October 2009, Simon and Schuster
280 pages (roughly) Paperback,
Review copy, part of UK Book Tours
Teen romance and behaviour, strong language, moderate to strong romance in parts of the book, lots of intrigue.
Summary from Simon and Schuster
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams at any given moment is getting tired. Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the bone… like the one where she is in a strange house…in a dirty kitchen…and a sinister monster that edges ever closer. This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant…
This was a pretty neat concept, but it wasn't until near the end that I really liked this book. It's written in quite a unique style (I haven't come across it often). I think I got a bit put off by the language and situations Janie got in. I was thinking 'oh well, at least I read it' (Not thoughts I often feel about books). It was a readable book, I just wasn't really gripped for most of it. Until we get to near the end, where a fair part of the story is revealed. That sort of blew my mind away. I mean, Janie and Cabe had a bit of an odd relationship up until then, but when Janie learns some life-changing facts about Cabe, well, I was hooked! I then understood the rest of the book, why it was written like that (mostly, I'm guessing using knowledge as both a reader and a writer). I liked the end. I wouldn't necessarily re-read it, but I liked it. Fade is a different matter!
Never judge a book until you reach the last page/chapter. You can be surprised.