It seems like the darker the story, the better these days. I swear that doesn't reflect on my character though! There's just something about books with a little edge, a little extra oomph and a touch of the sinister that really grasp my attention…if only because they really stand out in a myriad of young adult novels. Plus, who can resist a twist on history? That's right. You can't.
The Cure for Dreaming
Author: Cat Winters (Twitter)
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publish Date: October 14, 2014
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
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.
Suffragists? A stubborn young girl that's silenced through hypnotism? Colour me utterly intrigued. Ever since we suffered through a hypnotist at my senior prom, I've been pretty convinced that hypnotism is possible, but to what extent? This novel seems to present a curious combination of my favourites…history, eerie details and a touch of dark fantasy. Now, here's hoping that this novel turns out to be just as mesmerizing as its delicious cover. What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?
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