Author: Lucy Keating

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy Keating

Posted March 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Arc Review: Literally by Lucy KeatingLiterally by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.
It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.
But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was such a sweet book with a really original premise behind it. Annabelle is a seemingly normal teenager living her life trying to make it through her creative writing class. When an author comes in to speak to the class, she realizes her new book sounds awfully familiar. She’s shocked to have the author confirm that she is in fact writing her life. This, of course, leads to her at initially thinking that the author is crazy. Soon she starts thinking perhaps she’s crazy. The journey throughout is interesting to consider and I think Lucy Keating did a good job reflecting the way some authors think about their characters.

The most interesting point to consider when you wonder who is “writing” your story is choice. Are you making your own choices or is someone else making them for you? This was were Keating did an excellent job, in my opinion. Annabelle struggles with this when she finds herself in a love triangle with an old “friend” and a seemingly perfect new guy. You’ll have to read to see how it ends. 🙂

3.5 stars for this fun, easy read!




FFBC Review: Dreamology

Posted April 7, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

FFBC Review: Dreamology

FFBC Review: DreamologyDreamology by Lucy Keating
Published by HarperTeen on April 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, romance, Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: ebook
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Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy KeatingÂ’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. HeÂ’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isnÂ’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isnÂ’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

I’ve always been an incredibly vivid dreamer. I dream every night and I usually remember what I’ve dreamt for hours. Sometimes I wish I kept a dream journal because I have dreamt some crazy intricate plotlines over the years. I’m also infamous for holding what people do in my dreams against them in real life. I know it’s not right and it’s not fair but I do have Angry Dreams. My friends used to bear the brunt of this but now its mostly my husband. Just last week I woke up and texted him demanding to know why he ruined my interview with NIH. I mean, how rude was it that he was playing video games on my interviewer’s computer during the interview! Nothing about that makes sense, but I was actually annoyed for days. I’m still annoyed when I think about it! That poor man.

The point is, for me, the feelings I have in dreams are just as real as they are in real life. So I connected with this book hard and fast. I empathized with Alice right away. She’s been in love with Max for as long as she can remember. It doesn’t matter to her that he’s only a dream because she dreams him ever night. Of course those feelings are going to continue into the daylight hours. Then she discovers Max is real and everything falls apart.

The characters are all amazing. I loved Alice because she is so sweet and naive. She wants the world to be the way it is in her dreams. Don’t we all? I loved Max because he’s a little jaded and angry. He’s trying to make the best of it in the real world because dream’s don’t exist. I want more Oliver! Oliver is the best sidekick ever. There is one perfect date in this book and anyone who lived it would instantly fall in love. I know I did. Sophie is the best friend that we all wish that we had. She’s intense and bright, the perfect compliment to Alice.

The premise was really intriguing and that’s what drew me originally. However, I thought that the reason for why they are both in each other’s dreams could have been explained a little better. It wasn’t that it was farfetched, I just would have liked a little more fake science. I was really looking forward to the explanation and I just didn’t feel like it was satisfying. That’s my only issue with the book and it’s a small one.

Dreamology explores what would happen if your dreams came true. Would you still want them?

About the Author

Lucy AuthorLucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.
When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns

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