Dreamland by Alyson Noel

Riley’s finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams.

As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer’s dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up.

Thinking it’s her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who’s been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
This is a nice story about Riley and her desire to fit in and grow up. She desperately needs her big sister’s advice, and decides that the only way to make that happen is to visit Ever in her dreams. Making her way to Dreamland, she learns the ins and outs of Dream Jumping, but then runs out of time when Dreamland closes for the day. Sneaking back in to try and reach Ever, Riley may have finally found herself in over her head.

I really like Riley. She’s convinced that she’ll be twelve forever and, while she’s good at her job, she realizes that she has no friends or hobbies and that her family has moved on. Not knowing what else to do, she turns to Ever in the hope of getting much needed advice.

Despite all she’s been through, Riley is still basically a kid who makes mistakes. She doesn’t realize that some of her actions may have unintended repercussions, and that sometimes rules are not made to be broken!

Gave this one a 3/5 as it’s a nice story. A fast read, I think you probably need to read the books in order so you can get the full benefit of Riley’s journey so far. Looking forward to seeing what happens next with Riley, her dog Buttercup, and guide Bodhi. Riley has potential, and I’d love to see her fulfill it!

Review copy provided by Zeitghost Media in exchange for an honest review.

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