The Cure for Dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming

by Cat Winters


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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.

Praise for The Cure for Dreaming
"A smattering of period photos adds authenticity to this gripping, atmospheric story of mind control and self-determination."
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419719417
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 428,504
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cat Winters is the author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, which received three starred reviews and was a finalist for YALSA’s Morris Award for debut YA fiction. She grew up near Disneyland in Southern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.

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The Cure for Dreaming 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
The Good The theme. Yes, yes, and YES. This is the book that I want my (future) daughters to read. This is the book that I want my (future) sons to read. Cat Winters blew me away with the way that she wrapped this story around the beginnings of feminism. Just like the women Cat Winters writes about planted seeds of feminism and equality, The Cure for Dreaming can plant the seed for the newer generations. Olivia. I loved Olivia. I felt so much sympathy for her. There were times that I was brought to tears with what she had to endure. Cat Winters made such an incredible character with Olivia and I cannot imagine anyone else being capable to deliver the story in The Cure for Dreaming than her. Henri. From the very first scene, I adored Henri. I just knew that he would be a character that I will remember for a long time. And that he is. The development that went into his character was extraordinary.  The secondary characters. Cat Winters just has a thing for creating and molding remarkable characters. None of them let me down. Even whenever they were vile and I wanted to shake some sense in them, I could recognize how much the author put into developing this cast of characters. The setting. It was perfect. It was essential. It was heartbreaking. It was hopeful. Everything. I feel like if I keep going I'll just list every aspect of this book. It was that good. It's in the top three best books that I've read in 2014. It's one of those books that I wish I could put in the hands of everyone. It deserves to be read. It needs to be read. The Bad Nothing. There is not a single bad thing I could say about this book. The In-Between Nothing.  Seriously, this book is flawless. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I'll never get enough of Cat Winters's writing. Her books are incredibly detailed and gripping. You cannot put her books down, nor do you want to. Unlike In The Shadow of Blackbirds, The Cure for Dreaming isn't heavy into the paranormal - instead of ghosts, we're dealing with a hypnotist. The basis of The Cure for Dreaming is the suffragist movement in the early 1900's, where Cat and Olivia take us through the trials and tribulations women faced just to be heard. And I guess I always knew it to be true, seeing it played out is a lot different than just being told, but it blew my mind that there were some women who were anti-suffragettes. Women, who agreed that their place was in the home and doing wifely duties. That their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons thought this way too. I don't know about you, but it makes my skin crawl. But I digress. The Cure for Dreaming is a beautiful, beautiful novel. The scenery is vivid, characters realistic, and plot immaculate. Olivia is a terribly strong main character and I want her as a friend. In a time when women were silenced and mocked, she became a voice of a gender. Although she started out as meek and afraid of her father, her strength grew to such a level that I can't imagine her not being admired. It's easy to imagine Olivia's character because Cat's words make her come alive. She makes this story come alive. I was sucked into this story, into this world, and it still won't let me go. These women, both real and fictitious, are incredibly brave and strong. Cat's characters aren't characters and The Cure For Dreaming isn't fiction. It's real and it's true. It's history. It's our history. Each relationship Olivia has with the various characters is artfully unique and well thought out - even that with her pigheaded father who is bound and determined she become the "perfect" daughter and future wife. And while I could not stand this man, a part of me also pities him. Teeny tiny amount of pity, mind you. I love Henri. While I would not say he is as strong as Olivia, I admire his strength through the situation he find himself in. He is an honest character who merely wants to do what is right, but finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. The relationship he and Olivia has is so simple and so sweet that it's hard not to fall for Henri yourself. I have my copy of The Cure for Dreaming sitting next to me as I write this and I'm ready to read it again. I'm ready to re-experience Olivia's plight to find her voice and stand up for women's rights. There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this book and it warms my heart. An exceptionally well told story, Cat certainly did her research to put the reader in 1900 Portland, Oregon. The strong ending only solidifies Cat's solid story telling. With a mixture of factual information, a detailed plot, a strong heroine, and the perfect dash of romance, The Cure for Dreaming is not a story to be missed.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Cat Winters is the queen of mood, darkness, and shadowy creepiness. She creates the coolest premises, creepiest settings, and rich storylines and characters. This book did a pretty good job of living up to her track records, but I wasn't as sold on it as I was with her prior books. I think the issue was that it felt like it dragged on a bit longer than necessary and just had a feeling of meh. I got bored quite a few times, even though I was cheering on the main character and the feminist teachings throughout. This was a fascinating story and it never quite takes you where you think you're going to go. Winters infused wonderful facts and quotes and pictures throughout the story, and like always, I felt like I placed back in the right mood and atmosphere to hear this chilling tale. It was spooky due to the chilling thoughts and beliefs that people actually thought this way about women and our right to vote. The book will get you angry in the right way, and I thought it was a great job at showcasing feminism and why no woman's voice should be taken away. But as I said, it just kind of felt meh? I was bored throughout it multiple times even though the storyline was quite intriguing. There was just a disconnect. Three crowns for that reason and a Belle rating!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. I wasn’t sure if this novel was for me but after the reading the first couple chapters, I was drawn in by Olivia. Olivia had a voice and she used it to express herself. She wanted change, she didn’t want what the world expected of her, Olivia wanted more. Her father tried to silence her, to make her one of the many women who followed the plan, set by history. He was determined to make Olivia an example of what women should become yet Olivia already had her mind set on what she wanted in her future. I loved the execution of this novel, how a hypnotist could change the course of so many lives. It was brilliant! Set out to be entertainment value, the hypnotist’s talent soon became much more than fun and laughs, it became a commodity, one that could be exploited. There had to be a balance and I read to find this middle ground. A place where everyone’s needs could be reached. I cringed when Olivia and Henry started to get intimate, I didn’t want this and the book didn’t need it either. A romantic relationship didn’t need to be tangled up with what was transpiring within the pages of this book. I thought this novel was captivating, driven and executed in an excellent fashion. I highly recommend it.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of this book, it wasn't too much or overly creepy at all. I also really loved Olivia, she didn't believe in the same things that others believed in and wasn't afraid to voice her opinion. This book is about women's suffrage and women's rights, especially the right to vote. I also really liked the little romance between Olivia and Henry, it was well developed and subtle. The treatment of women in this book was disturbing, to say the least, but I still enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not sure about this book at first, but I bought it and I'm glad I did. I think all women and young women should read this.
Kerri_M More than 1 year ago
i cannot even BEGIN to express how much this book kicked ass. i loved Olivia Mead and how determined she was to remain true to herself, despite living in a timeframe where girls and women were supposed to be quiet and content with staying at home, taking care of the menfolk. that’s not to say it was a guy vs. girl thing. on the contrary, it was a beautiful expression of how important it is to have EQUAL rights across the board. no matter your race, creed, sex, or sexual orientation, you have the right to live your life freely and with respect. what an empowering and positive read! it was bittersweet in a way, too. women have come a long way, but we still have so far to go in the equality department. we need to remember that and cherish each other. being a feminist isn’t a dirty word. being a feminist means being proud of being a woman and all the wonderful layers that come with that. we can be strong and weak and emotional and rational and outspoken or shy. we can be intelligent and sexy and cute and fierce and love to be in the kitchen and STILL be feminists. we can be boy crazy one minute and fighting against discrimination the next. we are a thousand things all rolled into one and we are pretty freaking amazing. strapping guns to our hips and ninja-kicking people doesn’t always equal strength. being yourself in a world that’s constantly trying to force you into one box or another is being just as strong, and is hella brave. i’ve got a whole new appreciation for the suffragists who’ve paved the way for us to be whoever we want to be and wear our identities proudly. we still have to fight the good fight, but we’ll get there. thank you, cat winters, for shining the light on these amazing ladies and their stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago