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Reverie

Reverie 1

by Ryan La Sala
Hardback
Publication Date: 03/12/2019
3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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When Kane tries to piece together his memories, his definition of reality starts to come undone...

All Kane Montgomery knows is that the police found him half-dead in the river. The only witness — his little sister Sophia - claims he was dragged there by something not of this world. If Kane can't come up with a better explanation, he'll be shipped off to award.

As Kane pieces together clues, he's confronted by reality rapidly coming undone. The local community college warps into a subterranean temple, a historical estate nearby blooms into a Victorian romance, and people come out of the woodwork, claiming to be his secret friends.

Increasingly tangible and terrifying realities materialize around Kane…and then his memories begin to return.

ISBN:
9781492682660
9781492682660
Category:
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
03-12-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
210x140x34.8mm
Ryan La Sala

Ryan La Sala grew up in Connecticut, but only physically. Mentally, he spent most of his childhood in the worlds of Sailor Moon and Xena: Warrior Princess, which perhaps explains all the twirling. He studied Anthropology and Neuroscience at Northeastern University before becoming a project manager specialized in digital tools.

He technically lives in New York City, but has actually transcended material reality and only takes up a human shell for special occasions, like brunch, and to watch anime (which is banned on the astral plane). Reverie is Ryan's debut novel.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating

3 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Great Concept But I Didn’t Connect With Anyone

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    ‘The act of crushing a dream can’t be minimised. At best, it’s mean. At worst, it’s murder.’

    I need to stop getting sucked into book hype vortexes. I keep expecting too much and winding up disappointed, unsure if the let down is real or a result of the height of the pedestal I placed the book upon before I read the first sentence.

    “Reveries are what happens when a person’s imagined world becomes real. They’re like miniature realities, with their own plots and rules and perils.”

    I absolutely adored the concept of ‘Reverie’ and I love the design of the cover. I liked a lot of the sequences in the book, even though they felt disjointed at times, and thought the individual reveries I visited were very imaginative. So, what went wrong?

    My main problem with this book was its characters. I never connected with any of them and, because of that, I wasn’t emotionally invested in what happened to them. I wanted to laugh with them, cry with them and be concerned for them, but I walked alongside them numb.

    “You’re more powerful than you know.”

    I would have loved to have loved or hated various characters but in all honesty there are still two characters that remain interchangeable to me. I know both of their names but throughout the book, unless I was reading a description of one of them, I couldn’t remember which one they were.

    “Every reverie has a plot. If you don’t follow the rules of the reverie, you risk triggering a plot twist, and plot twists can be pretty deadly for people trapped inside reveries.”

    There were so many elements I loved: a drag queen sorceress with her teacup, a character that has a much loved copy of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, pain transformed into power, subtitles appearing in a reverie whenever another language is spoken, and creations like a “gigantic nightmare horse-spider”. It should have all come together for me but it didn’t and I’m gutted.

    I’ve seen some glowing reviews of this book and I’m having major book envy; I wish I’d experienced the book the way they did. I’d encourage you to read some 5 star reviews. I hope you love it as much as they did.

    Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review.

    Thank you so much to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read this book.