Official Review: The Dream Keepers by Linda Keen

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Official Review: The Dream Keepers by Linda Keen

Post by stoppoppingtheP » 18 Dec 2016, 04:46

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Dream Keepers" by Linda Keen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Star has always been a unique child. Mixing dreams with reality, she has a vivid imagination with which she allows herself to create fantasy worlds. The Dream Keepers is written by Linda Keen and published by Mill City Press. It is categorized under the Young Adult genre, and the major themes in the book are self-growth, friendship and family.

This story revolves around the lives of two siblings, Star and Thatcher. Orphaned at a young age, these two children live the earlier part of their lives in relative bliss and happiness with their one set of grandparents. However, when these grandparents are unable to take care of the two siblings due to health issues, they are sent to stay with their other grandparents, and it is here that they begin another stage in their lives.

Their new grandparents and the new environment are vastly different from what they are used to. Their grandfather is a well-renowned poet and their grandmother is a somewhat erratic artist. The siblings try to adapt to their new home. Star begins a seemingly unbreakable friendship with another girl, Annabel. Thatcher goes through several trials in his relationship with their grandparents.

This story spans the siblings’ childhood and teenage years. It tells us their various struggles through issues such as racism, friendship, love, family issues, and the struggle to find themselves. Dispersed between the story are the vivid dreams that Star often has that somehow help to shape her as a person.

The characters are very well developed, we see them grow and change from innocent children into adults who have to face the harsh realities of the world. The storyline is captivating and interesting. The story is set in recent times in America, the author makes the reader aware of this by bringing in relative news stories to highlight this fact.

The style of writing of this book is so immersing and unique. I can honestly say that it is one of the best and well written books that I have read in a long time. The experiences that the characters went through made me emotional in parts, and I was glad for the way in which they were able to persevere through their difficulties. There is no doubt about it that this book deserves a four out of four stars.

I enjoyed the story, I liked the style of writing, and even the characters were alive. I seriously cannot think of anything that I disliked about the book. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading, but especially those who like to read books in which a large portion of the character’s life is shown and the character grows and develops throughout the book.

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Post by anneloretrujillo » 23 Dec 2016, 12:08

This sounds like a good book! I'm going to have to check it out. Great job on your review!

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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 29 Dec 2016, 04:37

Thanks. It definitely will be well worth reading.

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Post by peprica21 » 29 Dec 2016, 09:00

Thank you for your review! I like that you were very honest and open about how emotional you got from this book. Sounds like a good one to read.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 05 Jan 2017, 23:19

Sounds like a very interesting and enjoyable book. I wonder how it is to live with a renowned poet for a grandfather and an erratic artist for a grandmother. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Linda Keen on such an obviously well written book.

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Post by Acwoolet » 07 Mar 2017, 15:42

Great review! It sounds like a unique story. It's nice to find a well written story that you can fully immerse yourself into.

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Post by CarrieMe » 12 Mar 2017, 01:19

I always enjoy stories that focus on family relationships and this one sounds like it'll be a great read. Thanks!
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Post by BestReviews » 09 Jul 2017, 00:30

Learning more about Star and Thatcher sounds great. I would love to know more their lives. This book is a must read.

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Post by karycarlos » 24 Jul 2017, 09:19

The book is interesting just from the word go

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 24 Jul 2017, 09:26

The review is very good. Also, the book seems very interesting. Thanks for the review. :)
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An interesting plot, well developed characters and a writing style that engrosses you! This sounds like a great book to read. Thank you for your review.
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Such a whimsical cover. I like well developed characters. I'm interested in reading and finding out how the change of environment affects the children.
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Post by Butterflybookworm » 09 Dec 2017, 23:49

I really like your review. Sounds like an interesting story !

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Post by gali » 05 Jan 2018, 07:45

A story revolving around the lives of two Orphaned siblings during their childhood and teenage years sounds heartwarming. I am glad you found the style of writing so unique. A tale that makes one emotional is a sign of a good book. Not quite my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Chuks Daniel » 05 Jan 2018, 08:04

A review with precision and clarity. I like it, I also admire the fact that this young adult novel celebrates family,friendship,knowledge and diversity.
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