Author: Cat Winters
Pages: 368 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Received from: NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.
The Cure for Dreaming will hypnotize you right from the beginning! This is the perfect novel, combining the right amount of supernatural powers, suffragist movement, family drama, and of course romance!
The story is about Olivia Mead, a suffragist character who speaks her mind and has an undying love (no pun intended) for Dracula. She has a controlling father who will make your blood boil, and an absentee mother who gives her the drive to break free from her caged life. I was enchanted by Olivia's character from the start, because she is a loyal, caring and independent character well ahead of her time!
And then, there's the dreaming and charming Henri Reverie. He's brooding, dark, mysterious- but yet, you won't be able to resist his spell. He gives Olivia the ability to see the world as it truly is (which she literally does), and helps guide her with her new abilities while at the same time saving his sister, and aiding the suffragist movement as well.
It was a wonderful story that made me as a girl, as a young woman, appreciate all the rights I have today after seeing the suffering that Olivia had to go through. While the book quenches your thirst for all things psychic and romantic, it gives readers an insight at the lives of those living in such hard times.
I enjoyed this book very much, and yes, that DOES include the open-ended relationship that Winters creates- it was done correctly, and proves that they're just teens who don't need to fall head-over-heels for each other in a dramatic way. I also really enjoyed the shout-out to Canada :)
Overall, The Cure for Dreaming is an exceptional read, and currently one of my favourite books of 2014!