Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Review: John Dreamer by Elise Celine

John Dreamer
John Dreamer by Elise Celine
February 12, 2014
203 pages
Genre: Young Adult (clean)
Source: Complementary copy for Honest review
Book Blurb:
Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

"John Dreamer" is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.
My Review:

This was different, but different in this case is very good! John Dreamer takes us on a unique journey into a world I still have questions about, but loved getting inside of. We are introduced to seven strangers and the Guardian who says he's going to make their deepest dreams come true. But what are their deepest dreams? Are they in a dream now? What are the consequences of going into these dreams? There are so many questions along the way, but the way the Elise Celine develops the story was quite fascinating. The story was never boring and never dragged. I always wanted to keep reading and find out what would happen next.

The medley of characters was great, including the quirky Guardian. The story is narrated by Andy, but her insights into herself and others really brought everyone's stories together. Imagine seven teens forced together into this weird white room, having no idea how they got there or how to get out, all having drastically different personalities, and then being exposed and vulnerable in different ways through these dreams. Then watching these characters deal with the unknown, face unexpected challenges, and grow in ways they never "dreamed" was wonderful. And there's a bit of sweet romance in there, too!

Overall, this is a beautifully written, heart-warming novel addressing life, love, forgiveness, bravery, and choices. The journey these characters take is quite inspirational and I loved the heartfelt message. This is a particularly terrific read for teens and young adults. And it is the first of a series, so I look forward to reading what comes next!


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