Individual Rating: 4.0/5
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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.
This was a quick read for me. It was also very entertaining. Olivia is a girl that just wants to read some horror books and live her life, but her father won’t let her. He’s convinced that she needs to be hypnotized to see men and women’s true roles…. Wait. What? Yep. I said it. Her father wants to hypnotize her to make her more obedient. Isn’t that messed up?? I had to put the book down partway through and continue it the following day because I was so pissed.
Instead of conforming, however, she just started to see the mean people as vampire’s from her favorite book, Dracula. Let me talk about Henri Reverie for a second. As pissed as I was at him, he turned out to be alright. He was concerned and seemed to genuinely like Olivia for who she is, which is always a plus. I was happy in the end with him and her and everything that ends up happening. (Wow. What a sentence. Oh, well.)
Ultimately, I do recommend this book. It’s pretty good. I’m not sure if it’s one I’d read again necessarily, and only a few days after I’m having a hard time remembering what it was, but it was a quick read that was very interesting and entertaining.
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Release Date: October 14th, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Horror (kind of)
Author: Cat Winters