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For Seventeen Year Old Janie, Getting Sucked Into Other People S Dreams Is Getting Old Especially The Falling Dreams, The Naked But Nobody Notices Dreams, And The Sex Crazed Dreams Janie S Seen Enough Fantasy Booty To Last Her A LifetimeShe Can T Tell Anybody About What She Does They D Never Believe Her, Or Worse, They D Think She S A Freak So Janie Lives On The Fringe, Cursed With An Ability She Doesn T Want And Can T ControlThen She Falls Into A Gruesome Nightmare, One That Chills Her To The Bone For The First Time, Janie Is Than A Witness To Someone Else S Twisted Psyche She Is A Participant Before I start this one, just know that I LIKED IT I don t love it as much as many of my Goodreads friends but this could be because I started out listening to this and finished the last 30 40 pages in book form I m glad I did so because I can say that I liked this book loadsin audio format I m fairly sure the writing style just wasn t doing it for me.You know when you are trying to write a paper for school and you are a couple pages short You start playing around with the margins, change the font around, block quote a few times, and ta da You re suddenly at the length requirement That s what this book felt like a substandard research paper Sure, it was enjoyable but when you hold it up against other YA lit, it falls short because it s missing something 40pages The central characters were well done but the brevity of the book made me wantin terms of plot development and several of the side characters were brought up but they didn t add much nor do we learn much about them Frustrating Also, though I enjoyed the development of Janie and Cabel s relationship, it was lacking the attraction for me The pacing is lightning speed I think someone could read this in an hour and a half, no joke I ll finish this series because the story is interesting and it won t take much time Honestly, though, I m sorry to say I could really take it or leave it. I picked this one up because the premise sounded so intriguing, but ultimately I thought it was pretty disappointing The third person present tense narration really got on my nerves after a while, and the story was told so choppily that I found it hard to really get involved Not to mention the ridiculous twist towards the end Spoiler Her formerly goth loser but now suddenly hot classmate with crazy nightmares turns out to be an undercover cop pretending to be a dealer in order to bust a huge drug operation run by another classmate s father Um, what , and the fact that her dreams and why they happen is never really explained, beyond us being told that Janie reads a few dream books from the local library that supposedly solve everything talk about unsatisfying Apparently there s a sequel, and maybe it explains , but I don t think I ll be reading it. 3.5 starsA surprisingly good YA book, a perfect mix of romance, paranormal, and mystery The writing style is peculiar and won t be everyone s cup of tea It definitely takes some time to get used to it But once you get over the present tense 3rd person narration and choppiness, you realize this style actually makes the bookintense and fast moving The love story is equally powerful and touching and certainly differs from your standard paranormal romance formula Lastly, kudos to Lisa McMann for skillfully weaving dream catching into a very fascinating story A nice departure from the deadbeat vamp were fallen angel theme After the 3rd reading it is, understandably, not as exciting, but still stands out as a fresh and unique work of YA fiction and retains its affecting power. I do not understand this book I do not understand the writing style I do not understand the plot And I sure as hell do not understand the appeal Everything about this book was choppy, weird, and over in a blink of an eye Come to think of it, it was reminiscent of a dream, the foggy kind you forget immediately upon waking The writing was unnecessarily blunt and in the 3rd person, both of which I consider poor writing decisions I felt alienated from the story, and I never understood who was acting or who was speaking Janie and Cabel were both hot messes One minute, they were giving each other longing glances, and the next they would huffily avoid each other Their romance was just too immediate , and I wasn t really invested in either of the characters enough to feel the sparks fly McMann tried to make them deep with backstories that just made me go, huh And the plot I do not even know what to think Props for McMann for being original, I guess, but at least a formulaic plot is comprehensible McMann s plot was thin and rather ridiculous and it didn t even BEGIN to answer any of my questions Seriously, all it did was confuse me, and if the book wasn t so quick to read, I wouldn t have made it through I ll read the sequels because they are right here in front of me But I don t expect to enjoy them.