{Book Review} REM: A Dreamer’s Gift by Cheryl Abbott

July 24, 2012 Reviews 3

REM: A Dreamer’s Gift by Cheryl Abbott
Pages: 251
Publication Date: May 3, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: Author
Series: REM #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, ABC challenge
Buy this Book: Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Bradalynn Collier is used to enduring night after night of unbearable restlessness. In the quiet darkness while everyone else sleeps, dreams that are not only hers take possession of her mind. Brady thinks her gift for entering the subconscious minds of others is a curse-until she meets the mysterious Alexander Connelly on her first day of her junior year in high school.
Alexander is a new transfer student whose mesmerizing green eyes seem to stare straight through Brady. Against the advice of her best friend, Doug Rothen, Brady decides to venture into the dark nights of Alexander’s slumber. As she suffers through his relentless nightmares, becoming emotionally attached along the way, Brady finds reason to finally gain control of her unique ability. But just as an unexpected relationship emerges and blurs the line in her friendship with Doug, a devastating accident forces Brady to make an unthinkable decision.
In this compelling tale, Brady must betray the trust of others and make a choice that has the potential to tear her away from the only dream she now desires-a life with Alexander Connelly.

This book ended with a crazy cliffhanger! I still can’t really believe that was the last sentence. In a way it was a good stopping point, but the part of me that really wants to know what happened is screaming in protest. REM is a really good book though. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I didn’t feel like it was rushed at all, it was a pretty long story, which left plenty of room for good character development. I connected with each of the three main characters- Brady, Alexander, and Doug. And I know what you are thinking- two guys and a girl. That screams love triangle! But it really wasn’t.

Brady has this unique gift, or as Doug would say a “superpower”. She travels into people’s dreams. Her power is really cool, but it seemed kind of broad. There isn’t just one thing that triggers her power. Sometimes she goes into the dreams of people that she in contact with, sometimes its the people thinking about her, and sometimes she can jump into a person’s dreams at will just by thinking of them. It seems pretty frustrating to me. It would be cool at first but then pretty tiring. I felt bad that Brady didn’t really have much control over them.

Then you add Alexander to the mix and the story really takes off. I love a good crush turned relationship, and Brady and Alexander are one of those couples that seem too good to be true. Meant to be. They have their share of hurdles though- jealousy, secrets and all that fun stuff, but their feelings never waver and that was nice to see. It was so easy to root for them because they are just really likable characters.

This book started out fantastic for me. I was totally into the story, the romance was great, the dream hopping was super interesting and then the pace of the story started to slow way down. At about page 200 I started noticing the story seemed to be dragging a bit. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t hold my interest as easily as the first part of the story did. I also thought it was a little unrealistic that they would find a doctor to help Brady with her “task” towards the end of the story.

Nevertheless, as a whole I really enjoyed REM and I will most certainly be excitedly awaiting the sequel, Comatose in summer 2013. The writing is great, and the characters are the real star of the story. If you are looking for a really cute and sweet romance with a neat supernatural ability thrown in, I would say that REM could be the book for you.

3.7/5 Gavels

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3 Responses to “{Book Review} REM: A Dreamer’s Gift by Cheryl Abbott”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    ooh the dreaded cliff-hanger and the book lost steam ..so sad. Maybe I should look at after all the books are released. Glad you liked it for the most part. Awesome review 🙂

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