I’ll start off by saying that I went into this novel without knowing anything about it.
All that I knew was that Marzia Bisognin had written it and that unlike other YouTuber novels, this wasn’t a memoir. That was enough to make me interested.
I think Marzia is a very creative and talented person. I love the content she makes, I think her personality is cute and charming, and I love the clothing and art that she has designed and shared with her viewers.
All of that being said, I am very disappointed with this book.
I’ll go ahead and talk about what I did like, before getting into the bulk of the review.
Although I disliked the book as a whole, I have to give Marzia props on her storyline. The idea presented in the storyline is pretty interesting, and without getting into spoilers, I can safely say that if this novel had been fleshed out more, then it may have been a good read.
However, there were quite a few things about “Dream House” that made it hard for me to like.
My major complaint was that there seemed to be no reasoning behind anything that took place.
The entire novel seemed to lack the one thing that every novel needs: motives.
It’s that driving force that sets the rest of the novel into motion. Without it, the characters have no incentive to, well, be characters.
Sadly, there were no motives at all in this book, and the first thing I thought while reading through the book was “Why is Amethyst doing any of this?”
That question continued on well into the book, if not all the way through. A lot of the time that I spent reading was also spent wondering why our main character doesn’t take herself out of this situation…especially when it’s as easy as walking through a door and leaving.
Is the aesthetic appeal of a house enough to keep you staying there if crazy things are happening all around you?
Nope. Not for me.
While the end of the book does explain a little bit of the reasoning behind Amethyst feeling the need to stay in the house, I’m still not convinced. Any rational human being would just leave the house.
Now, let’s talk about Amethyst for a minute.
Amethyst is our leading lady, the star of the show…so why did I feel so bored with her? Leading roles are reserved, almost always, for the most memorable character. Amethyst is not main character material. I never felt like I got to connect with her, or even get to know her. Sadly, she seemed static and bland throughout the entirety of the novel. The most
The most interesting thing about her was the fact that I constantly had to question her motives, and by that, I mean that I had to question her lack thereof.
The last thing that I wanted to touch on was another issue with the storyline.
This is something that I’ve seen in other novels, too, and always hated: when authors create a tough situation for their character, and then allow them to escape by suddenly passing out.
It’s such a cop-out, and it happens far too often throughout the course of this book.
I have to admit, in some situations this mechanic can work well. That is only if it is very well-written, and if the blackout comes back into play later on with its own set of consequences attached to it.
When your character is able to escape every hardship by sleeping and/or passing out, though? That’s ridiculous. There is no conflict unless you force your character into it, and there certainly is no interesting book with no compelling conflict.
If you don’t understand my frustration, imagine this: Your favorite series of all time has just ended, and in the closing episode you learn that whole thing was just the main character’s elaborate fever dream. You’d feel cheated, right?
I ended up giving this book a 1.5 out of 5 stars. I hate giving books that low of a rating, but I couldn’t bring myself to nudge the rating up any higher. I debated between 1 and 2 for a long while before deciding to just split it down the middle.
This book felt like it might have just been published for the money, honestly, and the idea disappoints me. Some part of me feels like Marzia didn’t put her full effort into this, and just relied on the fact that she knew her fans would buy it and give it a read no matter what.
I do hope that I’m wrong about that last part and that it was just a bad debut novel, but the more cynical part of me has to believe that she just did it for some extra money.
All in all, I did not enjoy the writing style. The plotline wasn’t so bad, but had a lot of potential that was never really taken into account.
At the end of the day, it was just a subpar book with stunning cover art and a storyline that bordered greatness but missed the mark.
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