Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass

Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Dreams
Source: ARC Gift from Mostly YA Book Obsessed
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What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever? Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different—except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other. The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

Sloane and Maggie are two complely different girls with the same full name. Maggie has dark hair and lives in New York working as an actress. Her mom is never around but she loves her sister Jade. Sloane has blonde hair, two loving parents, brothers, great friends, and goes to high school in Connecticut. But when they go to sleep they dream about the other one's day. At first I was a bit confused about how they know that the other one is indeed dreaming their life but I guess they figured it out from observing during the dream. They do talk about attempting to find the other girl by looking them up where they live but have never found them.

Then for a big part of the book the dream part kind of takes a backseat. I felt the main theme of the book was about finding love and allowing yourself to be loved and even how to love. Both girls are unsure if they can ever find love and if they do how do they know it is real? Seems like a serious thing to think about at 17 but honestly I have thought about it since I was 17 so it felt real and relatable to me. Maggie is dating Thomas but is it because she likes him or that he might be able to give her career a big break but she also met Andrew, a film student who is becoming her best friend and maybe more. Sloane has a great best friend named Gordy but falling for the new guy James and also not over the loss of her best friend Bill.

These girl's struggle to find love is at times beautiful and other times heartbreaking. I felt especially sad over Sloane's loss of Bill. With Maggie I just wanted her to hurry up and get with her new friend Andrew and I wanted Sloane to get with her friend Gordy. But these girls were very unsure of who to give their heart to. They are very vulnerable with many family and friend problems. I really became attached to the characters. It is hard for me to explain why I loved them. The writing was just very emotional. But then when I got towards the last 100 pages I was completely confused!

The dream worlds and different girls lives collide and I didn't have a clue who was who and had to look at the chapter titles which shows which girl is currently narrating. The ending was so sad (was totally balling my eyes out) and sweet but at the same time I can't honestly even tell you what the heck happened?!?!?! I have been questioning people that read it and have yet to truly figure out for sure what the ending means!!!! That is my biggest compliant. I love dream books and understand they come with confusion, which is part of the fun and mystery, but by the end of the book I would like to finally have everything spelled out to me and be sure of what happened which I wasn't. But don't let the weird ending put you off. The story was very beautifully written and I really cared about what happened to these girls.


If I fell in love, I wouldn't be lonely. Not that I am. But how do you fall in love? Is it really something that conveniently "just happens" to you? Or is it something that you have to make happen, see your opportunity and don't let it get away? Even though I'm only seventeen, I have this scary conviction that if it was going to happen, it would have happened already. I mean it's even happened to Sloane. Even though I'm the only one who knows that.

Doing a reasonable imitation of Ryan's voice, Andrew waggles his eyebrows: "Mags. I want you. To have sex with me. So that you'll thin I'm getting Macauley to give you a role, but I'm also having sex with five other actresses, promising them the same thing."
"Hey. At least I'd get to have sex with him"
That stops him cold. It also revealed that he is utterly and overwhelmingly jealous. I love, love, love that.

"We're both lucky we found each other. I mean, I don't know what I'd do with the rest of my life if I ever lost her. Crazy, huh?"

Rating: 4/5

33 comments:

  1. Great review, Jennifer! I'm going to track this one down! And thanks for stopping by to share the bloggerly love, right back at ya, baby! ;)

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    1. It was a beautiful story. I wished the ending wasn't left so open and confusing. I think I might know what it means which I don't like. So maybe that is why it is kind of confused so you can just draw your own conclusion.

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  2. Oooh awesome review! I started to read this one and then I had to put it down but it was so good! I didn't know it would be more about love though but I can get with that! The whole dream thing was so fascinating though! I'm so curious to see how this one ends!

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    1. I thought it would be more focused on the dreams but it was more about the girls lives. I really connected with them and it was addicting. The dream part was weird but made for a unique story.

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  3. Great review. I really need to get this one when it is released.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    1. I really recommend it! Confusing but beautiful an worth the read. Unique and sweet.

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  4. Hmmm...this sounds like an interesting story, but I don't like confusion. I'm glad you enjoyed Lucid. Nice review!

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    1. I don't mind a little confusion lol but I wished the ending was a little more clear. I think it is a little up to your own imagination. I have a guess as to what it means but I'm just not positive. Curious to see what others think when the books comes out! The writing was beautiful and the story very emotional.

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  5. While this sounds good, I'm not one to enjoy being confused! Great review, I can't believe how confusing it was! Is this one a series? or a stand alone? I really can't wait to get my hands on this one now to see for myself!

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    1. It is a stand alone. I am excited to see what you think of it. Beautiful story but unsure of the ending. I have an idea...but I'm kind of hoping my idea is wrong actually lol

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  6. Great review! personally the dreaming thing put me off but you said it takes a backseat so thats good! however the end and the confusion of who's narrating which part? I don't think that appeals to me honestly.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. The dream thing doesn't become very important until the last 100 pages. At first it is about the twos girl's lives and then the dream thing starts getting weird. It is kind of confusing when they can't tell if they are dreaming or awake.

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  8. Huh... well, this sounds different. I honestly probably wouldn't have even given this book a second thought before. Now I want to read it!

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    1. I featured it as WOW and was dying to read it! I loved it except for the ending but these things happen...lol Still worth a read. Beautiful and unique.

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  9. I haven't heard of it but I am very intrigued. Sounds really good and glad you enjoyed.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    1. Yes I was stalking this book for a long time. I love dream books and this one was unique. The ending was weird but it was a beautiful story.

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  10. Great review! This book sounds confusing but interesting. I haven´t read many books about dreams.

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    1. It was interesting! Worth the confusion lol I love dream books. This was near my favorites I just wasn't a fan of the ending.

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  11. Awesome review! This book sounds really good and interesting. I have been wanting to read it. I just read a book that confused me a lot and I enjoyed it, but I hate still being left confused at the end. I may pass on this book just for that reason.

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    1. I do actually enjoy a bit of confusion lol but yeah I want the ending to be perfect. I think it I may know what happened but I guess maybe they just wanted to leave it up to your imagination.

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  12. Yay, glad you liked it! I might be the only ones that likes confusing. I sometimes love the feeling of what the hell is going on here!? As long as its done right.

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    1. I do love confusing too actually! LOL I just didn't want to be confused at the very end. I think I know...but maybe I'm wrong. I'm kind of not happy with what I think happened so maybe it's better that it is a little open so that way you can just think what you want. LOL Have you read it yet? Dying to have someone to discuss it with!!!!!

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  13. errr, confusing as in Nevermore confusing or not-so-crazy confusing?
    I usually don't like dream book exactly because of that: the confusion
    Either way you just convinced me to buy it, sound romantically heartbreaking and I'm in for a good cry :3

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    1. I think you will like it. Ummm comparing it to Nevermore I might say a bit less confusing. That one was hard for me to follow. This one was difficult only towards the end.

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  14. I don't know a strange wtf ending can make or break it,for me. This sounds so interesting and I want to know why you were bawling...on the other hand honey badger doesn't care...too much honey badger today and it is all your fault!

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    1. HAHA My dad says that every single day. I need to get him a shirt. Every time he doesn't want to do something he is always like I'm a honey badger and honey badger don't care. But anyway yes I think you should give the book a go. It was really good! At the end you will see why I was crying! :-(

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  15. Great review! It does sound interesting, but I don't like to be confused by a story. :) Glad you enjoyed it overall though.

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    1. I don't mind some confusion but I was hoping it would be cleared up a bit at the end. Still a great and unique story!

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  16. Great review. glad you liked it. I've been considering getting this book so thanks for the boost

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  17. I loved the movie Inception and now you're got me intrigued about this book.
    And yes, Inception confused me too!
    Thanks for linking your review!

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