January 25, 2020

#BookReview: Reverie by Ryan La Sala @BookAboutIt #BookClub

Synopsis: Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year!

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. 

This wildly imaginative debut explores what happens when the secret worlds that people hide within themselves come to light.


Rating: ★★
My Review: Although we really wanted to love this one. It fell flat for us and was very confusing.  The writing felt disconjoined and the story just didn't make us care enough about the characters.  

"Reverie is a dreamy escapist fantasy that will keep you entertained and on your toes. With beautiful prose, fantastic landscapes, and a drag queen sorceress who I'd let step on me any day, you won't want to miss this debut." - Tara Sim, author of the Timekeeper trilogy

"A unique addition to YA collections that represents diversity in the book's characters and the author." - School Library Connection

"Joyously, riotously queer... The themes of creating one's own reality and fighting against the rules imposed by the world you're born into will ring powerfully true for many young readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"A unique, clever fantasy with a strong protagonist." - Booklist

"This outstanding debut novel will light readers' imaginations on fire...Imaginative, bold, and full of queer representation, this is a must-purchase for YA collections." - School Library Journal

"La Sala weaves compelling tension into the elaborate reveries' richly drawn...worlds...La Sala's portrayal of Kane's friendship with the Others is heartfelt, and the story's many LGBTQ characters are prominently represented and powerfully nuanced." - Publishers Weekly

"With its fresh take on a diverse cast, its queer-power narrative, and its unique rendering of dream magic, this fantasy offers readers something wonderfully new and engaging...a gem of a novel that is as affirming as it is entertaining." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A darkly imagined, riveting fantasy… thrilling." - Shelf Awareness
"Ryan La Sala's debut is effervescent. Reverie is unlike anything I've read." - Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost
"Ryan La Sala's debut novel is a fever nightmare of epically queer proportions. Told in a commanding voice and with both wit and style, Reverie is the kind of magical, twisty adventure that made me feel at home. This novel is truly a dream come true, and I can't wait for queer teens to get lost in its hypnotic tale." - Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift
"Smart, sensitive, and unabashedly queer, this atmospheric debut reshaped my heart. Reverie has the makings of a YA sensation." - Amy Rose Capetta, author of The Brilliant Death and The Lost Coast
"Forget following your own dreams; follow Ryan La Sala's into Reverie, a vivid, exciting, and profoundly original tale of identity, imagination, and, of course, villainous drag queen sorcery." - Alex London, bestselling author of Proxy and Black Wings Beating
"Readers will be guessing to the end of this wild and weird and crazy ride, and they'll love every minute of it." - Sam J. Miller, Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving

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