Dream to Me (Hardcover)
From debut author Megan Paasch comes Dream to Me, a YA contemporary fantasy about generational magic, grief, and what it takes to forgive ourselves.
Eva Sylvan didn’t ask for any of this. Not the cross-country move with her sister to a town in the middle of nowhere, not the family estate, inherited from a late great-aunt, that’s falling apart at the hinges, and definitely not the sudden death of her beloved father. So when the locals react with hostility to the very mention of her last name, Eva’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse.
Until she has a dream about a gas station employee and the next day, he’s in a coma.
And then it happens again.
Something sinister is lurking in the corners of Eva's dreams, something that’s having devastating effects on the waking world. People are dropping left and right, and Eva finds herself squarely in the town's crosshairs. In order to defeat the shadows of her unconscious, Eva must not only unearth the magic tied to her family history, but she must confront the guilt that has been haunting her since her father’s death. Only she can save the town from the dark power in her dreams - if the threat is truly even her dreams at all.
Praise for Dream to Me:
★ "Paasch’s debut is a well-developed stand-alone novel with a compelling female protagonist and intricate plot. The supporting characters help weave a solid narrative that explores themes of grief, anger, regret, reputation, and familial legacy within a supernatural framework . . . A thrilling and mysterious page-turner." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Packed with profound insights and ruminations on grief...with dignity and grace, Paasch methodically addresses the intense loneliness of grief and survivor’s guilt via Eva’s careful exploration of her budding supernatural powers and her tender developing relationships, wrapping it in an intriguing mystery tinged with horror and romance." —Publishers Weekly
"A compelling combination of gothic YA fiction and psychological thriller. . . Paasch clearly understands grief, guilt, and what moves the teenage heart." —Horn Book Magazine
"Nuanced and complicated and emotional . . .there’s a fine twist or two in this novel, and Eva is a downright delightful crime-solver – relentless and determined and fearless until the end. I relished every page." —Locus
“Haunting, surreal, and laced with delightful Lynchian shades of Twin Peaks, Dream to Me is an absolute powerhouse of a debut in which Paasch weaves a poignant, shimmering portrait of familial trauma, grief, and the hopeful promise of new love.” —Julia Lynn Rubin, author of Trouble Girls
"“A fresh debut packed with lush atmosphere, plenty of chills and twists, and characters to root for. Dream to Me delivers!” —Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times-bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
"Dream to Me sets a realistic portrayal of living with grief against an atmospheric backdrop that illuminates the power of our internal thoughts and the journey of self-forgiveness. An enchanting read." —Joan F. Smith, author of The Half-Orphan’s Handbook
"Dream to Me is an enchanting and ensnaring gift from a fresh voice in YA. Equal parts grief and magic, Paasch's writing will cradle you close, leaving you both hurt and healed." —Courtney Gould, author of The Dead and the Dark
"Fans of swoony-spooky fantasy rejoice! Paasch’s debut is one of those engaging books that sinks its teeth into readers before they have a chance to run. With shadowy small-town lore, secret family history, and the poignant explorations of grief mixed with the mysteries of Eva’s emerging powers, Dream to Me proves that the best kind of dreaming happens when you’re awake." —Ashely Schumacher, author of Amelia Unabridged and Full Flight
"Though eerie in tone, the book weaves together the magical realm with the characters’ grief and guilt, adding nuance to the suspenseful story...a haunting and healing journey." —Kirkus
"Paasch’s debut brings refreshing originality to a familiar horror premise...The dream magic itself is twisty and creepy, exactly as dream magic should be, and the mystery of Miriam’s past and Eva’s magic unfolds at the perfect pace to give readers time to get to know the town’s inner workings before devastating plot twists. The backdrop of eerie woods, the dream magic, and the fluid prose make this novel a solid read for Maggie Stiefvater fans." —BCCB