Review: Dream Boy by Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenberg

Dream BoyDream Boy
by Mary Crockett & Madelyn Rosenberg
YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Paperback336 Pages
July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire


Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.

One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
My Review

Have you ever finished a book that was so crazily intense at the end, where something shocking and then really good happened that you just wanted to about cry for being so sad and so happy all at once? That is how I felt after finishing Dream Boy. I became so connected and invested in these characters and their story that my emotions were pulled tight as this one came to a close. When an author can write in such a way to make me feel these emotions, then she has done her job. What more could I ask for in a book?

I immediately connected with these characters. I loved Annabelle, even though she is in denial for most of the book about a couple things and I wanted her to choose something different than she was. I loved Will. Oh, did I love him! His heart and loyalty, his intelligence and wit. I also loved Martin. He was such an interesting character and I liked seeing how he would react to things, under the circumstances. Then there were all these secondary characters that made the story so full. I love Annabelle's friends and her family. They were great! I loved how all the characters felt authentic and fully fleshed out.

The story pulled me right in from the beginning. It was such an interesting concept and I was trying to figure out exactly what was going on and how. What I liked was that it's never explained per se how scientifically it all worked, but it still made sense to me, so I didn't have any believability issues. Then you could feel the tension slowly building as the story reached its climax, which was done so well. You know how some stories take forever to get to the climax and then it's over so quickly and it feels rushed? This didn't feel like that, which I appreciated. It was intense and paced really well and I felt it gave what the story needed. My only complaint would be that I wanted the very end to be extended more.

Here is a quote that sums up this book pretty well:
...a worn copy of The Veleveteen Rabbit, which had always made me cry. "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time..."
(Kindle eARC, location 2760) 
I would definitely recommend Dream Boy to those who enjoy suspense, paranormal, contemporary, and romance. It was a balanced book that didn't focus too much on just the romance, the paranormal parts, or just the suspense, but was a good mix of them all. It was definitely worth the read for me!

Content: There were a few crude comments and some innuendo (these were high school students). I can't remember any swearing. I would say this one was pretty clean.

Source: I would like to thank Sourcebooks Fire for my review copy received through NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.

What do you think? Have you read this or plan to?

In case you missed it, the authors stopped by today with a dream cast for Dream Boy and there's a giveaway too, so go check that out here.


  1. I hope we both love them!!

  2. It really fits the story - now that I've read it.

  3. It is. I also like how the city is upside down or reflected on the bottom half too.

  4. Publishers do have cover designers or people who handle that. I would love to be included in that stuff too. Very fun!


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