Dream Me
Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father's job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams? Can a dream become a reality?

Dream Me Details

TitleDream Me
Author
FormatPaperback
ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherAmberjack Publishing
ISBN194499520X
ISBN-139781944995201
Number of pages175 pages
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance

Dream Me Review

  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    June 20, 2017
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review Dream Me had an interesting premise - humans in the distant future have developed the ability to travel back in time and live in the past through the dreams of people living at that time. Zat is one of those people from the future, abandoned by his entire family and unable to live with his uncle anymore, he decides to travel back in time to live in the dreams of the main character, Babe. The story it told partly in writing, an I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review Dream Me had an interesting premise - humans in the distant future have developed the ability to travel back in time and live in the past through the dreams of people living at that time. Zat is one of those people from the future, abandoned by his entire family and unable to live with his uncle anymore, he decides to travel back in time to live in the dreams of the main character, Babe. The story it told partly in writing, and partly though Babe's blog posts. I pretty much had an issue with every aspect of this book that wasn't the premise First off, the worldbuilding around the sci-fi elements was so underdeveloped. The character literally says "I could explain this but it's complicated so I won't" what a cop out !! Worldbuilding is so important, especially when you're having a plot thats so completely outlandish and needs to be backed up by some kind of explanation. The characters were really underdeveloped, Zat literally had no personality and didn't even feel like a real person and Babe had no complexity or depth so I just found them boring. Mai, Babe's best friend was also underdeveloped. I liked that she was Vietnamese but like with Zat and Babe - there was no complexity and depth.I did like two things about the characters - I liked Mai and Babe's friendship, and I liked that Babe played tennis because diversity in hobbies is also I think I need to see more of in YA. I was a little irritated by the judgement the characters cast upon other women - especially once instance in particular. Babe works at a tennis court where famous tennis players come to practice. She notices a female tennis champ entering, immediately she judges her outfit and makes an assumption on the woman "Don’t all the beautiful girls in the movies turn out to be evil? Yeah, that must be it. She was probably despicable. I found this pretty awful - one because actual women in tennis have been pretty outspoken about how much it annoys them people overlook their skill and prowess and focus on their outfits. And two, because it's such a poor women hating statement absolutely based on nothing and I'm sick of books vilifying women for NO REASON. THE ROMANCESo this is insta-love ... my least favourite. Zat is already in love with Babe when he chooses to enter her dreams, which is honestly kind of creepy anyway. Then upon meeting Zat one time (in a dream), Babe decides he's the one for her and breaks up with her boyfriend "And yet the boy, Zat. His mystique is so seductive. I’m pretty sure I’ll follow him wherever he wants to go." GIRL. YOU JUST MET HIM. AND IN A DREAM !! CALM DOWN !! So I just found them ridiculously annoying and urgh. Plus, Zat is there all the time just lurking and I find it so weird. I find it so weird that he literally staked out where she'd be and tried to make her fall in love with him and I JUST DIDN'T LIKE THE ROMANCE IT WAS WEIRDOther nonsenseThere is a bit where the MC literally makes fun of Mai's last name because of it being Vietnamese and A PUBLISHER APPROVED OF THAT SCENE ?!There is a creepy and unnecessary subplot of an old guy hitting on Babe at work but then don't worry because her dream boyfriend saves her from him and STOP THE DAMSEL IN DISTRESS and stop teaching people that a man will only back off if he's threatened by another man and not the GIRL HERSELF.I just found it really boring and literally nothing happened except the characters whining over how mysterious Zat was and how she wanted to sleep and live in dream bliss with him. I just flat out didn't like it okay luckily it was short but honestly even 185 pages seemed like too much.
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  • Tanya
    June 18, 2017
    *Makes an observation on the cover*Update 2 *Author of the book sees your observation and ask you to message them** Author of the book sends you an sign arc copy of the book along with two of their other books*This is my first physical arc!!!! I feel so official now! lol Thank you Ms. Kathryn Berla for the gift!!!! Update 1: Umm Why does it have the same cover as Making Faces by Amy Harmon??? Which all they did was put an filter on it?
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  • Dianne
    June 17, 2017
    The only way he could be with her was in her dreams. Zat was from a dark, distant future Earth and in the desolation of his world, people no longer dream, yet Zat does and his dreams are filled with a long ago Earth of beauty and a girl named Babe. Babe’s dreams star a boy named Zat and every night they are together, but those dreams bring her migraines of excruciating pain. Babe finds she would rather be with Zat in a dream world than to live in reality without him. Must they choose between the The only way he could be with her was in her dreams. Zat was from a dark, distant future Earth and in the desolation of his world, people no longer dream, yet Zat does and his dreams are filled with a long ago Earth of beauty and a girl named Babe. Babe’s dreams star a boy named Zat and every night they are together, but those dreams bring her migraines of excruciating pain. Babe finds she would rather be with Zat in a dream world than to live in reality without him. Must they choose between their special dreams and life without each other? Is there any way to bring their dreams to life?DREAM ME by Kathryn Berla is a completely different take on young adult fantasy, a future where Earth is destroyed, yet the technology of that time allows a person’s consciousness to travel through time. What a fascinating concept that could fill pages of details and background, fleshing out this quick read with more depth.Was the author’s intent to keep Zat less defined than Babe? If so, in a unique way, it fits the story, a boy of her dreams, a love that seems impossible and a girl who is forced to live in a real world that is constantly changing for her.Great reading for young adults who don’t need the depth older readers will seek. Short chapters, and a good presentation that reads well and just may prove that dreams can come true.I received an ARC edition from Amberjack Publishing in exchange for my honest review.Publisher: Amberjack Publishing (July 11, 2017)Publication Date: July 11, 2017Genre: YAPrint Length: 270 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • Erin
    June 30, 2017
    Thanks to NetGalley for an uncorrected digital galley in exchange for an honest review.Oh my goodness! I am not sure what to say about this book. How about the positives? Eye catching cover, I requested this YA sci-fi/new age book without really paying attention to the synopsis. I had absolutely no preconceived notions. The writing was beautiful, there were even some lovely sentences that I could see myself using to teach figurative language in the classroom. The two main protagonists Zat and B Thanks to NetGalley for an uncorrected digital galley in exchange for an honest review.Oh my goodness! I am not sure what to say about this book. How about the positives? Eye catching cover, I requested this YA sci-fi/new age book without really paying attention to the synopsis. I had absolutely no preconceived notions. The writing was beautiful, there were even some lovely sentences that I could see myself using to teach figurative language in the classroom. The two main protagonists Zat and Babe held names that I have never come across in fiction before. Although I do know a woman from my parents church that is named Babe (nickname for Bea). But the storyline was all over the place for me and I didn't really "get" what it was all about. The world building wasn't really executed that well and I just couldn't care about the teen romance angst and the dream sequences began to get really boring.
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  • Tuba Sayed
    March 5, 2017
    *Review to come*
  • Manon
    July 4, 2017
    *2.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Babe is always moving. The story starts when she’s 17 and is moving to Florida. Her father is a pro golfer and got a job in a country club. She also works there in the Tennis shop.Everything is going ok despite being far from her boyfriend until she starts having vivid dreams that leaves her with terrible headaches.The writing style was ok, but the plot was super messy. It was like the two storylines had no relation *2.5 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Babe is always moving. The story starts when she’s 17 and is moving to Florida. Her father is a pro golfer and got a job in a country club. She also works there in the Tennis shop.Everything is going ok despite being far from her boyfriend until she starts having vivid dreams that leaves her with terrible headaches.The writing style was ok, but the plot was super messy. It was like the two storylines had no relation to each other even though they concerned the same character. There was the dream plot and the reality plot…We had no depth in the dream world… We only knew about it from her blog updates and it was always brushed over. We didn’t get to see how they fell for each other, how they connected and it made me not care. At all. I was mostly bored through it all and the only storyline I was interested in was resolved in a way that infuriated me…...
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  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    July 6, 2017
    Babe is yet again the new girl, her dad and mom moving her to Florida as the newest golf pro at the Sugar Dunes country club. It's nothing new and at least she gets to be by the beach for her last year of school. Zat is the mysterious boy that invades her dreams from the distant future. Risking his life on the uncertain technology that projects his consciousness through time to past earth, he chooses Babe's dreams to occupy. As the summer comes to a close Babe finds her life taking some left tur Babe is yet again the new girl, her dad and mom moving her to Florida as the newest golf pro at the Sugar Dunes country club. It's nothing new and at least she gets to be by the beach for her last year of school. Zat is the mysterious boy that invades her dreams from the distant future. Risking his life on the uncertain technology that projects his consciousness through time to past earth, he chooses Babe's dreams to occupy. As the summer comes to a close Babe finds her life taking some left turns...will Zat survive all the changes?I love stories about dreams and post-apocalyptic earth so it was a no brainer to request this fusion love story. And I totally loved it! To be fair if you are not looking for romance this book is not for you. While Babe goes through all sorts of changes in her life she is unwaveringly bound to Zat. Okay warning is over, you have been forewarned!Some might claim there is a startlingly strong insta-love between Babe and Zat. While I admit it appears like that I don't agree... Zat has vetted dreamers to choose who he wants to occupy and he chose Babe after falling for her through her dreams. To some it may seem creepy like a stalker (and in a way it is) but its not about the physical it's totally what he knows about Babe's mind and dreams. In essence he got to know her intimately more than most couples know and feel about one another. Since he come from an earth so at odds with our own I can see how this intimacy bridges differences that may be too extreme without it. From Babe's side of it she does say (very early on) she feels love while not understanding it. I believe this was to signify that her unconscious (basically her mind) had been aware of Zat and fallen for him too. This is probably a stretch for some readers. I however bought it and felt that the story followed this line of thought very well.As for Zat's distant earth, there were enough details that I bought his world. The body's adaptations to the environment, their reliance on insects to eat and cactus to drink, the community society working together and pairing up due to practical matters were all touched on well enough that I could see his world. I loved meeting his uncle briefly and his talk about the other family members choosing the only other options besides the dream technology and death on earth - space travel with no known location in mind. In a way this background caused Zat to be a more accepting and loving human being for Babe.While I felt this sci-fi aspect to Babe's very regular life was intriguing and a great element that worked well it wasn't the entire story and I liked that fusion nature to the book! We also have Mai, a Vietnamese girl Babe befriends at her family's fish market and LeGrand, the rich boy, golden child that lounges at the country club his father is on the board of directors for. These two add such a richness to her day to day life. She is able to talk to Mai as a best friend and LeGrand is able to confide about his own struggles to Babe. They both add a tiny bit of diversity. (I didn't mind the part about Mai's name, she called her Nuggins due to the conversation she and Mai had to show they were friends. I've actually heard from my Asian friends that this happens particularly to the more difficult names.) The book covers the summer before her senior year and the ups and downs of her new sleepy town plus the addicting meetings with Zat that she feels she must rush back to each night.The plot is not the be all to end all. If you HATE books with really light plot I still think you should give this book a chance but be aware that it is not about the plot even though there is some real life stuff that constitutes plot and acts as markers for the passing of time. I liked this about the book! I liked the difficulties that she had to tackle. The other minor characters weren't there to add drama for drama's sake but made you wonder (Alonso, Maddy Lynn, Bing, Kay and Clyde). I really appreciated the secret island, the sexual harassment and the Friends Across the Bay tennis class.Babe has such a natural and engaging narrative style that I was willing to just go along for the ride as her life totally changes due to her move to Sugar Dunes. "So much for Skyping with Perry if I couldn’t fix it myself. I would’ve texted him but I’d already tried my cell phone and we were out of the service area. Just great. In the middle of a pine forest on a street named after a fish and I couldn’t even send a text." Zat's POV while more limited was a nice compliment to Babe even though it dropped off at the end abruptly. I loved Babe's blog journal posts and the comments at the end. The formatting of the book worked well and kept us from dwelling on potentially more boring parts of Babe's life.The ending was fantastical but it was a satisfying conclusion to the entire dream experience. The real life drama was a nice balance to the romance climax. I liked how Babe realized what had happened, I thought it was executed well and her reactions were spot on. And her moment with Mai saying what needed to be said even if it was hard... now that is friendship. Really this book was all about the details. If I listed all of them then there wouldn't be incredible little nuggets of gold for you to run across... while the book had light plot in places this was a really creative melding of genres that I really enjoyed.BOTTOM LINE: A fantastical sci-fi contemporary romance, slice of life fusion.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Caron
    April 2, 2017
    ★||Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars||★I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Dream Me is a book that is a love story of sorts told through a science fiction point of view. I'll start right off by saying that most of this book was confusing to me. I don't know what message was trying to be told and it irked me that I couldn't tell because I felt like I was missing out on some joke.Here's what I did get. Zat was from a future Earth where the world and humans ★||Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars||★I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Dream Me is a book that is a love story of sorts told through a science fiction point of view. I'll start right off by saying that most of this book was confusing to me. I don't know what message was trying to be told and it irked me that I couldn't tell because I felt like I was missing out on some joke.Here's what I did get. Zat was from a future Earth where the world and humans had evolved so much that even their appearance was changed. He was often referred to as a dreamer because even though people stopped dreaming ages ago, he was fascinated and obsessed with it, so much so that he was willing to live in and through someone else's dreams.As much as Babe spoke throughout the book, I didn't much get the feel of her as a person. She was kind of the main character but I understood her through Zat's eyes. The way he spoke about her and expressed his feelings about and towards her helped me know her better.Even though this book threw me for a loop, I can't deny that the author's writing is amazing. Maybe there wasn't much world building and certain points did seem either slightly forced or rushed but I wouldn't write her off as yet.Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Wattpad
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  • Kathryn Berla
    July 19, 2017
    KIRKUS REVIEWIn this YA novel, a young man from Earth’s far future visits a present-day teen in her dreams, but soon their connection is threatened.In a future era in which the Earth is dying, Zat plans a dangerous trip, time traveling to our present by projecting himself into the mind of a teenage girl while she sleeps. That girl, Babe, who’s 17 (roughly Zat’s age), is an adaptable, resourceful person thanks to her father’s job as golf pro, which has caused them to move from state to state—most KIRKUS REVIEWIn this YA novel, a young man from Earth’s far future visits a present-day teen in her dreams, but soon their connection is threatened.In a future era in which the Earth is dying, Zat plans a dangerous trip, time traveling to our present by projecting himself into the mind of a teenage girl while she sleeps. That girl, Babe, who’s 17 (roughly Zat’s age), is an adaptable, resourceful person thanks to her father’s job as golf pro, which has caused them to move from state to state—most recently, from California to the Florida Panhandle. Over the summer, Babe learns about another new town, makes some friends, and works in the country club’s tennis shop, and she also begins having recurring dreams of a boy with thick, wavy brown hair and green eyes, who eventually introduces himself as Zat. He seems strangely familiar, and they share a strong bond, making Zat a “dream guy” in every way—except for the crushing headaches Babe has the following day. To herself and on her blog, Babe wonders how Zat can feel “more real and more interesting than anyone…in real life.” But can he achieve corporeality after time travel? And will he have to abandon the trip—and his life—to save Babe from unbearable pain? Berla (12 Hours in Paradise, 2016, etc.) delivers a very entertaining romance with well-thought-out sci-fi elements—one that’s delightfully free of the clichés that so often haunt YA fiction. Both the story’s rich-kid and queen-bee characters defy convention; Babe’s friends have intriguing back stories, and the country-club setting gives the protagonist a chance to make perceptive comments about people and society. For example, while touring a palatial yacht, she remarks, “I knew money didn’t buy happiness, but it was unbelievable what it did buy.” Babe’s blog opens up the story via the sometimes-silly, sometimes-mysterious comments of her readers: one of them wishes she would focus on Florida sightseeing; another, called “DreamMe,” seems strangely knowledgeable about Babe’s situation. The final twist isn’t easy to see coming, and it gives the novel a satisfying, well-earned ending. A thoughtful, engaging novel that combines genres well.
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  • Alice Rachel
    April 15, 2017
    What a beautiful book!As always, Kathryn Berla's writing is so good. Beautifully written and flowing so well. But no, I'm not jealous at all... (Totally am).Her style is so unique and all of her own. You can tell someone is a good writer when you recognize their work based on their writing style alone.There were many things I liked in this book, most of them subtle.For example, I loved the criticism of misogyny flowing through the book. Babe is faced with a plight all girls/women have to deal wi What a beautiful book!As always, Kathryn Berla's writing is so good. Beautifully written and flowing so well. But no, I'm not jealous at all... (Totally am).Her style is so unique and all of her own. You can tell someone is a good writer when you recognize their work based on their writing style alone.There were many things I liked in this book, most of them subtle.For example, I loved the criticism of misogyny flowing through the book. Babe is faced with a plight all girls/women have to deal with at least once in their lives: the unwanted and uncalled-for harassment from a member of the male gender.Her situation is made worse by the fact that the man has power.I just loved how this was presented in such a way one might even miss the criticism.I also loved the questions raised about immigration. I loved that the book talked about important matters such as the Vietnam war.So many important subjects just seeping through the pages in subtle ways.I loved the diversity of the characters and how deep they were. Zat and Babe are strong and lovable. This is a unique love story like nothing else I've ever read! Read it now! : )
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  • Darque Dreamer
    July 20, 2017
    Dream Me was very imaginative. The author captured the essence of a teenage girl with such youthful prose while keeping the reader hooked to the story. Though the fantasy aspect of the story line is not as full as would be expected, the reader's interest is kept on learning about Babe and her friends. The book provides a quick, easy read, though the chapters are not nearly as long as desired. The idea behind the story is something unheard of. Fantasy novels often explore tales where Earth has be Dream Me was very imaginative. The author captured the essence of a teenage girl with such youthful prose while keeping the reader hooked to the story. Though the fantasy aspect of the story line is not as full as would be expected, the reader's interest is kept on learning about Babe and her friends. The book provides a quick, easy read, though the chapters are not nearly as long as desired. The idea behind the story is something unheard of. Fantasy novels often explore tales where Earth has been destroyed or is dying, but the idea that the future people of Earth harness the technology to send a person's consciousness back in time to live in another person's dreams is new territory. As a young adult fiction novel, this story fits the bill, but it is missing much of its underlying story and lacking a great deal of content in the way of the fantasy genre.I was left wanting for the story of Earth, and yearning to learn about the technology that allowed Zat to live in Babe's dreams. The chapters, and the story itself, seemed too short for my personal taste, and read slightly offset alongside the "blog entries". Babe was an exceptionally well written character, but Zat needed more substance. I would have liked to learn more about Earl and how he came to be with his involvement in the ending of the story. I enjoyed the book and my interest was kept, but I feel like there is so much missing still.Thank you to NetGalley for this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Ines
    July 10, 2017
    This book caught me since the first chapter. I really liked the different narrations (Babe's point of view, Babe's blogs and getting to know Zat's "world"), it made the reading very fresh, light and easy-going. The language is not complicated or intrincate, so this book is suitable to be read by adults, teens, pre-teens... I think everyone will enjoy reading this fantasy romance book. (view spoiler)[I guessed Pioneer One may be someone Babe knew, but I didn't expect it to be Earl! (I always thou This book caught me since the first chapter. I really liked the different narrations (Babe's point of view, Babe's blogs and getting to know Zat's "world"), it made the reading very fresh, light and easy-going. The language is not complicated or intrincate, so this book is suitable to be read by adults, teens, pre-teens... I think everyone will enjoy reading this fantasy romance book. (view spoiler)[I guessed Pioneer One may be someone Babe knew, but I didn't expect it to be Earl! (I always thought it could be Alonso because he didn't talk and was so shy). The end of the story was beautiful and perfect, (hide spoiler)] ... but it'd be even better if it'd have a second part (pretty please!)
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  • Hilary
    June 23, 2017
    *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*I've never been more disappointed with a book in my life.Dream Me is a young adult sci-fi novel which, when you reach the end of it, you'll feel as if you've ordered chocolate ice cream but given the coffee flavor instead.This novel has an intriguing premise and the scientific concept is what makes me want to read it in the first place. Berla has created a unique time-travel system in which the traveler is not physically, but me *I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*I've never been more disappointed with a book in my life.Dream Me is a young adult sci-fi novel which, when you reach the end of it, you'll feel as if you've ordered chocolate ice cream but given the coffee flavor instead.This novel has an intriguing premise and the scientific concept is what makes me want to read it in the first place. Berla has created a unique time-travel system in which the traveler is not physically, but mentally going back in time. I also like her idea of the end of the world. The sun is dying and getting closer to Earth, making it almost inhabitable. The concept is quite convincing because she has made some changes to the appearance of future humans.Besides that, I like the way Berla tell readers about the side characters. Even though the whole book is told from Babe's and Zat's perspective, the supporting cast is still shaped lively. Mai and LeGrand are two lovable characters that you will want to know more about.But that's it for the things I like in this book. I have issues. Huge issues.The first and most obvious problem is insta-love. I never understand the romance between Babe and Zat. They only say there's a "deep connection" and that they want to be with each other. Nothing that happened in the dreams show why they are attracted to each other. I also think things escalated very quickly without explanation, especially near the end of the novel.The second thing is the assumption toward pretty girls and how manipulative Babe is. There's this part where Babe assumes the beautiful and popular girl who's leading the tennis program must be mean, and a part where she meets the guard of her workplace and only agrees to have a photo taken of her when she feels like he will be useful to her family.The worst issue I have with this book is that after I finished it, I was utterly confused, and I think it would have been a better book if it was written without the sci-fi elements. Zat is such an insignificant character after 40% of the book. The focus of the plot shifted from Babe and Zat to Babe and friends, and what's strange is that the latter alone makes a pretty good contemporary YA. Then, the mention of Pioneer One and that ending makes me really confused. I was like, How? And then I realized the idea of "corporealism" was never technically explained. Because of how little the role of science actually played in this novel, I think it was such a pity that the premise was wasted.Last but not least, the blog format is pointless in my opinion. When the chapter shifted from Babe's POV to her blog, I can't tell the difference except for the comment section. However, the comment section is not helpful to the plot either. I get that the author wants to leave clues for readers by the use of user DreamMe's comments but the hints are too vague to have any effect at all.In short, I am really disappointed with Dream Me. It has such an interesting premise but the potential wasn't fulfilled. At 37%, I thought it was going to be my favorite ARC ever reviewed but I was wrong. I wish it was just a contemporary, focusing on Babe moving to Sugar Dunes and how she copes with it. Then I would have enjoyed it better.Rating: 3/10---------------Also posted on Ravishing Tales.
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  • Angela (Books of a Shy Girl)
    July 18, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a YA sci-fi book, whose main characters are Babe and Zat.Zat is from the future, where it’s impossible to live on Earth. So he decides to time travel back, living in the dreams of Babe. A senior who just moved to Florida. It’s summer, the school hasn’t started yet and she works at a tennis shop.Babe has been all around the country, and now she has recently moved to Sugar Dunes in Florida. She has a travel blog a little different from the other ones. In this blog she Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a YA sci-fi book, whose main characters are Babe and Zat.Zat is from the future, where it’s impossible to live on Earth. So he decides to time travel back, living in the dreams of Babe. A senior who just moved to Florida. It’s summer, the school hasn’t started yet and she works at a tennis shop.Babe has been all around the country, and now she has recently moved to Sugar Dunes in Florida. She has a travel blog a little different from the other ones. In this blog she talks more about how she is settling down, rather than all the places she has visited. I loved the comments of her followers. Some were really funny!The book lacks a scientific basis, as the author doesn’t explain how can people time travel, when and how the human body changed to adapt to the new climate, or how they can travel into the space. Plus, I don’t understand the insta-love Babe felt towards Zat. I love when the author builds up the relationship between the main characters, so I was a little disappointed.Another thing I disliked was the fact that Babe didn’t tell her parents or some friends about the sexual harassment she was subjected to. I know that she only did it for the sake of her parents, but it may give a wrong message and be interpreted as a different way to deal with such situations.Despite tha many flaws, the story was engaging and the friendships Babe forges in this summer are heart-warming to read, though I wanted more scenes about her and her friends: Mai, the foreign girl who is really great at drawing; LeGrand Buell, who is a rich boy with parents who neglect him, and then we have Alonso, the intelligent one and the youngest of the group.The writing style was really good, with a fast-paced story. The book was a page-turner, it left you with the need to know more about the two main characters, and though I was disappointed by the story, I give it a solid 3 out of 5 stars.I recommend it for a light and quick read.
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  • Morrisa
    June 26, 2017
    REVIEW FEATURED HERE ON MY BLOG: https://morrisareads.wordpress.com/20... I wanted to mention **TRIGGER WARNINGS** for this book as well - there is some sexual assault/sexual harassment. So if that sets you off, do be cautious.  Secondly, one of the characters, Mai, her last name is Nguyen, and Babe throughout most of the book struggled to figure out the pronunciation. And when she figured it out she proceeded to use "Nuggins." Kinda rolled my eyes at that one. So I got this book through the aut REVIEW FEATURED HERE ON MY BLOG: https://morrisareads.wordpress.com/20... I wanted to mention **TRIGGER WARNINGS** for this book as well - there is some sexual assault/sexual harassment. So if that sets you off, do be cautious.  Secondly, one of the characters, Mai, her last name is Nguyen, and Babe throughout most of the book struggled to figure out the pronunciation. And when she figured it out she proceeded to use "Nuggins." Kinda rolled my eyes at that one. So I got this book through the author by asking for a copy & she let me have a copy for review so thank you so much. In return, I am to give & honest review, which you can check out below :)   This novel is about a boy (Zat) from future earth, after the sun had expanded and killed off humanity, and now a new species exists on the planet. It wasn't exactly explained how (I'll get more into this later), but he was able to go into the dreams and communicate with a girl from present-day earth. It's a little love story I suppose.  I wish I could give a better description of the book because the synopsis above is not at all what the book is about. Or rather, it lacks pretty much everything it says above in the synopsis. I was expecting a really interesting sci-fi love story, but...literally nothing was explained. The future earth was barely described and I never really understood HOW Zat was able to travel into the past dreams or WHY. Everything about this book had so much potential but it just failed at execution. I felt that Zat's entire half of the story fell flat and needed so much more world building and just an explanation in general. Because most of the time I was like ?? why is this relevant I just want to read about Babe and her life.   I, however, very much enjoyed the female's story - Babe. Her POV and her little day to day life after she moved to Florida was so interesting and relatable. I enjoyed the friendships she had with Mai and LeGrand and I really wish there was so much more to all of this and her life. I feel as if the author should have written much more to this book to work with the whole romance between Zat and Babe so it actually made sense and wasn't so strange. This whole book left me feeling like a chunk of the story was missing.    I also did like how the book ended. I won't spoil what happened but I thought it was interesting how one of the characters that we didn't really think twice about ended up being an extremely big part to the whole time travel-in-dreams things. But like I said, I think this book has a good idea, a good premise, but it just missed half of what the book should have had - more of Zat's POV and world.   The romance I didn't like either, because 1) they were in love after meeting in a dream and 2) we barely ever saw them connect or get to know each other very well, it was all skipped over. And I hate that. I want to see a romance develop, I don't want it skipped over and barely explained.     Overall, I think Dream Me could have been better if there was more. More world building, more explanation, more time. And everything about Mai's last name and the joking around it could have been excluded because it just wasn't funny. I give it three stars for it at least keeping me interested to get to the end. Would I recommend this? Probably not, but it goes on sale July 11, 2017 if you're curious.
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  • Annette Jordan
    June 24, 2017
    I received an advance copy from NetGalley and the publishers. The premise of this book sounded intriguing, a future earth where people no longer dreamed, and a boy who found himself with the ability to do so. Sadly the book failed to live up to its promise for me. The world building for the future earth was pretty poor, with vague explanations of why the earth was dying and why or how people could travel back in time through dreams. The book also has a character living in current day earth, Babe I received an advance copy from NetGalley and the publishers. The premise of this book sounded intriguing, a future earth where people no longer dreamed, and a boy who found himself with the ability to do so. Sadly the book failed to live up to its promise for me. The world building for the future earth was pretty poor, with vague explanations of why the earth was dying and why or how people could travel back in time through dreams. The book also has a character living in current day earth, Babe, a teenager who works a summer job in the local country club. While the author at least makes some attempt at giving Babe some depth as a character, it is just an attempt, she still feels pretty flat and one dimensional, though not quite as much as Zat, the boy from the future who becomes infatuated with her. There were a lot of things I didn't like about this book, but one of the worst was the decision the author made to have Babe endure a sexual assault and then keep quiet about it to save her parent's job, it's not a great message to give to the young girls this book is presumably aimed at. I also felt the end of the book was rushed, and a cop out, there was no explanation of how the resolution the author chose could really be possible, and it was just one more disappointment for me as a reader.
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  • Abena
    July 19, 2017
    Who doesn't love a good star-crossed lovers book? Well, in this case, me. The plot premise was amazing, the cover beautiful but when push came to shove Dream Me just wasn't a winner in my book. Babe is a modern day girl who just moved...again. Zat is a not-so-modern day guy from the future who by some unexplained mysterious time travel technology now lives in Babe's dreams. I was so very confused throughout this book. How exactly did Zat travel back to the past? Why did he pick some random girl Who doesn't love a good star-crossed lovers book? Well, in this case, me. The plot premise was amazing, the cover beautiful but when push came to shove Dream Me just wasn't a winner in my book. Babe is a modern day girl who just moved...again. Zat is a not-so-modern day guy from the future who by some unexplained mysterious time travel technology now lives in Babe's dreams. I was so very confused throughout this book. How exactly did Zat travel back to the past? Why did he pick some random girl to be his host? Why isn't Babe more alarmed about this super hot guy who's showing up in her dreams? And most importantly- how exactly is this supposed to work? Again, the premise was good but eventually the plot line was everywhere with a bunch of dead ends when something (no spoilers) got interesting. I honestly re-read the ending twice and still am not exactly sure what happened? In the end, this book just wasn't for me.I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review2.5/5 stars
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  • Dani
    February 1, 2017
    Thank you NetGalley and Amberjack Publishers for allowing me to read an ARC of Dream me. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dream me is a romantic story first and foremost, within a Sci-Fi context. The whole idea of a romantic relationship developed within a dream had me hooked. However, the delivery of the whole notion was lacking. The first 20% of the book was uneventful and when finally things were starting to look up, the storyline felt flat. I was never able t Thank you NetGalley and Amberjack Publishers for allowing me to read an ARC of Dream me. I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Dream me is a romantic story first and foremost, within a Sci-Fi context. The whole idea of a romantic relationship developed within a dream had me hooked. However, the delivery of the whole notion was lacking. The first 20% of the book was uneventful and when finally things were starting to look up, the storyline felt flat. I was never able to get a full notion of Zat as a character, and therefore, was never attached to him. There was no building up towards Zat's and Babe's romance. It just sort of happened. Additionally, the story seemed to drag on unimportant parts while speed up in parts where, at least to me, seemed important. Also, the whole Sci-Fi aspect was more of an afterthought than anything else. Anyhow, I still give this book 3 starts because the writing is spectacular. Sentences are incredibly well written and it is so easy to read. Plus, like I said before, the concept is still amazing.
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  • Ivana Užarević
    April 23, 2017
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this book for an honest review. Ok ... so... It was so beautiful. A really interesting book with characters so real that you may actually believe they live in the same street as you. I wont be writing my review here becuse I will be writing a more detailed but spoiler free one on my blog today. Please do pick up this book ,you definitely wont regret it 😉
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  • Lea
    July 13, 2017
    This story didn't work for me. Hero is a time traveller who links with the young heroine by invading her dreams. I found the story rather convoluted and actually boring at times.
  • Snooty1
    March 4, 2017
    Thanks to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing for an ARC in return for an honest review.The message and the story are quite novel, but left something wanting. It was frustrating at times because the plot left so many possibilities and lent itself to such depth, but I felt like I was reading a pre-quel to series rather than the meat of a story in its own right.
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  • Christiane Gassenbauer
    May 7, 2017
    This book doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Implausible and boring. I received this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing.Dream Me is a sci-fi novel for teenagers and young adults. It’s about a young girl named Babe (Really? Oh yes) who has often moved to different places in the US. Before starting her senior year of high school, her parents decide to move one more time – to Sugar Dunes, Florida, a tranquil but small place where the most excitin This book doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Implausible and boring. I received this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Amberjack Publishing.Dream Me is a sci-fi novel for teenagers and young adults. It’s about a young girl named Babe (Really? Oh yes) who has often moved to different places in the US. Before starting her senior year of high school, her parents decide to move one more time – to Sugar Dunes, Florida, a tranquil but small place where the most exciting things seem to happen at the local country club. Or is there more to it? No, there actually isn’t because the farfetched and implausible sci-fi plot is neither thrilling nor romantic nor anything that might make it even remotely interesting.So the fantastic part goes like this: One day Babe meets a super hot guy in her dream, Zat (Really? Unfortunately, yes). It turns out that he is from the future, like way future, where the earth has basically become uninhabitable. Instead of leaving the planet, he decides to take a different path, which is time travelling by inhabiting someone else’s dreams. How this works is never explained. Neither why Babe was chosen to be Zat’s host. But of course, they fall head over heels in love with each other. Also, no one knows why, but one can assume that a sci-fi book for teens has to include a love story. So after establishing that they are madly in love, the question is, what should they do now? Babe is suffering physically from her vivid dreams, and her real life and friends who care about her get ignored entirely. Can these poor star-crossed lovers ever be together? Could this get even dumber? Could it be that Zat turns out to be an invention of Babe’s deranged mind? Because that would make sense in an otherwise disappointing book.Overall, this book is wanting due to its lack of plot and character development, proper romance and original sci-fi for that matter. Why go to all the lengths to come up with a novel technology and then hide it from the reader? “I could explain it to you, but that would be too complicated, believe me,” is basically what Zat tells Babe. Like “What?!” Give me that science, I’m sure I can handle it. The book is saved from becoming a total bore through some minor characters that add at least a bit of colour to this dull story. I think the book would have had the potential to be intriguing if the author had provided fleshed out main characters and a fully developed plot.
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  • Nandini Bharadwaj
    April 13, 2017
    Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest reviewCharacters:Babe was a strong-willed and determined character with whom I had an instant connection. I liked reading from her perspective and her journal-like blog (even the comments). However, Zat was a problem for me. I never really connected with him (also, the name annoyed me). Babe's ex-boyfriend also felt unnecessary. The supporting cast was well fleshed out and I loved their personality and their quir Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest reviewCharacters:Babe was a strong-willed and determined character with whom I had an instant connection. I liked reading from her perspective and her journal-like blog (even the comments). However, Zat was a problem for me. I never really connected with him (also, the name annoyed me). Babe's ex-boyfriend also felt unnecessary. The supporting cast was well fleshed out and I loved their personality and their quirks. The friendships formed were the best part of the book for me, as I didn't quite enjoy the romance.Plot and Setting:This is where the book let me down a bit. It's a mix of sci-fi and contemporary and I felt it was trying to pack too many layers in. Although the sci-fi angle was an interesting twist, there were a lot of unanswered questions. I also felt that the ending was rushed and I didn't get as much closure as I'd have liked to about the secondary characters. The plot was predictable, but I appreciated it because I wasn't in a mood to read anything twisty or complex when I picked up this book.Writing Style:I loved the writing style in this book - it is laid back, clear and thought-provoking. The different narrators were distinguishable and that is another reason I felt the writing was well-done. I liked how themes such as the divide between dreams and reality, the future of mankind and Earth were explored in this book. Reading about the future in this truly shattered my heart into a million pieces because it felt so hopeless. Kudos to the author for writing so powerfully.Conclusion:The writing style and the secondary characters made this book a pleasurable read. However, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd have liked to mainly because the sci-fi part felt unnecessary. Despite that, I want to read other books by the author because I see a lot of potential and hope that her other books impress me more.
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  • Vera Burris
    January 17, 2017
    I'm enthralled with your scene settings---waves like lace, string of pearls for the beach.The land is a lady. For the characters, Babe is resilient and knows how to be a good friend. I like her use of her blog for a little continuity in her life and it’s cute how her followers’ opinions are so different. I really like Mai, who is so willing to accept and validate a friend's dreamworld. She seems to give it the substance that Babe, as smitten as she is, can't quite manage on her own. I should hav I'm enthralled with your scene settings---waves like lace, string of pearls for the beach.The land is a lady. For the characters, Babe is resilient and knows how to be a good friend. I like her use of her blog for a little continuity in her life and it’s cute how her followers’ opinions are so different. I really like Mai, who is so willing to accept and validate a friend's dreamworld. She seems to give it the substance that Babe, as smitten as she is, can't quite manage on her own. I should have guessed about LeGrande but sometimes you want a ship so badly (him and Mai). It was a clever clue that maybe Babe wasn't as observant as she thought she was and might have been missing something. Alonso's interests also helped to make Babe's desires sound possible. Clyde is, unfortunately, a fact in many girls’ lives. Babe's performance on the tennis court and what it symbolized was thrilling I loved the reveal at the end and hope for the best for Babe and Zat. Dream Me gets my recommendation.
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  • Charlotte Black
    January 28, 2017
    This book is difficult to review. Let's get the first thing out the way. I did like this, I really did. It wasn't a heavy, full of endless description kind of book. It's more of a holiday romance with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in. Exactly what I wanted to read actually as I've been reading high fantasy of late and you always need a bit of a break from that. So, there are, from what I can gather, 3 story arcs going on in this story. The first is Babe (cool name!) and her endless moving. She' This book is difficult to review. Let's get the first thing out the way. I did like this, I really did. It wasn't a heavy, full of endless description kind of book. It's more of a holiday romance with a little bit of sci-fi thrown in. Exactly what I wanted to read actually as I've been reading high fantasy of late and you always need a bit of a break from that. So, there are, from what I can gather, 3 story arcs going on in this story. The first is Babe (cool name!) and her endless moving. She's moved from California to Sugar Dunes. Her father's a golf pro so I suppose they must move where the money is. That's usually at country clubs where the rich dwell. Babe isn't excited about the whole country club thing. She's pretty immune to it right now. She's seen more than her fair share and knows exactly what happens at these places. She's spending her summer working in the tennis shop and helping the pro run the day to day chores. Babe makes friends, she susses out who the queen-bee is of her peers, who the 'alpha dog' is (her words, not mine!) and gets involved in a reach-out program at the tennis centre. She makes friends and carries on with her summer. So far this part of the story is pretty contemporary, so I enjoyed this. But then we have the whole sci-fi portion intertwined. Zat is a human, a more advanced human, living on a dying planet Earth--an Earth of our future. With the choice of leaving the planet with his family to search for another habitable planet, or stay and become a 'dreamer.' He chooses to stay because he's intrigued with the girl with the red hair called Babe. Apparently in this future earth they have technology for you to go back in time but the only way you can go back is to enter a chosen person's dreams. I'll admit that this portion of the book was way too vague for my liking. The emphasis wasn't on world-building (huh) or filling in this picture, the author's writing turned more poetic and visionary rather than include solid factuals. The third story arc is the love story. Yes, at the root is Babe and Zat both wanting to fall in love but facing a whole lot of obstacles. The first being that Zat is only in her dreams, therefore occupying her (or at least that's how I read it). They form a lovely bond but of course it can only go so far. A side-effect of having these lovely dreams is that Babe develops terrible exhausting headaches. Simply put, she must not dream of Zat if she wants to keep the headaches at bay. Dream Me also has Babe describing her dreams with Zat as a blog, and the story includes a portion of this blog during nearly every chapter. My only gripe with this was--too much writing. While the blog advances the story it does only serve as a tell-not show purpose. My other feeling on Babe's narrative and the blog narrative was they weren't a whole lot different. If you've ever read a seventeen year olds blog they are certainly not as well written. My point is there wasn't enough difference between them and while writing a blog in a book is very 'present day' it only serves as a way to skip past events to advance the story. Oh, I'm not explaining this well...let's move on. All in all, as I wrote earlier Dream Me is a good fill-in story that you can read in a day. The concept is interesting but I would have preferred a full on contemp with Babe and her friends, or a full on Sci-fi with Zat and Babe. The two combined together sold the whole story short IMHO. Still, great writing and beautiful descriptions. If you have a rainy day and want cheering up then this will definitely do for you....
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  • Christina Torretta
    July 21, 2017
    Set in Florida! The best plan, if you can’t live where you’re from, is to read books that are about places you’re from. This is based in Florida, panhandle to be exact, but Florida is Florida and I loved reading about the smell of the beach, boiled peanuts (ACK! Now I’m craving boiled peanuts!), and of all things fire ants! They’re a bit of a shock if you’ve never met one before.So the setting was obviously up my alley and a nice surprise but the entire story was fun. It is Science Fiction but c Set in Florida! The best plan, if you can’t live where you’re from, is to read books that are about places you’re from. This is based in Florida, panhandle to be exact, but Florida is Florida and I loved reading about the smell of the beach, boiled peanuts (ACK! Now I’m craving boiled peanuts!), and of all things fire ants! They’re a bit of a shock if you’ve never met one before.So the setting was obviously up my alley and a nice surprise but the entire story was fun. It is Science Fiction but compared to some other books I’ve read if sci fi turns you off I would say this is a really light sci fi. The premise is totally sci fi but it’s a love story. It reminds me of something like the movie The Lakehouse, but young adult. And if you haven’t seen The Lakehouse, go now, do it!Many times when stories are written with multiple character point of views, I wind up wanting to read one over the other. This wasn’t the case with Dream Me. I felt that I wanted to know as much as I could about the characters, from every point of view. I loved when Zat was speaking, although he does not give much information about what is happening, there is enough to get a feeling for what he is going through but I also loved when Babe was speaking. The narration comes mostly from Babe, some through posts on her blog which adds another mixture to the story, but the perspectives are unique and fun.I do think I liked the blog posts the most. And the comments! I want to know more about DreamMe too. Who is this person!? What threw me was that at 95% I was starting to seriously wonder if this was going to have a cliff hanger ending. It doesn’t but it didn’t feel completely tidied up. The ending was fabulous but I was left with a few more questions than answers.I think with a book like this though, especially romance, the reader tends to be happy even with details left out. I am completely satisfied with the outcome that Kathryn Berla gave her readers. Questions, yes many but I closed this book with satisfaction! The world building would have been wonderful and I would have loved to know more about Zat’s world and what he was going through, but what the reader does know is good.Also, there are some side characters and some differences that really made this stand out. First, I loved that this is a young adult but the parents are fully in the picture! And that the side characters are almost always around. Mai is spunky and seems like a great side kick and LeBrand wound up being a bit of a surprise. Sadly, the downside is that I wound up knowing more about these characters than we find out about Zat, even though a portion of the book was done through his pov.What I absolutely did not like was that Babe fell in love instantly. I absolutely hate insta-love. I get insta infatuation and maybe that is how it started but Babe was saying some pretty heavy stuff for just having met this boy and in a dream no less. So, that was strange for me. I get her being curious but she started wanting to go to sleep just to see Zat pretty quickly. Again, like the sci fi underdevelopment, you just have to kind of go with it to see how it all works out. I enjoyed it. It’s not so poppy that you feel like you’re reading bubblegum, and it has a bit more premise than your average romance but I think a little bit more could have been done to develop their relationship.Overall it was a fun read that I really enjoyed. I just want to know more about Zat! I would love a story from his perspective and world. It’s so brilliant!Thank you Netgalley and Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to read for an honest review!
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  • Brigitte
    July 11, 2017
    Dream Me is a futuristic young adult novel set in Sugar Dunes. It's in dual POV and part of the story is relayed via a blog. The present and future earth run in parallel. It's an interesting theory. Babe currently lives in California and with her dad being a golf pro, she is used to moving around. His next job is in Sugar Dunes and this is their next destination. Her father runs the golf club, her mother works in the golf shop and she works in the tennis club, until school resumes. Zat is in the Dream Me is a futuristic young adult novel set in Sugar Dunes. It's in dual POV and part of the story is relayed via a blog. The present and future earth run in parallel. It's an interesting theory. Babe currently lives in California and with her dad being a golf pro, she is used to moving around. His next job is in Sugar Dunes and this is their next destination. Her father runs the golf club, her mother works in the golf shop and she works in the tennis club, until school resumes. Zat is in the future, where earth is no longer what it used to be. The inhabitants have had to adapt to the environment in more ways than one. It's dry and desolate. The inhabitants and the culture are completely different! His family left to find a better place but, he stayed behind as he wants to time travel to experience life on earth, in its current state. Besides, he has one specific goal in mind. A beautiful redhead! They call him a dreamer, but he is hopeful, as a pioneer has already been through this experience. The problem is that nobody is certain for the lack of feedback. After moving to Sugar Dunes, Babe starts having vivid dreams which always result in headaches. In these dreams, she meets Zat in different places and there is a sense of familiarity between them. She realises that her feelings are different from those she has for Perry, her boyfriend who is still in California. She breaks up with him, hoping that they can be friends. When she tells Zat about her headaches, he decides to take a step back as he feels responsible. These are brought on through his invasions of her dreams. He can't stay away for long and she doesn't feel right when he is not in her dreams. She lives for those dreams!As they become closer to each other, Zat feels that he owes her the truth. He shows her his true self. He is literally out of this world. He thinks that she will change her mind after the revelation but, once she gets over the initial shock, she wants to continue as they are. She talks about it in her blog and to Mai, her best friend. Anyone else might think that she needs help. Her life during the day is like any other girl her age. She likes tennis and the job suits her, even though she is faced with some unpleasant encounters. Besides Mai, she is befriended by LeGrand who has his own family problems. They become the three musketeers and spend most of their free time together. I like the dual aspect of the story. The swift transitions between the ordinary and the exordinary make it more acceptable. Sugar Dunes is so vividly portrayed that I can actually picture the different locations. I also like the multiracial aspect and the differences between the rich and the poor. I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about future earth and Zat. It ends with a beautiful twist. One that leaves it open to interpretations. Although, a little confusing to begin with, once everything starts to make sense, it falls into place and becomes a rather interesting and intriguing story. I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
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  • Kaylin
    August 3, 2017
    DNF @ 15% I’m not assigning a rating to this, as I didn’t get very far-- and as such, this review focuses more on why I decided not to continue, instead of an overview of the entire work. The premise for this is really interesting, focusing on a girl and boy separated by past/future, who connect through dreams. But the writing style is very cluttered and filled with info-dumps.Instead of giving any perception of the characters, the first few chapters are just stuffed with information. Both Babe’ DNF @ 15% I’m not assigning a rating to this, as I didn’t get very far-- and as such, this review focuses more on why I decided not to continue, instead of an overview of the entire work. The premise for this is really interesting, focusing on a girl and boy separated by past/future, who connect through dreams. But the writing style is very cluttered and filled with info-dumps.Instead of giving any perception of the characters, the first few chapters are just stuffed with information. Both Babe’s world and Zat’s are just revealed in long rambling paragraphs. There are no sensory details, just historical facts, ramblings about Babe’s many moves or Zat explaining the intricacies of his society. There’s also something really gimmicky about most of Babe’s backstory being revealed through blog posts and playing it off as “well my blog is just more like a diary I’m sharing.” My main issue was the run-on-sentences. These paragraphs were incredibly long, broken up by parenthesis with useless information and multiple hyphens. It was just way too cluttered, and completely pulled me out of the story.I received an ARC of this through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Amberjack Publishing for the opportunity!
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  • Katie Kaleski
    January 26, 2017
    What a cute story. The writing is wonderful and so full of vivid imagery and lovely sentences. The cast of characters is great and all experience character growth at a natural pace. At first I didn't like LeGrande, but he even grew on me. Slight *SPOILERS* ahead. And the twist with Earl, loved it. And I liked how Babe's life gave us a sneak peek behind country club walls, and I liked how her life in a way was between two worlds. She wasn't a member, but yet she wasn't a regular civilian. Kind of What a cute story. The writing is wonderful and so full of vivid imagery and lovely sentences. The cast of characters is great and all experience character growth at a natural pace. At first I didn't like LeGrande, but he even grew on me. Slight *SPOILERS* ahead. And the twist with Earl, loved it. And I liked how Babe's life gave us a sneak peek behind country club walls, and I liked how her life in a way was between two worlds. She wasn't a member, but yet she wasn't a regular civilian. Kind of like how Zats life was in between in a way too. I thought the part with Babe's job was unfair, but I guess that's how those things go sometimes. I liked how what's on the inside is what's beautiful is a part of this story because, geesh, Zat, that's all I'm saying, but she loved him anyway. After reading this I want to go to beach and put my toes in some wet sand and eat seafood. Pretty much I want to go to Sugar Dunes. A fun story all tied together with a delightful ending. I'm pretty sure there was a big smile on my face when I finished.
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  • Michelle
    January 27, 2017
    Unfortunately, this book just really didn't work for me. The craziest part about it all is that I liked hearing about Babe's (mc) life, but the plot of the boy visiting her in her dreams led absolutely NOWHERE and the idea of having chapters from her blog, complete with comments by various other accounts, were interesting, but too cringey. I felt no attachment to the characters and friendships were formed far too quickly and conveniently; the mean girl wasn't mean, and the gay character was was Unfortunately, this book just really didn't work for me. The craziest part about it all is that I liked hearing about Babe's (mc) life, but the plot of the boy visiting her in her dreams led absolutely NOWHERE and the idea of having chapters from her blog, complete with comments by various other accounts, were interesting, but too cringey. I felt no attachment to the characters and friendships were formed far too quickly and conveniently; the mean girl wasn't mean, and the gay character was was only outed at 88% - possibly only to make the mc feel better about herself & her v strange relationship? However, I'm not part of that minority so can't comment on the representation.Overall, this book had potential, and some bits worked - but some really, really didn't.//Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing my with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review//
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  • Shannon
    August 3, 2017
    What an interesting concept for a story. Having a character from the future “invade” the dreams of a girl from the past is a different way to read a story. Zat, being from the future, seems to be sheltered from the happenings of the real world, when in fact the world is on a path to complete destruction. In his time, Zat is different than his peers in the fact that he is a dreamer. “What a wonderful thing it is to dream. To live out random and fantastical experiences every night. He knew dreams What an interesting concept for a story. Having a character from the future “invade” the dreams of a girl from the past is a different way to read a story. Zat, being from the future, seems to be sheltered from the happenings of the real world, when in fact the world is on a path to complete destruction. In his time, Zat is different than his peers in the fact that he is a dreamer. “What a wonderful thing it is to dream. To live out random and fantastical experiences every night. He knew dreams could be terrifying, but he also knew they could be magical.”Babe has an interesting name and personality. Having lived in many different places, Babe uses a blog as her personal diary. She is strong and she knows it. “And for the very first time with a guy, I realize I don’t have to surrender my power to enjoy his.”This is something I want to teach my daughters. Something every woman should understand. It is ok to be strong. Needing or wanting a man doesn’t mean you have to lose yourself. I love this and wish more female characters had this understanding! I really like the way Kathryn Berla writes. Her stories are full of situations making the reader say hmmm and even question the things around them. Dream Me is no different. I recommend this story to readers who are looking for something different to read. This is not a typical romance story. It is more of a fantasy adventure.
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  • Angela Hayes
    August 3, 2017
    4 Stars“Even pioneers have guides”……Dream Me is thought provoking story with a very interesting premise, by Kathryn Berla. It is a YA fantasy, with sci-fi elements and a teen romance. Babe is seventeen years old and always seems to be trying to fit in where ever she goes, as her father is a golf pro and they move often. His latest job takes them to the Florida Panhandle, and Sugar Dunes. Her father is the golf pro at the country club and Babe gets a job working in the tennis shop. This move has 4 Stars“Even pioneers have guides”……Dream Me is thought provoking story with a very interesting premise, by Kathryn Berla. It is a YA fantasy, with sci-fi elements and a teen romance. Babe is seventeen years old and always seems to be trying to fit in where ever she goes, as her father is a golf pro and they move often. His latest job takes them to the Florida Panhandle, and Sugar Dunes. Her father is the golf pro at the country club and Babe gets a job working in the tennis shop. This move has gone pretty well and she has made a few friends- except she has started having very vivid dreams which bring blinding headaches when she wakesZat is a boy from the far distant future where people are no longer the same as we are, and their Earth is dying. People of this time no longer dream, but Zat does- he dreams of a pretty girl with fiery red hair and an Earth full of beauty and wonder. He utilizes dream technology to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams. They two really connect in her dreams, Babe gets to the point where she can’t wait to go to sleep and dream of him. But her headaches are quite terrible, Zat had no idea that he would cause her such pain. He can’t stand being the cause of her pain, so he begins to pull away. Can these two ever find a way to be together in the real world? The story is beautifully written and is a quick, easy read. I loved the cover, but have seen the same picture used for another book…This story is a standalone and the concept is quite original. I got the book entirely based on the cover and the blurb- but after reading it I am a little disappointed, because with such a wonderful premise to draw inspiration from, I thought that the story and the characters lacked the depth and complexity that would have taken this read to a whole new level. It could have been stellar, but I found it a little lacking. Don’t get me wrong, this story IS beautifully written and does deserve a read- but for me the story and characters just didn’t leap off the pages. I would definitely read more from this author.Thank you Ms. Berla!
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  • Laura Furuta
    August 3, 2017
    Dream MeBy: Kathryn Berla5 out of 5 starsThe story Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult/contemporary romance book. This is a book that caught my attention from the very beginning and held it to the very last word. It is about Babe and how she starts to have dreams about a boy named Zat. These dreams are like no other that Babe has ever experienced. Babe comes to enjoy when she falls asleep and dreams of Zat, however, these dreams do come with a cost, which is the pain that she feels the ne Dream MeBy: Kathryn Berla5 out of 5 starsThe story Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult/contemporary romance book. This is a book that caught my attention from the very beginning and held it to the very last word. It is about Babe and how she starts to have dreams about a boy named Zat. These dreams are like no other that Babe has ever experienced. Babe comes to enjoy when she falls asleep and dreams of Zat, however, these dreams do come with a cost, which is the pain that she feels the next morning when she awakens. Why is Babe dreaming of Zat? Zat doesn’t like that Babe experiences such pain after her dreams. Will this cause him to stop sharing dreams with Babe?This is a book that is told from the POV of both Babe and Zat. Babe is a girl that has learned to adapt to a life of always moving. She and her parents don't stay in one place for very long. She has a routine that she goes through each time that she moves and this time when they move to Florida it begins again. Babe is someone who is strong willed and independent. In a very short time of moving she makes a friend and quickly settles into her new routine. While the story is about the dreams that Zat and Babe share it also tells about how Babe interacts with those around her. She does love her parents and is aware that how she acts and how she gets along with others can have an effect on their lives. Babe has never felt for anyone the way she does for Zat, not even with her last boyfriend. Will Babe and Zat find a way to be together outside of their dreams? Zat is a very interesting character. He is also a mysterious one. You are given facts about the time he lives in and what is happening. Just what does the future hold for both Babe and Zat? I found myself quickly turning pages of this book to see if Zat and Babe find a way to be together. It is a wonderful story to get lost in. This author has a wonderful imagination and you can’t help but fall in love with both the storyline and the characters. She has created a story that is truly a pleasure to read and my imagination was working overtime thinking what if?
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  • Chantelle Smith
    August 3, 2017
    In a time in the distant future, where humans can no longer dream and all that remains of Earth is desolate wasteland. Residing in the distant future is Zat, where he dreams of what earth use to be, how beautiful its surroundings were and a fiery beauty called Babe. Zat decides against better judgement and decides to travel back in time to be able to live in Babe’s dreams.Babe is always the new girl; her father’s job is what causes her family to constantly move around the country. But all Babe w In a time in the distant future, where humans can no longer dream and all that remains of Earth is desolate wasteland. Residing in the distant future is Zat, where he dreams of what earth use to be, how beautiful its surroundings were and a fiery beauty called Babe. Zat decides against better judgement and decides to travel back in time to be able to live in Babe’s dreams.Babe is always the new girl; her father’s job is what causes her family to constantly move around the country. But all Babe wants now is a place to settle and finally call home. Finally, the family settles in the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, but soon enough Babe begins to have dreams of a green-eyed boy called Zat, and if things are not any weirder night after night these dreams occur and Babe gets to show Zat her world, but these dreams are beginning to pay a price, every morning Babe is awoken with crippling migraines. Slowly Babe’s life outside of her dream world begin to fade and pale in comparison to the life she is leading in her dreams along with the growing love for Zat and their time they spend together.With Babe’s pain continually increasing due to the time they spend together, Zat starts to questions what his existence really means, and whether he can actually live a life without Babe in it if its only in their dreams?But can their dreams finally become a reality?Dream Me is a stand-alone novel by Kathryn Berla, this is my second read by this author and I will be defiantly being on the lookout for more of her books to read.This book did take me a while to get into it, but eventually I got caught up into this great epic, Dystopian/futuristic fantasy read that was romantic and adventurous. It was short, sweet, gets straight to the point and is just a genuine heart-warming read. I liked the plot of this book, and how these characters found each other and didn’t use the usual ways of finding out things about each other. It was a totally unique read. This was visually beautiful, I could visualise this as I read it and it completely captured me into this post-apocalyptic yet real read. This book covers a variety of subjects that are portrayed in different ways in which Kathryn Berla writes them so that the situations at brought forward in subtle yet powerful ways.I liked the different types of POVs we got through this book we got understand and learn about Zat’s world and how things are there for him. But we also got two different POV’s from Babe, I loved reading her everyday life POV but her POV’s from her blog writing really intrigued me, it was an easy going read and wasn’t heavy, the story flowed but I found as though I was missing things. Babe’s characters were well developed and I liked reading about her, her friends and their backstories. But with Zat’s characters I always felt as though something was missing from him and I can’t point out what was missing, but it didn’t take away from the compelling imaginative read. Even through all this, the bond and connection that Zat and Babe makes together is strong, loveable and unforgettable. On another note, I loved the ending that was given and I am thoroughly routing for Zat & Babe.This is a beautiful, incredibly imaginative easy read that is filled with love, romance and constant change, but with some great characters that really help set the scenes.
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  • Dawn Daughenbaugh
    July 31, 2017
    5 StarDream Me By Kathryn Berla Dream Me By Kathryn Berla is my first book by this author and I'll just say won't be my last.This author has the ability to draw you in and next thing you know your hooked.Thats what happened with me.I loved this book from the beginning to the end. This story is about Babe and ZatBabe is the young age of 17 who starts having dreams about a guy and his name is  Zat..She's also named after a very famous female golfer.Babes  dad who was a golf pro,which in turn cause 5 StarDream Me By Kathryn Berla Dream Me By Kathryn Berla is my first book by this author and I'll just say won't be my last.This author has the ability to draw you in and next thing you know your hooked.Thats what happened with me.I loved this book from the beginning to the end. This story is about Babe and ZatBabe is the young age of 17 who starts having dreams about a guy and his name is  Zat..She's also named after a very famous female golfer.Babes  dad who was a golf pro,which in turn caused the family to move around a bit .Even though Babe was used to it,really didn't bother her so much anymore. This time there moving to The Panhandle  of Florida and their new home.Babe starts having dreams about a guy named Zat,it's hard to explain but she has them nightly.its like they are real life but then there not.Zat is human from the distant future  and has decided to go back to earth  the way it used to be  and he chose not to follow his family  into their new adventures..The crazy thing is Zat  can only exist through Babe's dreams..Babe begins to make new friends in the new town in which they are living she even gets a new job there and she loves it. That is until one of the other members of the country club who is rich makes her feel uncomfortable .Babe must now make a tough decision  which could very much affect her family.Babe decides to trust her new best friend  and tell them about  the dreams.,and she's having trouble at school.Her dreams.Zat will do anything to ease the pain he's causing Babe even if it means  leaving her dreams for ever.The reality  is he's fallen in love with her  in the dreams.Zat decides to be completely honest with her and shows  his true self..I loved loved this story and the characters .It flows so good.. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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  • Brooke
    July 31, 2017
    I read Dream Me by Kathryn Berla and I give it a 5/5.Zat’s Earth is dying and he has the choice between staying until death, travelling in search of a new planet, or time traveling into the past into someone else’s dreams. He has always been a dreamer so he chooses to time travel in hopes that he will be able to go from the dream world into the real world again to live. The person’s dreams that he chooses is Babe a beautiful red headed girl who has just moved to Sugar Dunes, Florida. After Zat t I read Dream Me by Kathryn Berla and I give it a 5/5.Zat’s Earth is dying and he has the choice between staying until death, travelling in search of a new planet, or time traveling into the past into someone else’s dreams. He has always been a dreamer so he chooses to time travel in hopes that he will be able to go from the dream world into the real world again to live. The person’s dreams that he chooses is Babe a beautiful red headed girl who has just moved to Sugar Dunes, Florida. After Zat travels back in time Babe dreams of him every night; no matter how strange it is she cannot help but feel that Zat is real and not just a dream. She starts falling for him almost immediately and continues to do so every night that they are together in her dreams. Zat believes that he will be able to come out of the dream world and become a real version of himself in Babe’s version of Earth. Zat is always there for babe once she goes to sleep to work through her problems in the real world. Will Zat eventually find a way to leave the dream world without dying? Will Babe ever get to really be with Zat?This book about dreams had me hooked; it was just enough sci fi with just enough realism that I could still relate to the main characters. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Roxana
    July 31, 2017
    I was more than happy to start reading Dream Me by Kathryn Berla when I first heard of it. It's a YA Sci-Fi? Say no more. I love reading Sci-Fi, just as much as I like watching it! So when I heard the premise of the book, I was a little interested. The book starts off with Zat, and him describing the Earth in which he now lives - a total and complete wasteland. One where people are fleeing and going elsewhere in order to survive. But not Zat. He plans on doing something different - staying behin I was more than happy to start reading Dream Me by Kathryn Berla when I first heard of it. It's a YA Sci-Fi? Say no more. I love reading Sci-Fi, just as much as I like watching it! So when I heard the premise of the book, I was a little interested. The book starts off with Zat, and him describing the Earth in which he now lives - a total and complete wasteland. One where people are fleeing and going elsewhere in order to survive. But not Zat. He plans on doing something different - staying behind and time travelling.  I was intrigued when I first heard this portion, because who in their right mind doesn't like time travel? Fast forward - or is it back track? - to the past, where we meet Babe. She's the new girl in town (with a lot of experience in being the new girl). Her family has just relocated to the Peninsula – Sugar Dunes, Florida. Her father is a Pro-Golfer, which means that he has to go where the money is. And his family has to follow right along.  I have to say, that the book was a little slow to start. And I had to keep reminding myself that we were reading (2) different POVs. Usually, I can follow right along with no problem, but had a little of a struggle with this one. Other than that, once the book picked up I was fine. I enjoyed the way that the characters were developed. And even though we don't see the "normal" way in which they fall in love, it's still a good read and storyline.  I'm definitely interested to read more from this author and see what more she has to offer her readers. As for this book, I definitely give it 4 stars, because it was well written. I know that not everyone has the same reading interests, and that's okay.
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  • Candida Smiley
    July 30, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a different and imaginative kind of love story. I really enjoyed reading this book especially because it was different then most of the love stories I usually read. I could not put this book down once I started to read it. Babe has to move around a lot because her father, who is a golf pro, he has to go where there is work. She has gotten used to moving around and adjusts well. Her mom works at the country club where her dad works and so naturally Babe gets a job the Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a different and imaginative kind of love story. I really enjoyed reading this book especially because it was different then most of the love stories I usually read. I could not put this book down once I started to read it. Babe has to move around a lot because her father, who is a golf pro, he has to go where there is work. She has gotten used to moving around and adjusts well. Her mom works at the country club where her dad works and so naturally Babe gets a job there as well, but her passion is tennis so she works at the tennis shop. Babe starts having these dreams about a boy name Zat. Zat is from the future and his only way of seeing babe is in her dreams. Babe wants to spend more time dreaming about Zat so she tries to find more time to sleep so she can dream about him. The problem with dreaming more is that it causes her pain and makes her more tired. Zat will do anything to try to keep babe from feeling pain, even if it means not coming to her in her dreams. Will they both find a way to be together without babe having these effects? What will people think if babe tells them she loves a boy that only exists in her dreams? These are some questions that can be answered when you read this awesome story of love and friendship. I highly recommend reading this book.
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  • Kim Shofner
    July 28, 2017
    Oh man this book is different, but in a good way. I've read many books about dreams before but not like this. The way the author presents her story is unlike anyone else. Zat is from the future. Like so far in the future the amount of time is unfathomable. Earth is almost uninhabitable. The remaining population has two options. Leave and take the chance of finding a new planet to live on. OR hook into a machine that will link their minds with someone's from the past. The only time they will trul Oh man this book is different, but in a good way. I've read many books about dreams before but not like this. The way the author presents her story is unlike anyone else. Zat is from the future. Like so far in the future the amount of time is unfathomable. Earth is almost uninhabitable. The remaining population has two options. Leave and take the chance of finding a new planet to live on. OR hook into a machine that will link their minds with someone's from the past. The only time they will truly live in that state is in their hosts dreams. Zat has chosen Babe. A girl about his age that is used to adapting to new cities every few months or years. Babe's parents travel with the gold circuit. Nothing about this move seems to be any different then the others. Until her dreams transport her straight to the scene of a new painting hanging over her bed. The painting is of a beachside café. There she meets a boy. She feels an instant connection to Zat. She feels like she's known him her whole life. But his visits bring an unwanted side effect. The more intense the visit the worse her headache is when she wakes up. Together they must make the decision to either end their connection or try and make the jump for him to be corporeal. I enjoyed this book. I want more of the story. Will we find out more about Earl?
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  • Julie
    July 26, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a four star novel. This book has one of my favorite aspects because it uses the perspectives of each character separate in the chapters. We meet Zat, a young man who made a decision that lots of people think is not a good idea. In his world, things are bad. There are lots of dangers and people die just because they walk outside at night. In this very distant future, the earth is a scary place. Rivers and oceans have dried up and their resources are running very low. Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a four star novel. This book has one of my favorite aspects because it uses the perspectives of each character separate in the chapters. We meet Zat, a young man who made a decision that lots of people think is not a good idea. In his world, things are bad. There are lots of dangers and people die just because they walk outside at night. In this very distant future, the earth is a scary place. Rivers and oceans have dried up and their resources are running very low. They thought they figured out time travel but lost communication early on with the first pioneers. There have been others to go, but not many. Because of its risky nature and old technology, not many people do it anymore. Most people are now choosing space travel to find another planet that is inhabitable. Another ship is leaving with most of the people he knows that are left on earth. He has decided to time travel instead. This way, he gets to stay longer with his uncle because there is a wait list. Then he will be able to leave and join with a host. When time travel happens, the person from the future joins in with someone from the past and can communicate only in their dreams. He has decided to have a female be his host. He is incredibly intrigued by this young woman and he would also be able to see the beautiful Gulf of Mexico that is now all dried up. He can't wait to be inside Babe’s head and see how it all works out. Once he is there and starts communicating with her, he realizes how painful it is for her to have him in her dreams. He needs to figure out a way to help save her from himself.
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  • Katie Kearney
    July 26, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is the story of two people that are the true definition of star crossed. Babe is the daughter of a golf pro which means that she moves around a lot. She is once again the new girl in town of Sugar Dunes. With her dad working as the golf pro hand her mom working in the golf shop it was only natural for her to get a job at the country club to. Her summer is shaping up to be fairly average with a new best friend and a job she actually really likes, then she starts having r Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is the story of two people that are the true definition of star crossed. Babe is the daughter of a golf pro which means that she moves around a lot. She is once again the new girl in town of Sugar Dunes. With her dad working as the golf pro hand her mom working in the golf shop it was only natural for her to get a job at the country club to. Her summer is shaping up to be fairly average with a new best friend and a job she actually really likes, then she starts having recurring dreams about a guy that seems to be about her age. A guy named Zat.Zat is from the future. Unfortunately the Earth isn’t exactly hospitable to the human race anymore. Most people, his family included, have decided to leave with no real idea of where to go. Zat has another plan. He decides to use some untested technology and send his mind backward into the past and live life through the dreams of another. He chose Babe to live inside of.The attraction between these two characters is electric. So much so that Babe soon finds herself craving the nightly visits with the person that is quickly stealing her heart. Unfortunately these dream meetings come with a price. Every morning Babe wakes up more and more tired, and with increasingly painful headaches. How can these two young lovers be together when it brings Babe so much pain?I could hardly believe it myself but I actually really enjoyed this book. All of the characters, not just the main ones, were believable and interesting. They really made the book come alive for me and drew me into a type of book that isn’t really my kind of thing. I have to give this book a five star rating for that alone.
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  • Bobbi Wagner
    July 26, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult novel that will keep you engaged until the last page of the book. This story is about time travel and young love. I enjoyed this authors creative details throughout the story. I also enjoyed her creative imagination with her characters. The idea of traveling in dreams is interesting, that is what held my attention throughout this story. It has been awhile since I have read a good time travel story and this is it. This story will take you on a journey th Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult novel that will keep you engaged until the last page of the book. This story is about time travel and young love. I enjoyed this authors creative details throughout the story. I also enjoyed her creative imagination with her characters. The idea of traveling in dreams is interesting, that is what held my attention throughout this story. It has been awhile since I have read a good time travel story and this is it. This story will take you on a journey through dreams that you won't want to miss. Every night that Babe goes to sleep she dreams of a boy that she has never met. The problem with the boy named Zak is that he is human but he is from the future. He can only come to her while she is sleeping. This is the only way he can spend time with. But as the dreams continue, Babe wakes with pain and becomes more and more tired. Zak is determined to help her but will that mean never seeing her again? Babe and Zak's relationship is one that is based on living it through a dream. She is in a new town, making new friends, has a new job and now she forming a relationship with a boy in her dreams. He can only exist in her dreams, is it possible that one day they could have a relationship outside of her dreams? She starts wanting to sleep so that she could spend time with the boy in her dreams. When she starts having bad migraines because of the dreams, will Zak have to leave her? He doesn't like to see her so tired and in so much pain. What will happen when she starts confiding in her best friend about Zak? One of the things I enjoyed about the Babe was how she would use her blog to journal what is happening with her. With her doing this I think it made Zak a little more real. Zak only exists in her dreams and no one else can see him, so to others is he real or is he imagination. These are strong characters, they both have determination and compassion. Is there a future for them? What will she do when she finds out the true Zak? Will that make a difference in how she feels for him? You will need to read this book in order to get the full grasp of this story and the relationship they build in her dreams.This is my second book by Kathryn Berla and I enjoyed this one as much as the last one. Kathryn believes in love at first sight and happily ever afters. She writes about whatever makes her happy or interests her. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area. You will enjoy how this story makes love sound sweet right along with the characters. You will enjoy the journey that Babe and Zak take you on. They have compassion, fantasy, and love. They will pull you into their sci-fi world and make you want to keep reading just to see what will happen. I highly recommend this book as I know you will want to see what happens when you sleep and dream.
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  • Amelia Carr
    July 26, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult insta love story with I bit of science fiction thrown in.Zat is from a future where earth is almost destroyed. He dreams of a red haired girl. This turns out to be Babe who lives in present day earth and has just moved house. Zat begins, by some sort of time travel method, to appear in Babes dreams and they connect deeply.This book has an intriguing plot line and I feel the book may of been a bit too short for something so big and unique. I enjoyed the Dream Me by Kathryn Berla is a young adult insta love story with I bit of science fiction thrown in.Zat is from a future where earth is almost destroyed. He dreams of a red haired girl. This turns out to be Babe who lives in present day earth and has just moved house. Zat begins, by some sort of time travel method, to appear in Babes dreams and they connect deeply.This book has an intriguing plot line and I feel the book may of been a bit too short for something so big and unique. I enjoyed the writers style and the relationships created within the story, particularly Babe and Mais friendship. The story of Babe and her moving to a new place and meeting new people was very gripping and would of been a great story by itself I feel. These are the type of characters I think I would like to read a series of books about. I would've liked to have learned more about some of the background characters as they all seemed really interesting. The descriptive and narrative aspects of this book are written well and make for easy reading so you can just absorb the story.I am intrigued by this author and would like to read more by her. If you like meeting characters that make you chuckle and make you feel like you know them, then this book will serve you well.
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  • Debi
    July 26, 2017
    Dream Me by Kathryn Berla 5 StarsI'll admit when I first started this book I was a bit concerned I would have a hard time with it, but just a few pages in I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished. This was my second book by this author and I loved the first one I read, I equally loved this one. This was unlike any story I have ever read and it definitely left me wanting more. I will be reading everything this author writes from this point forward.This is about a 17 year old girl na Dream Me by Kathryn Berla 5 StarsI'll admit when I first started this book I was a bit concerned I would have a hard time with it, but just a few pages in I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished. This was my second book by this author and I loved the first one I read, I equally loved this one. This was unlike any story I have ever read and it definitely left me wanting more. I will be reading everything this author writes from this point forward.This is about a 17 year old girl named Babe, named after the most famous female golfer. Her dad was a golf pro, causing her family to move around a lot. Babe had gotten used to this and it didn't bother her anymore. As her and her mother arrive in their new home in the panhandle of Florida she is faced with yet more changes in her life. Her first love is tennis so her dad gets her a job at the tennis portion of the country club he works for. She has started having dreams of a guy, his name is Zat, it's dreams she can't explain because they are dreams that continue nightly, like they are real life but then not at the same time. Zat is a human from a distant future that has chosen to go back to earth as it used to be instead of choosing to follow his family into new adventures, and the only way he can exist is through Babe’s dreams. Babe meets new friends in her new town and actually loves her new job, until one of the rich members of the country club makes her uncomfortable, which leaves her with a decision that could affect her family's future in their new home. When she decides to trust her new best friend with her dreams and the issues at work her friend becomes her comfort. Her dreams are causing her to be more and more tired each morning and the more intense her dreams the more her head hurts in the morning. Zat will do anything to ease the pain he is causing Babe, even if it means leaving her dreams forever, they have fallen in love in her dreams, this she carries with her in her waking life. What happens when Zat chooses to be completely honest with Babe and shows her his true self? Babe has a blog which she uses as an online diary for anyone to read. I loved this and I loved the comments left on her blog. This was an amazing story well thought out and described. I loved the friendships that were formed and the truth that was revealed in these friendships. I would love to read more about all of these characters in the future, but if I don't, my imagination of where they all end up will be enough for me :)
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  • Book Swoon
    July 15, 2017
    My rating: 2.5 StarsDream Me combines time travel, teen angst, and romance in Kathryn Berla's new YA novel where a young man from a dying Earth's future time travels to our present-day, visiting a teen in her dreams.Time travel and dream projection, with a heavy addition of romance, Dream Me sounded like my kind of YA read.Dream Me really ended up being an equal mix of positives and negatives for me. I'm going to get the negatives out first so we can end on a positive note.Normally, I would love My rating: 2.5 StarsDream Me combines time travel, teen angst, and romance in Kathryn Berla's new YA novel where a young man from a dying Earth's future time travels to our present-day, visiting a teen in her dreams.Time travel and dream projection, with a heavy addition of romance, Dream Me sounded like my kind of YA read.Dream Me really ended up being an equal mix of positives and negatives for me. I'm going to get the negatives out first so we can end on a positive note.Normally, I would love this fun genre blend in one of my YA reads but the concept and delivery of the sci-fi element was really sparse and the romance too instantaneous for my taste.The dying Earth, time travel, and Zack's determination to visit Babe were all vaguely explained and it wasn't until the end when an unforeseen twist (one that I really liked) made me change my mind on many points, unfortunately, though it gave it a satisfactory conclusion, it was too late premise-wise.I had a hard time connecting to Zat's character, our young and handsome time traveler, throughout the entire story. I loved the idea of a slow burn romance developing within a dream world between Zat and Babe but the execution felt lacking to me. I needed more chemistry or banter between the two - the buildup just wasn't there for me.What I did enjoy was Babe's spunky personality and the positive portrayal of family and friendships. The fun setting which took place at Sugar Dunes, a sleepy town in the Florida Panhandle, also added to the appeal, in fact, the contemporary setting outshone the dream realm surprisingly.Summer vacations, a new town, and friendships would have made Dream Me a great start to a YA contemporary. Also, I would like to mention that this is a very sweet and clean read which would be suitable for younger readers wondering into teen reads.In the EndA clean and positive (light) sci-fi read that feels more like a YA contemporary romance with little build-up. A great twist at the end and positive family and friendships relations are an added bonus.
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  • Lauren
    July 12, 2017
    Intriguing premise with beautiful prose and a confusing endingThe only way to describe this book is dream-like. The prose is evocative of that perfect summer’s day on the beach, where everything is so real and so surreal at the same time. It is easy to get swept away in this story, though the feeling doesn’t last past the end of the book.The premise is interesting: at the end of the world, Earthlings are leaving in hope of finding a new planet but some choose to go back in time, not physically b Intriguing premise with beautiful prose and a confusing endingThe only way to describe this book is dream-like. The prose is evocative of that perfect summer’s day on the beach, where everything is so real and so surreal at the same time. It is easy to get swept away in this story, though the feeling doesn’t last past the end of the book.The premise is interesting: at the end of the world, Earthlings are leaving in hope of finding a new planet but some choose to go back in time, not physically but mentally. Zat chooses to inhabit Babe’s dreams and they fall in love.The characters were interesting and varied, especially the supporting cast. I really liked LeGrand and Alonso and felt they both deserved a little more page time – I want to know if this summer changed their lives or if it was an idyllic blip they would both leave behind.For me, the main romantic plot was a bit of a letdown as it started with insta-love and ended in – well, I don’t really get how it ended. Dreams are confusing and by the end, I wasn’t exactly sure what was real and what wasn’t. I was left vaguely unsatisfied and still can’t work out why. I much preferred the subplot of Babe making friends at the Country Club.The other issue I had with this book (and it’s a minor one but bear with me) is Babe's attitude to the rich kids, especially Mattie Lynn. She assumes they’re all spoiled and shallow, and though LeGrand dispels those stereotypes for himself, Mattie Lynn doesn’t get enough time on the page to do the same. I think we are supposed to infer there is more to her than meets the eye, but Babe’s disparaging point of view does not help matters at all. It comes off very ‘pretty + rich = mean’ which is a tired old path by now.I wanted to love this book, but I only loved the writing, not the whole.I received a copy of this story from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amber Ramos
    June 28, 2017
    I was given a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book really intrigued me and I was so invested in seeing how the story would play out- this was before I even opened my Nook to start. I think this book had a lot of potential considering how unique the plot was- but I have to admit I was more than a little disappointed. First, I must touch base on the fact that the character names not only threw me off but were honestly just weird. T I was given a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The premise of this book really intrigued me and I was so invested in seeing how the story would play out- this was before I even opened my Nook to start. I think this book had a lot of potential considering how unique the plot was- but I have to admit I was more than a little disappointed. First, I must touch base on the fact that the character names not only threw me off but were honestly just weird. The main character is seventeen year old Babe. Yes, you read that right. Her name is Babe. Babe was named after a famous female tennis player (her whole family is in love with the sport) and although I understand wanting to be unique I had a really hard time with this one. Then we have super rich, super hot and popular LeGrand. So, again you read that right. As if this mega-mansion yacht and exuberance of money isn't enough he was gifted with this gem just to hit the point home. Zat is a "human" from planet earth in the very far off further. Considering he is present in a completely different time frame I can understand the name. The names didn't deter me too much but the lack of action and so-so ending didn't sit well with me. Zat is dying on his "home earth from the future" and his only way of survival is to "live" in Babe's dreams. When Babe meets Zat in her sleeping state she is immediately engrossed with him. She gets horrendous headaches whenever she dreams of him but is determined to keep him around. This part of the book moved too fast for me. I felt like there was no leading up their relationship or their feelings- it just was. Overall, I would have just appreciated more details related to the dreaming and where Zat is from. The author doesn't go very in depth with Zat's background or how the "being in Babe's dreams works". I did enjoy the subplot (which more so ended up being the entire plot) of the story which was Babe's life as a worker in a Tennis shop and her new found friendships. Overall a fun, light read.
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