Don’t Close Your Eyes, consisting of Wake, Fade and Gone, is an interesting and different series, written by Lisa McMann.
Janie Hannagan has the ability – or the curse – of being pulled into other people’s dreams. She’s always kept this ability a secret. That is, until she met Cabel and found herself with the most amazing (but secret) boyfriend. But Janie and Cabel don’t yet realise how dark Janie’s future as a Dream Catcher is. But the bigger question is: will Cabel be a part of it?
I really wanted to fall in love with this series like I do with so many others, but sadly, that didn’t happen for me in this one. I was really excited to read this series because the plot seemed really intriguing and I thought I’d like it. For me, the way these books were written was the main issue. I felt like the writing style was kind of disjointed and there wasn’t a steady flow. In books, I like having a smooth, liquid flow from start to finish, with few exceptions to this. The start was really interesting and grabbing, I just felt like this series struggled to keep my attention and I kept realising my mind was wandering and I’d have to go back and reread a couple of pages, telling myself to focus. I think the main reason why these books couldn’t keep my interest was because I found the writing style didn’t really connect to me. This series didn’t portray much emotion to me. Most of the writing wasn’t filled with passion, which I would have liked it to be. I felt like this is one of the main reasons why I didn’t relate to or understand the characters very well.
The idea of this series is really unique and intriguing, but I felt the way these books were written meant I couldn’t fully enjoy what would have really interested me otherwise. I suppose different people like different writing styles and there’s probably a lot of people out there that really enjoy this series and Lisa’s style of writing. I’ve read her book Crash, which I actually liked more than these ones. I felt like I understood Crash more than Wake, Fade and Gone combined, even though there were hundreds of more pages in the three books combined.
The first book in this series confused me a bit. I felt like some things weren’t explained very well. I liked that in parts, because it made this book seem more mysterious and like I wanted to keep reading to get those pieces of information. But a few times I found that it wouldn’t have mattered if I’d kept reading or not, because the information was never fully revealed. I felt like these books lacked in some areas. One thing that particularly annoyed me about this series was getting introduced to some characters or having some people mentioned, and then never seeing them again.
The love between Janie and Cabel progressed to quickly in these books and it felt kind of forced. One of the most enjoyable parts of a books for me is seeing the connection between two characters grow and finally finally these two characters get together. However, this wasn’t what happened in this series. I felt like they never really formed their bond and that it just sort of existed, which meant it seemed too fake for me. Some of the things that happened between Janie and Cabel just annoyed me. Like, seriously? Just because you’re a teenager, it doesn’t mean you fall head-over-heals for a cute guy you meet and end up telling them your deepest darkest secrets within two weeks. I desperately wanted to like these characters. In order for that to have happened though, I would have needed some more development. I didn’t feel like these characters grew much at all over the course of the three books.
In my opinion, the characters also felt sort of bland. Some more background information would have been helpful and I felt like I didn’t get much for a lot of characters. There were a couple of times in this books when I laughed aloud, but that was pretty much the extent of my emotional connection to this books. I didn’t really feel anything for the characters and what happened to them. This series wasn’t as fast-paced as I would have liked it and there were too many dull parts to keep readers want to keep reading. I felt like it would have been easy for me to give up at any time and not be plagued by the lack of knowledge of what happened in the end. It was disappointing that I felt this way, but I suppose we can’t like every book out there. This series just wasn’t for me.
Overall, I think Lisa McMann has really interesting ideas for books. However, the way those ideas are written and composed into books doesn’t really suit me because I’m not really a fan of her writing style. I felt as though these books were too choppy and inconsistent and I wasn’t connected to the characters or the plot. I’d give Don’t Close Your Eyes by Lisa McMann a score of 4 out of 10. It was a great idea for a series, only the writing style wasn’t for me.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!