Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3)
Author: Alyson Noel
Source: MacMillan Audio
Expected Publish Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Square Fish
Rating: 5 Birds
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.My Take: Holy. Riley. Bloom!
Okay so I’ve been a fan of Alyson Noel for a bit now, and when the opportunity to get this, the 3rd book in the Riley Bloom series arose, I was all over it like white on rice!
Riley is one that quickly became a favorite character of mine in the very first of The Immortals series, which this series stems from. For the age of 12, she’s sometimes wise beyond those years. The difference with it all, is that (and if you didn’t get this from the synopsis saying ‘afterlife’) she’s kind of dead.
After having been through her first spirit crossover with her mentor two books ago, and then doing another crossover while “on vacation” – Riley ended up granted with a bit of freedom to just roam the spirit world. When she’d heard of this place called Dreamland though, she wanted to go full in and figure out how to revisit her still living sister, Ever.
All throughout the book, I got to see glimpses of Riley growing, but then she’d revert to her true age. In seeing her grow – I’d find that little quirks would go away…but she’d also be looking to different ways of trying to find herself, much as pre-teens/teens do now.
Going to Dreamland was a totally different experience from the previous two books. More fears were revealed, more afterlife possibilities were explored, and it just gave a sense of getting to know Riley on a more personal level.
I absolutely loved this book, and honestly cannot wait until the next comes out! I’ve found that I like this series a little more then The Immortals series that Alyson has written – and this in the series in my honest opinion, is the best one. I’m hoping the fourth proves to be just as amazing.
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