24.9.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

book blurb breakdown


Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb





Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 

from Goodreads


A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.


the blurb:  shredded 



A high-concept, fantastical espionage (Fantastical espionage? I am intrigued.) novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.  (Oooh, like Inception?  I'm surprised they didn't make the comparison.) 

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin.  (This.  Sounds.  So.  Cool.) She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, (Whoa, Brandt just came out of nowhere and he's already distant?  I'm getting whiplash.) and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing (Oh, Goodreads.  Spellcheck much?) kingdom, he offers Livia the option of (Get rid of "the option of." Too clunky.) a life she had never dared to imagine. (Um, what? What does he offer??? Confuuuuused.) Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare.  (What's the Nightmare?  Where the hell did that come from?) So only she (Oh, so she survived the Nightmare.) understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.  (Okay, so I'm liking the concept, but I feel like there are lots of moving pieces that aren't put together very well.) 

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, (Now I'm back with you.) at its heart, Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.  (A little lackluster as an end, but not bad.) 


the verdict 

3/5 stars
would i read it?:  yes 


So, I'm not enamored with this blurb.  It's obviously trying to set up a very complicated story and world.  However, it doesn't make enough connections between the pieces to really give the reader a sense of the whole.  We have Livia, suddenly she has a partner who is distant (but we didn't know she had a partner), suddenly she's being given a new life (but we aren't told what that life is), suddenly someone survived the Nightmare (but we don't know what that is and, oh, look, she's the one who survived it).  The crucial piece is the Nightmare.  Without knowing what that is, we don't really understand the stakes--even if Livia does.  However, I'm willing to shoot this one a bone because I love dream books and I'm hoping that the book is more coherent than the blurb, which could have been written by some publishing intern for all I know.    


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Have you read it?  Does the blurb match the pages? 
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  

 



4 comments:

  1. AHHHH THIS IS SUCH A COOL POST SERIES. *nods* You should like critique people's query letters. ;) hehe, But honestly, this is like the reason I don't read blurbs. Half the time they don't even make sense. Like I still have no idea what goes down in Dreamstrider except for dreams and a potential hot/cold angsty romance. *sigh* I confess it doesn't grab me. I think I have this one added on goodreads though? Because I do just want to read all the books. BUT YEAH. #awkward Also those typos...o.O

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    1. HA that would be fun actually, but it would require (1) acquiring them and (2) knowing wtf I'm doing with query letters. But seriously, WHO WRITES THE BLURBS!? Sometimes it's like they're describing a different freaking book! (Wait, there's romance? Where did I miss that!?) I'd probably have passed this one up except that I love dreams and it was hyped a lot around BEA time, so I'm willing to give it a shot. Also pretty cover. I'm a sucker for pretty covers.

      Typos. O_O

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  2. Aah... so not only do you have an incredibly fabuous blog title, you have such an awesome feature as this! I am absolutely sold. SIGN ME UP FOR YOUR BLOG. This is fantastic! By the time the synopsis is disected I feel like I actually have no idea what th book is about, but then... I think about the blurb as a whole and realise that fact doesn't really change. It doesn't give a whole lot of information, does it? And the amount of suspense which is then resolved in the blurb *alone* is almost amusing.
    I do hope this one ends up being a better read than the synopsis portrays it to be! Awesome, awesome post. xx

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    1. Awwww thank you! I'm so happy people are enjoying this! Cause I totally am. :P Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, right? I have no idea still what this book is ABOUT. It's so confusing.

      Me too! Thank you! :D

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