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Reverie|Book Review

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Title: Reverie46299614

Author: Ryan La Sala

Pages: 397


Synopsis: All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

Spoiler Free Review

This book sounded interesting. I thought the concept was cool and this book really could of been good. My main thought when reading this book was, “I just want to finish it.” I read this for a bookclub but I think if I wasn’t, I might have DNFed this book. I was sad to see that this book didn’t turn out too good because I wanted it to. The author just did a poor job in constructing the whole book. I mainly didn’t enjoy the book but there were aspects that I didn’t dislike.

My main issue with the book was the world building and the magic system. Reveries play a big part in the plot. Reveries are the deepest thoughts/fantasies or people come to life. I could not grasp my head around these reveries happening while reading the book. When reveries happen they just appear in whatever setting the person is in. So if I had a reverie at my house, my house would disappear and my surroundings would change into my reverie. It was so hard for me to visualize these reveries happening.

The magic system is another part that I think fell flat. The author attempts in the end, to explain the magic system but even then, I feel like he didn’t explain it. I still don’t understand why reveries happen and how Kane and The Others got what they did. When it comes to the plot and the magic system, in the end I had more questions than answers.

I could not connect with any of the characters. It rarely happens to me where I just don’t care what happens to characters. While reading this book I found myself in that position. Many time throughout the book, the characters face life threatening situations, and usually I am panicking because I do not want said character to die. While reading this book I found myself shrugging my shoulders in regards to life threatening situations.

*Me while reading*

Book: Giant monster after Kane

Me: Whatever

Book: Evil person after Kane

Me: *skimming pages*

^Those events aren’t real events in the book(except for evil person after Kane), they provide no spoiler to the book

So yeah, bottom line, I did not care what happened to any character. I also did not like Kane. I thought he would improve as a character as the book went on but for me, his character growth came too little too late and pretty abrupt. I feel like his character growth just slammed into me with no warning or any hints. It felt like it was a last minute effort because the author forgot to gradually include it in the book. I found Kane to be rude, especially to his friends. So many times throughout the book his friends try and help him and every time he basically says something rude to them. Its a cycle that happens throughout the book that I just got really fed up with.

There is a relationship that happens in this book that I did not like. I feel like it just came out of nowhere and the feelings just magically appeared.

To keep this review from being all negative, there is one thing I liked. The representation. Kane is a gay character and there is also background characters who are apart of the LGBTQ+ community. I think my favorite representation in here was the drag queen sorceress . I thought that was something cool that the author included.

Overall this book fell short for me and I did not enjoy it. The author said they wrote this as a teen and it doesn’t come as a surprise to me based on how this book was constructed.

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