July 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett – Review and Giveaway


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Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett!


Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.

One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.

add to goodreadsDream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett
Publication Date:  July 1, 2014
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

Gabby-2013When I saw that Dream Boy by author Madelyn Rosenberg was about I was so, so eager to get reading. The premise was interesting and unlike anything else I had ever heard of before—which was made me so eager to get reading. A novel about a boy from your dreams that shows up in real life? Who wouldn’t want something like that! To say the least after finishing Dream Boy, you might not want that as much as you’d think.

In Dream Boy, Annabelle Manning has dreams about the beautiful, irresistible Josh. He’s perfect. Everything that a dream boy would be. Sadly Josh is just a part of her imagination and will never become a part of her reality. Or so Annabelle thinks up until she sees him standing in the doorway of her classroom in real life. Suddenly Josh is very, very real except that he isn’t Josh at all. His name is Martin Zirkle and he knows exactly who he is to Annabelle. None of her friends want to believe it. Even Annabelle isn’t quite sure about what’s happening and then she starts to have nightmares. Terrifying nightmares that have her worried that if she can bring one figment of her imagination to life what’s stopping her nightmare from becoming a part of her reality too?

What got me right off the bat with Dream Boy is that the introductory chapter is beautifully written. It pulled me in and kept me interested in the entire novel. It’s absolutely perfect. The writing in Dream Boy is, for the most part, very well-written in terms of properly expressing Annabelle’s thoughts and the setting, major plot-points, etc. When it comes to more romantic scenes that involve kisses and the like there isn’t as much detail with, for some readers, might be a turn-off. I personally didn’t pay it much mind.

Dream Boy wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as it is without Martin’s character. He’s a boy who knows that he isn’t from this world and has only been in it for a limited amount of time. Everything is new to him and some of the comments he makes are just unintentionally hilarious on his part. His feelings for Annabelle are what drive him to do a lot of possessive, territorial things around her friend Will, which are all cause for entertaining scenes.

I do feel like Martin’s character doesn’t do much growth through the novel but hope that if we get to see him again in the future his character gets to see more development. And though their romance does play a key role in the novel’s plot, the romance between Annabelle and Martin isn’t very organic.  The entire cast of characters in Dream Boy is very diverse. I personally took a liking to Annabelle’s best friend Talon who is very cool and very intelligent when it comes to helping Annabelle uncover just what’s at work here. Annabelle herself is a character who I couldn’t relate with but that isn’t to say that other readers might be able to.

The big bad antagonist in Dream Boy is pretty intimidating and the nightmares that Annabelle has are very well-described. There’s a constant foreboding presence while reading the novel which makes it feel more ominous than you’d imagine. If there is a book 2 I can’t wait to see just how everything plays out for Annabelle and the others.

I would recommend Dream Boy to readers who are looking for a novel with a unique plot. To readers who are looking for a novel that’s borderline paranormal- romance and to any readers who are just looking for a new novel that will keep them hooked throughout.



Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at and

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  1. Mary Crockett

    Thanks, Gabby, for your kind and thoughtful review. It’s great to hear that you connected with the characters!

  2. Chapter by Chapter

    Thank you for checking out the review, Mary! I loved the characters in Dream Boy so much and hope to see more from them in the future :)

    – Gabby

  3. Karen Bainbridge

    Dream Boy sounds like a mysterious experience with Annabelle’s dreams and nightmares coming to life. I know I would hate mine to come to fruition so I can imagine her worries about that! It sounds like Dream Boy is both intriguing and fascinating read, thank you for sharing and the giveaway!

  4. Chapter by Chapter

    I loved a novel that dealt with your dreams coming to life. The entire time reading Dream Boy all I could think about was how terrible that could be (I know my nightmares are totally better-off in my head). Thanks for checking out the review, Karen!

    – Gabby

  5. Christina R.

    This sounds awesome!

    My perfect boy would be kind and funny :)

    Thank you :)

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    You won’t regret giving it a read, thanks for stopping by!

    – Gabby

  7. Judy Cox

    My dream boy would have blue eyes and blonde hair. He would be tall, nice looking, very polite, and sure of himself.

  8. Chapter by Chapter

    Sounds like the perfect guy!

    – Gabby

  9. Maegan Morin

    My dream man is a hard worker. Who put his family first and would do anything for them. He’s rugged and battered and sexy as hell. Yah thats my husband :D

  10. Charlie Anderson

    Dark – Spanish or Italian heritage, beautiful accent, strong in body, spirit and relationships. Tall, kind, compassionate and an irresistible smile.

  11. melissa cushing

    I have way too many dream types of guys….. most are from the wonderful books that I read. I am still in love with Edward Cullen although it is a little embarrassing to admit it now…..well… not really! I also always loved Christian and Brutus from The Premonition Series by Amy Bartol.

  12. Maureen

    He is charming, protective, smart, strong, and has a good sense of humor.

  13. Karen Pepper

    My dream guy is tall, dark, handsome with a sinfully wicked smile and exceptional sense of humour He, loves the whole person whether they are beautiful or not loving kindness and intelligence . He also has to be true, protective of me, loving and a gentleman like Cary Grant or Rock Hudson. That is my Dream Guy!

  14. Anne Marie Carter

    My ultimate “dream guy.” Tall, Dark and Funny.

  15. Lori Hopkins

    He has to love me just as I am, warts and all!

  16. Jolene A

    Handsome, blue eyes, tattoos, sweet and I married him :)

  17. Christina

    My dream boy would be of median height, pale, Russian, and sweet, but not cheesy.

  18. Salma Abdelwahed

    Handsome, Dark Hair, Blue Eyes, Tall, Sweet, Honest, Caring, Loving <3

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