To Dream is to Die Review

Title: To Dream is to Die
Author: Sarah Lampkin
Series: The Dead Dreamer #1
Publisher: Parliament Press
Publication Date: 08 January 2019
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: eBook
Pages: 296
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Reading Timeline: 18 February 2019 - 20 February 2019




Goodreads Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It's something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret's out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

I really wanted to read and review this book for the blog tour but unfortunately, the university work load has been killer lately. However, despite that, I am so excited to get to this!

Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours and Parliament Press for providing me with a copy f this book. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

The writing was interesting. It had moments where the pace worked really helped the reader move through the book but then there were moments where it felt like scenes were too lengthy. The dialogue scenes were probably my favourite because the sarcasm was constantly present making the conversations more lively.

Plot Thoughts:

The plot was spread out quite well. I loved how despite the fact that the book wasn't long. As readers, we were able to experience her first year of college fully. There wasn't a lot of tension being built at the beginning of the book but towards the end, we saw a surge and that definitely pulls the reader deeper into the story. I enjoyed how there was a good balance between exaggerated college scenes and realistic scenes. It helped to keep the reader engaged. 

Character Thoughts:

I really liked the characters that we met in this book. I liked how Brenna stayed true to her character throughout and didn't really sift out of who we expected her to be. She was accessible and her point of view made the book more enjoyable. Aeria was a fun character and the perfect friend to Brenna however, I did feel as if her dislike for Erica was taken to the extreme and on some occasions, I thought that it was unnecessary. 

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I found this book to be fun and enjoyable. I am definitely intrigued to see where the series will go. The writing definitely had its ups and downs but it still pulled the reader into the book. The plot was filled with mysteries and fun adventures bot lively and deadly. The characters were entertaining and their dynamics made things interesting. I am excited to see what our trio will do next. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours and Parliament Press for providing me with a copy of the book!

Yours in Reading,
Melleny

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