Book Review: Dreams in Her Head

blogtourWhen you review books on a regular basis and have a lot of writer and editor friends, you run into some tenuous situations. You’ll often find yourself in the position of reviewing (or at least reading) a book by a friend or colleague and there’s a huge risk involved in that.

What if you don’t like what they’ve written? Even worse, what if what they’ve written actually sucks? I always approach these situation with trepidation.

Luckily, my editor, Clare C. Marshall writes awesome books. Seriously. Did I make you nervous reading this? If I did, I’m sorry. (Clare, I’m really sorry. I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning.)

Dreams in Her Head is the second book in the Sparkstone Saga. It picks up right after Stars in Her Eyes. Ingrid is having dreams that feature a dead girl, a dead (or is he?) Joseph G. Campbell, and her own death at the hands of one of the Sparkstone teachers, the evil Jadore.

I could write volumes on this book. I devoured it. It’s a quick read, exciting, and with just enough answers to keep you satisfied but an endless slew of questions to make you incredibly impatient for the next book in the saga.

The book is very well written (Clare’s a professional editor after all…she should be good at this) and though too often YA characters are written as petty and angsty, these students are smart, brave, and real. Yes, they have their angst. But it’s just the right amount of angst to make them real but not make them annoying.

One of my top markers for a good book is one that I need to put down. I had to put Dreams in Her Head down for two days at one critical point in the story. Why? Because I cared too much. I knew there was a third book. I knew that not all of the characters could die right then, because if they did, who would be in the third book? But still, I was afraid. I was worried about these characters. I fretted. I had to put the book down because I was getting a little too involved.

So I hope you read Dreams in Her Head (and Stars in Her Eyes). I hope you enjoy it. And I hope that you’ll agree that this is a fantastic, thrilling, and smart series.


***Edited to add…I thought there were three books in the series, but no! There are more! Clare says there might be six or seven books. Woo hoo! More Sparkstone!***


  • Clare Posted June 9, 2014 8:59 pm

    Thanks for the review, Patricia! Actually there are going to be 6 or 7 books in the saga, I just haven’t confirmed them officially yet on Goodreads or on my site, since I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I don’t think I could wrap up the story in one more book even if I wanted to! Lol! 🙂

    • Patricia D. Eddy Posted June 9, 2014 9:45 pm

      Awesome! I made a note in the post to correct that. More Sparkstone!

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