Review: Dreamland by Alyson Noel

Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3)
Middle Grade
Paperback, 210 pgs.
published Sept. 13th, 2011 by Square Fish
Received from publisher for review

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.

I’ve really been enjoying this series.  It’s funny cause I don’t feel a strong urge to read them when they come but when I do pick them up I love them!  And this one I think I may have liked more because Riley is changing and growing up.  I think it’ll be more obvious in the next one but she’s coming to the realization in this one and I thought it played out well.  And the story felt new to me (there’s no same ol’ same ol’ in this series!) which is great!  I liked seeing that Riley is real and doesn’t always get things her way. 

Riley is very headstrong and not very afraid.  She is able to overcome her fears very well because of her strong determination.  I like that about her even though at times I want to slap her.  I think because Riley realizes this though that I can deal with it and not want to throw the book.  Riley is just Riley and I can’t help but love her!

This was another fast read (less then 2 hours) and I devoured it in one setting.  I’m really liking how the series is progressing and am anxious to see where things go in the next one!  

4/5 stars 

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I like that Riley realizes she can be a bit headstrong, that would definitely drop the irritation factor for me. When a character does something frustrating but understands they’ve done something frustrating, it pretty much erases the possibility of me getting upset at them over it:) I haven’t read anything of Alyson Noel’s but she’s one I’ve been wanting to try. Thanks for the review Candace!

  2. Great review! I won this one on a blog contest a few months back. But since I have never read the others in the series I just added it to the shelf with all of my other lovelies. lol For some reason I’m not drawn to this book either. For me its probably that the cover, while cute and pretty, isn’t “striking” or especially memorable. However, loads of people love this series. So I will definately have to give it a try. I am all for fast reads!

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