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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Rock Star is the second book in the Dream Weaver series by the talented Su Williams. While I hadn't read the first book, it was easy enough to grasp the ideas once I read into the first few chapters. The writing style was unique and different, first showing us flashes of dreams and then broadening to showcase whole passages and moments. It was both captivating and something that I haven't really experienced lately. Emari has been living (dreaming?) her life as a rock star, but as always, life does come back to haunt her. She is still reeling from Nick and how he left things, and there is a lot of interesting back and forth between the two. Sabre is one of the titular Dream Weavers and it is his weave that Emari has been living in, and he and Nick are at odds. However, the three need to team up in order to stand up to Thomas and William, who are causing all kinds of trouble.
I love the kind of pseudo-scientific supernatural quality that Williams employs regarding the manipulation of memories. There was an Inception-esque quality to the story, but enough unique ideas and cool thoughts that made it really shine on its own. The mind is a mysterious place, and dreams and memories are one of the remaining types of mystery left on Earth. Williams continues to tap into this in her series and does so with aplomb and skill. Emari is a very genial character, and she has the type of clever mind that makes you really respect a character as well as like her. William's writing style is a lot stronger than many in the YA genre so this was quite the pleasure to read.