The Cure for Dreaming | Spoiler-Free Review

Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters: 3.5/5 Stars

I actually had a lot of trouble collecting all of my thoughts on this book. There’s always the side of me that realizes this was endless hours of work for the author. It included tireless research, long nights, the endless editing process, etc. So when I think of something negative I almost hush myself. Does anyone else do that? I found myself doing that a lot while reading this. My decision to give it a 3.5/5 came down to the following factors:

  • Characters
    I found the characters in this book to be very dull. There was never much personality to any of them. They all didn’t have much of a personality that really made them stand out from each other. Most of the characters honestly seemed like cookie-cutter tropes. Most important of all, I did not connect with a single one on a personal level. 
  • Atmosphere
    This was the best part of the book by far. The general feeling of excitement over the women’s suffrage movement in the novel was certainly present. There were times when I was completely enthralled in just the overall feelings I had while reading this that I was really enjoying it.
  • Story Progression
    I would say that the pacing was a little too fast for my liking. The story didn’t stop and give you any background information on the characters and seemed to leave big gaps in time that I found very trivial. As mentioned above, I didn’t feel for any of the characters because their pasts or tales of woe were not told. So without the attachment or even inclination of feeling toward them, the story seemed to drag on. I didn’t really care what was going to happen to any of them.
  • Magical Element
    It was minuscule. I’ve really been on a big Magical Realism kick. When done right, Magical Realism adds that small element of magic to our world that is written in such a way that it’s totally believable that it could happen. In this case with the hypnotism, it didn’t seem logical at all. And trust me, I wanted to believe.

When I really broke it down, this seems more like a series of complaints rather than compliments. I did find more things wrong with it once I was finished with it but I will say that I did enjoy reading it. It was a fun read, but it sort of stopped there. I won’t go running down the streets shouting for people to read this book, but I won’t slam it completely either.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what your initial thoughts were or if you’ve read her other book. Comment/like ❤

 

Top 5 Wednesdays | Books You’re Thankful For

T5W Family!

Only five books? There’s the challenge.

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The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

This was a series I read probably when I was too young. Middle school age. It opened my eyes to the darker parts of literature that I now love so much. It opened the doors to my early on obsession with vampires long before Twilight came along. This was when I was weird because I thought vampires were cool. You kids have it good these days!

It can also take credit for my first book love. Lestat de Lioncourt.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This was the first book that I really fell in love with. Before I read Gatsby in high school I thought it was very rare to find a book that I liked. (Outside of Harry Potter and the Vampire  That they were rare finds and I wasn’t a “book person”. After I read Gatsby and understood all the underlying themes without them being taught to me, a whole new world of literature was opened for me.

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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

This was a very recent read for me. I only finished it this year. But the overwhelming emotions that came out during this series (especially the last book) was so profound that I had to place it in here. I finished Clockwork Princess just after the end of a relationship of two years. It just came at a perfect time to make me feel like love can come more than once.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre is my favorite book of all time.
Jane Eyre is my favorite woman in literature.
Jane Eyre is my everything.

Jane Eyre is a book that every young woman should read. I read it in high school, not yet sure of the type of person I was. But Jane Eyre helped me to know what kind of person I hoped to grow to be.

And finally……(no surprise)

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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This series was my childhood. Not only that, but it taught me so many things. The characters are so dear to me that they’re like they are my real friends. That they’re not words written across pages.

Most importantly, it was my introduction to fantasy. It was my introduction to books. It came in to the world when I needed it. When I needed some comfort and some escape when I really needed it in my life. I know all of you reading this are with me when I say I don’t know where I’d be in the world without Harry Potter.

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Top Tuesdays | Ten Inspiring Book Characters

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10. Celaena Sardothien 

“Not like other girls” is not a good expression.

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9. James Fraser 

Even the worst pasts can lead to the kindest people.

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8. Pudge

Forgiveness.

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7. Alina Starkov 

Following your heart is always the best way to happiness.

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6. Neville Longbottom

Even the class joke can turn in to a hero.

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5. Magnus Bane

True love means giving endless second chances.

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4. Katniss Everdeen

One woman can always change the world.

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3. Tessa Gray 

Love can be shown in many ways.

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2. Hermionie Granger

“Books and cleverness” always saves the day

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Charlie

Probably the most inspiring character in my opinion for many reasons.
-It’s okay to be young and stupid.
-It’s okay to get help when you need it.
– “You are not a sad story”

Top Ten Tuesdays | Top 10 Quotes from Books I’ve Read this Year

10. MonsterCalls

You were merely wishing for the end of pain, the monster said. Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all.” 

9.

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I can’t imagine a universe in which I try to unlove her.”

8.

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“It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second to be shattered.” 

7.

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“All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.”

6.

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“I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.” 

5.

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“But if monsters could look like humans, and humans could look like monsters, how could anyone ever really be sure that the right people stood on the outside of all those cages?”

4.

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“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

3.

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“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

2.

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“Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

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“Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die.” 

Top 5 Wednesdays | Books I did NOT finish.

T5Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey on youtube! Here’s a complete list of participants: T5W

I don’t actually have five books to put on here. It’s very rare that I don’t power through a book, even if I don’t want to. But here’s the very few examples that I have.

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I just could not get in to this book. I tried so hard to power through and keep going, but I just found that the memoir fell very flat. I didn’t like her writing at all. I thought for sure because of the unique subject matter that it would be great, but I found the only interesting parts for me were the bits about death in other cultures.

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This was another one I thought for sure would be a home run for me. And at first, it was. The first part of the book was wonderful. I loved the twists at the end and the development of the characters through out the story. The second part I enjoyed less than the first, but I still really liked it. Then it got to the last part of the book, Part 3. That was where I started falling asleep while reading (which I NEVER do) and I just found myself not caring about the characters at all. I got less than halfway through Part 3 and just never picked the book back up and have no inclination to do so again.

I really can’t think of any other books that I put down and had no urge to pick back up. Sure I’ve been through a few books and put them down with the intention of picking them back up. Either it wasn’t the right time to read them or I had spaced it so far out that I thought it deserved an all the way through read.

Comment/like. Let me know if you’ve read either of these or something you just couldn’t get through!

November TBR!

Alright, I think I have finally narrowed down the books I really want to read this month. Though it’s really hard when I have an overflowing TBR bookcase with so many eye catching books and more coming out by the week. Reader problems, amirite?

Currently reading:

Fangirl Rainbow

I’m about 100 pages in to Fangirl and LOVING it. I can relate to Cath so much, as I’m sure most every reader does. I’m hoping to finish it over the weekend, but we all know things don’t always go according to plan. Especially TBR’s.

Menagerie

This is my monthly book club’s pick (per my suggestion!). I will admit, it reminded me of the Night Circus a little….okay, a lot. But I have been following this book for quite a while. I first heard about it on Goodreads almost a year ago. When I saw it in the bookstore I had to have it. My book club seemed to agree.

Throne of Glass series

I’m finally going in. I’m going to start the Throne of Glass series! If the writing in these is as good as A Court of Thorns and Roses then I’m sure that I’ll love them. I’m not sure if I’m going to just read the first book and then skip to something else or possibly continue on with it all at once. I’ll see how I’m feeling after.

Red Queen

The sequel comes out soon and I want to see what the hype is all about before I purchase the second book. Even if I don’t enjoy it much, the covers….oh my god the covers. They’re so pretty.

Cure for Dreaming

I’ve had this book since the day it came out. I have run out of excuses. It’s time to read it.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Thanks for reading!

October Wrap Up!

Wow, guys. I have been so terrible about making time for my book blog this month. Boys, books, working. How do I make time for all of these things? Someone help me learn how to adult. Please?

Anyways. Here’s my October Wrap Up. I haven’t really decided on my TBR yet. I just need to sit at my bookshelf and do some planning. So, that could also be up tonight or it could be up tomorrow or next week. You never know with me. Anyways, you don’t care about that. You want to see the books.

I read four books in October, which is alright…I guess. But one of them was huge. So you have to give me credit for that. 🙂

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The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum 3.5/5 stars

This was my monthly book club’s pick for October. I thought it was alright. I really loved all the aspects of historical New York and the case studies. But a lot of the chemistry and science went right over my head. It was nice to have a change in my normal reading habits, but I don’t think I’ll be picking up another one of her books.

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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars 

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I really loved the ending to this book. Everything worked out realistically within the world it’s set in. My main ship within the book ended up together as they should be forever. But really what I loved most about the last book was the tie in with the characters from the Infernal Devices. It gave the ending to the Mortal Instruments just that much sweeter. I can’t really say what my favorite bit of it was, but it gave me even more closure from both series.

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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley 4/5 Stars

Wow. Just….WOW.

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The world in this book was so original and interesting. From the world of Magonia to the main character, I really loved this book. I didn’t quite get what I expected while reading this book, but I don’t think that was a bad thing. I didn’t expect this to be so adventurous and didn’t know it had a bit of a pirate plot to it.

I had a bit of a problem with the romance in this book. I can’t exactly say why. But I just didn’t like it. It just felt like the romance in this book was too much of a motivation rather than more important aspects of the plot. I started out really REALLY loving the main character and then I kind of found her to be a little air headed as it went further towards the end.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green (reread) 5/5 Stars 

I first read this book in high school and when I saw the 10th Anniversary edition and decided it was time for a reread. I remembered this book having a significant impact on me, but I couldn’t remember why. I couldn’t remember specific details or events (other than the main one that happens) or why I loved it. Other than loving John Green already. So I went back in to it with pretty high hopes. I was not disappointed, but I was slapped with the feels once again.

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Now I certifiably remember why I loved this book and why I found it so significant. Wow. The characters in this book are just so real and so interesting. Each one of them could have their own book and I’m sure it would be fantastic. But oh god….the feels. They are real. I actually read this book in a single sitting at work (it was super slow). I obviously couldn’t start crying at work so I just kind of sat there with the straightest face that I could while exploding on the inside.

But the way this book is structured is unique and really effective. It’s broken in to two parts “before” and “after”. I won’t say what the event that happens is, but let’s just say it’s extremely emotional and heartbreaking. Seeing these characters different reactions to the event were so realistic and so stunningly well written I just wanted to cry along with them. John Green, you are a gifted writer and you deserve all the hype you get. I love you. Never change.

Let me know what you thought of any of these books!