Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

Title: The Cure For Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Amulet Books (October 14, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre:YA Historic Mystery (Paranormal)
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.









Winter's has an uncanny ability to be able to draw you right into her stories. Into the very heart of it all and make you feel like it is a place both terrifyingly new and familiar all at once.

A world where dangers seem to lurk around every corner until you feel at any moment something is bound to jump out at you and grab you in the night and suck you into the very pages you hold and you can't help but want it to happen.

A setting so rich in atmosphere that it is tangible, with characters that are even more so.

Winter's managed to blend the unexplainable with the explainable in a time that is very much believable. She mixed the the historic with the paranormal and truly created something unique.

I loved my first foray into her writing and couldn't help but feel for Olivia and the struggles she dealt with living in a time in our history that was still very much for men and had little advantages for women and being a headstrong one was anything but welcomed.

I loved the blend of the old mixed with the new and of course, that slight paranormal aspect that left you wanting more and turning the pages.

This will definitely not be my last Winter's book.  




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*






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42 comments:

  1. I really need to try this one, it sounds so good and unique! I keep hearing amazing things about it! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Melliane and I do hope you try it. It was such a good read.

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  2. I must admit that I haven't really given Cat Winters the time of day. But I've been seeing so many rave reviews for this book that I can't help but be swayed.

    Your review is definitely convincing!

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    1. Yay! Try her, I don't think you will regret it at all Joy!

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  3. Sounds interesting and that cover is really eye-catching.

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  4. Love the cover!! I've never read anything by this author, but this book sounds good, I'll have to keep an eye for it :)

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    1. You should try her Sarah, I bet you like her work. :)

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  5. YES! I'm definitely purchasing a copy of this tomorrow. I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much, Ali and you're absolutely right, Cat Winters has the ability to draw her readers in very early on.
    Lovely review!

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    1. She does! I so need to read her other books now!

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  6. I'm not sure if my previous comment went through or not, so I am going to try again.

    I just saw an interview with this author and it only served to intrigue me more.

    This one looks awesome. I can't wait to see what the author does with this time period.

    Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  7. That cover is priceless, and I love your thoughts on the worldbuilding. Feeling the desire to try it out xD

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  8. How do I keep missing her books? o.o they sound soo good.

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    1. I felt the same way Lily, I think this is a great place to start!

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  9. Ohh, this sounds like another fantastic read! I've been stocking up on these types of reads this month and I love the atmospheric and historic background you described. Adding it to my list, Ali! Thanks :)

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    1. I really do too, especially this tie of year. I hope you love it too Kim!

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  10. I cannot believe I missed this one, well I can with the wedding. This sounds wonderful from the setting to the unique cover. Thanks Ali!

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    1. You had a really good excuse for missing it Kim. ;)

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  11. I adore both of her books! Absolutely LOVED this one though! Glad you did too!

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    1. I need to read the other one for sure!

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  12. I was looking at this one the other day! It looks pretty dang interesting. The cover really caught my eye too :)

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  13. I read this one last week and I thought it was outstanding. You must read her first book In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

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    1. I know! I think I have it but I need to make sure.

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  14. Thanks Kindlemom, great review. I love the premise and it's getting a consideration :)

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  15. I skipped this because I thought its going to be "another YA" fantasy and I wasn't feeling a unique vibe even if the cover art is so awesome!!! Looks like i made a mistake here

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    1. It happens. ;) I hope you do get a chance to read it though at some point in time, I bet you will like it.

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  16. I can't wait to give this one a try - it sounds amazing! So glad you enjoyed it :-)

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  17. I really want to read this book and her other Blackbirds book!

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    1. I really want to read her Blackbirds series as well!

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  18. This looks really good-I wish I had the time to read all the ones I want to read!

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  19. This was my first by this author but I will surely read her previous one because I really liked this. Yes, a setting rich in atmosphere. Really enjoyed it :D Cute review!

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  20. I have seen this book on a few blogs today, and everyone seems to like it. I am so glad because it's a book that sounds right up my alley. Great review Ali! As always :)

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  21. Great review once again. You've got me adding to my never-ending TBR list today. I feel like Buzz Lightyear.

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