May 6, 2010

Review: Dream Girl

Dream Girl Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling

Charm galore.”—Kirkus Reviews

Claire Voyante has been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead.

But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.

“Plenty of entertainment.”—Publishers Weekly

“Lauren Mechling weaves a hilarious tale out of mystical dreams, high school terror, and haute couture. . . . A fun, fast-paced, totally engrossing read.”—Kristen Miller, author of Kiki Strike: Inside Shadow City


From the gorgeous cover to the enticing words, “Dreaming just got Dangerous.” How could I not be crazy about it. Plus there were some pretty positive reviews floating around on some blogs.

My excitement-bubble popped after about page 30. That's about the point when I realized this book didn't have anything else to offer me. It was slow going, and the main character, Claire, felt like just another character. She didn't stand out, in fact she felt like she should being fading into the background. The interesting side characters should have been given more page time. The dreams were silly, and not silly good. They didn't make much sense, and it was little things that connected them back to reality.

Out of the hope for the mentioned dangerous dreams I forced myself to read, and read. Then I got to a point when I just couldn't force myself to read. Really forcing yourself to read is not healthy.

So after I realized I couldn't stand the fact that the main love interest was a guy who currently had a girlfriend, who at the moment had kissed the main character—but was still groveling to the girlfriend. A new rich best friend and a revengeful family after a "stolen"  billion dollar ketchup recipe I stopped.

Bottom Line:

This is a cute book, a very cute boring and pointless book. I clung on to page 210 before I decided to put myself out of my misery, I even read two other books while reading this one. There are other authors who do clairvoyant/medium character books better. In fact if the clairvoyant part of this book was taken out it wouldn't have lost much, it was like a little side thought to ride the paranormal obsession out there.

Sexual Content:

A couple of kisses.

1/5- I couldn't finish it or wish I hadn't


Rachel D said...

Weird-I had the opposite reaction! I liked the books humor and weird touches. Seemed a lot less cheesy and humorless than the average YA book. Good thing it's a free country ;)

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

Glad you liked it! I really wanted to.