Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling

Release Date: Available Now from Delacorte Press

Source: From Publisher


Claire Voyante has been having strange visions ever since she can remember. But the similarity between her name and her talents is purely coincidental. The name is French and unlike the psychics on TV, she can’t solve crimes or talk to the dead.

But that all changes on Claire’s 15th birthday, when her grandmother gives her something a little more extraordinary than one of her old cocktail dresses: a strange black-and-white onyx cameo on a gold chain. It’s not long before Claire’s world becomes a whole lot clearer. And a whole lot more dangerous.

This was a wonderful read. Claire Voyante is a fantastic character, and the supporting cast is superb as well. I just loved delving into Claire's world and getting to know all of the crazy, quirky characters who inhabit said world.

The person more fantastic than Claire is perhaps her grandmother, Kiki. Kiki is amazing, in that Auntie Mame sort of way. She makes everything and every moment completely magical and her entourage is fantabulous, too. I loved the relationship between Claire and Kiki, and it's made even more poignant by the fact that my own grandmother has been ill lately. She's on the mend, but those grandma stories really tug on the heart strings.

This book has it all: romance, great clothes, and mysteries, which I adore. As you might know, I'm always on the lookout for YA mysteries, so I love it when I find a good new series. Another thing I really like about this book is that there is that supernatural element, but it's not over the top. It's just another thing that adds to an already wonderful story.

Check out Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling. It is made of win.

Tomorrow, I'll be reviewing Dream Life, the sequel.


  1. The book seems more interesting than I expected. Thanks for the review Carrie ^^

  2. I think I *might* be getting a copy of this off one of my lovely book friends. It sounds great! :)