Saturday, January 16, 2010

Review & Contest: Dream Life by Lauren Mechling

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling
Pub. Date: January 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Age Range: Young Adult

Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.

Becca’s been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why—there’s a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who’s out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who’s in danger again—or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?

In the follow up to Dream Girl, Dream Life takes Claire on another mysterious adventure. Claire’s finally getting a better grip on her abilities with the help of her necklace that her grandmother gave Claire for her birthday. In Dream Life, we get to see Claire’s growth and how she’s better prepared to uncover the meanings of her dreams to help her figure out the clues to solve her latest “Lady Inspector shenanigans” as her grandmother would say.

Among my favorite characters in this series is Claire who continues to be likeable with her smarts and wit. Then there’s Kiki, Claire’s grandmother who’s hilarious. You can always count on her for a laugh. Mechling has a way of tickling your funny bones. Claire and best friend Becca’s friendship is strained from their secrets - Claire with her prophetic dreams and Becca with her secret society.

The secret society’s identity and mission threw me for a loop. I commend Mechling for writing about the achievements of the secret society at their ages. Maybe it’s just me and I need to get out more. I think if I was living in New York especially with all the fashion references, I would be living it up and just having fun. However, I do think that younger teens looking for a light read with plenty of the mystery and glamour of Manhattan high society will appreciate Mechling's satisfying sequel.

**Contest Closed**

Dream Life (ARC) by Lauren Mechling

Rules: 1 Winner!

1. Comment on reviewe +1
2. Link to blog: +1
3. Follow me on Twitter +1
4. Follower : +2

Total = 5 entries

Contest ends @ midnight (CST) January 30, 2010. U.S. & Canada Residents Only (Sorry!)


brizmus said...

+1 Claire just sounds wonderful! And how fun that there's a secret society! Your review makes it sounds so great!
I've been wanting to read the first one, so maybe winning this will motivate me to get around to that!

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Linda Henderson said...

+1 You are a new author to me, but I would love to read your book.

+2 Follower

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xxsquigglesxx said...

+1 This book sounds like it's really great. The cover is really pretty.

+2 follower
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Orchid said...

+1 Sounds like a very interesting read.
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Haleyknitz said...

+1 ok you've captured me. I'm going to have to read the first one in the series first, though, because I have this "thing" about order in books... anyway. adding to the tbr list!!!

+2 old follower

+1 sidebar
+1 follow on twitter. thanks!!

**p.s. I received Magic Under Glass today in the mail from your other contest, just to let you know it got to me safe. Thanks so much!**

Erin said...

+1 I just discovered this series not too long ago and I haven't read it yet, but I really want to. It seems to encompass a little of everything that I love to read.
+1 twitter follwer @erindubrock
+2 blog follower

Total = 4 entries

JustJanet said...

+1 I would love to read this book by a new (to me) author
+2 blog follower

Total = 3 entries

fredamans said...


+1 follow on twitter; @fredalicious
+2 follower


CallMeKayla said...

This sounds great!

1. Comment on reviewe +1
3. Follow me on Twitter +1- bookluver09
4. Follower : +2

pepsivanilla said...

+1 I loved Dream Girl, can't wait to read this one. It sounds good, especially with a secret society!

+2 Follower


justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

+1 comment on the review.

I think this was a very good review and makes me want to add this book to my TBR pile.

+1 I follow you on Twitter @justpeachy36

+2 I'm a follower.

Martha Lawson said...

+1 Great review!!

+2 follower

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Anna ♥ said...

+1 It sounds like a good read. I like sequels which build on the character. Claire sounds like a great heroine. :D

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+1 Twitter follower (@thegoodgonegirl)

+1 Follower

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kanishk said...

this book sounds like it's really great

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K A K A R I said...

+1 I'm always up for a good paranormal mystery. =]
+2 Follower


DontcallmeKatie said...

3. Follow me on Twitter +1 (kittydanza)
4. Follower : +2 (kittydanza)


throuthehaze said...

+1 Great review! I love the cover of this book :) It sounds interesting...I need to read the first book.

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+2 follower

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Jessy said...

+1-I really like the cover. I always like when there is a grandparent involved because the writers always seem to make them a little nutty. It sounds like Kiki is like that.
+1-Following on Twitter (@emma015)

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E.J. Stevens said...

+1 Great review! Clair and Kiki sound like awesome characters.

+1 Twitter (@EJStevensAuthor)
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Wanda said...

+1 Great review! I know a teenage girl who would love to read this.
+2 Follower

MadisonsMommy said...

+1 Loved the review. I haven't read the first book yet but I have wanted to for a while.
Thanks for giving me an idea of what to expect from this book.

+1 Twitter (Jessicanicole18)
+2 Follower

= 4 total

Tammy said...

+1 Great Review-sounds like a book right up my alley!
+2 A Follower
= 3
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Katie @ All things Sizzle said...

+1 This book sounds amazing! i love your review :)

+2 I'm a follower!

=3 entries

Kelly said...

+1 comment: Claire sounds like a great character! Great review!
+2 follower
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CherylS22 said...

+1 - Thanks for the review! I'd love to read this book.

+2 - I follow in GFC

Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

Sarah (Limerick) said...

+1 I haven't read the first one of this series, but this book sounds really good. Mysteries are awesome. And I love the cover!

+2 Follower

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Anne J said...

+1 This sounds like it would be a perfect book for my 13 year old, she loves books about teens in high school, and if you add in paranormal powers, fashion and glamour it would be about perfect for her.

+1 follow on twitter, lunaj1456

+2 follow your blog

Alexa said...

+1 I haven't read Dream Girl, but Dream Life sounds really interesting. I have to go out and read the first book now!

+1 Follower on Twitter (@naggy8)
+2 Follower
+1 Tweeted:


Nancye said...

+1 Great review! I have been wanting to rad this book for a while, and now I want to read it even more!! Thanks for the chance!

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