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review 2017-12-22 05:48
Insightful approach to historical suffrage movement
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

Olivia's dancing around the edges of the suffrage movement in 1890s Portland, OR. She's strong-minded but quiet, dreaming of a future as a teacher or writer, but trapped under her domineering father's thumb. When she's hypnotized on stage the night of her birthday, she craves the relaxing peace of it. But when her father hires the hypnotist for a private session to remove her rebellious thoughts and ability to protest, she finds the drive to commit to a position and fight back against the patriarchy.


This was a brilliantly-told piece of YA historical fiction dealing with the early days of women's suffrage in the United States. The paranormal romance angle was really innovative, giving a fun, dramatic angle to gender relations, politics and the silencing of women. Flawless writing and storytelling, with clear trouble taken to include appropriate historical detail. I appreciated the effort to give the antagonists clear, believable and appropriate motivation as well. Even the villains have reasons for thinking and acting the way they do. Excellent effort and highly entertaining read.

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review 2017-09-18 14:07
The Cure for Dreaming
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters
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.


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review 2016-07-01 19:17
The Cure For Dreaming
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

Set in Oregon in the 1900s, a young girl named Olivia Mead, lives with her controlling father who feels that her headstrong behavior needs to be snuffed out. He hires a hypnotist to put her under hypnosis and remove her rebellion, but instead, Henri gives her the gift of seeing the world as it truly is. Olivia has dreams of going to college and standing up for women's rights in a time when women were expected to be obedient, quiet little homemakers with no goals aside from finding a husband and raising children.

Henri's character was a bit mysterious and kept me guessing throughout the book. Olivia's father was infuriating. I wanted to feel sorry him, his wife left him alone to raise their daughter while she ran off to pursue her own dreams, but his attitude was so vile that I felt only contempt for the man. Olivia was strong minded and intelligent. She was a likable character, even if I didn't feel like I entirely connected with her.

There were added elements of horror when Olivia sees people's true nature as visions of beasts and vampires, but none of it was particularly terrifying. The romance in this book was sweet and didn't overpower the story. The pacing was great and I never lost interest. I think there could have been more depth to the story and the characters, but this was still an enjoyable read.



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review 2016-03-23 19:39
Review: "The Cure for Dreaming" by Cat Winters
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters
I’ve been waiting to read this book since it has been released. I haven’t read anything by Cat Winters before but because I’ve kept seeing this novel everywhere and because it has a gorgeous cover (which, by the way, is even more beautiful in reality: the cover's details and the chapters interspersed with fascinating archival photos and art, are simply perfect, so when I received it I admired it all day long), I wanted so bad to have it. When I've finally got it I was super excited and I had great expectations from it…and guess what? I wasn’t disappointed. I love it!!

Cat Winters is an amazing author and now, after reading The Cure for Dreaming, I will surely buy her other books. The novel is written in such a way that you’re transported to the time period of its setting (The year 1900, Portland, Oregon, a period when women were fighting for their right to vote alongside men.) One of those suffragists is our narrator, Olivia, whose father is very much against the idea of women entering the domain of politics and because of that he hires Henri to hypnotize his daughter into submission and to eliminate her rebellious thoughts. She is forced to say "All is well" instead of any true, angry feelings, but Henri also gives her the ability to see the world as it truly is, which can be a blessing or a curse. Olivia is trying to find a way to make her mind her own again.
The hypnosis part is really interesting.


This is one of the few books, which I’ve read, that made me feel so attached to the characters since the first pages.
I loved Olivia and I felt so much sympathy for her. Olivia Mead is a realistic character and an intelligent young lady, who likes to read (especially, Dracula) and who fights for her rights in a society ruled by men, who regarded women as weak and who think that women has to be submissive, and that’s one of the things I admire about her.

As for the main male character, I can say that from the very first scene, I adored him; I’ve finally found another book boyfriend, yeeey! I love him and I fell under his spell since the first pages; I was simply hypnotized by him. Unlike the other male characters who are misogynist and anti-suffragists, Henri Reverie is a pro-suffragist who respect women and understand that they are equal to men. He is sweet and he cares for Olivia. They would form such a nice couple, but the focus wasn’t on their relationship and it is understandable.

Another character who has to be mentioned is Olivia’s father. I hate him so much, he is a misogynist and a bad father, because he doesn’t even try to understand his daughter’s feelings, he doesn’t even listen to what she has to say and by trying to “help” her he makes her suffer more. Not to forget Percy, another young men whose mentality is representative for the society in which he lives; he believes that women have to be docile, quiet and submissive, so yeah, the majority of men in this novel annoy me and I’m not even a feminist.

The setting was perfect and, like I said, Winters style of writing makes everything to be so realistic and it makes the reader to feel like his living in those times.

There was only one problem about this book, there was just one time I was disappointed and that was the moment when I finished it, I woke up from the hypnosis and I realized that it has not and it’s not going to have a sequel…T.T

I totally recommend it, so don't just stay there! GO READ IT and let yourself be hypnotized by this incredible novel!!!


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review 2015-09-10 21:30
YA historical fiction with a bit of magical realism thrown in
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters

I really enjoyed this book. I've read one other Cat Winters book - In the Shadow of Blackbirds - which I also just loved. If I had to choose between the two, Blackbirds has a bit of an edge, but I'd recommend either book to people who enjoy YA, historical fiction and/or magical realism.


The Cure for Dreaming is set in turn of the century Portland, Oregon, which is my beloved hometown. This no doubt enhanced the read for me, because I could picture some of the locations in my mind, and recognized street names. Cat Winters lives in Portland, and she more than did justice to our beautiful and historic city.


In addition, the main character, Olivia is a suffragette with an insufferable and abusive father who seems intent upon turning his daughter into one of the girls from my last - not remotely as enjoyable - book (Only Ever Yours) by Louise O'Neill. He asks a mesmerist who has come to time to hypnotize Olivia into docility and renunciation of her feminist views. Not surprisingly this backfires gloriously.


Your future is to become a respectable housewife and mother. Women belong in the home, and inside some man’s home you’ll stay.”


The final thing that I want to mention about this book is how literary it is. There are references to Nellie Bly, The Wizard of Oz, Edith Wharton and most especially, Dracula by Bram Stoker. Olivia is a huge fan of Dracula and references to the gothic horror masterpiece abound. She is unapologetically bookish - a bluestocking who buys books when she can afford them, and who saves her money so she can escape her father's tyranny once she reaches adulthood.

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