Dreamology by Lucy Keating (ARC)


Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: April 12th 2016 by HarperTeen
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★
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For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I might actually be  the biggest party pooper ever. There’s a bunch of contradictions in my review because I have mixed feelings about this book. Dreamology was definitely a fresh read for me. The concept of the book was unique and new for me so I was immediately interested in reading it. Sadly, I wasn’t too blown away with it like I expected.

I’m really having a hard time writing a review for this book because the book was really promising and it did deliver. It had a strong start but it somehow came spiraling down slowly. It took me days to pick it up again and finish it.

“Why bother trying to explain something as arbitrary as love? It’s like the least definable thing in the world.”

So this book tells the story of Alice, who’s been dreaming about Max. They’re like head over heels in love with each other, except Max isn’t real. At least that’s what Alice thought, because on her first day in her new school, there was Max and he was utterly different from the Max in her dreams.

Alice and Max were interesting characters but honestly, I thought that they were overshadowed by the secondary characters. It wasn’t that thrilling and exciting to read a story where you can’t really relate to the main characters. It really would have been cool to read their story unfold, but there was minimal chemistry between them so I felt like the romance was forced. I also thought that Alice clung so damn hard onto Max which was a bit awkward for both of them, considering Max had a girlfriend.

Max was so hard to read and it was difficult to understand and fully appreciate his character. He’s so complicated and it’s frustrating! I could say he’s cheesy sometimes though.

“People can’t just turn off how they feel because someone tells them to,”

I was more than happy to read about the minor characters, especially Oliver! I was rooting for this guy from the start because I love his wits and his sense of humor. He’s also super sweet which had me swooning over him. Also his name was Oliver, and you guys know how much I love that name! I also thought the romance between him and Sophie wasn’t well thought of. One minute he’s in love with Alice and the next thing I knew, he’s kissing Sophie. It felt like Sophie was his consolation prize and I think both of them deserved better than that. I also think Celeste deserved better because she was actually a nice person!

I believe this novel deserves better. Overall, it was still nice to read this book. It had a huge potential. I like the writing style as well, but like I said, it could have been better.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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