Dreaming Dangerous by Lauren DeStefano

Well this was just a delightful sort of creepy treat just for middle grade. It reminded me a bit of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children (is that the full title?) (with a touch of Firestarter thrown in) A large boarding school in the middle of a forest where all the children, all orphans, have exceptional powers. Plum and her friends Vien, Ardem, and Gwendle share a very strong bond. Every night they dream together and in their dreams they battle monsters.  It’s just part of their life that they record their dreams in great detail and must submit them to the director of the school. It’s also routine for their blood to be drawn regularly and to answer various questions. But the dreams become strange and different and Plum knows something bad is going to happen. When Ardem doesn’t show up in their dreams it’s up to her to figure out where he is and how to get him back.

I really enjoyed this and thought it had a marvelous ending. That said, for once I”ll say that I would like MORE! Although it was nice to be able to read this quickly and satisfyingly, it was so weird and well written and I liked the characters so much that I would like to read more about them!


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