Blog Tour: ‘The Vault of Dreamers’ by Caragh M. O’Brien Review, This or That and Contest Giveaway

Blog Tour: ‘The Vault of Dreamers’ by Caragh M. O’Brien Review, This or That and Contest Giveaway

I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘The Vault of Dreamers’ by Caragh M. O’Brien Review, This or That and Contest GiveawayThe Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: The Vault of Dreamers #1
Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 16th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school.

What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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People on Twitter were really excited about this one and I never even heard about it until all the flurry that was made at BEA earlier this year. As soon as I finished reading the synopsis, I knew I had to get it in my hands. Dystopia within a reality show? Sign me up!


I thought this was a great start to a series. Living at a boarding school, living your life with NO privacy with everyone who has a television watching your every move can’t be easy. The story progressed very slowly. I mean there was a point where I wanted to stop reading and take a break, but I pushed through and almost mid-way in, the story started to get better. The boring bits are in the beginning and somewhere in the middle, but if you push through, you’re able to get into the mystery surrounding the Forge School’s Dean.


The whole world is set in the future and even though I loved the technology and the whole concept of this reality show where you have sponsors who make you popular was creative, I still felt lost. How did this world came to be? What were those wars and how did it affect people? Why is her family living in a boxcar? Things like that made me question a lot of things and I wished they were answered.


Rosie Sinclair’s character persevered and she kept digging and digging into everything that didn’t make sense. What was weird was that she never got caught and we find out later why that’s the case. The reasoning behind it made me smirk, and it didn’t wholly make sense to me. Everything that Rosie was going into was truly fascinating and at one point I wanted it to be all a dream..Now that would have been a real twist.

A good start to the series, and I’m still interested to find out where it will go next.

this or that

Thank you so much, Giselle, for inviting me to Book Nerd Canada for the best ever This or That!

Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction, of course.

Tea or Coffee?
Hot chocolate.

Physical Books or E-books?
Physical, usually.

Writing in the Morning or in the Afternoon/Evening?
All the time.

Dinner or Dessert?

Comedies or Dramas?

Pen or Pencil?
Pencil, with a good eraser.

Sleeping In or Waking Early?
Oh, my gosh. Sleeping in.

The Past or the Future?
The future, always.

Being Outdoors or Indoors?

Dusk or Dawn?
Dusk, the murkier the better.

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, by the handful.

The Beginning of a Story or The End?
The beginning.

contest giveaway

  • Giveaway is open to International.
  • Must be 13+ to Enter
  • 2 Winners will receive a Copy of The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien.
  • *JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*


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I don’t believe in worry. It doesn’t change the outcome, but it makes the now miserable. (34)
How can you prove something is true when you’re the only one who knows it? (325)

tour schedule

November 17th Monday: Jean BookNerd GUEST POST

November 18th Tuesday: Once Upon a Twilight MUSIC PLAYLIST

November 19th Wednesday: Insane About Books REVIEW & EXCERPT

November 20th Thursday: A Dream Within a Dream REVIEW & TENS LIST

November 21st Friday: Spiced Latte Reads REVIEW

November 22nd Saturday: Literary Meanderings FAVORITE BOOKS

November 23rd Sunday: Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & EXCERPT

November 24th Monday: Chapter by Chapter REVIEW & DREAM CAST


November 26th Wednesday: Book Lovers Life RANDOM THINGS

November 27th Thursday: Once Upon a Twilight EXCERPT

November 28th Friday: Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW & INTERVIEW

November 29th Saturday: TTC Books and More REVIEW

November 30th Sunday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & TENS LIST





  1. Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

    December 1, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    I’ve been wanting to read this mostly because of all of the mixed reviews. I want to see what all the fuss is about.

    From what you’ve written, it seems like this might be a book that I’ll love, so I’m going to go ahead and read it. I don’t know when, but I’ll get to it eventually.

  2. Jaime Lynn

    November 25, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    This book has gotten some serious mixed reactions. Some have loved it, more have disliked it strongly, and somewhere in the middle people are just so-so about it. I loved the authors previous series, Birthmarked. It was beautiful. That made me instantly curious about this one, and I still am. But I am a bit weary about it, as well

  3. Cali W.

    November 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Great review and giveaway! I have heard a lot of good things about this book. 😉

    • giselle

      December 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      It was pretty great. I like the concept even if it disturbed me

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