Friday, January 22, 2010

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling

Release Date: Available Now from Delacorte Press

Source: From Publisher


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?
I think this book might be even better than the first. I really love all of that secret society intrigue and there is lots to be had in Dream Life. Claire's world has gotten even more surreal and before she knows it, she's hobnobbing with New York's elite and solving mysteries at the same time. All in a day's work for Claire, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA heroines.
Mechling has once again given us an addictively readable book with that same mix of supernatural and just plain old mystery. I could totally see Claire hitting the town with Nancy Drew, although Nancy never dressed this fabulously.
All of the characters I grew to love in the first book are back and grandmother Kiki is even more amazingly chic and zany. I just love this character so much. Another wonderful character in the book is New York itself. Mechling has given us an almost alternative New York where anything is possible. I am sold and want to move there immediately.
I can't wait for more from this series. I'm hoping there's more to come, because I don't want to leave Claire, Kiki, and the gang behind.


  1. Great review...I've yet to read it, but it sounds brilliant :)

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this series. Both you and Steph have given them glowing reviews, so I'm quite excited.