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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling and Giveaway!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2010)

Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.

Becca’s been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why—there’s a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who’s out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who’s in danger again—or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?

Dream Life, the follow up to Dream Girl, finds Claire Voyante about to start her second semester at Henry Hudson High in posh Manhattan. But Claire’s life is anything but normal or calm for that matter. Ever since grandmother Kiki gave her a mysterious black onyx and ivory cameo necklace for her fifteen birthday, Claire’s grip on her prophetic visions have sharpened. Her dreams and penchant for solving a good mystery come into play when she is invited into The Blue Moons, a secret society of high society girls doing mysterious deeds in and around the colorful playground of Manhattan.

Claire was a very likable protagonist with her smarts and sleuthing skills. Her grandmother Kiki added a lot of humor to the book and I looked forward to her scenes in Dream Life. The references to real life New York City provided a lot of fun escapism with the upscale locations and made me want to plan a trip myself! I did, however, think it was a little implausible that teenage girls would be undertaking the types of missions that they were involved with, but Claire managed to make me laugh with her wit and charm.

Younger teens looking for an enthusiastic, fun ride will enjoy this light hearted read with its elements of suspense, romance and mystery in the Big Apple!

Purchase Dream Life HERE

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling -- Trailer from Richie Williams on Vimeo.

Lauren Mechling is the coauthor of all three 10th-Grade Social Climber books. She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, and Seventeen. She lives and writes in New York City. You can visit her at http://www.laurenmechling.com/.


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