Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: John Dreamer by Elise Celine


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 Rating

My Review

Something about John Dreamer is actually very dreamlike. The novel gave me the kind of feelings that one experiences by being out in the moonlight on a warm summer night or floating in a space between alertness and sleep. Although it is a quick read, it's a beautiful story.
And I absolutely love the title.

The Great White Room is a wonderful setting - the exact medium between something believable and something simply in, well, dreams. From Andy's first moments awaking in this mysterious place, it absolutely captivated me. It's one of those places where anything seems possible. Where readers can actually believe that forms of magic exist, even outside the world of the story. After all, there's always a possibility any one of us can wake up in a white room with seven different chairs, isn't there?

I absolutely loved the way that the dreams were fulfilled, as all of the room occupants had to be tested in their own way, some exciting and grandiose and others personal and emotional. Experiencing these really helped better get into the minds and the lives of the characters, especially since there was not a whole lot of time to get to know them with the And Then There Were None or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kind of mentality.

Speaking of the characters, I thought they were done incredibly well. Each of them had completely unique personalities, which made the experience of them together in the room much more enjoyable to read about. From the dreamy John D. Reamer to the mysterious and intriguing (not to mention quite funny) Guardian, the characters really added to the already unique plot.

Although I did thoroughly enjoy reading John Dreamer, I thought that some of the pacing was a bit quick. For a moment, it felt like dreams were just being fulfilled left and right. This made the relationships seem a little fast as well. They all seemed to be very close even though they didn't spend very much time together. Given, I've never experienced any love at first sight, so I might just not know what I'm talking about. Still, I would have enjoyed seeing the growth of their relationships or possibly a bit more conflict or obstacles in fulfilling the dreams.

All in all, John Dreamer is an enchanting novel. It's a read that can be quickly knocked out, and will most likely be enjoyable to fans of Young Adult, especially those who like a blend of contemporary and fantastical ideas.

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