Friday, February 27

BLOG TOUR: Dare to Dream by Carys Jones

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.

Buy Dare to Dream HERE.

I have conflicted feelings about this novel. It had an interesting storyline with relatable characters plus it had some pretty awesome parts, but based on the synopsis I was expecting a more action-packed story. For instance the blurb suggests that the whole world is afraid of what will happen when Stonehenge falls, meanwhile most people couldn't care less. They watched the news (like always) but didn't see anything strange into old stones falling one by one. 

I had a few problems with the plot but overall it wasn't bad. Actually, up until Stonehenge completely fell apart I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It was a bit stretched out because after all, nothing really important happened but it wasn't half bad. It had a feel to it that made me anticipate the end of the world. Unfortunately, the apocalypse didn't live up to my expectations. It happened too fast and what came after wasn't that exciting either. 

Basically, after the last stone fell Maggie left school with Dawn, her best friend, and Andy the supposed love interest. Then they travelled. And travelled. And travelled a bit more. It wasn't totally boring, of course but I expected more from a story about the apocalypse. What I liked though, was seeing how the characters changed, not always for the better but it was greatly described. 

The relationship between the family members was terrible but it felt realistic up until the moment where I started to hate the mother. It annoyed me to hell how she felt like a completely different person than she did in the beginning, and how feeling sorry for herself took the majority of her time. Another thing I didn't like was that all the siblings were described as terrible brothers/sisters. This was way too unrealistic for my taste. I just can't imagine that Maggie is the only normal person in the family, and her other siblings can't act normal even for a minute. 

The friendship between Dawn and Maggie was a great addition to the story. I liked Dawn's character, the few problems I had with her could be thanked to the fact that she was pretty young. For a while I thought their friendship will fall apart but thankfully they remained each other's support. 

The romance was non-existent, and yet again I blame the synopsis for making me think otherwise when it was barely a promise of what can happen in the future. I quite liked the ending, it was one of those endings that sort of gave us a closure but still left the story open. 

Overall, this book is an enjoyable read, recommended to those who'd like to read an apocalyptic novel that concentrates on the characters rather than on the action. 

The story idea: 4/5
The realisation of the story: 3/5
The characters: 3/5
The cover: 4/5
Enjoy factor: 3/5

What is your favorite post-apocalyptic novel? 

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. 

Find more of Carys Jones on her website, like her on facebook or follow on twitter.


  1. sound like a good read, I will add it to my TBR list :D

  2. I really do like that cover, I liked how you break down the overall story - Lovely review :) x Benish | Feminist Reflections

  3. The synopsis sure does give a hint of a romance so not having romance in the story is kind of weird. I like the idea of the story but I've read a couple of similar books and they have been a letdown so, I'm a little bit wary to read this one. However, I will surely give it a chance. :D
    Azee @ UnderCover Critique

    1. I'm pretty sure if there is a sequel they will get together because Andy seemed into Maggie but about Maggie I wasn't sure. It was hinted but still I couldn't feel any chemistry between them which is fine because they were fourteen. Hope you'll enjoy it if you read it. :)

    2. Oh, they were fourteen! That is quite young for a serious romance. I kind of like cutesy romance so it's of no problem if there is love between Maggie and Andy. I hope I will enjoy it too! :)

    3. I hope so too! Do let me know what you have thought of it. :)

  4. The cover is so pretty! I do like apocalyptic books so maybe I'll give it a shot sometime! Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. It is, but more than that it fits the story perfectly as well as the title does. :)

  5. That's awesome that you were a part of the blog tour! I was too! Great post, I'm in the middle of reading it right now and I can't wait to see what I'll think of it.

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts on this book. I don't think I know anyone who's read it, yet. :)


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