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Reverie Inception meets The Magicians in the most imaginative YA debut of the year 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 This book was the embodiment of a rainbow Plot 4 5Characters 4 5Writing 4.5 5Reverie was one of the most imaginative, chaotic and unique novels I ve ever read It was a wild, wild roller coaster ride of a book but also one that I feel will resonate with many readers and I enjoyed it very much.We are all people between worlds The protagonist was Kane Montgomery, a boy who woke up half dead in a river nearby a burnt down mill with no memory of how it happened or most of his life before H This book was the embodiment of a rainbow Plot 4 5Characters 4 5Writing 4.5 5Reverie was one of the most imaginative, chaotic and unique novels I ve ever read It was a wild, wild roller coaster ride of a book but also one that I feel will resonate with many readers and I enjoyed it very much.We are all people between worlds The protagonist was Kane Montgomery, a boy who woke up half dead in a river nearby a burnt down mill with no memory of how it happened or most of his life before However, slowly by surely he began to put the puzzle pieces together by finding his friends from before the accident and uncovering the sinister truth of what really happened.Kane and his friends who called themselves the Others all had various superpowers and they used these to control and unravel reveries wherever they arose Reveries were manifestations of a person s deepest hopes, fears and dreams that leaked into reality and ensnared anyone in the vicinity of their source They normally came with an elaborate plot that the people caught inside would unconsciously act out but the Others all possessed the ability to remain lucid in a reverie and could make sure it stayed safe and didn t go out of control Sealed off things that steep too long in the human mind are doomed to grow bitter The reveries were all well fleshed out and intriguing and the author integrated these magical micro worlds into the real world very skillfully I thought it was an extremely creative magic system but I would have liked it to beexplained as there are still aspects of reveries that I don t understand like the triggers, limits and rules of them Also, I don t think Kane and his friends purpose was well explained because most of the time, they seemed to make the reveriesdangerous than they were supposed to be.Kane was caring, thoughtful and funny but his accident and the consequent amnesia made him feel like an outsider from himself Also, his uncertainty in who to trust made him push away those trying to help him and he ended up feeling alone He was the only openly gay person in his school and he keenly felt the pressure of people s judgement upon him, always feeling out of place However, as Kane discovered details about his life the reader did too, making his confusion really relatable He rediscovered his previous friends and it was lovely to see how, after a bit of miscommunication, he started to rebuild his relationships with them onceHis whole character arc was about self discovery, about giving himself a second chance and using it to save the world.Dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are The other characters were all nicely layered as well I loved Ursula s calm yet strong nature and Adeline s steely no nonsense attitude Dean had a mysterious, aloof exterior but was actually really adorable and I m glad that him and Kane had each other I wish we got to see their relationship developI also liked how Kane s relationship with his younger sister was portrayed It was turbulent at times but during hardships their unconditional love and support shone through The villain of the story was a drag queen sorceress called Poesy who, as the book states many times, was power personified While her motivations and decisions were very questionable she was a sassy, trinket gathering villain who was hard to always hate.At its core, beneath the chaos and rainbows, Reverie was a story about how people, especially those ostracized by society, create refuges in their own minds and what happens when these go out of control With its heartfelt LGBTQ representation, beautiful prose and loveable characters, Reverie is most certainly a worthwhile read I had a few issues with the magic system but it was overall an enjoyable story Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinion expressed are my own Just because something is imagined doesn t mean it isn t dangerous tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.I did not see that coming The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all Reverie is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you re wading into Moreover, it s unapologetically queer and magical as fuck But the most important thing this is fantasy at its finest Imaginative, original, real.Let sJust because something is imagined doesn t mean it isn t dangerous tbh all you need to know is that the main character is so gay his superpowers manifest as rainbows.I did not see that coming The charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent of it all Reverie is a force of nature and you have no idea what epic kind of fantasy you re wading into Moreover, it s unapologetically queer and magical as fuck But the most important thing this is fantasy at its finest Imaginative, original, real.Let s talk about the characters Kane, a gay high school student, has issues Mostly it s because he woke up in a river next to a burned down house and he has no recollections of how he got there And that s not the only thing he forgot All of his teenager years have been erased from his mind Additionally, he s being haunted by a creepy, murderous creature and he s gotsuperpowers It s a lot to handle Kane is not the most likeable character at times He often treats the people around him like crap, and sometimes you want to punch him for doing the exact thing he was not supposed to do but even so, he never fails to be relatable But the side characters, they re the real deal It s amazing to see an author find a way to write a great number of characters that all have depth and are unique in their own way Ursula definitely was one of my favourites She was vulnerable and strong at the same time and she has the biggest heart of them all Adeline had this fantastic no bullshit attitude Dean was hot, but he also was this cute little puppy that needs to be protected at all costs But the best thing about this cast is that I just found my favourite villain There are two kinds of favourite villains one that is pure evil and makes your gut boil with rage also known as Dolores Umbridge , and one that is flawless and fierce It took methan a decade to find a worthy candidate for the latter but Ryan La Sala finally granted me that gift.Next, the world building I mean, that s what fantasy depends on If you cannot convince your readers that the world you ve created is real, why even bother Reverie does everything right Better than right Ryan created several fantasy worlds in one big fictional universe And it worked Even when it was chaos, it was solid, convincing, believable chaos Moreover, it was entertaining and funny Ryan draws from so many clich s that we see in other fantasy novels but he gives them his own twist and the result is magical It s astonishing how creative these worlds are I wish I could pull that off.The writing was outstanding Compelling and emotional, but also extremely funny One of my favourite scenes has Ursula in a wedding gown and I almost fell off the couch from laughing so hard.This book is the gay fantasy novel I ve always wished for It s not like I ve never read a gay fantasy book before, but most of them were either extremely disappointing or mediocre They always lacked something Reverie has it all Queer representation, thrill, fun, fantasy, friendship I did want to seeof the romance, though That might be the only criticism I have I wantedtime to see the romantic relationship unfoldandmaking out Apart from it being super queer, this novel is a gift to fantasy writing I would be sad to see this book only be celebrated in the queer community when it has this powerful and spellbinding story to tell that any lover of stories about superpowers and enchanted artefacts and evil sorceresses would enjoy.When I tell you that this missing out on this book is depriving yourself of the ultimate fantasy experience, you better listen So preoder the hell out of this novel Ask your library to buy it Read it Recommend it.Findof my books on Instagram I wanted to love this one SO badly because Ryan is an absolute gem on twitter, but this just did not work for me I had such a hard time wrapping my brain around the reveries and an even harder time connecting to the characters Everything just felt disjointed and messy and I am SAD Brb while I cry myself to sleep bc I didn t love this book like I thought I wouldBuddy read with Julie Well, that was different Mel

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