Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Liv has spent most of her fifteen years moving, and it’s her fervent hope that a move to London will give her an ideal home. When she steps off the plane, her plans are dashed when she finds that her mother has met a man and Liv and her sister will be welcoming a new stepbrother and sister. Things get even weirder when Liv meets her new stepbrother and his buddies in a dream doing a dark ritual in a graveyard. Soon the lines between her real and dream worlds start to mesh as Liv finds out the boys have made a pact with a demon. Since Liv is the one who can help them out of their sticky situation, she must figure out who to trust while unraveling the mysteries in her dreams.
The worlds and characters that Gier builds are vivid and interesting. The London setting will be familiar and the dream worlds are described thoroughly, allowing readers to be drawn in. The character of Liv particularly is lively and engaging even if she makes her adjustments to the complexities of her situation with ease and grace, an emotional state that seems totally in line with her character but may be less realistic in real life. The supporting cast of characters, particularly the boys, add depth and uniqueness to the story. Despite the inclusion of this book in a trilogy, the end draws the story together but leaves a good opening for more, allowing readers to feel satisfied yet interested in upcoming adventures. Fans of the Ruby Red Trilogy (Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green) will feel as at home with Liv as they do with Gwen.