Amy Martin wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of ten and gave it to her fourth grade teacher, who hopefully lost it in her house somewhere and didn't share it with anyone else.
The first book she published as a grown-up, In Your Dreams,was a semi-finalist in the Young Adult category of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. She has published four books in the In Your Dreams series. She is also the author of The Perfects series, which currently contains two books (Perfectly Normal and Perfectly Weird).
Amy currently lives on Long Island with her husband and a ferocious attack tabby named Cleo. When not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching sports, drinking coffee, or indulging her crippling Twitter habit (and, sometimes, doing all three at once).
on Feb. 19, 2014 :
I really liked this book. As soon as I finished it I bought the next two books in the series. The characters are great and the plot is amazing. Great book for adults as well as young readers.
(review of free book)
on May 21, 2013 :
This is one sweet love story. I love reading about Keiran and Zip relationship. They surely have an attraction from the beginning they met but they take the relationship slowly. That was what I loved. They give time to know each other and when they finally together it really is a sweet relationship. I can see and feel that they are good together.
I also love the idea that there is no one in their school that acts typical bulling students. Zip is in her way to become a valedictorian but she also a talented basketball athlete. And Kieran is a gorgeous-weird new student. Their friends talk about them and there were rumor and gossip about them. But there is no blonde-pretty-shallow-jealous girl with a jock-gorgeous-athlete boy who bullies other students here. I find it kind of refreshing in YA stories.
But, I was quite surprise in a not-so good way about the changing in Kieran's condition. It makes me think that the author have to have a very good logical explanation about it in the sequel, As You Wake, which I really hope so because I want to read it and want to know more about Kieran.
PS: I love the cover and thank you to Amy Martin for giving me this book for honest review.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2013 :
I won a copy of this book in Elle Casey's Springtime Indie Book Giveaway.
Very good! Especially for a first novel. Very well-written, with great characters and development, (and astonishingly few typo/dropped word issues for an indie). I loved Zara "Zip" McKee, and how we actually get to see how multifaceted she is, rather than having all of her interests told to us but dropped in favor of a romance, as has become so common in YA. That's not to say Zip's relationship with Keiran wasn't wonderful - it was! And with all the perfect awkwardness of young love. The mid-west setting was also drawn in a very realistic yet affectionate way.
This was really more of a realistic novel, almost YA Literary Fiction but with some mild mystery/thriller and Sci-Fi elements, so anyone assuming from the book description that this is a Paranormal novel might be disappointed. However this didn't bother me at all. My only quibble - and why I'm giving it 4 starts rather than 5 - is that it was a little slow at times.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on May 18, 2013 :
*I received this through a Goodreads ARR in exchange for an honest review.*
When I first read the summary I had the impression that this books was going to be two things: 1-A very unique and intriguing story. 2-A paranormal book. Turns out that's it was intriguing but not paranormal.
The book not being paranormal was a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it's a relief that there's a book out there with really interesting content that has an explanation (or not quite). So it was more science fiction than anything. The bad thing was, some of it came out as unrealistic to be true.
One of the things that bugged me is that I didn't get the answers to a lot of questions I had from the very beginning.
Zara or Zip is nothing if not realistic. She acts like a normal teenager-and can act a bit stupid sometimes, but don't we all?-and helps Kieran get through his ordeal at the same time without turning into Miss-Super-Knowledgeable-Even-In-Matters-I've-Never-Heard-About.
Kieran is one of the sweetest guys ever. He's never had a normal life and that shows on him. Plus, he never pretends to be normal when he knows he's not.
Kayla is one of those supporting characters who you know has potential. I liked her a lot, sometimes more than Zip herself. I hope we get to see more of her in the second book.
This is a light read believe it or not, and I hope I'll get my answers in the second book, which I'm definitely going to read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 11, 2013 :
**I received this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review**
Where do I start? I liked this book alot. It was a nice change of pace from your usual YA books. I liked the character of Zip, she seems like such a sweet kid. Keiran was good too, although I would like to see some more character development, and I'm sure that's what will happen in the second book. Kayla seems like a "mean girl" at first, and I was satisfied with how her character turns out.
I liked that there was not a love triangle (don't get me wrong, I love a good triangle!), and that there was virtually no time for Zip and Keiran to get physical. This story is appropriate for both my 13 and 16 year old daughters simply because of this fact.
I also liked that there isn't a cliffhanger, per se. If you choose to stop reading with this book, you get an ending. I want to and plan to read the next book, but with the ending I got, I feel like I can safely go on to another book without losing the storyline of this book while I wait for the sequel.
So no matter if you're reading for yourself, or to determine suitability for your children, this book is an overall great read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Rating of 4.5.
So I was so excited that Amy let me review her book for her. The synopsis for the book caught my attention because it was so different from anything I'd ever read. The concept that not only does the main male character have narcolepsy but he can also see the future...I mean that right there is enough to make you go "I so want to know his story."
The way the characters developed and grew throughout the book was amazing. I absolutely love Zip's relationship with her Mom and Grandparents and of course with Kieran and even Kayla. And of course I'm in love Kieran he is just awesome as a character. I think I love everything about him but especially the way that he deals with what is happening to him.
The story progresses in such a way that you want to keep reading. Little hints are dropped here and there about something or something unexpected is thrown in that you really just want to know what happens at the end. I think the book peaks at just the right moment and then you are given a satisfying ending.
Overall this book was very well written and I can't wait to read other works by Amy Martin. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It was a great read.
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2012 :
What to say? It was amazing. I read it every chance I could slip away from reality. My favorite part of the book would definitely be when Kirean got to talk to his biological dad and hear the story face to face. Its closure for Kieran. My least favorite would be when Zip goes all hysterical when she thinks shes dreaming the future too. It just made me feel like she was gullible. I did like the way it was written and it was original. Or at least I havent read anything on the same line as this.
I have already recommended this book to a few friends! It was a I-cant-put-this-down read!!!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2012 :
With most books it usually takes me a couple of chapters to really start enjoying the story. But with this book I was completely immersed in the storyline right from the first word.
I found the relation between main characters, Zip and Kieron very fun. The author Amy Martin manages to make the banter between these two characters simple and realistic, a lot like the relationships I have with my friends at school. Futhermore, the author succeeds in talking about the many different feelings a teenager of Zip's age might be feeling. Amy Martin writes about the confusion that many teenage girls feel when it comes to confronting their real feelings for a close friend. I think the reason the relationship between Zip and Kieron is so sweet is because they started off friends before they both admitted they had more romantic feeling towards each other.
Reading about Kieron's narcolepsy was also very interesting for me as I have never met someone with narcolepsy before.
It was interesting reading the book from Zip's point of view as well, because the little quips she inserted here and there made me laugh out loud. For example at the start of chapter two and Kieron has passed out on the table and Zip just thinks 'Way to go, Zip—he’s dead. You killed the new kid.'
The book takes an interesting turn at the end when you find out that the person you thought was 'bad' and wanting to hurt Kieron actually turns out to be one of the good guys, trying to actually protect Kieron. The author manages to successfully keep each page fresh and exciting, so that you will never want to put the book down! I finished this book in 6 hours without putting it down once.
A great read and I thoroughly recommend it. Looking forward to reading book two!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Oct. 14, 2012 :
What can I say? In Your Dreams has a very original story line that I'm pretty sure no other authors can think of. I was completely sucked into Zip's world, imagining and feeling her feelings and emotions in every step of the way. Each character was well described and realistic. Believe me, this story is different from others. I have NEVER read any stories like this one before and I can't wait for book 2! I started this book a little late in the day since my sister was ecstatic about it and I ended up staying up late just to try and finish the book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 14, 2012 :
I received this book as a read to review.
I started the book expecting it to be slow. However, I was immediately captured in to the world of Zip. I love how the characters were developed. Each character was unique and fun. I found that I actually liked the characters. Usually I find some characters detestable in certain books but this one is totally different.
In all I just love this book. Started it yesterday and read til 2am to finish it. Disappointed that there isn't much information about the next book though. Can't wait!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)