Dare to Dream

Title: Dare to Dream
Author: Carys Jones
First Published: 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 260 pages
Buy on: Amazon
Rating: ★★★

**I received an eARC of Dare to Drean from REUTS Publications, in exchange for an honest review.**

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     The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.

     Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.

     It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.

     You know those really bad, but somehow entertaining sci-fi movies? (Think Sharknado) Well, this book has the potential to become one of those movies.
     Dare to Dream isn’t perfect. The characters are rather boring (despite certain abilities), and most of them are just whiny. The plot of Dare to Dream is a little far fetched, even for a fictional story. It sort of feels like there are multiple stories happening all in one, but there’s just not enough focus on one of them. It was slow paced, and had pages where it just dragged on. (The walking in the dark, my goodness I was so bored with that)

     If you take each individual piece of the plot, and separate them, you could really have something. There’s just so much unnecessary jumbling; it makes it a lot to take in. What do I pay attention to? Her home life, the end of days, her father leaving? These three components are enough to make three separate stories. There’s just too much happening in this one, short, book for my taste. Despite its flaws, it was still interesting to read. It wasn’t my exact cup of tea, but it might be someone elses!

About the author, Carys Jones:

     Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

     When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

     She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

     To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.
Find more of Carys Jones on her website, like her on facebook or follow on twitter.


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