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Sixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never drSixteen-year-old Zara “Zip” McKee lives for three things: basketball, books, and bailing out of tiny Titusville, Illinois, where the junior high and high school are in the same building and everyone’s known everyone else since birth. But when Kieran Lanier moves to town and passes out on her desk on his first day at school, Zip’s life gets complicated in a way she never dreamed. Kieran has narcolepsy, and although he sometimes struggles to stay awake, he has no trouble capturing Zip’s heart and trusting her with his most guarded secret—he sees bits and pieces of the future in his dreams. And while he didn’t know who she was at the time, Kieran had seen Zip in his dreams over five months before he moved to Titusville from North Carolina. But just when Zip thinks that maybe she can handle having a boyfriend who sees things before they happen, her budding relationship with Kieran gets a jolt. She and Kieran learn that his sleeping disorder and the future flashes were likely caused by a drug invented by his birth father, Morgan Levert, a convicted felon who plays a starring role in Kieran’s nightmares. And when Zip begins to have unsettling dreams after chance encounters with Morgan's former partner-in-crime, she must decide if she can live with the possibility of seeing the future when she doesn’t always like what she sees....

Title : In Your Dreams
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ISBN : 9780988205109
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 253 Pages
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In Your Dreams Reviews

  • Katie (Kitkatscanread)
    2019-03-02 01:58

    Times read: 2"Hand shaking, I reach out to his raised upper arm, but instead of responding to my touch, his fingers remain balled into an immovable fist, his skin feeling stiff and cold on my fingertips. The term rigor mortis pops into my head. Oh my God, I think. Way to go, Zip-he's dead. You killed the new kid. But how? Did I literally bore him to death?"I received this book from the author Amy Martin. This is the first book I have read from her. It is written from Zip's perspective.There are several characters involved. You have the main character Zip, the brother and sister who start at Zip's school: Kieran and Kayla, Zip's mum, her grandparents and Kieran's parents. I really liked the characters in this. They are all strong, and I felt a big connection with them. I could feel what they felt throughout the story. I believed and followed the characters so well that I felt an emotional connection. I felt my heart leap and jump around, and I even found the character Kieran adorable. He was so sweet and courageous, and his sleeping disorder didn't let him down. I really felt happy for Kieran and Zip when they got together. I could feel the sparks between them, and when they kissed, I was like "yay!". You can see Zip has a good relationship with her family, which is nice. Kieran's sister Kayla starts off not warming to Zip, as she is being protective of her brother, but when she realises Zip is actually decent, she then begins to trust her. There is also a mysterious character who you meet near the end, but I'd rather let you read to find out who that is, rather than ruining it for you. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. It's an interesting one, and I haven't read a novel with this sort of synopsis before. When I read what it was about, I jumped straight on it and requested to read it, and I'm really glad that I did. I like the overall structure to this book. I really liked the ending, and I can't wait for the sequel, which is due to release this year. There was so much going on in this book that I was drawn to every page. I couldn't stop, and found I was reading until the early hours of the morning just to see what happened next. I honestly didn't want it to end. The cover design to this book is nice. It's a simple, but unique picture of a closed eye. Overall, I'm going to give this book a well-deserved five stars because I simply loved it so much that I know I will read it again. It made me feel all sorts of emotions and I loved the storyline. All the characters were amazing, and I most definitely recommend to anyone. If there was a sixth star, I would probably give it, as it was that awesome. If you like stories with narcolepsy, romance, family mystery, then this is definitely for you. Well done Amy Martin =DHappy reading =)

  • Jessica
    2019-03-16 04:38

    I took this book to work every day to read on my breaks, thinking it wouldn't be that much different than a lot of books I've read about dreams and premonitions and stuff, but I got totally addicted to it and couldn't wait to get on my breaks to read it. Amy Martin is an amazing writer, the writing easily created a clear picture in my mind as I read, and the storyline flowed really well. This is one author that definitely knows what she's doing! A lot of the authors that send me books turn out to be *okay* but Amy's book was really amazing.Before I started it, I thought it was probably something paranormal that was the reason Kieran was having these dreams that predicted the future, but it actually turned out to be something else that added a nice twist to the story. Right away I felt like I already knew Zip as a character. She was really quirky and funny, and it was really easy to relate to her personality. Kieran was the other main character that Zip gets to know when his family moves to her small hometown. Instantly he became my new fictional boyfriend! Basically he was the perfect guy, aside from his "narcolepsy". He wasn't bad-ass or was hard to get or anything, he actually really cared for Zip and that made me just love his character even more. In Your Dreams has a lot of mystery, thrill, romance and shockers that are all laced together to make this amazing story. I was intrigued until the very end, and was really sad when it ended. I didn't even know it was just the first book in a series until after I finished it, so I'm super happy it's not THE END! It was a really nice surprise to end up loving this book instead of being frustrated, or let down with it, like I have with a lot of books I've been reading lately.

  • Hannah
    2019-03-19 09:58

    This was a nice read. It was similar but different then most types of books I read. Zip meets the new guy Kieran who has narcolepsy and they begin a relationship. It was hard at first because of his condition. His parents are very protective of him. You also find that Kieran has a special ability too. Which is that he has dreams which show him snippets of the future. Weird things start happening and Zip becomes paranoid which all leads up to the surprise ending.

  • Lily
    2019-03-17 02:53

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.I've been going through a streak of bad luck books lately, but In Your Dreams finally turned things around for me. This book, or I should say most of the book (I'll get to that later), reminded me of the why the Young Adult genre is one of my favorite genres, and how happy reading a good book can make me, which I'd almost forgotten at this point.In Your Dreams provided everything I look for in a good YA novel: an intriguing premise, an equally interesting plot, and likable, well-rounded characters. It was incredibly funny - I at times laughed so hard I had actual tears in my eyes - and it was actually well-written. It really shouldn't come as a surprise to me, but with so many self-published books that exist nowadays, and more often than not, even those that aren't self-published, that are written horrendously, I'm always taken aback when I actually stumble upon one that surprises me pleasantly in that department.I'd love for the main character Zara to be my best friend, because she is, simply put, a cool chick. You know how most of the girls in high school care about little else besides boys, gossip, and being popular? Zara is the exact opposite of them. She has goals, she has dreams, and she is dedicated to realizing them. I came to love her very early on, in chapter one, when she was quick to defend someone she didn't even know without blinking, while everyone else was busy sticking less than favorable labels on said person.And Kieran. I might just start doodling little love hearts; he's such a nice, smart, and funny guy, he loves reading, and he's not afraid to admit it (at this point, need I really say more?). Furthermore, he's also not bad to look at, and has a great smile. I liked how Kieran and Zara's romance was cute and had its sweet moments with the slight awkwardness and blushing that you find at the beginning of a blossoming relationship, but was very much mature, and not a silly high school romance.All the signs pointed to me giving In Your Dreams a very high rating, but somewhere along the way I felt less and less enthused about the characters and just wanted to get to the end of this book. I blame it on the few inconsistencies where the plot is concerned and the, in my opinion, a bit disappointing explanation for Kieran's "narcolepsy." Some scenes seemed slightly forced to me and some were unbelievable and illogical, which is why I ended up settling on giving In Your Dreams three stars, which is, I should stress, not a bad rating at all.I'll definitely be reading the second installment of the In Your Dreams series, and I'm extremely curious as to where Amy Martin is going to take Zara and Kieran's story.

  • David Murphy
    2019-03-04 01:56

    I read a free excerpt of this book and was intrigued enough to purchase it. I'm glad I did. The book succeeds on several levels – voice, content and uniqueness. Today's Y/A marketplace is rapidly shifting thanks to the e-Appetite for spicy paranormal angst. In Your Dreams is an increasingly rare example of thoughtful writing that explores not only teen dilemma and introspection but also delves into the mysteries of science – it's not the easy path to take and the author should be commended for that.I've been a basketball nut all my life so maybe that influenced my reaction to the book – main character Zip plays point guard for her high school team and it's obvious from the outset that author Amy Martin knows hoops inside/out. On the other hand, I've also been a reading nut all my life so it balances out – I'm not going to become engrossed in something by simply by virtue of a singular story element. My attention span's too short for that.Early on, Zip meets the new hunk at school, Kieran. They become partnered up on a class assignment and as they confer, he seemingly dies on the spot – cold, stiff, the whole nine yards. It's a terrific hook. We'll soon learn that Kieran suffers from narcolepsy but rather than becoming an easy answer it opens up into a major story component that increasingly leads us in new directions. Naturally, Kieran's family dynamic is shaped by his condition, including the protective nature of his sister Kayla and how that dovetails into the Zip/Kieran/Kayla dynamic.There's lots more that can be written, revealed and discussed about the story but it's best that the reader discovers it on their own. It's not giving anyway anything however, to note that the dialogue has a natural feel and flow and that the character of Zip is a great foundation for an evolving series. In Your Dreams is an intriguing book that gets extra points for tackling interesting concepts while remaining accessible. I look forward to reading Amy Martin's next installment.

  • Melanie Cusick-Jones
    2019-03-10 07:54

    This book is great: from the well-rounded characters, to the interesting twist-filled, but believable plot I went for this hook, line and sinker. Told from Zip's point of view - a heroine with a nice combination of self-depreciation, sporting ability, brains and maturity (that doesn't seem like a 30-year-old in a 17-year-old!) - the story unfolds in traditional YA territory of high school. But the gorgeous new guy, with pale skin thankfully doesn't turn out to be a vampire (or anything else otherworldly), but someone who suffers with narcolepsy. It was nice to read about realistic characters dealing with real world issues, that can be just as problematic as dealing with being a YA in the first place! Hormones and high school are tough enough without passing out on a regular basis :) All the key characters: Kayla, the parents, Kieran, Zip's team mates... are all well-drawn and as you work through some of the twists and turns I think hold up well with their behaviour and motivation. I loved the dialogue and scene-setting in this book: Zip and Kieran bounce off one another so well that you could be watching them bantering away; and Zip is similar with her mother and Kayla over time. I had a few 'awwww' moments in their relationship - they are very cute and believable, without being cheesy. I also found that I really wanted to know what happened next - I read the book in a couple of days which is quick for me - all credit to the author, whose style of writing is engaging, fun and balances plot/drama with regular characters extremely well. Overall: A great debut and I was very pleased to see that this was 'The End of Book One' as I reached the last page - I would certainly look out for anything Amy Martin writes in the future.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-03 09:53

    Originally posted at Bungalow BooksInitial Thoughts:I was given a free copy of In Your Dreams by the author to review.The Pros:I really thought there was going to be some sort of paranormal twist. I kept waiting for it to pop up, especially with Kieran's condition. But it never happened. And I loved that. It seems all YA books these days have to throw some paranormal action in it, even if it makes no sense.I liked the mystery/crime component to the novel. Not everyone is who they appear to be.Kieran and Zip's relationship was every bit of what I remember being like at 17. The realism was a great touch.I liked how quirky Zip's mom was. Definitely not your typical mom.The Cons:I felt like Zip's friends should have been more well defined. We didn't find much out about them, nor were they mentioned in the book very many times. So few, that I struggle to remember their names and I just finished the book last night.I'm a visual reader. I like to make pictures in my head of how everything looks. Given the descriptions of the characters in the books, I had a hard time visualizing them in my head. A little more detail on looks/personalities would have been good.I liked an atypical heroine, but it felt like Zip could have cared less how she looked. For some reason, that bothered me. Talking about sweaty gym shorts, etc. kind of turned me off.I'm not sure how I felt about the narcolepsy. It was a little odd.The Wrap Up: 4/5A really decent YA novel that is going to be a series. If you're sick of the vampire/werewolf/etc. theme in today's YA novels, this book is for you.Favorite Quote:"I can live without the dreams. The best one already came true anyway."

  • Francesca Dell
    2019-02-27 04:49

    With most books it usually takes me a couple of chapters to really start enjoying the story. But with this book I was completely immersed in the storyline right from the first word. I found the relation between main characters, Zip and Kieron very fun. The author Amy Martin manages to make the banter between these two characters simple and realistic, a lot like the relationships I have with my friends at school. Futhermore, the author succeeds in talking about the many different feelings a teenager of Zip's age might be feeling. Amy Martin writes about the confusion that many teenage girls feel when it comes to confronting their real feelings for a close friend. I think the reason the relationship between Zip and Kieron is so sweet is because they started off friends before they both admitted they had more romantic feeling towards each other. Reading about Kieron's narcolepsy was also very interesting for me as I have never met someone with narcolepsy before. It was interesting reading the book from Zip's point of view as well, because the little quips she inserted here and there made me laugh out loud. For example at the start of chapter two and Kieron has passed out on the table and Zip just thinks 'Way to go, Zip—he’s dead. You killed the new kid.'The book takes an interesting turn at the end when you find out that the person you thought was 'bad' and wanting to hurt Kieron actually turns out to be one of the good guys, trying to actually protect Kieron. The author manages to successfully keep each page fresh and exciting, so that you will never want to put the book down! I finished this book in 6 hours without putting it down once. A great read and I thoroughly recommend it. Looking forward to reading book two!

  • Jonel Boyko
    2019-02-23 03:55

    This is a very well written novel. I never once got lost trying to figure out what the author was trying to tell me. Descriptions are very clear (and basketball related) and all of the characters have complete personalities of their own. I absolutely love the fact that this is not one of your typical alpha male stories. The main character is a sports star in the local high school and is also female. I must say, however, that I did find the storyline a bit slow. Nothing much happens for the bulk of the story. When the story finally begins to build it ends just as suddenly as it had started. Don’t get me wrong, I was never actually bored while reading this story, but it wasn’t something that I couldn’t put down either. That said, Martin does an excellent job of portraying actual families. I found it very reassuring that the characters in the story had to face actual consequences when disobeying their parents, or just simply doing things that they should not. Unfortunately, the characters spend a great deal of time lying to their parents as well. As a reader, you can see their reasons for doing so, but they put themselves in harm’s way in the process. All in all, this novel gave me a great deal to think about while reading it. It was also reminiscent of how little there is to do on the weekend when growing up in a small town.

  • Rebecca Charlesworth
    2019-03-13 02:49

    I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.I gave this book 4.5 stars and here is why:'In your dreams' is an amazing book, I didn't really know what I was expecting when I read the description but it blew my expectations way out of the water. I won't say to much because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't already read it but the focus on the neurological disorder narcolepsy is so unique but then the way Amy Martin takes it and makes the dreams into the major story-line is brilliant. The characters are extremely likable and humorous. I loved the sarcasm and dry humor that Zip, Kieran and Zip's mum used it really made the book what it was.The only reason it didn't get a 5 stars is because when it finished and I realised there was a second book I was craving a cliff hanger of some sort but it never came. I can't complain anymore than that and I can't wait for the second book to come out because I am sure I will be just as hooked.Here is the link to my Amazon Review:

  • Simmaron
    2019-03-18 01:47

    I received the copy of this book for reviewing and I'm glad that I was able to read it. This is a debut novel of Amy Martin which is so beautifully written that you won't realise that it's a debut novel. The story is very well written and the characters are well described. Kieran is new to Titusville and he and his family have some secrets which they don't share with anyone. They don't even have any friends. Enters Zip into the scene . A basketball jock, fun loving , intelligent and a kickass girl who is the first person ever to befriend Kieran and his sister. From there the tale of love, friendship, secrets and action starts. The story was unpredictable and I wasn't able to make assumptions for which I'm glad and that's the reason I enjoyed it. This is a true YA book with a mixture of everything. There's romance, paranormal, sci-fi cuz of the chemical. I loved all the characters. I'll read the sequel soon. And I suggest everyone to read this book whoever reads this review. It's a YA with a change.

  • Shambhawi P.
    2019-03-05 01:34

    Rating: 3.5 StarsI adored this book - more like adored Kieran - and I really, really, really wanted to give this book a perfect rating. I was sucked in as soon as I started reading it. The writing was smooth and enjoyable, the characters were cool and amazing. I really liked the way Keran and Zip's relationship developed - no insta-love BS here. The plot was really intriguing and unique and I personally found Kieran's habit of dropping dead asleep (he has a sleeping disorder) extremely cute.But, I was somehow dissatisfied with the explanations given to all of the non-normal things going on. It was bland and unbelievable (view spoiler)[and extremely unscientific (hide spoiler)]. Apart from little issues here and there (view spoiler)[Kayla's 180 degree attitude change, the frequency of Kieran's sleeping extremely high towards the end of the book than earlier said, the shadiness about the drug (hide spoiler)] I really liked this book.This ebook was provided to me by the author via R2R program of Young Adult Reads group on Goodreads in exchange of an honest review

  • Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
    2019-03-04 07:44

    IN YOUR DREAMS was a really surprising and hilarious book! I was pretty entertained how the author, Amy Martin, has written the book in such a way that's it's easy to laugh out loud. With Martin's first base characters - Kieran and Zip - they were written as such an unusual couple who were on the way of adventure, following down the road of Kieran's dangerous path and Zip's (sort-of) awakening powers - these two make a good pact!

  • Kath
    2019-03-12 02:43

    I've received this book from Amy Martin in exchange of an honest reviewI love this book. I've learned so much about the condition of Narcolepsy. But just when I thought Kieran's condition is just Narcolepsy there's this twist and turns that I totally didn't see it coming. I loved how Zip and Kieran we're meant to be together before they've actually met. I liked how Amy added the 'dreaming of future' but still 'don't know when exactly' that dream would happen. And teens and tween-ies (like me) would really enjoy reading this. :)Now off to book 2

  • Tiffany
    2019-02-23 03:40

    I have to say, this book was a pleasant surprise. While it had elements that are shared among almost every young adult novel out there, Amy Martin managed to spin some unique plot twists and kept me guessing throughout the book.READ THIS BOOK IF:1. You like young adult romance2. You like just a pixie dusting of magic, but not full out vampires/aliens/werewolves/etc3. You can still remember your own high school days, prom specifically (I always enjoy a book more if I can picture myself doing whatever the characters are doing)...which brings me to::::WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT:1. I felt like throughout the book, I could really SEE everything that Amy was writing about. I don't know if it was just because I lived in the midwest for a few years or because I could relate to the small town atmosphere...or maybe it was just her ability to describe things in such a way that made it click for my brain. Seriously, though, I loved how I had mental pictures of everything, even down to the old farm houses that they live in ... and, yes, I admit, I'm picturing the old farm houses I'm familiar with from my years in Michigan.2. Without using spoilers, I'll say this: At some point during the book, you learn a secret about Kieran and his family. At that point, I thought I had the whole book figured out. I kept reading because I figured I'd at least see if I was right. But I was WRONG! At a later point in the book, you learn more, and it kind of makes the whole thing make sense.3. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. I have to admit, I was leary about starting ANOTHER series (seriously, I feel like I'm on pins and needles in, like, FIFTY series right now, the LAST thing I needed was to finish a book and feel unsatisfied) but it acually finished! And remarkably....even though it didn't end in a cliffhanger, it still left me wanting to read the second book. So thank you, Amy Martin, for giving readers the respect of not leaving them in tears of anger, throwing their kindles/phones/nooks/books across the room in frustration. My phone and my brain thank you.4. Kieran's character was lovable and charming, but he could have definitely had more development, but I'm giving Amy the benefit of the doubt and hoping that in future books, he will get the "fleshing out" that he deserves. In the meantime, his personality and his friendly banter with Zip was pleasant to read. His little "secret" and his "condition" were something that I hadn't read yet, so it was like a breath of fresh air to read something new and unique!Sad, but the only thing I was kind of annoyed with throughout the book was the main character's name. Zip? Really? Don't get me wrong, I fully understand the appeal of "different" names, but Zip?? I get it, she's an athlete, a tomboy, so a girly name wouldn't have fit her, but Zip?? Every time I read it, I cringed. :) But if that's the worst I can come up with, I think I can safely say that I would recommend this book. It's light, fun, with just enough angst and drama to keep me reading!

  • Alisa
    2019-03-18 09:45

    I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review and I have to say that this book has one of the most inventive story ideas that I have read in a long time, if not ever.Kieran is the cute new boy that just moved to a very small town and the first day of school he makes a huge impact by having an 'episode' in class. What are his episodes? He has narcolepsy. For anyone that does not know what that condition is, it basically makes a person fall asleep at random times. You could be walking down the hall, eating lunch, having a conversation, and scarily, driving and just fall asleep. As you can imagine this causes huge problems in Kieran's life. He has very over protective parents and a sister that is more like a bodyguard and his condition prevents him from being a normal teen. As I started to read about his situation I was thinking it would be refreshing to hear about a teen relationship that has to deal with the real life situations medical problem can cause. I was right about that. It was heartbreaking at times to think about how much it already impacts his life, and how uncertain his future as an adult will be. Most of the time the situations caused by his narcolepsy are funny, but only because Kieran has such a great attitude about his condition and can easily laugh at himself. Zip is the other half of this teen romance. Obviously Zip is a nickname, but it is all anyone has ever called her. I fell in love with her character right away. She is the typical girl next door, future valedictorian, head of the girls basketball team, but still sweet and humble. This was refreshing because it seems like most of the time the girls in teen romance books are on the fringes of the school population. If a girl is smart and captain of the basketball team they would be written as part of the 'in crowd' and would be very stuck on themselves. It was refreshing to have a girl that was popular and at the same time be a normal, nice person. Zip never once considers Kieran's narcolepsy a reason not to be his friend. In fact through much of the book most of the other kids at school won't even talk to Kieran. Zip's acceptance and unshakable loyalty to Kieran will make anyone fall in love with her character. Just when you think the narcolepsy is the only twist in this story of teen love you find out that Kieran's family has been keeping a huge secret. This throws the whole story in to a new direction. Zip gets pulled in to a crazy situation because of her relationship with Kieran. This is where you truly see how much Zip cares about Kieran and how far she is willing to go to protect him.There wasn't anything about this book that I disliked. All of the characters are well written and the story is told in such a way that everything that happens is believable even if it seems so strange at times. This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great read with a new twist on the typical teen romance.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-10 05:57

    22/1 - I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed In Your Dreams. I thought it was going to be a slightly cheesy, silly YA supernatural romance, and probably full of editing errors. Thankfully I was mostly wrong. The supernatural really doesn't show up at all, it's just hinted at and then dismissed as a reaction to an unknown drug ingested in the womb. The romance was appropriately slow for who the main characters were - a boy who has to be chaperoned by his sister to make sure he doesn't hurt himself and a girl who has been too focused on basketball and her studies to notice boys as anything other than friends. There were some editing errors (see below), but this was nowhere near the worst example I've read recently.Page 24'...doesn't happen to me at lot...'Should be a lot.Page 45'"I guess is the first time...'"There should be a this between guess and is.Page 72'"...sometimes things things that don't happen...'"For this sentence to make sense there needs to be the words I dream between sometimes and things.Page 82'...back in the Seventies.'Why is seventies capitalised?Page 104'He shoots me his trademarked grin...'Since this is written in the present tense, as if it's happening right now, that should be trademark.Page 160...'"maybe he'll ever be truly real..."'Should be never.Page 180'...catch sight of a green file folder in the floorboard...'First of all, from the context of what's going on I understand the sentence to be saying that the 'green file folder' is found in the footwell of the back seat of a car. I'm not sure whether Martin means 'footwell' when she writes 'floorboard' or not. If she does mean 'floorboard' (not really sure where in a car there is a 'floorboard', but that's beside the point) then how can something (other than a nail) be in a floorboard? On or under, there is no in when it comes to floorboards.Page 197'After every few shot, we all huddle up to view the results.'That should be new.Page 250'"...wasn't even enough in his right might to unbuckle..."'That should be mind.I liked both main characters, although I'm not a fan of Zip as a nickname. This was absolutely worth reading and I'll definitely be on the lookout for the next book in the series at Amazon (at a good price, of course).

  • Sarah
    2019-02-25 01:50

    Review also posted here on TotalTeenFictionI was sent a copy of this book by the author and after reading the plot summary I was completely intrigued! In Your Dreams tells the story of Zip, who ends up befriending the new guy Kieran when he starts at her school. Kieran has narcolepsy, and when Zip witnesses one of his attacks she soon becomes someone he can confide in, and there's a lot more to Kieran than meets the eye!I was completely hooked from the first couple of pages of this book. I really loved the writing style and Zip was a character I was drawn to instantly. She's smart and great at basketball, and I just loved her voice throughout the book. Then we're introduced to Kieran and his sister Kayla. Kieran was a totally lovable guy character and I really enjoyed his developing friendship with Zip. I thought Kayla was a fascinating character, too, and she really added some depth to the story. She's been the one that always looks out for her brother so when Zip gets close to him, there's some jealousy there which added a bit of drama. I found the exploration of Kieran's narcolepsy really interesting. I don't think I've ever read anything that explores that condition.As the book goes on we learn Kieran has another secret. I was expecting it to turn into a fantasy/paranormal story at that point but it didn't, and that's something I really loved about this book. Instead of using magic the book sticks to scientific and medical reasons to explain what's going on. I won't go into it in too much detail but it meant the book kept that contemporary/realistic feeling which I really liked. It was a completely fresh approach and made it stand out from a lot of other books I've read.The second half of the book focuses on more secrets being revealed. That added a mystery element to the story which kept my attention. I sometimes got a little confused with the back story and had to re-read a few sections, but I think that was just down to the upping of the pace from the first half of the book. When the action kicked in towards the end I couldn't put the book down!There's a sequel planned for this book and I'm intrigued to see where it ends up. I'd really recommend it book if you're looking for something a bit different! Find more books like this at TotalTeenFiction

  • Marina (rinareviewsbks)
    2019-03-04 09:53

    Wow, I am still in shock from this book. After I finished it, it took me a couple of days to really think about it and absorb it, for all its worth.Synopsis: "In Your Dreams", tells the story of a highschool basketball ball star Zip Mckee who befriends a new student named Keiran Lanier, soon she finds out that Keiran has a dark secert that goes along with a dark past. Keiran catches glimpses of the furture through a sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy. And when Zip start getting weird dreams about the future it is up to her to save Keiran from his dark past that is much closer than anyone thinks.My Thoughts: This was a beautiful novel. It was nothing like anything that I have before. I thought that there was alot of character growth in the book, which is something that I find is really important. You can see the characters mature as the book progresses as well as how unexpected the relationships that form in the book are. This book always kept me on my toes, I never could predict what would happen next. The many predictions that I had predicted as I was reading were far from what actually happened in the book. Which made me want to come back and read the book. It was almost as if it was drawing me to it. I loved the novels plot, the idea of a boy with narcolepsy (sleeping disorder) being able to see glimpses of the future was mind blowing, I have never heard of such idea and it was very nice to have a new twist in paranormal romance. I also loved that although the plot explored romance between the two characters, it was also completly 100% action packed, which in most paranormal romances there isnt a huge portion of action. I enjoyed it that it wasn't your regular paranormal romance either, their wasn't some vampire waiting to come out it, and it was difiantly a new take on the genre. I loved the crime asspect of the book as well, I thought it was very thought out and kept me on my toes the whole time. The predictions that I made about the antagonists in this book were alot of the times false and the reality was alot more intense than my prediction. Overall, I give this novel a 5/5. It was amazing and it got me out of my reading slump. I would diffently pick up the rest of the series.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-18 02:59

    Zip McKee is the basketball star of her school, she is sixteen and can not wait to graduate and get out of her small town. Nothing ever happens and she is looking forward to having a more adventurous life when she finally leaves. Everything changes on the day that new students, Kieran and Kayla Lanier, join her English class. Zip is partnered up with Kieran in class and to her horror he falls asleep right in front of her as she is talking! While trying to wake him up Zip quickly learns that there is more going on than she can see on the surface. Narcolepsy. Kieran has a sleeping disorder that makes him fall asleep at random times or he looses memories of what just happened moments before. Other than that, Zip seems to think Kieran is hot and has a great personality. As Kieran and Zip get to know each other and become close, Kieran finally tells Zip that when he dreams, he has glimpses of the future. He saw Zip in his dreams before he ever met her. ( So sweet right!?) While it is hard to believe at first, Zip realizes that Kieran is telling the truth and there is so much more to his "condition" than his family is letting on. His parents are acting like something is lurking in every corner and his sister, Kayla, is acting like Zip is going to turn into a monster. When the truth of Kieran's condition is revealed, Kieran and Zip are thrown into a world that they never thought of before. Nothing is as it seems. Martin has created this world that feels so real that you can't help but think, "well yeah, I could see this happening". The way she writes Zip and Kieran is right on the nose of how I remember feeling as a teenager. For this to be her first novel is amazing. She writes with confidence and grace that I have seen in many seasoned writers. In Your Dreams, is part one of this series, and thank grilled chesus it is! I want more of this couple and I need to know how it is all going to end! Keep your eye on Amy Martin, I am looking forward to the things she is going to give us in the future. :) Happy Reading!Looking forward to my dreams,Lisa :)

  • Sarah
    2019-03-10 08:59

    This review can also be found here I was so excited to find out that I had won this book from the author since the description of this book sounded fantastic. I haven't come across too many books in the Young Adult section that deal with the topic of narcolepsy (then again not much in the adult fiction sections either) and I became very interested in finding out what this book was about.When you read the description you think "Oh there will be some paranormal twist seeing as Kieran can see bits and pieces of the future." Well there was no paranormal element to this book, at all and I think that because the author didn't take the easy route out the book ended up being much more interesting and likeable (Don't get me wrong I LOVE paranormal books, it just wouldn't have worked too well with this story).I loved how the story takes place in a small town, it creates a story where the people involved all know each other and care about one another as well as the fact that the characters have to try hard to keep a very big secret because in a town that small everybody knows everyone else's business.Zip was an interesting character. She was funny and spunky and loves to read. I found myself hoping that she gets her happy ending and that everything turns out alright for her. We also have Kieran the new boy in town who has narcolepsy. He's funny and loves to read as well. I immediately loved him seeing as he makes jokes about most things. Then we have Kayla who is Kieran's sister. She starts off distant and anti-social but you get to see another side of her and I found myself liking her as well.While the main character loves basketball and it is discussed many times throughout the book I found myself able to keep up with the information and it was delivered in a way that made it very easy to understand, even for someone like me who knows absolutely nothing about basketball.I never imagined this book would take the turn it did. I was suprised and I found myself hurrying through the pages just so I could find out what happened next. This book was a quick read and I will definitely be checking out the next in the series when it is published.

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2019-03-17 01:41

    Synopsis (unspoiled [mostly]): In this first-person single point-of-view contemporary YA romance we meet Zara "Zip" McKee--a 16 y/o point-guard on her school's varsity basketball team. Zip isn't much into boys--because, in her small town, she's known them all since preschool and they've always been 'friends'. At the opening, two new kids have arrived; brother and sister Kieran and Kayla Lanier. Kieran isn't just new, he's someone very different from anyone Zip has known--which she learn in first period English when she bores him to death...or he passes out. [Spoiler: he lived but he had to carried to the nurse.] This auspicious beginning sets into motion big reveals by Kieran and the Lanier family--all intensely private people. And the bombshells--even for Kieran, who has suffered a variant of narcolepsy since childhood--are well-developed and plot-driven. As the root cause of Kieran's condition becomes known it is Zip to whom he clings, and she's not too sad over it. Especially when it mean s a boyfriend and date for the prom. But the darkness in Kieran's past reaches out from unexpected places, coming through both his and Zip's dreams and straining their budding relationship. They don't know who to trust, and won't risk losing each other, resulting in an exciting climax. Zip fights to help Kieran, but neither of them have the ability to solve this problem alone. Good thing they don't have to.Critique:This is a well-paced novel with some suspense and elegantly-placed red herrings. The romance reads true and is compelling, and the science behind Kieran's malady is well-conceived. Zip and Kieran are a fun couple, and I can't recall the number of times I laughed when poor Kieran passed out at just the wrong moment--but there were many. I would recommend IN YOUR DREAMS to any person who enjoys YA romance...and anyone who enjoys a good YA story. Looking forward to the sequel.

  • Sara
    2019-03-08 09:49

    I would like to thank the author for giving me In Your Dreams, in exchange for an honest review.When I first started this book I thought it was about two people seeing each other in their dreams, and then finally meeting and falling in love. Boy, was I wrong. It is not about that at all. Kieran and his sister Kayla are the new kids in school in a small town. On their first day at the new school, Kieran passes out while talking to Zip, and totally goes into stiff dead person mode. Too funny. Zip decides to check on him, which leads her to learn he has narcolepsy, and falls asleep at inopportune times, sometimes losing body function and becoming stiff. Zip accepts him and they become quick friends even though he is kind of an outcast with the rest of the school. He soon reveals to Zip that he has dreams when he sleeps that are a sort of glimpse into the future. This leads to the discovery of a big reveal about Kieran's past. And brings on a little mystery and suspense.I found this book different and quite enjoyable. It was fun trying to guess the mystery of what was going to happen, and what the suspense would bring. Luckily it wasn't too scary for me:) And there was just enough romance that it is still appropriate for younger teenagers or adults. Kieran was a cute character that seemed so innocent since his parents had protected him all his life with his sleep disorder. It was fun seeing him try to flirt and date Zip since he has had no experience with girls. My only complaint was them not getting help from adults when things started getting hairy. I look forward to future books by Amy Martin and I recommend this to teenagers.

  • Rupali Rotti
    2019-03-19 02:03

    4.5 starsThe narration of this book is fantastic!! Good humour (like when the narrator says, "I think I killed him!" and 'she looks at her fingers - has he transferred some of his virus through touch?' in the beginning of the book - that was hilarious!) The concept is different as well - one doesnt think much about dreams until one reads this book. :-) And characters are very realistic and likeable. It seems EVERY detail has been well thought of (like when Keiran passes out the first time, there are two guys who try to carry him out of the class, but the reaction of one of the guys who touches his skin, shows how the author has thought and mentioned every detail, which makes the reading experience so realistic!)When I started reading this book, it raised my expectations too high. I started looking forward to a real mystery, and even thought that this book would compete with The Hunger Games. However, the plot turned out to be too simple for thriller lovers, but the suspense, the tension created, and the overall feel of the book is very good indeed! I'm a person who hates romantic novels, but with this quality of narration, I didnt mind the romance in this book, and kinda connected with it as well.I think this writer has a very good future ahead of her - she seems to be just a college going kid, but has done a wonderful job of writing! I, as a writer myself, got to learn a lot from her!

  • Missi Reichert
    2019-03-15 07:03

    "Zip" Mckee has spent most of her life just waiting to get out of the small town where she lives. She's known all her classmates "practically since birth", and nothing ever seems to change.That is, until a new family moves into town, and one of the kids, Kieran, turns out to be a handsome classmate of Zip's. On his first day, Kieran falls asleep right in the middle of a partner activity with Zip. Zip and Kieran quickly form a bond that allows for the sharing of dreams and secrets, such as Kieran can see the future in his "sleeping episodes". He's seen Zip before in his dreams and has other visions that frighten him.Throughout this story, the teen age love angle is sweet and very believable. I found some of Zip and Kieran's quirks endearing and reminded me of other teenagers I have known both recently and long ago.I wanted them to come out of the story together and relatively unscathed by the events unfloding around them.This book was well written and I felt I was with them from the first page. There were laugh out loud moments as well as some nail biting "please don't let anything bad happen" moments. I was right beside them through all the twists and turns of the story.For a first attempt at young adult novel writing, I feel that Amy Martin hit all the right notes! I will look for other books by her in the future.

  • Brittany DeLys
    2019-03-21 08:51

    So I was so excited that Amy let me review her book for her. The synopsis for the book caught my attention because it was so different from anything I'd ever read. The concept that not only does the main male character have narcolepsy but he can also see the future...I mean that right there is enough to make you go "I so want to know his story."The way the characters developed and grew throughout the book was amazing. I absolutely love Zip's relationship with her Mom and Grandparents and of course with Kieran and even Kayla. And of course I'm in love Kieran he is just awesome as a character. I think I love everything about him but especially the way that he deals with what is happening to him.The story progresses in such a way that you want to keep reading. Little hints are dropped here and there about something or something unexpected is thrown in that you really just want to know what happens at the end. I think the book peaks at just the right moment and then you are given a satisfying ending.Overall this book was very well written and I can't wait to read other works by Amy Martin. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It was a great read.

  • Daphne
    2019-03-24 02:43

    This book was a pleasant read but was too simplistic.The writing style was fairly basic and the characters were somewhat interesting but also distant. They weren't hard to relate to, but at the same time, they were generic and didn't have defining characteristics that made them spectacular or lifelike. The plot was rather stagnant. I could tell that there were some parts where the intensity was supposed to increase, but the language didn't convey that, so the overall effect was a steady, unchanging pace.However, the humor was light and kept the story interesting. The sarcasm was witty, but was so blatantly obvious at times that it lost the overall effect.While I wouldn't go so far as to call this book bland, the underdeveloped characters and decent writing style made it a very mediocre book, saved only by the humor that kept the plot engaging.

  • Kristi Zeller
    2019-03-16 09:39

    I received this book for free to give my honest review. I really found the plot interesting as I don't recall reading anything too similar. When I first started the book, I wasn't too sure I was going to enjoy it. Some of the writing seemed elementary. However, as the book went on I thought the writing got much, much better. So many books have the main characters with deep, dark secrets and they are trying to save each other. As a mother of three small children, I don't want them growing up thinking the only way to overcome life's challenges is to find your soul mate and they will rescue you. I really liked that Zip was a normal high school athlete without deep, dark secrets. She wasn't looking for someone to make her life better. She seemed content. By the end of the book, I loved Zip and Keiran both independently to together. I look forward to reading more from this author!

  • Trisha
    2019-03-06 07:00

    I am so glad I loved this cover and gave the story a chance! I was not disappointed.Allie is so cute and spunky. Her silly mannerisms and lack of relationship experience works to make her endearing, sweet and naive and not annoying. The best part of this book were the conversations. They felt natural and real. And most of all, the were hilarious! Her back and forth banter with Kiernan was so cute! And every time she interacted with her mom, it sent me laughing like a maniac! The dinner with the parents - OMG! I was laughing so hard my family thought I'd lost it!A great story that sucked me in, kept me laughing and turning the pages. I absolutely loved it! I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Angie
    2019-03-02 06:38

    *3.5 stars*Well that was pretty interesting. Zip is a junior and the star of the basketball team. She lives in a small town and has gone to school with the same kids forever. So when Kieran and his sister, Kayla, move into town it's a big deal. Zip and the new guy, Kieran, hit it off in English class when all of a sudden Kieran is out like a light. I've never read a character with narcolepsy before. It was a nice touch. But things take a turn for the paranormal when we learn Kieran also has premonitions in his dreams. I thought the reason for the premonitions was a little corny but for a PG read this kept me pretty entertained.