Reverie by Ryan La Sala

GoodReads Summary:
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.
ReverieReview:
I picked up Reverie because the author will be at the NoVaTeen Book Festival. I’ve seen lots of promotion about this book before its release but never any actual reviews. I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed this book.
Reverie was interesting and compelling. I thought it was incredibly unique and I couldn’t get enough. The main character Kane is dealing with memory loss and was honestly rather unlikable. But he grows, and his growth was really well done and I ended up liking him by the end of the story.
The concept of this book is that there are things called ‘reverie’s’ and Kane and his friends have abilities that keep them lucid and also allow them to keep the reveries from getting out of control. The reveries were a little confusing at first, but they were explained a bit better as the book went on. They’re essentially dreams that come from the subconscious. I’m still not totally sure how they come to be or why, but I’m not overly bothered by that.
Overall, this was a super enjoyable book. The writing was beautiful. The characters were interesting. I definitely am excited to meet the author and hear him speak. I will be recommending this one for sure.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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