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Monday, December 19, 2011

Dreamland by Alyson Noel

Published September 13, 2011
ISBN 9780312563752
200 pages
Series? Yes
Rating: PG
BUY / Nook

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.

Like the last book and the title of this book we are introduced to a new part of the Here & Now. Dreamland is the place where dreams are made and it is here that Riley comes when she finally takes that vacation that she was supposed to take back in book two. In this book Riley finally decides to try to find another short cut to what she has wanted since before she died but now sees as impossible: to become a real teenagers, boobs and all. The only way that she can see this happening is if she visits her older sister, Ever, in her dreams and ask her how she did it. Yet as we all know if everything went how they were supposed to than there would be no story.

I really like the dress that Riley wears on the cover. It is so flow-y and feminine that I can not help but want one of my own. Too bad that I am much too self-conscious to pull it off though because I would never be comfortable in such a clingy dress. Sigh. I am totally going to have to work on that.

Unlike the other two books Riley has much more self-ish reasons behind the person that she helps out in this installment. And it shows but I really like how by the end of the book she still knows what she wants and is not going to let something like failure get in her way of her goal. Especially since no one tells her everything she knows in plain English. They all love their riddles and despite the fact that I do understand what they are saying light-years before Riley at times it is always interesting to see what conclusions she comes up with when the meaning hits her.

It is actually interesting how Riley is slowly becoming more central in the books. In the first one she and Bodhi and Buttercup had a very co-star kind of relationship. Not only did Bodhi also Dream Catch a soul but we just meet him in the first book. In the second book Bodhi is mostly only in the beginning and a bit in the end where we finally learn a bit more about his past. In the third book we don't really see him except for in the first few and last few chapters and he is only slightly there. What I have read in the excerpt of the fourth book Bodhi and Buttercup are taking a more spectator approach to the awesome gladiator assignment. They are not even allowed to help her unless it is to get her out. I find the slow isolation while interesting is also a little sad because Bodhi and Riley arguments are always funny.

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