Review: Dare To Dream by Carys Jones
Published: Feb. 15, 2015
Publisher: REUTS Publications, LLC.
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Review: ebook provided to give an honest review
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
“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.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.
I received this book to give an honest review.
So as anyone who knows me I am not too big on sci-fi stories but with this one I figured I would give it a try. I found myself enjoying this story a whole lot more than I thought I would. I was very intrigued to what Maggie was dreaming about and what exactly was causing her to have these nightmares.
Maggie is a normal teenager with a home life that isn't all that great. Her siblings fight constantly, her mother is there but she isn't really there. To make it even worse her father left when Maggie was little and has never returned. His name is never to be mentioned in the household. So when she starts having nightmares of the world ending she believes that they are telling her something. She of course doesn't want to mention it to anyone because she knows they will believe her to be crazy but what happens when her nightmare comes true? Will she be able to save everyone around her or will it be too late? The way the ending came about it opens up so much more questions.
I really liked how the author put the Stonehenge into the plot it was very unique and we all know they are mysterious anyway so what do they have to do with Maggie?
I think there were some scenes within the plot that could have been elaborated on, I felt the author did a good job with being it to light only to let it diminish and no other talk was brought up. For those scenes just read the book to find them.
The characters were well written and I could connect with Maggie. Even with people not wanting to listen to her she still tried to save others. I felt for Maggie on more than one occasion especially when it came to her home life. Her best friend Dawn was a good character and Maggie's best friend though when she became whiny at times it became annoying. Andy he is someone who goes to school with both Maggie and Dawn and you can tell he wants to be in charge while they are on their journey. Though at times he came across as too much.
If you like sci-fi reads, good characters, a good plot then check this book out. I do hope there is a second one as where this one ended I wanted more.
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.
For more information about Carys please visit www.carys-jones.com or follow her on Twitter; @tiny_dancer85