Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Review: Dreamland - Alyson Noël

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Pretty, and dream like. I don't like the color of her hair though, it doesn't blend right.)  
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Square Fish
Page Count: 210 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Sequel to Radiance and Shimmer

 Riley is forced by the Council on yet another vacation. This time she doesn't mind as much though because she has a destination in mind, Dreamland. Riley figures that if she gets some advice from Ever, then she will be able to finally turn thirteen. All she has to do is waltz right into her dreams, how hard can it be? Apparently quite hard, there is a lot more to dream jumping than, well, jumping. When Riley finally gets it down, it's closing time. She refuses to give up that easily though, and stays after dark. There she meets a boy about her age, who shows her that dream jumping might not be the only way. Riley's not sure if she should trust him, or help him, but she really just wants to be thirteen.

Again another great book in the Riley Bloom series. I seriously need to start reading the Immortals series, I'm such a slacker. I like that Riley is starting to come into herself, coming of age. It's always great when you get to follow a character as they realize things and start to mature. Dreamland wasn't as amazing as I thought it was going to be, but it was far more different than I thought. I liked it though, it was an interesting take on dreams and their role in lives. I really enjoyed the extra characters in this one. Even though the ghost boy she meets is a bit creepy, he is just misguided and I think he could be a good character. I loved the director, he was bursting and foreign and hilariously drawn. This was a fun book, though not a lot of storyline developed. There was a lot of personal growth as far as Riley is concerned, but I'm ready to see more of her adventures.

First Line:
"The second I laid eyes on Aurora my shoulders slumped, my face unsquinched, and I heaved a deep sigh of relief knowing I had an ally, a friend on my side."

Favorite Lines:
"I fought as hard as I could---but it didn't do the slightest bit of good. 
I was devoured by insects.
I was buried alive."

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