ARC Review: Dream Boy By Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett


Dream Boy
By Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett
Paperback336 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
E-book Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an honest review

Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class. 
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

This book was one I had seen on Netgalley, saw the cover, and thought "Man I have to read this" As a photographer there are certain objects that fascinate me, and creepy trees are one of those things. I absolutely love them and I photograph them often. That being said I requested this book immediately.

I hate to say it, but I was pretty disappointed with this novel. There is no going around it. Maybe I put too many expectations on it, maybe it was from the great reviews I saw on goodreads, maybe I wanted to love it for the cover, whatever it was, I just wasn't a fan of this book.

Everything about Dream Boy seemed so unique to me. I have seen the idea of this book before, but never executed in the way it was. My #1 problem is it was boring. The character development was lacking. The ending left me thinking "WTF, that's the ending, Are you Kidding me" for real I bet my face was all scrunched up too. I think in total I enjoyed maybe 50 pages of this book.

Annabelle -  at first I like her, but moving on more into the book I found her to be annoying
Martin - Red flags went up for me with him. He got way too possessive way too fast. I don't do that possessive boyfriend thing.
Will - is cute and sweet, but I'm not into the jealousy act thing, it was sort of annoying.
Talon - I LOVED her. she was funny witty and kept me wanting more! I would definitely love to read a book from her POV or her story.

This book had a lot of potential. The writing is probably what turned me off of it completely. I am usually one if the story or the character doesn't capture me from the beginning then It will probably lose me early on. That is exactly what happened with Dream Boy and me.


  1. That cover pulled me in also, and I just had to click to see what you thought of it. I think the only thing worst than a cute cover and terrible story is a great story and terrible cover. No matter what people say, we all still pre-judge books by their coveres. And the sad truth is while the covers draw us in, the story has to keep our attention. Both these authors are new to me. While this is Mary's debut, Madelyn has a few others under her belt. I am curious to see their other works.

    1. I def want to see more of their work, because the idea of this book was Awesome. It just wasn't executed properly. It takes SO long just to get to the good stuff and by that point, the book had already upset me, and then I found the last half totally lacking. But I do want to see more of their work. I have had authors I LOVE write a story that just didn't do it for me, but some of their other work was great so def checking more out!


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