In Your Dreams: A Review of the YA Paranormal Novel by Amy Martin
Melinda T. Falgoust
"Gran always tells me -- we shouldn't be borrowing trouble..., warns sixteen year-old Zara "Zip" McKee. But, sometimes, trouble just seems to find you as the all-star basketball forward finds out when seventeen year-old Kieran Lanier and his family move into the small, boring town of Titusville, Illinois where nothing ever happens. Before she knows it, Zip is tangled - in more ways than one - as she finds herself emotionally drawn to the strange Kieran and the mystery that follows him.
The opening of In Your Dreams is much akin to Beautiful Creatures by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In Your Dreams author, Amy Martin, paints a picture much like the town of Gatlin from which Ethan Wate yearns to break free. Enter the mysterious stranger with a secret.
Kieran's secret plops into Zip's lap, literally, when he falls asleep in the middle of class on his first day at school. Or, at least, part of it does. Without giving away too much of the story's plot, suffice it to say it's only the tip of the iceberg as Zip dares to delve deeper into the mystery. What she discovers puts In Your Dreams on the fringes of YA Paranormal lit and the way she handles it square in the center of sardonic wit with laugh-out-loud chuckles at off-the-cuff references to Stephen King's infamous Carrie and dialog like "I think we just left normal in the rearview mirror."
Author Martin makes the choice of using first person narrative to relay her story which serves well to put the reader in the "now" with Zip and succeeds in allowing the reader to discover the truth about Kieran along with her. Additionally, Martin has a unique ability to use setting to underscore juxtaposition between her characters and makes apt use of foreshadowing to underscore themes in her work. The plot adheres nicely to a tightly strung story paradigm and flows smoothly from chapter to chapter. All in all, a recommended read.
In Your Dreams is available for purchase now at Amazon.