Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dreamscape - Saving Alex: A Book Review

Dreamscape: Saving Alex

Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she's loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?

"Pride had a way of silencing everything else, especialy sound judgement" from Dreamscape by Kirstin Pullioff
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What a wonderful book.  I was thoroughly surprised with this young adult book and how much I enjoyed it.  At the start, I didn't like Alex very much.  She was a whiny, temper tantrum throwing teenager and I have enough of those in my life that I very nearly put this book down.

I am so glad that I didn't. 

The growth that Alex shows throughout the story was wonderful.  Pulioff does a good job of naturally bring the character from the point where you want to give Alex a spanking to the end of the story where you can stand back and be a proud parent or beloved best friend.  She grows a lot throughout the book thanks to the trials in the game and the friends she makes along the way.

I'll admit, I thought the friends that she made were a little above her emotional maturity at several points.  Arrow has some very poignant things to say to Alex at times that I really loved.  I wondered why he liked her in the beginning, but I think that's one of the things that I like most about YA fiction. It's fun when the "hot" guys can look beyond the exterior and dumb actions and see the person you can become.  Not very realistic in most people, but that's why it's fiction and I love it.

I know I loved the adventure in the book and Arrow's comments about it.  He had such a wonderful way of looking at things that caused Alex to stop and think, while making me stop too.  I am getting ready for a move to, and it was touching to hear the wisdom in finding the adventure in each moment no matter where you are.

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The only thing that I really disliked about this book was the ending.  I really wanted there to be another chapter or an epilogue.  Maybe it's the romantic in me, but I wanted to see Alex keep her first love.  It was a magical book, so why not find a way to bring Arrow and his family into the "real" world?  Maybe we can have a sequel or a series of books to continue Alex's growth and find a way back to her new friends.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and am glad to have read it.  The writing style was easy to read and follow along and the story was enjoyable.  I will definitely checking out more books by Kirstin Pullioff.

I received this book from NetGalley. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.