Sep 18, 2014

Blog Tour & Review: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O'Brien

Title: Vault of Dreamers
Author: Caragh O’Brien
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 9.16.2014
Pages: 420
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Vault of Dreamers #1
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

A secret school with seriously gifted teens and an underlying cause/mystery? Um, yes, please. Sign me up to be all over that. Caragh O’Brien had a brilliant mind and I was so excited to start this story. We hit a few rough spots, but for the most part, I enjoyed this.

Rosie is a tough character to nail down. Sometimes I really liked her. Other times she irritated me with her inability to make rational decisions. But I guess that’s O’Brien making her a normal teenager, huh? Her romance with Linus amused and entertained me.

VAULT OF DREAMERS seems to be a very polarizing book – people are loving or hating it. There is no real middle ground. Here’s the thing, yes, I figured out the plot twist early on and there was no real HOLY SHIZZ moment, but I was OK with that. O’Brien writes in a fun, enchanting way that I was able to enjoy. It’s worth checking out.


  1. I'm glad you liked it. The synopsis piqued my attention a while ago, but I haven't gotten around it. I also got iffy about it as I've read mixed reviews on it. Your review gave me some confidence though. :)


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