I’m very excited to be sharing my review for Dare to Dream by Carys Jones today. But first up here’s what the book is about.
The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.
Fourteen-year-old Maggie Trafford leads a normal life. Well, as normal as being crammed in a three-bedroom house with four siblings and a single parent can be, anyway. But despite being somewhat ignored at home, Maggie excels, earning top grades, a best friend who would do anything for her, and stolen looks from a boy in Maths.
It’s not until the dreams start that Maggie realizes “normal” is the least of her problems. Every night, she lives the same nightmare—red lightning, shattered glass, destruction. But nightmares are just that, right? No one believes her when she says it’s an omen. At least, not until the already mysterious pillars of Stonehenge start falling.
No longer alone in her fear, Maggie and the world watch with bated breath as one after another, the historic stones tumble, like a clock counting down. But only Maggie knows what it means: when the last stone falls, destruction will reign. And when the world ends, there’s only one option left—survive.
Horrifying and raw, Dare to Dream is equal parts tragedy and hope, detailing the aftermath of apocalyptic catastrophe, the quest for survival, and the importance of belief.
I absolutely loved this story, I literally couldn’t put it down. It starts with Maggie, our brave, determined heroine having a dream about the end of the world. This was described in such vivid detail, I could picture it so clearly and this is one of the things that Carys does so well is her absolutely stunning descriptions. This dream is just the start of the action. For poor Maggie she returns to the end of the world in her nightmares every night. She soon realises these are more than just dreams but a prophecy of the end of the world. But how do you convince your friends and family that the world is going to end when you’re only 14 years old?
Dare to Dream is a stunning story that captivated me from the very start, it had me on the edge of my seat as the story unfolded and I was desperate to see what was going to happen next. The end of the world, when it did come, was a magnificent centrepiece for the story, it was a dramatic, vivid, explosion of drama and chaos and just showcased Carys’s stunning writing beautifully. But the book didn’t end there as other authors might save something that dramatic for the end of the story, we saw the desolate aftermath, how the characters struggled to come to terms with what had happened and ultimately fought for their own survival. The characters were brilliantly written and I found them thoroughly engaging. The tension and action were perfectly paced.
Dare to Dream is a thrilling, gripping read that was beautifully written and I cannot wait to read the sequel in this thoroughly enjoyable story.
Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.
When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.
She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.
To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.