from what I remember, I really enjoyed them. So when I saw this one in the library, I thought I would give it a try. Plus it’s on my to-read list and I’m trying really hard to knock some books off of that shelf (there are 153 on there!).
“Home is where your books are.”
Instantly, I was struck by Gier and Bell’s narrative voice. It was fun and light and I often found myself smiling. Liv, the main character, was also enjoyable – she was sweet and brave, but perhaps a bit reckless and naive. Although, this will allow for growth and I’m sure there will be more growth in the next two books. Liv’s sister Mia… She was super cute! And they’re relationship melted my heart. The boys… Hmm well. Why did they have to be soo gorgeous? Couldn’t they have some more flaws? Henry and Grayson were sweet but uninteresting, Jasper was a pervert, and Arthur had some serious shadows. So yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of these guys.
I loved, loved the dream concept. It was both intriguing and chilling! And added such a unique element to this story. The demon thingy, though, was a little weird and I didn’t feel that it was explained very clearly. This was similar to the villain of the story, who I thought was slightly underdeveloped. As for the plot, it was interesting to have it grow through dreams as well as through the real world. The dream parts almost added a taste of Alice in Wonderland. However, it was a little slow sometimes – there were bits of fluff that didn’t develop the plot.
Lastly, let’s talk about one key thing. The fact that this whole storyline revolves around the fact that Liv is a virgin. For goodness sakes, she’s fifteen and it’s totally okay for her to have sex?!? There were no explicit scenes, but there was a lot of talk about sex. Also, there was quite a bit of bad language – not obscenely so, but enough that it started to bug me after a while.
I’m not sure if I’ll read book 2… I was reading some reviews of book 2 and 3 and they’re not super positive, so we’ll see.