Review: The Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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Book One_ Dream A Little Dream

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

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Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

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A dream traveler faces the greatest challenge she’s yet encountered in this gripping third and final book of the Silver trilogy.

The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver’s experience. Able to visit other people’s dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv’s troubles are just beginning.

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.

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Have you ever felt that lighthearted feeling after reading certain books? That feeling after you’ve laughed, bit your nails in anticipation and sigh in content when shutting the book? That’s the feeling that spread across my mind when I was done with this trilogy. You might notice that I’ve not written separate reviews for each of the books because the series does its magic as a whole, together.  I rarely come across series that holds my interest past book one, but this series, I must say did not permit me to take even a little time off or travel off-track between the books. I devoured the three of them hungrily in a span of two days (or nights rather, owing to pesky side-activities like college, classes, etc.)

I have no words to describe my exact thoughts at the end of the book. Suffice to say I spent the following week revisiting scenes and imagining the dream corridors in my head. Ending my dramatic intro/hype here, I shall dive into the details of the book starting with the plot.

The first book commences with Olivia “Liv” Silver and her sister, Mia Silver moving into their mother’s latest boyfriend’s (this one is actually serious, as their mother quotes) house in London. Mr. Spencer, part of the aforementioned ‘serious fling’, is actually an amiable man who apart from loving their mother deeply, accepts the girls and their longtime German nanny, Lottie into his family consisting of his son, Grayson, and daughter, Florence. They are off to a wonderful start over dinner which basically ends in a disaster. I love how the translator, Anthea Bell has done complete justice to the writing. The disjointed family slowly starts mending itself over the three books which is well appreciated and by the end, they are one beautiful unit in which every member is well understood, loved and respected.

Liv is a ‘dream traveler’, someone who is well aware of the existence of ‘dream doors’ and ‘dream corridors’ where anyone can wander around when asleep. The dream corridor consists of several dream doors each of which belongs to every living human (except if you die in your sleep in which case your door will still be present in the corridors). The doors are a reflection of your subconscious thoughts and personality and you can only enter someone’s door if they have not locked it subconsciously or if you adorn any of said person’s belongings before going to bed (super creepy, I know).

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Liv is a self-confident 15-year-old teenager who goes to a pretty stereotypical school ready to paste labels on the kids and has a blog managed by a mysterious, anonymous Secrecy who vows to spill everyone’s secrets. Liv comes across the ‘popular kids’ Henry Harper, Jasper Grant and Arthur Hamilton who also happen to be part of Grayson’s clan. The night Liv stumbles into Grayson’s dream door changes her life as suddenly, the clan is after her to help them complete a drunken pact the four and Arthur’s girlfriend Anabelle made with a demon.

After nearly getting killed at end of the first book by a brainwashed Arthur and a mentally unstable Anabelle, Liv and the rest of clan break it off with them. The other two books leave you hanging over the edge wondering if this demon actually exists or someone is out there to ruin them in the name of revenge. *shudders*

There are four parts I absolutely loved about the book: First, the romance between Henry and Olivia was NOT a part of the main plot and was pretty light, sweet and funny.

Second, Kerstin did not turn the romance into a love triangle by bringing Grayson in. Liv and he shared a beautiful relationship balanced perfectly between siblings and best friends.

Third, I loved the sisters (Liv and Mia) in action. They reminded me of my own sister and I. They were hilarious and mature, as one would expect two girls who only had each other to get through each boyfriend their mother flipped through (the mother is not terrible; she’s just a bit lonely since she split with their father) to be.

Finally, I loved the plot, and The Princess Diaries writing style that had me doubling over in laughter (sometimes embarrassingly while I was in class during the breaks, which earned odd looks from classmates).

So, why only four stars? I felt that Liv was overly (unrealistically) confident for a 15-year-old and also found a good lot of inconsistencies, mostly in the third book. Kerstin seems to have randomly mentioned some plans the characters make which are abruptly absent in the later portions of the book without any formal announcement by them to cancel these ‘plans’. Overall, it was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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Have you guys read this book? What do you think about dream corridors?

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