Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett

Dream Boy
by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett
Publisher: July 1st 2014
Release Date: Sourcebooks Fire
Rate: Enjoyed it (4,5 stars)


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.

Dream Boy is one of those books that makes your imagination flow from the very first page and where dreams come to true. 

Annabelle is one of those girls full of imagination, something that can help a girl who's living in the middle of nowhere. Dreaming specially about a boy, the perfect one for her, might seem harmless, but imagine Annabelle's reaction when her perfect boy suddenly walks into her science class.

Having the perfect boy for a girl, the one you dream and wish for, is hard to resist and when Annabelle decides to give in to a dreamy relationship with him, dark things start to lurk and threaten to shatter her world. Because crossing the lines between the dream world and the real one left an open door for her dream boy, but also to something darker waiting to be released.

Mary and Madelyn have wrote an amazing and mind-blowing story for all those dreamy YA fans out there who are always fantasizing. In Dream Boy, readers have the opportunity to live through Annabelle and see her dreamland and the intensity of it all transcends from the pages to the reader.
However, what brings the story to another level is the intensity and chemistry between the three characters main characters, how the relationship between Annabelle and her dream boy and Annabelle and Will, her best friend, changed and developed and how both authors brought both worlds together from time to time throughout Annabelle's story. It's simply magical and something that makes the reading highly enjoyable.

Dream Boy definitely met my expectations and went beyond what I was expecting to find in its pages. Full of romance, intense, dreamy and funny, Dream Boy explores the realm of dreams and what means to have what you dream for, with its dark side lurking in every page. There's also a lot of action and a final battle that will make your emotions go crazy. 
The story completely fascinated me and the mystery and dreamy side of it all didn't prevent me to the shocking and unexpected ending. 

I highly recommend this book to all YA readers. Explore Annabelle's real and dream world and prepare to get sucked into this dreamy, suspenseful and romantic story. 

1) During high school, my fashion sense was seriously off-kilter. I once sewed closed the neck of a sweatshirt, roped a drawstring around the waist, and wore it as a pair of pants.

2) I suck at cooking. Luckily my mother-in-law is a retired home economics teacher who feels compelled to cook at lot and send us entire meals. (I'm pretty sure she worries that without her intervention, my kids might exist on peanut butter and apple slices. And I'm pretty sure she's right.) 

3) The first book Madelyn and I tried to write together was a romance between a psychic and a werewolf. 

4) My first real job after graduate school was as a museum director.

5) As a little kid, I used to make jibberish sounds, convinced that I was speaking a language. It just happened to be a language that no one (including me) knew.

6) I wail uncontrollably when I watch movies, tv shows, even commercials.

7) I played saxophone in high school. 

8) I've published two books of poetry through university and art-house presses that have won national awards. 

9) My name was supposed to be James Alan and I was supposed to be a boy. 

10) I had a dog I loved very much who was just like Spice in Dream Boy.

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Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at

Win (1) paperback copy of Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg & Mary Crockett (US/CAN Only)


  1. Looks like a great read. I really love the cover!

  2. Having trouble, so either I'll never get posted, or you'll get like a dozen. Sorry.

    The book sounds great. YA is my favorite genre. Thanks for the chance!