Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Fantasy, 416 pages, published in 2019

Kane was found half-dead by the river, but he can’t remember how he got there and his life seems different than before in ways he can’t place. With the help of strangers who claim to be his friends from before the accident, they fight the magical reveries that are plaguing their town.

Spoiler Free Review:

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I initially heard of this book because it was a Barnes & Noble YA Book Club pick, but I started hearing more about it after that. I had heard that it was a fantasy that included lots of LQBTQ characters, so I was very intrigued, but unfortunately, that couldn’t save this book for me.

I was just so confused for a lot of the book. Kane is confused as well, at least at the beginning, but even when he started to get his bearings, things still didn’t make sense. I feel like rules about the reveries and the magic would be laid down, then broken right away, so it felt very disorienting. This was my biggest problem with the book because it made it unbearable to get through.

I thought the reveries themselves were cool. They are kind of like dreams, where they come out of one person’s subconscious. However, I feel like it just took to long to get oriented in each new reverie and it kind of pulled me out of the story.

I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters. I especially didn’t like Kane. I felt like he was so angry and rash. There were roughly six main characters of this book and a few of them definitely got pushed to the sideline towards the middle of the book. This book also had one of my least favorite tropes: everyone gets paired up at the end. I have recently realized that romances in stand-alone books (that aren’t just romances) just do not work for me because they don’t feel developed enough. So when there were multiple romances happening, I couldn’t really get on board with any of them because I hadn’t had time to connect to them.

There were just a lot of things that felt under-baked about this story. I wanted more character growth, more about magic, more on relationships.

I just really did not care for this book. It seems like a common trend with Barnes & Noble’s YA Book Club picks for me, unfortunately. If I hadn’t been reading this for that reason, I would not have finished it.

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