08 October 2014

{Review + Giveaway} The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 October 2014 at 12:02 AM | | | | | | | | | |

We are so excited to be participating in this Rockstar hosted blog tour for Cat Winters! MMSAI Designs created all the swag for both this novel and Cat's first book, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, so I can't tell you what it means to us to be able to continue to support her and her books by being on the tour!


Author: Cat Winters
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Rating: 5 Birds

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

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Fun story. I don't like Historical Fiction. And THE CURE FOR DREAMING is in fact, historical fiction. Even Funner (hey, it's a word!) story: I LOVED THE CURE FOR DREAMING! Loved isn't even a big enough word, but it's the best I have right now! I can't recall when or why I wrote the genre off, but I am so excited that THE CURE FOR DREAMING turned me around and put me in my place!

From it's beautifully intriguing cover, and creepy old photos placed through out, THE CURE FOR DREAMING will capture your interest before you even absorb one word. When you do start in on the words you will be captivated, almost as if Monsieur Reverie has cast a spell on you, and not just his audience members in Portland, Oregon.

Set in 1900 when woman couldn't yet vote in all 50 states, and men still believed that woman should be happy in their kitchens and no where else, Winters tell you the story of Olivia Mead, daughter to the town dentist known for his temper and the joy he conveys when pulling teeth. Mr. Mead is not accustomed to his daughter having thoughts, and certainly doesn't want her to go off to school. She belongs in the home and she should be married off right away. He decides to hire Monsieur Reverie, a young hypnotist in town for a few shows, to "convince" his daughter to no longer have such thoughts. What he gives her instead is a terrifying gift. Monsieur Reverie has a story of his own, which brought him and his sister to town. One that will throw Olivia's demands of him removing this "gift" off kilter.

Fresh, clever and remarkably dark and twisty, Winters story-telling is a pure gift that will pull you in so close, you'll almost feel your corset chaffing.

About Cat Winters

CatBWCat Winters’s critically acclaimed debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was named a 2014 Morris Award Finalist, a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, a 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013. Her upcoming novels include The Cure for Dreaming (Amulet Books/Oct. 2014) and The Uninvited (William Morrow/2015), and she’s a contributor to the 2015 YA horror anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.

Photo by Tara Kelly

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1 winner will receive a brand-new paperback edition of IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, a signed THE CURE FOR DREAMING poster, a copy of the CD containing the music that inspired THE CURE FOR DREAMING (Kristen Lawrence's ARACHNITECT), and swag.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/6/2014- Word Spelunking- Interview

10/7/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

10/8/2014- Me, My Shelf and I- Review

10/9/2014- Falling For YA- Interview

10/10/2014- Crossroad Reviews- Review

Week Two:

10/13/2014- Xpresso Reads- Interview

10/14/2014- Candace's Book Blog- Review

10/15/2014- I Heart YA Fiction- Review

10/16/2014- Rainy Day Ramblings- Review and Guest Post

10/17/2014- Bad Bird Reads- Guest Post


  1. I'm usually not a fan of historical fiction either, but this one sounds really interesting. I'd love to read it.

  2. I am also not into historical novels,but after reading the book blurb and your review, it seems I want to read these books. They sound very intriguing. And I also love the cover.
    Congrats on your release Cat Winters. Thanks for the generous giveaway...fingers crossed.

  3. This book sounds awesome!! Thanks so much for the giveaway

  4. I've been waiting for this book for awhile. It looks so good! And that cover is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. I cannot wait for Cure for Dreaming!

  6. I'm scared to death of hypnotism but I so want to read this book!

  7. This sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!


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