Friday, June 3, 2011

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando

Source: Publisher
Jane has traveled the world with her father and twin brother, but it's not until her fractured family–still silently suffering from the loss of Jane's mother many years before–inherits a house and a history in Coney Island that she finally begins to find a home. With the help of a new community of friends, a mermaid's secrets, and a tattooed love interest with traffic-stopping good looks, the once plain Jane begins to blossom and gains the courage to explore the secrets of her mother's past.
Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home.

I really enjoyed Dreamland Social Club. It had a strong cast of characters, a plot that slowly unraveled a mystery, and amazing writing that engaged me the whole time. Jane wasn't sure of who she was. She quickly evolves into a complex, but lovable character. Leo was a complete mystery and I found his relationship with Jane to be amazing. Babette had a strong personality and I loved that she was so fierce. I really liked that the plot. First off there is the fact that Jane isn't sure of herself and thinks that she can somehow discover who she is from her mother's past. The other was a discovery of Coney Island in a deep and meaningful way. I loved how vivid the imagery of Coney Island and it made me want to visit it right away. Another plot was if Old Coney Island should be remodeled and if so how, I liked how Altebrando addressed this issue. Altebrando's writing is fantastic and I loved how she developed unique characters and a stunning plot. It was a really amazing plot that I enjoyed. I highly recommend that you read this book as soon as possible.


  1. I have heard such amazing things about this and really need to pick up my copy! Great review!

  2. For you to know the depths of the characters so well it shows the writer did a great job of unfolding them. Thanks for sharing the word on this read.

  3. ooo I think I'll have to check this one out! sounds good! :D


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