August 2014 Book Reviews



Cat Winters

The Cure For Dreaming effortlessly transported me to the 1900s with a story about the roles of men and women, weaving in themes of gothic horror and symbolism, with a hint of paranormal. I felt 100% present in Olivia’s world while reading. I couldn’t stop smiling because it was just so brilliantly written—the language, the characters, the descriptions, the atmosphere, were all absolute perfection. I could not fault one thing about this book. 

Set in a time where women are refused the right to vote, Olivia’s father hires a hypnotist to cure her rebelliousness and unladylike behaviours, such as her desire to be educated, and her wish for women to be treated as equals. Her father is single-minded, controlling, and utterly monstrous (literally, at times!). Olivia is suffocated by his demands, and her life is turned on its head when Henri Reverie is brought in to intervene. Olivia is altered in ways that stops her expressing anger, so she can not argue with her father, and she is made to see the world as it truly is, resulting in dark and disturbing visions. But her father’s “cure for dreaming” backfires and Olivia becomes even more determined to fight for her voice. With great imagination, an interesting twist, historical photographs, and a fresh voice, Cat Winters is a true talent to be celebrated. Whatever this author writes, I want!

Also read this month:

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Gated by Amy Christine Parker

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Elegy by Amanda Hocking

Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis